I haven’t blogged in a while, and thought it was high time to write again. The main reason is that I did not have internet at home for a little over a month. Many of you may have been watching this soap-opera through the benefit of my Facebook Status Updates, lol. Here’s what you have to do if you want internet in the United Kingdom. You give them a call a month BEFORE your intended starting date. That way you ensure you get internet right when you want it, what with all the delays, excuses, nerve wracking phonecalls while you are endlessly put on hold and have to listen to that crappy generic phone line music, and have to explain your situation again and again from scratch to some pimplehead freshly out of high school at best.
But the other reason I didn’t write is a far pleasanter one. I have been involved in one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. For this fall I was offered the great opportunity to be part of the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s operatic musical “Sweeney Todd”. Yes, the one they made into a movie featuring Johnny Depp. And no, I did not play Sweeney, in case you might ask, I was “just” in the Ensemble. The Ensemble was cut out from the movie version, but rounds up the stage version nicely. And even though it was just “ensemble work”, it rates among the hardest work I’ve ever had to do on the stage. The beautifully dissonant music proved a challenge to get right. The stage acrobatics we have to do at certain points took some getting used to. Also, it was a treat to wear that wonderful costume and to tread around that wonderful set.
I will never forget this experience, being onstage and in the rehearsal room with such talented and dedicated artists – the kind of which I had almost given up hope that I’ll find at LIPA. To finally find the level of committment I expected of an institution as prestigious as this – and to even have to up my game a little myself. This is what it’s all about to me. And the best part? We got three more shows to perform this week! Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd in the PMA at LIPA, if tickets haven’t sold out already!