Thursday, October 30, 2014

Color, Curls, and Costumes

Well, it's that time of year again, and I'm sure for the last week or so you've heard at least once, "What are you dressing up as for Halloween?" I admit, I haven't dressed up for Halloween in well over 10-years. In fact, I remember the night well. My friend Kara and I went (on a golf-cart) around the country club community of Bentwood, in my hometown of San Angelo, Texas dressed as Elpheba (me) and Glenda (her) for hours and hours - until the battery of the golf cart died, and we walked home.

It was hilarious, and I had a ton of fun.
So when my friends from the choir suggested the four of us go out as Disney Princess characters (which by the way means full on drag make-up, clothes, high heels, the whole sha-bang) I was a little hesitant. Afterall, what Disney Princess would I be? So, after a little more discussion, and a brilliant thought by my friend Tim, we four grown men, will transform ourselves tomorrow night into the women of 90's television sitcom!
First up ... Fran Drescher, The Nanny
My friend David was a natural choice for Fran, and is there anyone more iconic than Fran Drescher when it comes to 90's television? The Nanny had two great things (well more than that, but two REALLY great things) 1. a fantastic opening jingle ... "that's how she became, the nanny-eeee". Who doesn't remember that? 2. a character voice that was both instantly recognizable and teetered on the edge of too much! The premise, really, (if you never saw the show) a broadway producer with 3 children, falls in love with his Nanny (Nanny Fine) after working together for years. Her outfits were incredible throughout the entire show, and the interiors of the Manhattan mansion - well, in the 90's they were spectacular! The show ran from 93-99, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Costuming in 1995.
Next ... Delta Burke, Designing Women
My best friend Tim picked this one, and yet again - will be a dead ringer! Who doesn't know Designing Women? If you're younger, I suppose you wouldn't - but come on! It's classic television! And it's our business, people! Ok - again, if you never saw it (rent it, it's worth it) the show is about the working and personal lives of 4 women who run an interior design studio in Atlanta, Georgia! It is great television - and the outfits were classic late-80's, early 90's. The show ran from 86-93, and won an Emmy for hairstyling in 1988.
Then there's ... Mrs. Garrett, Facts of Life
Jeffrey will be Charlotte Rae ala Mrs. Garrett from the Facts of Life, and I'm sure will look PERFECT! Facts of Life doesn't really fit into our "theme" of 90's television because it aired from 79-88, but it's close enough - and really, drag costumes are all about what you feel most comfortable in. Facts of Life was the longest running sitcom in the 80's, and was really a spin off of Different Strokes. Mrs. Garrett is the housemother of an all-female boarding school in New York, and also a dietician and baker. Charlotte Rae was nominated for an Emmy in 1982 for Best Actress.
And who, dare I say, will I be?
Peggy Bundy, Married with Children
Oh yes, the lover of bon-bon's and day-time television, Peggy Bundy from the hilariously funny sitcom Married with Children is my 90's lady, chosen for me by the group. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Married with Children ... well, where were you living between 87-97? The show catapulted Christina Applegate's career, who played the bombshell daughter of Peggy and Al Bundy. A dysfunctional family, living in working-class suburbia in Chicago, the show was live-acted the entire time it was cast in its 11-seasons, and the mother of the house, Peggy Bundy, was the exact opposite of what 80's television shows (and most of the 90's shows that came after) wanted you to think a mother should be! She refused to clean or cook, she spent her days parked in front of the TV watching talk shows; she was a famously inattentive mother and nagging wife who used every opportunity to humiliate Al about his job, his meager earnings, and even bedroom performance. Her big taste for things like clothes and male strippers ran Al into debt on numerous occasions, but she remained lovable to the audience the entire time! Katey Sagal was nominated for 4 Golden Globes for Best Actress.
 Are we nuts?
Sure we are! I mean, who would spend hundreds of dollars on costumes that they'll never have the occasion to wear again? Me, and the three of them, apparently! But we will have a blast - and no one will ever forget the time that Tim, Jeffrey, David and Artie showed up in drag as 90's television sitcom dames.
So what are you dressing up as for Halloween? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 3. Issue 7

Hey everybody! Happy Monday!
2014 has been a wonderful year for me, full of positive changes that have made me a happier and healthier person. I've been forced to make decisions that were incredibly difficult, but the result has been worth the pain and suffering, and I can testify to the "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" adage that our mothers, and grandmothers before them always told us as children.
I'm not finished making changes. Some things take longer than others to change. The shift isn't as quick, the choice isn't as easy. We all deal with things in our own time, and while I am a Type A overachiever, who prefers to have everything done perfectly, and right away, I know that taking time to make this particular decision is best.
With that said, here's what I'm inspired by today. Beautiful, neutral living spaces.
Specifically the loft apartments of Laurann Claridge, Michelle Niday, and blogger Grant Gibson.

Loft by Michelle Niday

Apartment by Laurann Claridge

Apartment by Grant K. Gibson
All photos sourced via Pinterest.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 3. Issue 6

They called me back!
For those of you unfamiliar with how the audition process goes, typically you attend an open call for a show where you audition with sides (lines from the script) of characters you may have no interest in playing, and music that best shows your range and talent. This open call is for all actors, equity and non-equity (meaning part of a union of actors, and not part of a union) and could be in front of all of the open call attendees, or as part of scheduled auditions with the core staff of the show: producer, director, musical director, choreographer, stage manager.
The second part of this process is called, call backs. Call backs are essentially that, they call you back in to read for a part in the show that they feel your open call audition best suited you to, and if there is music in the show, they want you to sing the music for the character they're thinking you should play.
Call backs do not mean you're cast in the show, however, they are promising, and present a second opportunity for you to really show your talent and give them all you've got! So, when I got my call back last night for the part of Warner, the part I REALLY want to play, I jumped up and down a little bit, and naturally, rushed here this morning to tell all of you!
This weekend I'll be really good! I'll exercise, I'll rest my voice, I'll not drink, and I'll think positive thoughts, and do a little role research. So to that end, indulge me won't you - while we go Harvard prep on the blog today!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 3. Issue 5

Some of you know that for a long time, a LOOOOOOONG time, I was a stage actor. I loved it, and played the leading actor in shows like Barefoot in the Park, Hello Dolly, and many, many others. I also did a movie and several commercials, but I love to be on stage. When we moved here from Texas, however, the theatre scene wasn't easy to crack. They auditioned several months, (even a year) before a show even went into rehearsal, and I couldn't forge commitments to things that far in advance. Eventually, the whole idea of being on stage again just faded into the background, until recently.

On Monday, I auditioned for a part in the stage Musical of Legally Blonde. If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, MTV hosted a stage performance of the broadway show where they recorded the entire thing, and it's available on youtube here. I highly recommend you watch it if you were a fan of the movie. It was a great stage transfer.

Anyway, I've been anxiously waiting to hear if I was selected for call backs, and it's got me feeling those tingles and tickles that I forgot theatre had the magical way of doing. So, while I sit here with fingers and toes crossed ... I thought I'd think good thoughts and throw some pink out into the universe. I hope you don't mind!


All Images via Pinterest.