Double Whammy Weekend
This Friday & Saturday, I will be performing in two different sketch shows. Both start at 11pm and I'm not ashamed to say that I will probably sneak in a nap before the shows in order to keep energized. I just hope my alarm clock goes off! I know you think I'm joking or being cute, but I'm not! Alarm clocks have been known to be finicky. Actors have slept right through these 11 o'clock show before . So the fear that it will happen to me and that I will let everybody down is actually quite palpable.
But the nap stays because I'm getting old and I can't stay up as late as I did in college. I have a day job. I have class and rehearsals. I have little side jobs. I get tired!
But ohhhh this weekend is going to be fun!
First up? Magnum Opus Theatre. It's our final performance of this particular script and then we are going on a five week hiatus. We'll be back, no doubt, with a new rockin' script and more silly fun but...it seems that we always go on hiatus at the height of our popularity (amazing reviews & full audiences) and that it is an uphill battle to fill those seats when we do start up again. I think all of us in the cast would like to "seize the moment" when we're too hot to trot and keep things rolling, but logistically we can't. I think we'd also like to have a prime time spot every now and then so that we could snag the early-to-bed crowd too, but again, logistically, it just hasn't happened yet. The most important thing, I think, is that we keep going because we know we've hooked onto something special and completely original. Last Friday, I even met some super cool industry people who stayed up late enough to catch us! I was shocked! I may very well be saying goodbye to this character forever (see Exhibit A) after bringing back versions of her for nearly 2 1/2 years and I will definitely miss those pink glasses. I will miss you Lindsay, but I will NOT miss the bodysuit costume.
Saturday night is a whole new ballgame. I'll be spoofing Loni Anderson's character, Jennifer Marlowe, on WKRP In Cincinnati...Harold Pinter style...in a late night sketch show where the audiences votes for 3 storylines they want to continue the following week. If it sounds crazy, it probably is. I'm dashing around trying to locate a blond wig and a 70s outfit, watching old WKRP episodes on IMDB and working on my British accent in the car (I did say Harold Pinter style). Is it all worth it? Ask me Sunday morning. But right now, I say YES. Any chance to stretch & to grow, to dare to do something scary or risky and to put yourself onstage in front of an audience in an attempt to give your best damn kamikaze performance...well, it's just part of being an actor and letting it all hang out.
In the meantime, I just got my script and I have lines to learn. Also, I need to figure out what the heck is going on in the script. Oh Harold Pinter...