Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
The following is part one of an interview conducted between acts 1 and 2 of The Member of The Wedding.
MF - Why did you want to be in this production?
Eric - It's a job. And I had heard Carson McCullers was a great playwright.
MF - What has been your favorite thing about it so far?
E - Definitely the people.
MF - What was the last role you played?
E - A munchkin in OZ.
MF - Why acting?
E - My parents told me I needed to do something and I thought this would be fun.
MF - What has been your favorite role?
E - This one. It is a great story.
MF - What is your dream role?
E - I want to play Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands, The Musical.
MF - List 3 words that describe you.
E - Awesomosavrus, Stoooped,
(at this point we got called by the stage manager to get in place for the next act. More to come)
I left with mixed feelings. I was so honored to get this award and so happy Pop and Kitty Mom where with me but sad that I was going to miss out on getting the award actually presented to me and hearing all the nice things the presenters say and seeing my folks so proud and all that stuff.
I made it to the dressing room on time and was happy to be there. When I walked in I noticed a huge vase with a dozen red roses at my station. At first I figured Christine got flowers again and then I noticed that the card was addressed to me. It was from my Ma! She sent flowers saying she was proud of me and sorry she couldn't be there. How sweet?!
I told the cast about my evening thus far and began looking forward to doing the show. I knew my folks would enjoy it and as I put my make up on and got ready I also thought about how fun it would be to get home tonight and hear all about the rest of the evening from HNS. I called him from backstage at one point and asked him how it went and thanked him for staying there to pick up my award for me. In true HNS fashion he didn't have much to say. What I did get out of him was that he brought my award home but he didn't want to describe it to me over the phone - he said let it be a surprise and just see it when you get home. That sounded good to me.
The show went well and as I walked out to the lobby afterwards I spotted Erin Thomas and thought "Mmmm, I guess she saw the show." not remembering at the time that she had her own show to do that night. (Mr. Marmalade)
As I walked out further I saw Kitty and Pop and ....who is that?...Is that Jason Roop, Editor of Style Weekly? WTF? Did he see the show? No, he was at the ceremony I had to leave giving out the awards...then why is he here now? And My mind is just swimming and I look around the Barksdale lobby and notice HNS is there and so is most of my cast along with some of the parents of the kids in the show and a couple other friends (Including Erin who apparently raced to get there from her own show) and oh, wait, I get it! Jason Roop brought the award ceremony to me.
At 11 pm after the show, after he must have had quite a crazy night already. He stood there looking just as he did at the podium of the ceremony I had to leave. Then he began to speak. From what I gather he explained to the Barksdale lobby crowd what he was doing there and gave a lovely speech about why I was chosen for this honor. Then presented me with my award.
It is kind of all a blurr to me as I was trying to take in every moment and stop time (Not possible, btw). It was overwhelming and something I am not likely to forget. Seriously, even if I get amnesia one day, I will be wandering around - that's what amnesia folks do, right? From what I have seen in TV movies they do some wandering. So - I will be wandering around muttering to myself "I don't know who I am but I do know that I was named one of Style Weekly's top 40 under 40!".
Thanks to the folks who wrote such beautiful letters on my behalf and to everyone who participated in the theatre surprise and especially to Jason Roop who, after what I am sure was already a long evening, came to the theatre so I could have my moment.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Last night's discussion was interesting and ended up being more about racism than the play itself. I think the play has a simpler message about love and life being in a constant state of change. But what do I know? I don't think there were many Jews in the deep south at that time. The war was still going on and we all know what was happening to the Jews during the war.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Our proud Director, Scotty.
Catherine, the star poses with Artistic Director Bruce Miller and High School Musicals Hannah Miller.
Brilliant Lighting designer Lynn and Hubby.
BFF and Ginnie enjoying a grown up drink.
Beautiful Catherine after taking out the blue contact.
Renee fixes my wig
Erin and Katy hanging out backstage. Looks like Erin is taking notes. I must have said something really important.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Not only is Lisa Kotula the creator and editor of this great publication but she is also a very talented actor/singer/dancer. (She's not only the president...she is also a member.) I have enjoyed her in many shows from Seussical to Joseph. She is currently in Urintown at Swift Creek Mill. Go see it!! And thank you, Lisa, for the work you continue to do to keep us all connected in a positive way.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
It was a dark and stormy night as Erin greeted the Birthday boy.
Roslyn made us a scrumptious Birthday dessert plate. Everything tasted amazing!
My BFF sitting across from the Birthday boy and sitting in front of one of Roslyn's gorgeous paintings.
Muffin face and Birthday boy.
Zac turned 18!
They all convinced me to buy a grill that fit over my bottom teeth. I thought we could work it into the play somewhere. The director didn't agree with me.
Friday, September 14, 2007
These kids are so much fun and very talented. They make up half the cast of Barksdale Theatre's The Member of The Wedding opening (yikes) a week from tonight on Friday, September 21st.