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Congratulations cast of Miracle on 34th Street

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Congratulations to my wonderful cast members and production staff of Miracle on 34th Street!

I remember as a kid, going out to see the Nutcracker, on such a wonderful December day as this, and the memory and experience had always stuck with me. After seeing that show I had always felt the pull of fate, much like the moon on the ocean, to do a Christmas play.

Fortunately, the theater stars aligned and Miracle on 34th was my chance. From my audition where I stuffed a pillow in my button down shirt, to the “hell-week”  where we were working out the kinks (big and small). All of these will no doubt have cherished moments with the wonderful people in my cast. In my opinion; getting to know and build the foundations of friendship.

Those wonderful people, that I am now happy to call friends, are amazing human beings as well as actors. Indeed community theater fosters a loving and passionate community. Every night of performances they impressed me with their talent and passion. This show would be nothing without all of you and all of the talents that they brought to it.

With more than 3 sold out shows, let that be a testament to all of the hard work. Not only that but you created something amazing.

 I will miss all of you. And I want to wish you all of the best and a very merry Christmas.

As always its not goodbye its see you later.

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Les Miserables! @ Upper Room Theater Ministry

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I am so incredibly excited to be welcoming my church friends, theater friends, and friends of the arts to come see Upper Room Theater Ministries’ production of Les Miserables! I have not seen it yet, but the quality of prodcution URTM puts out are bar none the best amatuer theater I have ever seen. Love, like hate, is a very powerful word when used correctly, and I love these theater performances.

I had such a strong desire to be in this show, but had committments aside from the show that barred me from at least a cameo role. It was very heart wrenching to me to not be able to perform with these incredible singers and actors/actresses. The roles of: Javert, Marius, and Jean-Val-Jean are dream roles for any practitioner and lover of Musicals. One day that dream will be made into a reality.

But enough about my dream.. I am very proud to be associated with these wonderful people and plan on supporting them 100% of the way. You have to remind yourself as an audience member, “I am part of the reason for theater, too”. Because without an audience there would be no theater.

Congratulations to Rob Tessier (the director), John Downes (Jean-Valjean), and Jeanne Meyers (Cosette), and Julia Downes (young Cossette). You all will be flawless tomorrow and I can’t wait to give you a celebratory high 5 after the show.

Congratulations to the Cast of Les Mis and…

Go see Les Miserables at All Saints Catholic Church, Manassas VA.

 

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I am Proud to be a Director in Community Theater

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I am so proud to be with these wonderful young people in our production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. 

I firmly believe the journeys that we are most afraid to travel are the ones that will pay off the most. 

While I have lost money that I will never see again; I would never give these memories up. 

If you ever have the chance; take part in your community, and I can guarantee your life will be changed forever.

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A PQD for my Music Theater friends

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“In music, the punctuation is absolutely strict, the bars and the rests are absolutely defined. But our punctuation cannot be quite strict because we have to relate it to the audience. In other words, we are continually changing the score.”
– Ralph Richardson
In life, and in theater, there are some production rules that must not be deviated from. In theater they are: lines must not be deviated from, genders of the characters cannot be changed, etc. And in our daily lives we must follow: social norms, rules of the road, following directions at work, etc. We live our lives according to rules that we must follow every day.  We cannot perform a play without becoming acquainted with the roles we must play.
In musical theater we must be even more strict with the rules. There are specific numbers of beats we must count out, listen for, and sing out. We must follow these to follow a vision of what the sing is and should be.
With that said; an exciting, incredible show is not made from merely following the rules. We must take these guide lines and make them into an even more beautiful creation. To me there is nothing more beautiful than creation, and creating beautiful music and acting is no different. You must create the magic of theater and the magic of life.
We follow the rules to have structure, but we make the music of a song our own. A song has no voice without an actor, and it has no soul without creativity. So too is our lives.
Best of luck to my music theater friends in the production of Les Miserables with Upper Room Theater Ministry.
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