Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Guys On Ice closed in Madison last Sunday. That means a week and a half of vacation left until we're on tour again. I've already been to Milwaukee. Saw "Who Killed Santa?" which was hilarious. Gearing up for the holiday weekend and woke up to a serene blanket of snow on the golf course. As soon as Emmi gets back from the dentist we're gonna head to Sjolinds for some delicious hot chocolate. Mmmm...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Guys On Ice - Madison, WI

Two weeks down. One to go. At least now that I'm calling the show, I have something to do. Two week Christmas break soon!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

On my way to load in Guys On Ice in Madison for 3 weeks at the Overture Center!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Half way through!

It's Thanksgiving week and that means we're half way through AFT's singing sportsmen tour. Next Tuesday we start Guys On Ice at the Overture Center in Madison then two weeks off for Christmas and New Years. Now I just have what comes next for Dan Klarer.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Last leg of the first leg!

We had huge crowds in the last few venues for Guys & Does. More importantly though, we had great hosts that made for easy load ins and load outs!

Today I go to Chicago for a couples days of much needed vacation then we're off to Chilton, WI for two nights. After that I'm home for Thanksgiving week. Then it's on to Guys On Ice in Madison for three weeks! Yeah!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On Tour!

Ok, so the tour actually started two weeks ago in Milwaukee. However, we are now on the road. We've actually started touring. The Milwaukee run was nice. In Tandem theater on tenth street were amazing hosts. I got to see some old and fairly new friends sometimes all at once. So, it was a nice way to start off the tour.
Yesterday was a day off. It's always nice to spend a day at home and see Mom and Dad.
Today I drove to West Salem, WI. We load in tomorrow at 8am and have an almost sold out one night performance in a 650 seat auditorium. Very exciting considering we've been used to the less than 100 seat theater in Mil-town.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Coffee Cups and Gossip

I had great birthday in Milwaukee with a Brewer win! Mom and Tracy made a great birthday dinner and I had some great birthday drinks with Eric, Heather, and Gretchen. 25 feels great!

We started rehearsals for Spitfire Grill which I am now ASM for, on top of my house management/laundry duties for Guys On Ice. Spitfire is going to be wonderful. Excellent ensemble!

In other news, I watched a Norwegian film called Troll Hunter which blow my mind! Do yourself a favor and see this movie. It's a wild mockumentary.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dive rolling back into the Door!

I'm back in Door County for the fall! I've had two very successful nights of house managing Guys On Ice at the Door County Auditorium and am settled back into the cottage (aka the tiltin' hilton). Now it's just enjoying Door County in the fall!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I did it!

I am officially done with stunt school. I am now an apprentice member of the United Stuntman's Association. BOOYAH!!! My last week of aerial intensive went really well. It was hard to say goodbye to my new friends and even harder to stop being able to do stunt work everyday. My best friend Ben and I left Seattle yesterday after brunch and are now in Deadwood, SD. We had an unbelievable cajun prime rib dinner and gambled the free $10 I got for staying at our hotel. I'm ahead $.10! YEAH! Tomorrow we're on our way to Mount Rushmore! Minnesota State Fair on the horizon!!!!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mini Tramp & Stair Falls

Today was awesome! The mini trampoline was hard. I think I got the hang of the sit fall and the header by the end, but the face off still is pretty rough. I just need more practice.

However, stair falls were great! I had a lot better time with these stunts. Here's a video of my last barrel roll. (Maestro pushed me off on this one.)

I also did some pretty good forward and backward stair rolls. I'll try to get at least one of those videos uploaded soon. Tomorrow we start martial arts.did some pretty good forward and backward stair rolls. I'll try to get at least one of those videos uploaded soon. Tomorrow we start martial arts.

Work hard, play hard.

Yesterday we filmed our club/knife fights and then watched them while being critiqued. It certainly was not the best day for most people. Lots of foul ups, but this made for lots of good learning. My fight went pretty darn great comparatively. Our technique was basically all there. We had one little flubby spot, but we pushed through just fine and they thought I did a fairly good job of taking the note about being more aggressive and less funny. Plus our scene was short and to the point.

Today was our first day off. I slept in, did my laundry, then Amanda and I went downtown to check out Pike Place Market. It turned out to be a beautiful day. I really wanted to find this pie shop I had seen on a food network special, but it was alluding us. We finally asked for help at this great coffee shop called Seattle Coffee Works. My breve was great and we made our 20 min trek up hill to High Five Pie. I had an exquisite piece of Marion berry pie with snicker doodle ice cream. We had almost gotten back to the car when we ran into some other stunt people, so we tagged along with them and got a beer after some group planking/owling pictures.

When we got back, everybody went to the Bowl & Skate and did some serious skating for a couple of hours.

Crash. Head in pillow. Stair falls and mini tramp tomorrow. :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Primal weapons!

Today we fought with clubs (about 2-2.5 feet bamboo sticks) and knives. All I can say is that I felt very aggressive today. RAAAAAWWWWRRRR!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fighting on Film

Today we practiced our fight that we learned yesterday. Then we filmed and watched them. Well, more like the teaching staff tearing the fights apart. They like our fight. It was funny, but it also had great technique and acting values that played well to the camera. Yeah, go stunts!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Groin shots and beatin' up women...

Another day down, another sore muscle(s)... Today, we reviewed our stomach punches and moved on to kicks. We did both out of range and contact kicks. Then moved on to hair pulls and contact slaps. That's right folks I said contact slaps, but before you get all uppity because I spent the better half of 30 min slapping a girl :) we then did contact groin shots! And there is nothing better than a room of 60 people kicking each other in the crotch or as the Maestro calls it: getting kicked in the goolies. :) Groin shots are funny - DC Wright tm. The second half of the day we spent learning a choreographed fight that we will film tomorrow and critique. Now for a couple of episodes of Archer and then bed. :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

First Day of Stunt School!!!

Today was the first day of Stunt School. It went very well. The first half of the day we did front and back falls, front and back rolls, break falls, and dive rolls. I then had a great green curry at this thai place. the second half of the day we dealt only with punches and their reactions. (i.e. cross, jab, straight, hook, stomach, uppercut, pile driver, and a back fist/elbow) Tomorrow we start kicks! Yeah!

I will also be continuing to upload my trip out west along with my Spokane adventures with Sara and Jeff. Internet at the hotel is weak, so uploading is slow. Should be fixed soon!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back in Action!

I'm not even going to apologize for not posting anything in months because I have been busy with some freakin' awesome things like a three week stage combat workshop at Eureka College, working in Door County at AFT and doing a workshop for their new show next year called Victory Farm written by Emilie Coulson, Katie Dahl, and James Valcq. Now I'm in Seattle getting ready to start stunt school. The following posts will chronicle me trip out west!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Back in Mass

It feels like I was here only a few weeks ago, not a few months. It's nice to be back though. Even for such a short few days. Jake and I are working on the cuts for Macbeth and will then move on to Midsummer. It's going well. These two plays seem much easier to work with and cut then last years. I don't know if it's because we've done it before, therefore it's coming more naturally, or they're just simpler plays (plot wise). In any case, I look forward to working on them in my capacities.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 = Combat time!

Ok, so it's been a few months. I'm sorry. Bad Dan. Anyway, I had a great 2010 and now am moving into an even greater 2011! BOOYAH! I attended the annual Winter Wonderland Stage Combat Workshop in the second weekend of January. Got re-certified with a proficient in Rapier & Dagger and a recommended in Quarterstaff. YEAH! I also took a bunch of really interesting classes including: fencing styles of Elizabethan England (Spanish, Italian, and English), how to retain specific choreography in different venues while on tour with a show, Actors are Athletes - how to be in the top 5%, the business of stage combat, and along with fighting for film, I got some good face time with Maestro David Boushey. This brings me to a big announcement: I will be attending The United Stunt School of America this August. And, as this has become the year of combat I will also be attending the Central Illinois Stage Combat workshop the second half of May. Therefore, my schedule this spring and summer will have me heading to Plymouth, MA in Feb to teach a children's theater camp and again in mid April for another one after which I will begin my duties with Plimoth Players as Costume Coordinator and Fight Director. In mid May I'll head to IL and upon my return to MA, finish my duties with the PP. Then I'll be in Washinton state for stunt school the month of August. After that is a bit of a mystery, but we'll see what happens when we get there!

Sword fight demonstration!