Sunday, September 5, 2010

End of season!

Last night we had one of our best shows to date and it also happened to be our last. The audience was wonderful and we couldn't have asked for a better send off. We then all went for a few drinks along with Sam's family to the British Beer Company. What a great end of season!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Last show!

We had a great Tempest and R&J the last two night with great audiences. Tonight is the last Twelfth Night and the last show show of the season. This summer has been a big learning challenge and overwhelming success. We had repeat costumers almost every night for the whole summer. I'm going to miss laughing and crying as the nurse, fighting as Tybalt, and being drunk as most of my other characters. ;) It is time to move on though. There are bigger fish to fry and more drunks to explore in Shakespeare's cannon. I hope I have the means to do this kind of theater, just as good and better, for the rest of my life. Also, I can't wait to return to my homeland Wisconsin this next week for mein Geburtstag! P-A-R-T-Why? Cause I gotta!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Almost down!

We only have one performance left of our three fabulous Shakespeare productions. It went by fast as usual, but now I'm on to the next thing. I'll be home in Wisconsin for the week surrounding my birthday.YEAH!!!! Then it's back out to Massachusetts for the fall. I am most looking forward to a special trip down to Texas over Halloween!!!!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happenings in the East

Well it's been a long summer so far and I haven't blogged a whole lot. So here's the scoop: We've been performing Tempest, R&J, and Twelfth Night to almost all full houses since we started. The Plimoth Players all male Shakespeare troupe, I believe I can say, is a success. Yeah! A lot of hard work went into this project to get it on its feet, but I think (hope) we have all learned or are learning from our mistakes/failures/etc... In the end the product is what counts and our product has impressed many, including several newspapers and some theatrically important people.
I have also gotten the side job of giving walking, historical, ghost tours of Plymouth on Sundays and Mondays. Apart from that, I mostly am keeping with costume repairs and performing a fight demonstration on show days. I choreographed a "silly" fight (I also used a piece of my SiS SPT fight from DC Wright.) and Jake and I perform the fight, explain the parts of the sword, and break down the fight move-to-move. We then have volunteers (usually children) come up and, while always keeping hold of the blade, teach them how to do a thrusting lunge. The demonstration is much enjoyed by all.

As for the future, we're done with the shows labor day weekend and I will be going home to good old Mount Horeb for the first week of Sept (including my birthday) and then returning to Massachusetts for the fall. Then probably being home for Christmas and the month or two after. At which time I will have to start preparing for next summers season at Plimoth Plantation.

So that's what I got so far. I'll try to be more frequent about this whole blog thing. :)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Opening Night and Beyond!!!!!!!

Well after three applause-forced bows and a standing ovations I'd say our opening night of Romeo & Juliet was a major success.

Check out this link to newspaper articles about Plimoth Players:

http://www.patriotledger.com/entertainment/x1218688594/Plimouth-actors-use-Shakespeare-to-teach-about-Plimoth-colonists

Friday, June 18, 2010

Priorities, priorities...

Wow, I haven't updated in quite a while, but for good reason. I have been rehearsing/working everyday to get our three plays (Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night) up and running. And just to prove I haven't been slacking off. PLEASE, check out the Plimoth Players blog at http://www.plimoth.org/blogs/players

There are a cornucopia of videos and pictures!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Exploring Central Mass.

Last weekend I drove to Spencer, MA to visit my bitchin' friend, Casey Suter. We had lunch in North Hampton and walked around for a while. Waited in a huge line for Herrell's famous hand-made ice cream. Then we got our palms read. HA! After that we drove back and Casey's lovely parent's, Garry and Donna, made a delicious meal of steak of the grill and all the fixin's. Then their friends, Pat and Laurie came over and we all drank 2007 Cote de Rhone well into the night and sang Frankie Valli. On Sunday, Casey and I ate breakfast at Charlie's diner (featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives) Awesome! Then we drove up to this monastery and laid in the sun under a willow tree for awhile and had a cartwheel-off. I won. On the way back we stopped at this huge reservoir where there is apparently a whole town at the bottom. When we got back we went to the fire station for lunch and greeted a huge bike ride on their way to D.C. Great weekend. Great friend.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reading and fighting



We have now read through all three plays as a group sans Will and Brian. Will is arriving tonight and will join us for dinner. Brian is on schedule to come tomorrow. Also today we went to the Plimoth to do some planning for the performance space and Jake and I led another stage combat demonstration which was filmed for a tv spot.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's been a long days rehearsal.






Today we all went to the beach at the tip of the cape and did some yoga. We then proceeded with some Chekhov exploration work.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Plimoth Players Begins Rehearsal

Michael Kaup arrived yesterday and today Sam, Jake, Mike, and I read through Twelfth Night with Nate covering the extra parts. It's gonna be great!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New York, New York

So after the Shakespeare camp Jake and I drove the five hours to NYC. I parked my car outside of my cousin Kyle's apartment in Brooklyn for the week. Then Jake and I went to Sam and Nate's place in Spanish Harlem to start shooting the TV show Sam wrote called "Far Fetched". We filmed all of Jake's scenes over the weekend because he needed to leave on Tuesday to get back to Plimoth Plantation. On Monday I started sleeping at Kyle and Daniel's place and commuted into the city everyday. I filmed all my bits later in the week so I had some extra time to see a few shows. I saw In The Heights on Monday, Nate and I went to The 39 Steps (hilarious) on Wednesday, and saw Next Fall with Amy "mama torch" Lud the day the car bomb was found a block away in Times Square. So all-in-all it was an eventful week.

Camp Follow Up

Well, the rest of the kids theater camp was very successful. The kids learned a lot and did an excellent job performing " The Little Tempest". Then Jake assisted me in teaching a stage combat workshop. I choreographed a three phrase sword fight which we went through step by step to show how a fight breaks down and is created. It went extremely well (and safe :)) and everybody was impressed with our work for the week.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kids Camp Day 2


The Little Tempest is shaping up nicely. The kids are getting a slightly better handle on their characters, but it is only the second day. They really enjoyed the stretching routine I took them through. We also went down to the 1627 village and talked to "Stephen Hopkins" who is rumored to be an inspiration for Stephano in The Tempest. After the kids left for the day Jake and I checked out the Hornblower mansion where we will be living for the summer. We also discovers an abandoned overgrown stone gazebo in the middle of the plantation. We dubbed it the Lost Pavilion and will be frequenting it a lot this summer.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CHILDREN LOVE SHAKESPEARE!!!


So today was the first day of our week long theater camp. Jake and I introduced the six kids to a ton of theater games and also began our journey creating our own 15 min children's adaptation of the Tempest. I am always amazed at the level of interest and knowledge that 10 year olds have of Shakespeare. Most of them had either read it or new the story and some even new about specific jokes in the show, like when Trinculo hides under Caliban's cloak with him he exclaims that it smells like bad fish. Unbelievable! I will say that Jake and I were way more tired then any of them. Then after they left we rehearsed the sword fight for the end of the week. I'll sleep good tonight!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Movin' right along, duka-du duka-du, duka-du!

I hope the Vlogs worked. I couldn't get a couple of them to upload because of size issues, I think. Anyway, I have now settled (somewhat) in Wellfleet, MA at Richard's where I'll be staying with Jake for the next week. So far Jake has showed me around Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower II, Province Town, and the cape in general. I've gotten my first taste of authentic New England cuisine except chowda, still waitin' on that one. The weather's been kinda cold and rainy, but there is promise of sun the next few days. This week Jake and I teach a children's theater camp. At the end of the camp the kids perform a little somethin' somethin' and then Jake and I will perform and breakdown a three phrase single sword fight which I choreographed yesterday. This summer is going to be fantastic! There's a lot of work to do and even more exploring to do. Cape Cod is like Door County on steroids!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

MASSACHUSETTS!!!

I finally made it out here to Cape Cod for the summer. It took me two days. Jake showed me around the Plantation site and then he and I drove up to Province Town for an awesome meal at the Mews Restaurant. I did a lot of video blogger the last two days of driving so hopefully I'll get that uploaded successfully in the next day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck 'o the Irish!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!

It is a beautiful sunny day in Wisconsin! Temperatures are going to reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the smell of corned beef and beer are in the air! Ha-HA! I love this holiday! It's also the first time I've gotten to spend it at home in the last few years. YEAH!!!

Here's a little video pick-me-up:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Point" taken...

I spent a marvelous weekend in Stevens Point. I went to What The Butler Saw after an exciting meal of sushi at Mat Su Ya. Good times with good friends! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

S/E

I successfully guided many high school music students in the correct ways of performing a musical theater song for Solo & Ensemble. Good luck my little minions!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Yeah I can blog from my droid now!

Sweet Shakespearian Success!

All three plays are now cut and tripled for six men. Oh, and it feels good. Starting on a rough costume plot for all three shows. Time for drink.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Just around the river bend!

Sweet VICTORY!!! I've been working on cutting and triple roles for the three Shakespeare plays I'll be in this summer: R&J, Tempest, and Twelfth Night. As of today the cuts have all worked out for all three and we have successfully split the characters in R&J and Tempest for six men. HAHAAA!!! In the next few days we will hopefully get Twelfth Night tripled.

I've also been coaching high school students in musical theatre for Solo & Ensemble. This is proving to be quite fun and rewarding. In top of that I have agreed to help construct and repair costumes for Playtime Productions, a touring theatre company for young kids. (I'm just glad I have an excuse to use my grossmutter's sewing machine.)

So everything so far is going fairly smooth, but I just can't wait to get out east in less than two months!!!!! SO CLOSE!!!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

AMERICA!

Little update:

The rest of my European Danventure was great, but am extremely happy to be back in the good-old-pie-eating-cheese-curd-frying-snow-covered-US-of-A state of Wisconsin. I've been doing some dog and house sitting and trying to look for a part time job, but as I'm only here for two months, this is proving rather difficult. Here's looking to summer!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Switzerland to France via Milano and Monte Carlo in three days!






Took the freeway through the alps. It started to snow in San Bernardino and then was foggy the rest of the drive through Lugano, Lake Como, and down to Milan. For the record, Milan is a dirty city and I did not feel safe there. Other then eating, we spent most of the time in the hotel room, which also wasn't very clean or spacious. Happy frickin' New Year. However, we did decide that it would be tolerable in the summer when there would actually be things to see and do and businesses would be open.
The day we left Milan (very early) it was clear and sunny. We drove along the gorgeous Riviera through Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Nice, and Cannes. When we got to Aix-en-Provence we had a great dinner with wine in a heated outdoor cafe in the city center.