Friday, February 26, 2010

Feeling Dizzy!

There is something about THE WILD PARTY that simply leaves me dizzy in the most wonderful way. The music has always thrilled me; the story excites me--first because I am a huge fan of Joseph Moncure March's poem--but also because my grandparents were Vaudevillians; and now because I am continually surrounded by such a fabulous group of artists who are about the business of bringing it all to life!

Sure, this is hard work--and scary, too, since I am primarily a "straight" theatre actress--but God, it is so worth it. And, the work is made joyful because everyone involved seems to have a great sense of humor and a willingness to go to the scary places together. One of my own company's tag-lines is: "SATE: A Safe Place to be Dangerous", and I'd have to say that New Line Theatre would certainly be SATE's musical theatre counterpart. Soul sister...or brother, as the case may be. Kindred spirit.

THRILLED to have a costume designer I know will take care of me and who will be true to Queenie's sense of style and authenticity! What a relief that is. Of course, I wouldn't expect anything less from Scott Miller and New Line Theatre...every detail is given 100% attention, and that is such a delight.

More than anything, I can't wait to get "off-book" so that we can begin getting this baby up and running. So grateful I am surrounded by so many brave and talented artists...we're going all the way with this one, and I can't wait!

Dance rehearsal on Sunday. That which does not kill me is bound to make me look sexier...right?

No Limits. No Boundaries. No Compromise.
Queenie (GoGo/Margeau)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I've Got a Good Feeling

What a marvelous cast--not only is everyone supremely talented, but everyone seems to have a great sense of humor, too, which is HUGE! Smiling, talented, good looking...I think this is going to be a really fun journey.

The music is insanely difficult, but the cast is absolutely up to the task! What a relief to be in such good company and to be surrounded by so many capable performers. This is definitely going to be one of those shows--and I am so fortunate to be a part of it all.

I've been watching a documentary on Vaudeville (which is not only research for this show, but has also turned out to be research for an original piece of theatre my own company is devising.) What an amazing period of time in American theatre, and what a shame it ever had to come to an end.

Interestingly, my paternal grandparents were Vaudeville performers (along the New England Seacoast on "the grange circuit".) I imagine myself channeling my grandmother as I investigate the role of Queenie, and I somehow feel more qualified to do the role because being a Vaudevillian is truly in my blood. I can't wait to really put her on and take her for a ride!

More thoughts about rehearsal tomorrow; right now I'm still just riding the high of having the first rehearsal under my belt!

No limits, no boundaries, no compromise!
Queenie (GoGo/Margeau)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Excited To Begin

We begin rehearsals for New Line Theatre's production of The Wild Party this week. I don't think I've been this excited to begin something in a long time. I have lived with Queenie for the past year...and when I was offered the role, I knew it was what I was meant to do.

I know this woman. I am excited to begin.

And nervous.

But mostly excited.

There is lots of work to be done...and I am ready to work.

No limits, no boundaries, no compromise,
Queenie (aka GoGo...aka Margeau)