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Monday, May 24, 2010

My three-show weekend!

During the lovely Eden Espinosa's mini-break this past weekend, I was scheduled to perform as Elphaba for all four shows (two Saturday and two Sunday-- we recently began a new schedule in which there's no Wednesday matinee, but instead an additional Sunday evening show at 7:30).  And, well: three outta four ain't bad!

One of the coolest parts of the weekend was our new Elphaba understudy, Alyssa Fox (what's the difference between an understudy and a standby?), made her Elphie debut on Saturday night in front of a fantastic crowd!  I was out sick so I didn't get a chance to see it, but I've heard nothing but great things, like that she knocked the you-know-what off the you-know-what and took everyone's you-know-whats home with her.  Yeah, that's right, I'm mixing metaphors.  The point is: CONGRATULATIONS, ALYSSA!

Friday, May 21, 2010


It's been two whole weeks since my last post!  I feel nothing but boiling, festering guilt, tantamount only to that of Catholics the world over.  (I was raised Catholic, so I'm allowed to make this slightly controversial analogy.  And I get extra points because once I participated in a dramatic reenactment of the birth of Christ during Christmas mass.  I was the Virgin Mary and my older brother played Joseph.  My costume was a heavy sheet of blue felt that had no arm holes, so all I could do was hold my hands in prayer and nod my head.  Luckily, I decided to make my Virgin Mary very agreeable and very holy.  It was one of the weirder things I've done, and not just because my brother was playing my husband.)

In any event: I do have a good excuse for not writing!  One is that I got pretty darn sick over the past week (including on my birthday, May 16 (boo hoo!)) and, as we've all known at one time or another, it's basically impossible to be productive once you decide to live in your pajamas, eat peanut butter from the jar, and watch YouTube videos of people falling off ladders on repeat.  

But, for those wondering, I am 100% better now after having rested, spiked my protein intake, and gotten my fill of schadenfreude. 

But sadly, I must cut this post short, as tonight I am planning on an early bedtime.  Tomorrow begins my truly insane weekend!  How so, you ask? Well, if you must know, I'm probably going to be spending a lot of time at the theater this weekend... doing theater-related things... acting and singing and stuff... and my family's here to see it.  Want more info on what exactly I'm talking about in sloppily cryptic drivel?  Email my webmaster at!

More soon! I triple million infinity promise this time!

Goodnight, little chickadees,

Saturday, May 8, 2010

How I prep for my Elphaba shows

Using basic reasoning and even the most rudimentary aesthetic sense, the answer to this past Tuesday's trivia question was letter D: Conan O'Brien should shave his beard.  Which would hopefully leave one to deduce that letter C was false.  Which would leave one to further deduce that on Tuesday I went on as Elphaba!  Hooray!

Also, anyone who disagrees with letter D should look at this:

To elaborate on letter C, I will now post a time-stamped account of how I prep for an Elphaba performance. My goal is to indulge in the inconsequential nitty-gritty details, everything from when I warm up to how long it takes me to get my makeup on to when and how often I go to the bathroom. Well, maybe not that last part. But maybe. (There could be, like, an optional "For Unsqueamish Eyes Only" post addendum, kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel when you can either enter the castle unscathed, but without the princess, or wade into the swamp, embracing a life of infamy and destitution, in order to find true love.) (Except that this is not at all what it will be like.)

Presenting, the premiere installment of: SURPRISE! YOU'RE ON AS ELPHABA! (May 4, 2010)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

One of these is true.

1) I am from Detroit, Michigan.
2) I was cryogenically frozen in 1931 and have only recently been thawed.
3) Tonight, the role of Elphaba will not be played by Felicia Ricci.
4) Conan O'Brien should shave his beard.