#AtoZChallenge – T is for Theatre

Theatre is one of my major passions. As a dear actor friend of mine was fond of saying “‘Twas ever thus.”
I was so busy between work this fall and one show after another I was remiss in posting about all but one of them. Here’s what I was doing when I wasn’t here.

Steel Magnolias – Ouiser Boudreaux
I rarely get to play evil (or in this case “a very bad mood for forty years”) but one of my favorite directors decided he would cast everyone against type for this show. Ouiser was a challenge. I must have gotten the note “you’re not mean enough” 50 zillion times before I stopped counting. One night I was late to rehearsal because I was stuck on I-4 (anyone who has been to Orlando can relate) forever. I had a migraine. I was not happy. My director was overjoyed. “That’s it! That’s what I want!” he said. Who knew? One of the most fun parts I’ve ever played.

Me as Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias

Me as Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias Cast Photo

Steel Magnolias Cast Photo

Southern Comforts – Amanda Cross
This was one of the most challenging plays I’ve ever done. It’s a 2-person play and our director double cast, so we had a combination of Cast 1 (me and a very dear friend of mine), Cast 2 (husband and wife team) and also Wife 1 and Husband 2 or Wife 2 and Husband 1. As it turned out, both husbands were ill and my original husband had to drop. So poor Husband 2 got quite a workout as he ended up doing every show. It’s a lovely play about love, loss, and baseball. Go see it if you have a chance. For more on our show, go here.

Me as Amanda Cross in Southern Comforts

Me as Amanda Cross in Southern Comforts

Radio TBS – Missy Goode
I did this show a while back with another theatre company and had a blast. I played Alveeta McClay, who ran a charm school. I said then if I ever did this show again I wanted to play Missy Goode, the roving reporter to Graceland (with her demon grandbaby in tow). This past Christmas I had my chance.

Things don't always go as planned...

Things don’t always go as planned…

For a look at some of my past shows, go to the drop down category box and select My Acting Life.

For more on this challenge, go here.

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