I’ve been a little quiet lately about what’s going on over here.
Recently, I moved. Then I went home to celebrate my mom’s birthday with a long-overdue family reunion. And all the while, I’ve been auditioning, working with clients and generally keeping my head down and focused on the task at hand.
Before I headed off for my family reunion/vaca, I auditioned for one of my dream shows, Once on This Island. The first time I heard the soundtrack, I was in high school. I remember feeling transported by the bouncy, Caribbean-style music. I would dance to the music as if I were on my own little island vacation. (Really hilarious when it’s February in Michigan, btw.) I imagined myself playing the female roles, singing their parts along to the Broadway soundtrack like my life depended on it.
And I had seen the show a couple of times – a high school production in my home town, and again with a fantastic summer rep company in Cincinnati, plus the performances of the original cast on the Tonys. Now, with the interwebs, there are so many versions to see online.
When I returned home from vacation, I was delighted to get the callback. Less than a day after I landed back in LA, I found myself in a rehearsal room, singing and dancing my heart out. I had no expectation of landing anything, especially because I found the singing piece much more challenging in an audition than I had when I sang along to the soundtrack in my car. (Oh, La Chanze, you made it look so easy!)
After the cast list was sent out, I had to read the e-mail twice. For some reason, I expected to see the “thanks for playing, better luck next time message.” Instead, there was a very different message. I’d been cast! Woohoo!
Over the weekend, the production team released a promo, and I’m super proud, excited and maybe just a teeny bit nervous to share it with you here.
Since it’s on Facebook, I guess that makes it official, right? 🙂 Who knew that after all those years of listening to this soundtrack over and over (and over) again, I’d finally get to see this dream come true? Our cast has already had a few rehearsals as of this writing, and I am so excited to share what we are working on with you this fall.
And if you find yourself in the greater LA area the first week of October, I’d love to see you in the audience. (I’ll post more show info in the coming weeks and months, or you can follow my Facebook page for the latest updates, here.)