This photo, which was taken last summer during a promotional event for the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, shows me at my finest. This plastic wagon was meant for the young kids who were walking/riding along with is in a parade. No, I was not "that kid" who kept the little ones from riding in this wagon. Big kid that I am, I wanted to sit in that wagon from the moment the parade was about to begin...and I did, by gosh!
I believe that it is uuber important to remain a child at heart in every way that you can, but this is especially important in theatre. I have retained the ability and the desire to play through improvisation and an eagerness to try new things, not to mention actually playing games with kids in my family.
Not only does it mean that I have more fun on stage, but I have more fun at life. I can almost always find a game or have fun with what I am doing, whether it's singing my heart out in the car, making sound effects as I send off emails, or whatever else strikes me as amusing at the time.
Life is too short to not have fun. So go out there and be a kid again. You might have to grow old, but you sure don't have to grow up.
Tonight, we close one of my favorite shows. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at St. Croix Festival Theatre will have its final performance in just a few hours.
There are a few reasons why I will greatly miss this show. First off, it is such a fun and funny production to perform. The book and music for this show have become some of the bedrock for musical comedy and, thanks to Mr. Sondheim, for musical theatre in general.
Secondly, the company of actors I have worked with this summer are some of the best talents I've had the honor to act and bow next to. I'm really gonna miss you guys.
Thirdly, the community here in St. Crox Falls, WI, is so very supportive of the work that we do at the theatre. It is proof that the arts will only thrive where there is a passion for it.
Finally, having the honor of playing Pseudolus has been truly a blessing. Not only has the show given me one hell of a workout every night, but it is also one of the best roles in the theatre world. I am honored and humbled to have been welcomed to this theatre and this community.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum closes tonight at 7:30...and we're almost sold out!
Let's have one more Comedy Tonight!
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