Last month a memorial service was held for Steve Pepper, a great man who I performed with at GCP. He passed away this past summer. I wasn’t able to attend the service because I was out of town but sent this email in my absence. I wanted to post this sooner but, since this being Steve’s favorite holiday, I’d like to share it with you now:
So, this being the first post, either 1) you probably already know about my goal to see at least 1,000 shows before i die, or 2) you heard about some guy who tracks every show he sees since 2004 in pusuit of seeing 1,000 shows before he dies. So, whichever one you fall under, here are the basic…
Best friend has a blog now for his “Show Count”. Brothermarc7theatre. I took the idea from him for my blog. His rules are a lot stricter than mine, but that makes it more exciting. Follow him!
First dance rehearsal was today. So tiring, but so satisfying. We got to watch the video of the old performance to see what it was like last time and to compare dance notes. Three hours of running “You Can’t Stop the Beat” over and over and over. I forgot what its like to dance and sing at the same time, at this caliber anyway.
Among all of these Vinylmation and theater posts I completely forgot to tell you all that I had an audition with PCPA Theaterfest today. The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts offers a Two-Year Conservatory that helps people like me, aspiring performers, learn everything they need to know if pursuing a career in show-business, which I am. I hear it’s a tedious, stressful program, but I love a challenge!
The audition was this afternoon. Most of the time leading up to it was spent by trying to memorize my second monologue, finding any sort of parking, and mindlessly meandering the Fresno State campus until I finally found the theater.
I had to sing in front of the Casting Director, and give two monologues.
1. “Lunchtime” from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
2. “How I Became King” from Camelot
I sang “It Hurts Me” from All Shook Up, one of my go-to belting songs. (Check me out with my diverse selection of musical genres :P)
Tonight I begin rehearsals for Good Company Player’s revival of their blockbuster production of Hairspray that sold out every night for an 11 week run back in 2009. I was lucky enough to be in the cast the last go around (I was the darkest Nicest Kid in Town you’ve ever seen) and I am so excited to be getting back to one of my favorite shows.
Although a few of the old cast members were unable to return, its exciting to see how us veterans will mix with the newbies. Here’s to new beginnings with old friends!
And you will DEFINITELY be getting updates about the show here. And on Basically Brandon, because we are basically all in it Haha.