So much of this business is about building relationships. Working with friends is such a treat. Amanda Quaid was one of my first teachers when I studied full time at HB Studio in 2008. When she recommended me as a last minute replacement for "They Promised her the Moon" I was terrified, but very flattered.
I made yet another group of wonderful friends.
Hard work and anxiety mixed with sing-alongs and dancing in the dressing room. Thank you, Amanda and my new friends for a trip to the moon and back!
|"The Home Place" directed by Charlotte Moore at Irish Rep.|
The first time I saw Amanda perform was at The Irish Repertory Theatre. Many people had suggested it would be a good place for me to work. Fast forward eight years and change and I did. It was a long journey to get there, but well worth the wait!
The work itself was a treat. The wonderful Brian Friel's last play, The Home Place. The play started performances in September and was due close in November. Then it was extended to December 17th. It's always a blessing to extend and keep working, especially when you're working with so many people you have grown to love.
|"Stu for Silverton" directed by Andrew Russell and musical supervisor, Will Reynolds.|
Towards the end of the run, I received a message from a Casting Director asking about my availability for another 29 hour reading of another new musical. Will Reynolds, with whom I had worked in the "Far from the Madding Crowd" reading had recommended me as a last minute replacement. Was I able to start rehearsals the next day? Yes, please. Rehearsing a new musical during the day and then performing in "The Home Place" in the evening. Exhausting, draining and fabulous. And, as I had realized during "Far from the Madding Crowd" reading, you can form firm friends even in a 29 hour reading. Thank you, Will!
|Above: Full cast and crew of "The Home Place"|
Below: My beloved dressing room mates, Rachel Pickup and Andrea Lynn Green
Thank you to all the wonderful people with whom I have shared stages and dressing rooms in 2017. Here's to 2018!
Goodbye for now, again
Goodbye until whenever then
We're free, that's what we said we'd be,
At leave to come an' go, you as well as I,
Somehow each "hello" makes it worth "goodbye"
For now. *
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim