Oh, I have been so busy. Even as I type this I hear the steady chugging of the opening of The Music Man “Rock Island”. I have about ten minutes till I go on as Marian Paroo, the stuck up librarian.
The summer began with a stunning production of The Student Prince by Sigmund Romburg. This is such a little known operetta, to my generation at least, and let me tell you the music is stunning. There are such tenderly beautiful melodies, as well as some rather rousing production numbers. For the first time in my career I did not sing in a musical. I played the Grand Duchess Anastasia, mother of the princes intended. I had a blast. I used a German accent and just made this little part my own. I was lucky I enough to have a wonderfully adventurous director in Lily King. She gave me the full reins and let me run with it. I had a fabulous time and my dear friend Raymond Sage was brilliant as Dr. Engle, the mischievous privy counselor to the prince.
Raymond is about the best friend I have ever had. He is kind, considerate, and oh so talented. We met in 2012 on the New London Barn Playhouse’s stage as Mother and Tateh in Ragtime. His sensitivity on stage is something I can only hope to aspire to, never mind a voice like golden silk. I am so lucky to call him friend.
And then I began rehearsals for The Music Man. I have the pleasure of being River City’s resident piano teacher and librarian. My long time friend Thom Miller is my Harold Hill. Let me tell you, this show is one of the best I have ever been a part of. I had forgotten how fun my job could be. Doing this show each night is a joy and getting to live Marian’s sizable arc every day reminds me how lucky I am to have love in my own life.
How often do we play a character that truly changes us each night? We always take a little piece of these people with us and they live in us, but Marian is so deep, and so lovely, I will be so sad to leave her on Sunday. Each night she leaves her mark on me, and I(Marian) am always so surprised to be falling in love with Harold, that its breath taking. I haven’t been this in the moment in some time and it is nice to return to this level of focus with this character.
As for the next few weeks, I will return home for a brief respit, then I will begin rehearsals for Commonwealth Shakespeare’s production of Kiss Me Kate! This is a huge project for me and I am just so thrilled to be a part of it. There will be a one night only performance on August 21st in Boston. It brings my first mention on playbill.com, a truly thrilling moment. I actually cried when I saw it. It’s an exciting time.
Here’s the link Kiss me Kate at Commonwealth Shakes