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


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


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.