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Let us gaily tread the measure

Beginning of my busy weekend just past: Audition for The Pirates of Penzance at First Street Playhouse. I pulled out some moderate coloratura ("The Finer Things" from Jane Eyre) to shoot for Mabel, knowing that there were a zillion reasons for me not to get it, starting with having pretty much hit my ingenue sell-by date (I don't look 37 to most people, but I don't look 17 anymore either); continuing through being surprised to find that the person I thought was directing no longer is; and finishing up with wondering whether they got a tenor for Frederic who can balance my Big Damn Voice not to mention my height.

While shooting for Mabel, I had decided I would be perfectly happy with one of the three featured sisters, ideally Kate (technically a mezzo role, but the lighter of the main two; probably the eldest and definitely the ringleader). (ETA: I think all this applies to Kate, although it could be Edith, which was the Jessie Bond role. But the music director said "We're really looking for you to lead that trio!" when she called, so for the moment that's what I'm thinking. They're pretty much equal regardless.) Actually better than the lead in many ways -- still a good amount of solo stuff, way more "character" comedy, and usually winds up with the Pirate King when everyone gets married off at the end.

I got the call this morning, and Kate it is! *bounce*

Bonus the First: Five-weekend run, whoo-hoo! (Trust me, busting your ass in rehearsals for two or three months to perform for two or three weekends gets wearing!)

Bonus the Second: The costumes are going to rock. This is the place that rents to pretty much every other organization in the western 'burbs, not to mention the general public. I've seen their stock, when I rented a few pieces for Barnum, and it is to die.

I'm also enough of a dorky Sarah Brightman fangirl to be all giddy about getting the role she did in the London transfer of the Joseph Papp production. In which she replaced Bonnie Langford, yet. Yes, I'm pathetic, let's move on...

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neonhummingbird
Jan. 30th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! < massive hugs > Well, I'll just have to make it out to see this one, won't I? Do you have the dates yet?
wiliqueen
Jan. 30th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
April...ummm... :: checks website :: April 13 - May 13.
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wiliqueen
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks!
kjaneway
Jan. 30th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! Go you.

G&S goodness!

Sadly, you're still too far away for me to come and see, though.
(Not to mention on the Wrong side of Evil Immigration System of Doom!)
wiliqueen
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Alas, very little I can do about either of those things. :-/ Where are those transporters we've been wanting for 40 years???
kjaneway
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Where are those transporters we've been wanting for 40 years???

Hell, yeah!

I'd even take a flying car... though, it'd be a pretty long trip. :-)
sventhelost
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats!

And fie upon you for getting that song stuck in my head!
wiliqueen
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
:: cackles madly ::

I still get stuff stuck in my head sometimes from Yeomen and Ruddigore. Which I did in 1989 and 1990, respectively.
thanatos_kalos
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
woohoo! Congratulations! ::hugs:: I'm going to have to make it down for this one. :) (I will then be taking bets on how long it'll take to get "Modern Major General" out of my head. Last time it was 2 days).
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thanatos_kalos
Jan. 30th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
younger than both, though Lennon and Yoko got married on my birthday. ::shudder::
icepixie
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
neadods
Jan. 30th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Kate it is! *bounce*

Huzzah!
ivan23
Jan. 30th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
WooHoo! Congratulations!
therealjae
Jan. 30th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Okay, that ROCKS. Congratulations!

-J
wiliqueen
Jan. 30th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hee! Confetti gecko!

I keep forgetting to tell you the comment we overheard in the courtyard at the Ringling Museum of Art, with geckos darting everywhere. (Those little buggers are fast!) Someone we passed was saying "Look at all the little GEICOs!"
therealjae
Jan. 30th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hee! Was it a kid? (I hope!)

And okay, wow, if it hadn't been for the six months I spent living with minnaleigh in 2003-04, I would have no idea what this meant. That's kind of disconcerting--how easy it is to lose touch with that kind of aspect of your home culture.

-J
wiliqueen
Jan. 30th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
It was an older-middle-aged person, I think. Oddly, I can't remember whether it was a man or a woman.

brainiacfive, his mom and I were chuckling about it because she had accidentally made the same slip earlier in the day. Talk about a successful ad campaign!

I'm a bit nonplussed by the snowballing lameness of the caveman spots. But then, those seem to have caught on to some extent too (albeit not as pervasively as the gecko), so what do I know?

They also seem to have wrung out their gecko ideas for the moment. The primary amusement factor in those lately is the accentuation of the "cute" factor. I swear the little guy's eyes have doubled in size since the campaign started...
lifelongfling
Jan. 30th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congrats!
quasievil_bunny
Jan. 30th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Break those legs!!! Woot!!!
deire
Jan. 30th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!!
celli
Feb. 3rd, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Awesomecakes! And I've never seen it, so it'll be all new to me!
irish_horse
Feb. 3rd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm late to the party, but congratulations on the casting, and break a leg! :D
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