Next week I will start a new theater journey. I will be moving from my comfort zone in the U High auditorium to the big leagues of Theater Baton Rouge. I know this may sound silly but I’m slightly terrified. I have plenty of experience running a rehearsal. I’ve done as much as one can do in the theater without having any formal training so it really won’t be that bad but I’m still scared. Is it the fear of the unknown? Is it the fact that I have to learn to sink or swim? Is it the fact that when I’m on book I’ll have to be reading lots of expletives and somehow I know my Mawmaw will find out? Who knows really.
I am excited about this show though. With the exception of the Little Mermaid I’ve only ever done things backstage. Its been over 2 years since I’ve been able to be a part of a production staff or tech crew. Its hard work. Most people don’t realize how much has to happen behind the curtain for the magic on stage to work. But this is work that I enjoy doing. Just to say you helped with the creative process and worked with people to get an amazing end product is so rewarding.
So next week will officially start my new blog series titled the Idiot Report. I’m excited to share what working on the other side will be like, the different relationships I will form this time around and how things work in a different theater space. Thank goodness I don’t hate em cause its about to be Green Day all day everyday!
In 2004 Green Day came out with an album that changed the music scene. It was called American Idiot. This album contain such hits as Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns and the title song itself American Idiot. Green Day had not been known for being a very political band before this time but that all changed. The album caught the attention of director Michael Mayer. Mayer was just coming off a world wind ride with Spring Awakening and was looking for a new project. In 2010 American Idiot the Musical was born.
Set in a fictitious town in suburban America, this musical tells the story of a group of unsatisfied youth. The story centers around 3 guys; one stuck at home with his newly pregnant girlfriend, one who is jaded with life in the city and joins the Army and one who falls for a girl in an apartment window while living through the life of a drug addicted alter ego. You travel with these young men through a years worth of experiences of ups, downs, and everything in between. The is a rock opera at its best.
Theater Baton Rouge will be running this show from August 19-28 in The Studio. The show is rated R so it is really only appropriate for theater goers 16 and older. If you are interested in being in this amazing show you should AUDITION! Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 7th being at 12:00pm. Auditions are by appointment only so call the box office and make your appointment. Make sure to prepare 16-32 bars in the same style as the show but please stay away from singing Green Day.
Side bar to this post:
I am having an absolutely amazing time as a performer with the Little Mermaid, but I appreciate and love all the work that is done backstage as well. With that being said I have agreed to become the assistant stage manager for this show. That is right I am finally following my true passion and diving right in to the world of theater. Not only will I be the ASM for this show but I will also be assistant stage managing for Evangeline the Musical. I will also get to work with two amazing ladies while helping with these shows Caty Steward and Celeste Dearie. I am extremely excited for the way things are going in my life right now. I guess that saying “This Too Shall Pass” really does mean something.