Elaine Stritch – A Legend

STRITCH-2-obit-articleLarge The dear and talented Elaine Stritch passed away last week. Imagine my surprise when I logged onto my blog after 10 months to find this post I had been working on. I usually have 4 to 5 posts in my drafts folder but this time it was only this one. A bare draft of only a title and two clips of this legendary performer.

This feels like a sign. I have been thinking for months of reuniting with my blog to share with (all three of) you some of the people, places and things that have been making their way into my mind and soul, changing how I think and how I want to live. From the very beginning Elaine Stritch was one of those things.

This puts a smile on my face. It feels like things might be aligning. Perhaps my intuition isn’t that bad. Perhaps I should listen to it more often instead ignoring it over the drone of everyone else’s thoughts on Twitter and Instagram (I am too in love with it).

I think this post about Ms. Stritch will be the first of a series of posts. A series of people who have made a deep impact on my thoughts, my heart and my actions. Even if I’ve never met them, even if you think it’s silly, I’ll tell you about them. I’ll own it, and I will celebrate everything they offer me. I truly feel you never know what can happen if you just put it out there into the universe. I think Elaine would approve :)

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The Reason I Love ‘In The Heights’

 

This pretty much says it all. Lin Manuel Miranda is the Latin Sondheim.

The Intent To Live – A Must Read For Actors

I hesitated to write about this book just yet because I’m not completely finished reading it. However, I keep talking about it with all the actors I know and I just can’t wait to share it with everyone here.

Larry Moss is one of the most sought after acting coaches in the world and from what I’ve heard from mutual friends (I can’t even believe I can say that), he is also one of the most generous and kind souls out there. In fact, he shares a lot of personal stories and feelings in this book and it is pretty evident that he’s a special person.

I had read pieces of this book when I was in theatre school but for some reason never the whole thing. It turns out it was for the best. I don’t think I was ready for it back then. This book has landed in my lap at the perfect time. At a moment in time when I needed motivation and inspiration and that extra little bit of something to remind me of why I love acting and this business in the first place. It helps that in the last couple of months I’ve also worked with some teachers who have been incredibly supportive and encouraging and let me know that I was heading in the right direction. It’s funny how life works.

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The Cast of ‘Anything Goes’ is Beautiful.

There are moments when I think the theatre community at large is full of crazed ego maniacs who make dumb choices based on silly ideas and negotiations. I ask myself why I’m in a business that treats me like a dollar sign, an object and a pawn. I think about all the skills I have, the education, and wonder why I don’t just get up and do something else! Start my own business, work for a worthy cause, or finally start focusing on creating a family of my own.

Then a video like this comes along. It changes my whole perspective and gets me out of my rut. in the few minutes it took me to watch this, within the first 10 seconds actually, I was reminded of the power of art. Of song and dance. That power, mixed with passionate people and great talent, really does have the ability to change the world.

In my moments of frustration I try to remember that the theatre community, as crazy as we are, is continuously spreading a message of love and light. It’s what keeps me coming back for more.

I saw Anything Goes on Broadway last year. I can confirm that this is an incredibly talented group of people. It’s nice to see that they are also eager to spread a positive message and share the magic of heart and music.

Let me end this by saying that Joel Grey is perhaps the cutest thing since my grandfather.

Enjoy the magic.

Homework (Brain Food)!

I have a lot of work to do. This pile of books just keeps getting bigger and bigger, but I can’t stop buying more. I’ve been out of school for a while now, but I am a student of life and my homework is piling up!

In my defence, the top two books, The TV Writer’s Workbook by Ellen Sandler, and Screenplay by Syd Field I have already read. They just happen to be books I go back to a lot so I like to keep them handy.

  • The TV Writer’s Workbook is a book I bought when I was trying to teach myself to write a television script. This summer I got it in my head that I was going to write a television pilot. I’m almost done, and I think it’s pretty good! Anyone know anyone at HBO? lol…..anyway, I could not have even begun to write it without this book. Thank you, Ellen Sandler! Continue reading

In Honour of World Theatre Day…MURU!

Celebrating World Theatre Day might not be on everyone’s agenda today. However, for a young artist like myself, who is trying to make a living in this crazy business, and still under the naive illusion that I can change the world through the magical world of theatre, it’s still a special day.  Continue reading

I was Beauty!

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I just finished playing Beauty in a wonderful production of Beauty And The Beast at Sudbury Theatre Centre. Couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend 5 weeks with. It was a joy. I thought I would fiddle around with one of the show photos….I love this antique look.

Into The Woods

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If you know
What you want,
Then you go
And you find it
And you get it –
And you give
And you take
And you bid
And you bargain
Or you live
To regret it.

Into The Woods (Stephen Sondheim)

Finishing The Hat – Stephen Sondheim

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SONDHEIM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. REALLY.

As a true Sondheim Junkie I am embarrassed that I only very recently bought this book. However, in my defence I was living out of two suitcases and a truck for the last 6 months and I didn’t think carrying a hard cover book was a practical idea. Regardless, I now feel complete knowing that this book is safely in my arms. I have not been able to put it down.

I have one bold statement to make about Sondheim….and here it is: The music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim can change the world. I swear. If only everybody took the time to really listen and absorb the incredible messages, themes and ideas in his shows….the world would be a better place. On a daily basis something will happen to me, or I will witness something happening and I will think about a sondheim lyric. I swear I am the person I am because of the moral lessons I’ve learned from his shows throughout my life. Am I crazy? Maybe. But I dare you to ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I’m a pretty decent person!

Finishing The Hat

So, do the world a favour and take a listen to Sunday In The Park With George or Into The Woods. These are two of my favorites. Or better yet…buy the DVDs of the staged Broadway productions. Also, if you want to learn more about the genius that is Sondheim and read some early drafts of his lyrics….you must buy this book!