Opening Night Under A Rainbow Flag

In life you plan, train, practice, rehearse, re think, adjust, tweak, change, and prepare as best as you can for your moments.  Whether that is a presentation, a game, a test or any other number of important things.  Sometimes you are nervous and scared, other times you are excited and ready, but no matter how much preparation you do, eventually, you have to take a deep breath and go for it.

Fortunately, for myself, I am in the latter position in regards to my opening night feelings for our performance of Under A Rainbow Flag.  I have been involved with this show for about a year now and having seen the changes it has gone through, both in script/composition as well overall feel, I am confident and proud to say that this show is ready to be performed in front of an audience…hopefully a large one.  All of the people in this show are exceptionally talented and that isn’t limited to the actors.  The director, designers, musicians, stage manager, choreographers…everyone has brought an incredible amount of passion and dedication to this project.  We are ready.  Hopefully you will be able to join us for a show, we run for 5 weeks and I would love to see you in the audience.  I will also post reviews, good or bad, if they come out.


UARF Poster

Princess Bride Opening Night

What a wonderful opening night my friends and I got to experience last night!!!  The show went quite well but in the aftermath of the performance we started doing a little bit of reflecting and the things we realized were remarkable:

  • First rehearsal was on January 17th
  • We only had 16 total rehearsals
  • Of those 16 rehearsals we NEVER had the whole cast together
  • 4 of those rehearsals we did with a guest director
  • We did our Cue to Cue rehearsals without our light board operator
  • We had a stage manager for the first 11 rehearsals but not the last 5 and not for the run of the show.
  • The first time we ran the show with the entire cast was the opening night performance…

Not to be excluded are things like some of our ensemble members went above and beyond with contributions to costume, props and set work.  On Saturday night one of the ensemble will be stepping in to play the role of Inigo Montoya. Our Count Rugen is also running the sound for the show. We are going to end up meeting our ticket sales goal and make money for Edge Youth Theatre…The list just goes on and on.  I know that I want to work with all of these people again in the future and I hope that it happens.  Another sold out show tonight and hopefully we will sell the last few tickets for Sunday to make it a sold out run!  To all those who see the show and to all those who took the time to look at my website, as you wish.

Westley and Buttercup
Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Ladies and gentleman I have been having an absolute blast the last 4 weeks preparing for this weekend.  Edge Professional Theater company will be performing a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride as a fundraiser for youth theater and I am fortunate enough to be playing the role of Westley.  The entire process has been a labor of love and here is a little movie trailer style preview of the show

Movie trailer on facebook 

Tickets are still available and I would love it if every show was completely sold out so that we could help raise as much money as possible for children’s theater.  The group of artists that I have been privileged enough to work with is incredible and I truly hope that I get to work with each of them again.  Originally I thought that fighting left handed was going to be the most difficult part of this show but I was mistaken, I guess that having two left handed parents means I have some of that skill somewhere in my DNA.  The most difficult task has been focusing on my life outside of this show because I honestly just wanted to keep working on Princess Bride everyday.  Come see the show and remember, every single one of you that reads this, “As you wish.”

Be Prepared

Today, like every wednesday for the last month, I headed out the door towards rehearsal for The Rover which will be opening on October 27th at The Rivendell Theatre. I am very pleased with the show and love what this cast has been doing. I really hope any an everyone will come check it out.

However tonight it was raining like crazy and I get around Chicago on my bike. So I threw on all my rain gear (pants and jacket) with my rehearsal clothes in my bag. Unfortunately, in my haste to gather my rain clothes and not be late, I forgot to bring a belt. Luckily for me I had my backpack with me.

20121017-202757.jpg I have this bag pre-packed as best I can so that if I need to run out my door at the last second I can grab that pack and most likely have everything I could need. So I McGyvered a belt out of the two handkerchiefs that I carry for…well for whatever! Inside I also carry: zip ties, 3 carabiners, compass, pen, 2 pencils, 1 black and 1 silver sharpie, small notepad, lighter, mini channel locks, sewing kit, band aids, neosporin, alan wrench set, 2 pocket knives, athletic tape, contact solution, contact lens case, extra contacts and a flashlight.

I credit this bag and the way I have packed it to a few different things. First and foremost I give credit to my father. Secondly to the Boy Scouts. And third to my friend Shane who has the same bag and told me to go buy it because he knew how useful it would be for me. Honestly I love being that guy who can help out anyone if they are willing to ask for it. It has aided me multiple times in the world of theatre and will continue to do so. Oh and if you see me around and need a band aid, just ask!