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Instead of doing a ridiculously long recap of all of what’s happened since my last entry, here’s a quick rundown:
I graduated from the University of Mobile with a BA in Theatre in the spring of '05.
August 1st of '05, I moved to Virginia Beach, VA, to attend grad school at Regent University, pursuing my MFA in Acting and Directing.
While attending classes, I was signed on with a voice-over company called Studio Center where I do voices for commercial and such.
I finished classes May of '08 and graduated with my MFA.
September 1st of '08, I moved to NYC to further pursue my acting career.
While continuing to do work for Studio Center at their New York office, I auditioned the crap out of the city.
Within a month, I was signed on to be a member of The Improv School, an improvisational troupe that travels to elementary, middle and high schools doing assembly programs on whatever subject the school asks for (i.e. the presidential election, peer pressure, bullying, cheating, etc.).
- Sometime in December, whilst doing an unpaid world premiere of a new holiday show called Pucelandia, I was hired on to play the part of Mr. Howell in a national tour of Gilligan's Island: The Musical.
These days, aside from continuing to do voice-over work, I’ve been auditioning for stuff that starts after the Gilligan’s Island tour ends. I don’t know that I have any bites, yet, but here’s hoping!
I really love living in New York City. I just wish that I had the money to go see all of the shows and stuff that I’d like to see. Tonight, I got to see some really great improv at The PIT from a new troupe called The Bronx and an old troupe called Wilhelm, and it was FREE! That’s right in my budget range right now.
Well, that’s all I’m going to write at the moment. I realize that I really need to update the site and add more content, especially in the acting lessons section, but I’ve got a voice gig tomorrow morning and need to go to bed to be in top shape for it.
Sun., August 1, 2004
Buckskin Joe's Frontier Town and Railway. This is one amazing place. Having never been in Colorado before, this has been one amazing experience. I got here late Sunday evening/early Monday morning on May 2nd/3rd.
My training was interesting. "Sit here and watch all of the gunfights; we might incorporate you into some of them tomorrow." Simple enough, I guess. They sent me the scripts ahead of time, but I was a bad boy and didn't start memorizing my parts until the first plane ride from Gulfport, MS to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. I got a few of them memorized by the time I flew into Denver.
My boss picked me up from the airport, and I got to talk with him for the two hours it took to get from the Denver to Cañon City. Instantly we were laughing about lots of silliness.
A few gunfighters came in a few weeks after me, but I quickly became friends with them when they arrived. Justin Davis, the managing gunfighter who hired me, had assembled a very diverse but very fun group of guys (six in all) with whom I was to spend my summer. We all live together in the town...that's right...in the town. It takes about thirty seconds to get to work, and that ain't bad. We live, work, and die in this town, and I couldn't be having more fun.
I had never picked up a real gun until I got to Buckskin. I've learned a lot about gun-safety and all of that sort of thing. I've also learned how to quickly adapt to changing situations in performances. In the beginning, we were assigned parts to play. As homework, we were told to learn all of the other parts in all of the gunfights (one part at a time per show, of course). So, as of this past week, I've played every single part in all of the seven fifteen-minute gunfights that we do on a daily basis (thirty roles in all). I've also played all but one of the parts in the two saloon shows that we do daily (four parts in all).
Buckskin has an interesting method of rehearsal. "You've seen the others do the blocking. Now hop in there and do this part for the first time in front of the audience." In other words, your rehearsal was watching the other guys do the roles while you were doing your own. Luckily, the blocking for the shows usually isn't complicated and is easily picked up. The lines, on the other hand. "The script is more of a guideline than something set in stone."
Doing these shows in such an intense manner has made me grow exceedingly as an actor. I've stretched myself the spectrum, playing everything from good guys to bad guys to stupid guys to con artists, etc.
Now days, since just about everybody has played just about everything, we decide about fifteen minutes before show time who gets to play what part or, in other words, who lives and who dies.
Ever since I've been in Colorado, I've been considering moving out this way when I get older. This is an amazing place to live and work. I'll tell more about this place on a later date. And, until then, may God bless you and direct you along the path to victory.
December 13, 2003
me get this entry running with some of the cool stuff that's
happened in the past five and a half months since my last
got to play a number of roles in Our Town at the
University of Mobile. My main character was Howie Newsome,
the milkman. He was tons of fun because he's just a funny
old man. On a few occasions, I played Sam Craig, which
was just a straight shooter kind of a character; no problem.
being assigned Howie, the director (Bruce Morgan) called
me up and told me that Dr. Terry Ellis (the pastor of Spring
Church and the guy who was called in to play the part of
the Stage Manager/Narrator) had a wedding to do at the
same time as one of our matinee shows. Then he asked me
if I could fill in for him on that show. Without hesitation,
I said, "Sure!" to which he replied, "Have you read the
play?" You see, the Stage Manager has about an hour's worth
of lines, telling stories and narrating what's going on
on the stage.
of the shear size of the part, Bruce didn't want me to
have to learn all of those lines for just one show. So,
he let me do the student show, as well. Though I got to
see Terry do the part a whole bunch during rehearsals,
I only got to rehearse each act once during the week of
dress rehearsals. It kind of freaked me out a little, but
I calmed down well enough for the performances.
was one point during the first of the two shows I did as
the Stage Manager where I just completely blanked out on
stage. No one was on stage with me at the time, and usually
during that show, no one comes out unless the Stage Manager
talks about them. I couldn't remember what was going on,
what year we were in, who was supposed to come on, or anything.
Thankfully, though, the two people who were supposed to
come out went ahead and came out (thank God for Rachel
When they did, my mind got back into place, and I started
right back where I left off. Thankfully, I didn't have
any brain farts my the second show as the Stage Manager,
and I went through all of my many, many, many pages
of lines without a hitch.
didn't like the show when we had to read it in high school.
In fact, I hated it. But, after performing and seeing the
vision of the director come to life, I actually appreciate
the show. We didn't do the pantomime stuff that's in the
script, which was nice. And, having done what I consider
the defining production of the show, I don't think
I'd be able to appreciate anyone else's production the
same way. I'm saying this because I was in it, but because
the shear emotion and depth that the director breathed
into it. (Even he says that the movie is unwatchable
and that the Robert Redford production was super boring.)
doing Our Town, we did the musical Annie.
I was cast as Rooster Hannigan, which is a super fun part
to play. The song "Easy Street" was originally written
to where Rooster had to sing up to an A. Not being a tenor
(I'm a baritone/bass for crying out loud!), we lowered
the song a step so I only had to pop a G. [I was surprised
every time it came out. G's are always iffy with my voice.]
I also got to do some fun dancing in the show.
funny aspect of the show is that I was the shortest guy
in the show, and because all of the orphans were played
by college students, there were one or two of them who
were as tall as I was. The character of Lilly was played
by my old friend Scarlette O'Hara (yes, that is her real name),
and she's a towering figure anyway, but they had her in
heels and me in flats. So, she ended up being about a head
and a half taller than I was. Even so, the show was loads
weekend, we're performing Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas at
the Chickasaw Civic Theatre, which is sort of a sequal
I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. We're
using the same cast as we did in Kindergarten,
so it's just about the same format as the last show. I've
got a very unique song called "Wind-up Toys" that's kinda
cool. Overall, it's a nice little show. (With a cast of
only five, what else can it be but a little show?)
also in rehearsal for two other shows right now. We're
doing Christmas at Lonestar Gulch at my church,
which is (sadly) a little cheesey (as is most church drama,
unfortunately). I'm playing a slow-talkin' sheriff (kinda
the comic relief from the other corny comedy in the show).
starting a new tradition at school called "The Not-so Shakespeare
Festival", in which the sudents do the acting, directing,
technical work, props...everything. (The only difference
between this and the regular shows is that the students
are getting a chance to direct.) The piece that I'm in
is a one-act called The Actor's Nightmare, which
is super funny. I'm playing the part of George, the actor
having the nightmare.
that I'm out of school for the semester, I'm getting a
bit more of a chance to hang out with more of my friends,
and I've now got some time on my hands to be able to work
on the website a little more. I did the major part of the
new design on Tuesday and the cool mouse rollover link
code on Friday.
week, I plan on writing up some of the easier acting lessons,
like the parts of the stage and such. And, if the mood
strikes me, I'll write some other stuff, too.
that's it from me for now. So, until next time, may God
bless you and direct you along the path to victory.
July 1, 2003
certainly has been a while, but it's only because I've
just been busy with life, the universe, and everything.
We just finished our run of Oklahoma! at the Chickasaw
Civic Theatre (I played a random farmer named Fred and
did the old-age make-up for Aunt Eller). It was lots of
fun doing the show, and a few of us went to see The
Incredible Hulk after the cast party. (I thought it
was a super kick-butt movie!)
here at auditions for Our Town at the University
of Mobile. (I despise this show, but I'm going to do it
anyway because I feel like I'm sort of obligated, and it's
the dean of the department's favorite show. Thank goodness
she isn't directing this one.) I've already read for a
few different parts, and the director told me to wait around
in case he needed me to read for any other parts. Since
I've got a few minutes on my hand, I can finally get another
entry into the journal.
other show news, I'll be reprising the role of Ray-Bud
in Dearly Departed for a few benefit shows for
the Penelope House in early August. It should be fun. I
haven't met any of the new cast members yet, though I'm
supposed to be teaching the other guys their characters
and accents and such. Ya know...I'd better get busy with
a completely different note, I've started storyboards for
the first cartoon on my Animated Parables web site (www.AnimatedParables.com).
I should have the first cartoon finished and the site up
and running by the end of the summer. You can go the site
now and sign up for the mailing list to get news and updates
on how the site is going.
a note a half-step down from that one, I handed in my two-weeks'
notice at Chuck E. Cheese's last Saturday. After four long
years of working there, I figured it was time for me to
move on. My main reason for finally quitting is that I
feel as though I'm spreading myself too thin, and I need
to cut off the ends that are just wearing me out. I still
enjoy doing the work, but I'm just tired. In other words,
I need a Sabbath. I'm getting paid to do grunt work in
the theatre at school, and I still do stuff at the radio
station, so money shouldn't really be a problem.
a weird note that's a minor sixth above the previous one,
I purchase "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album, Poodle
Hat, and it's stinkin' hillarious. I highly recommend
it to...well...everyone! Go to the
Official "Weird Al" Website for
a note about an octave above the last one, I've enrolled
in the School of Biblical Evangelism (www.biblicalevangelism.com),
and it's fantastic! I feel that my walk is now much more
straight and steady. I'm much more focused now, rather
than just going through the motions. I highly recommend
the school to every believer.
though the length of this might not suffice for an entry
two and a half months in the making, that's about it for
now. I'll get some serious work in on finishing the SETC
journal entry as soon as I get another few minutes on my
hands. Until the next time I write, may God bless you and
direct you along the path to victory.
Apr. 16, 2003
appologize for taking so long to get in another entry!
SETC was exciting, but as soon as I came back, I came down
with a sinus infection (which wasn't quite as exciting).
I'm all better now, though.
Pajama Game was
pretty successful and lots of fun (more on that later).
But, first I want to tell you about SETC.
I started to write this entry, I found out that it was much too
long to be put here. (It's so long, it's not even finished
yet!) So, I've put the extended version on its own page.
If you'd like to read (what I have so far of) a day-by-day
recap of the trip, just CLICK
Feb. 21, 2003
How busy I am with everything! We finished our run of Dearly
Departed this past Saturday evening, and it went over
really well. It did so well that we're going to
be doing a special performance on May 2nd at Springhill
already started rehearsals for The Pajama Game.
We only got about 44 hours rest between shows. I've got
the part of Hines, which is really fun! I get a couple
of songs and I get to do a soft-shoe dance number.
whole show is hillariously corn-ball. Watch the movie (which
stars Doris Day) and you'll see what I mean.
break is coming up, and a few of us from the theare department
are leaving for SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference; http://www.setc.org).
The six of us that went to the state competition in November
got passed up to the next round, and we're all really excited.
the deal. You have 60 seconds if you're only doing a monologue
and 90 seconds if you're doing both a monologue and a song.
You walk on stage, and the clock starts as soon as you
begin talking. You say your name and number, do your thing,
say your name and number again, and walk off stage. Here's
the kicker, you're doing this in front of 150 to 200 casting
directors who're casting for their summer shows. If they
like what you do, your name will be posted on the call-back
bulletin board, and you will have to give them a few more
monologues (and a few more songs if you sang as well).
From that, they'll cast their shows and contact you later
on the part they want you to play. Ain't it cool?!
will also be lots of exhibits at this thing and a bundle
of areas where you can talk with Broadway professionals,
apply for tech jobs, and such.
year it's being held in Arlington, VA, which is pretty
close to Washington, D.C., and like it said before, real
all pretty excited about it. We're all working on getting
our repitoir of monologues lengthened for the call-backs.
I've been listening to a lot of Shakespearian plays on
cassette (in fact, I'm listening to one as I type this),
trying to find a few monologues that would fit me well
and show the dynamics of my acting ability.
I'd better get to work because I've got "so much time
and so little to do ... Wait ... Stike that; reverse it.
This way, please..."
Feb. 9, 2003
realize it's been a while since my last journal entry,
but that's only because I've been so busy with Dearly
Departed. We just finished our first weekend of shows,
and it's gone over really well. The audiences seem
to come out sore from all of the laughing.
show has been loads of fun to do, but it's kept me so busy
that I've barely been able to do anything else...which
isn't too bad because I enjoy doing what I'm doing!
of being busy doing shows, tomorrow we have auditions for
the next show at the University of Mobile (and we've still
got another weekend of DD performances!). We're
doing the classic musical comedy The Pajama Game.
I'm listening to the soundtrack as I'm typing this so that
I can familiarize myself with the show. It sounds like
it's going to be a big bunch of goofy, corn-ball fun.
I just thought of somethin'! ActorToActor.com turns 1 year
old this month! Ain't that somethin'?! Well, I thought
it was neat.
that's about it for now. If I don't write before then,
have a Happy Valentine's Day!
God bless you and direct you along the path to victory.
Jan. 13, 2003
I had a BLAST at Walt Disney World with the theatre people.
We stayed in the coolest hotel (All-Star Movies: Toy Story
section). There was a statue of Buzz Lightyear 3-STORIES
went on the backstage tour of the Magic Kingdom, which
was also spiffy. I learned all about Walt Disney, the parks,
and lots more. [NOTE: If you ever get to have the backstage
tour, request David as your tour-guide; he's GREAT!]
back in school now, and we've just cast our straight show.
It's called Dearly Departed, and it's about a hick
family dealing with the death of the father of the family...and
it's STINKIN' HILLARIOUS! I'm playing a character named
Ray-Bud (standard hick name). I think it's going to be
a great show...even though we only have about three
weeks to get it all together. Ah, well...that's theatre
Jan. 1, 2003
NEW YEAR! Yup,
it's a brand new year! I hope everyone had a good Christmas;
I know I did.
dad was home for Christmas and New Year's Eve for the first
time in 10 years! So, needless to say, I was happy
reading of A Christmas Carol went well. I had people
come and go throughout the whole thing, and my voice survived
well enough. I was a bit hoarse for the rest of the day,
and I couldn't really do much with it for the following
day and a half, but it's fantastic now!
had a really great New Year's Eve service at my church.
A bundle of the local churches came and worshipped together
with me at the helm, which was spiffy! I also got to play
a flute solo, accompanied by piano. I played "Give
Thanks" because I've got a lot to thank God for for
this past year.
still on a break from doing plays and such because I'm
in one of those lulls between shows. But, this Sunday I'll
be going to Disney World in Orlando, FL, with the theatre
department from the University of Mobile. We're cramming
five guys into a single room (me included), and then there're
a few rooms of girls. It's gonna be lots of fun because
I haven't been to Disney World in Orlando in over ten years.
that's about it from me. This year is going to be BIG!
I just know it is...plus that's what God told me, so I
know it's true.
Sun., Dec. 22, 2002
I've just said goodbye to all of my friends at the Playhouse-in-the-Park.
Today was my last show there...for a few years, at least.
I'm gonna be so busy with the shows at school that I won't
be able to do anything else anywhere!
glad we had such a great run of Scrooge. It was
tons of fun! I sure am going to miss working with all of
those people there, but we've all got to move on some time
a different note, I'm really excited about Christmas Eve
because I get to do a reading of A Christmas Carol at
a local Books-a-million! Pam let me borrow my Scrooge costume
to do the reading in. I think it'll be loads of fun! I
tested myself last Monday to see how long it would take
me to read the whole book (and to see if my voice would
even go through that much stress). Well, I was able to
get all of the way through in about four hours, and my
voice didn't give out, so I'm in good shape.
think I'll go on complete vocal rest tomorrow to prepare
myself for the vocal ravaging I'll be giving myself the
following day. I
hope lots of people show up! I think I'm going to put a
hat in front of me for some ::wink wink:: donations because
I'm not getting paid for this gig.