Friday, July 19, 2019

A Company of Players

I've been working for 16th Note Productions since I crashed one of their auditions a few years ago. It was an invited crash, actually, because I submitted online, and they wrote back that all slots were filled, but I was welcome to come by and try to get in if anyone didn't show up. Well, somehow I got in, made the callback, and then booked the gig! That show was Pageant Princess.

Then they asked me to sing in a reading of their musical, Pieces, and that show has a special place in my heart. That's my first psychologist role. Really interesting and incredibly intimate in the vein of Next To Normal.

And last year we did a reading of the script for Starcrossed, a new musical in the world of Romeo and Juliet. Kristen Penner and Lorelei Mackenzie, the writers, grew that piece to become the staged reading of the musical we did this week.

It's a really good show with a pop sound like Wicked or Frozen. I played The Big Bad Lady Capulet who held more than a tinge of Lady MacB. Daggers and all! It was SO fun!

And as I look over this body of work I'm doing with Kristen and Lorelei, these two actress-writer-composers and the incredibly talented people they assemble for their projects, it occurred to me: This is what was called in Shakespeare's time, A Company of Players!

And I'm so thankful to be working and playing with them! :)