DAY OFF

So we’ve had our second tech rehearsal, both of our dress rehearsals and tomorrow is our first preview.  Thank God.  The show is really ready to be seen by the public.  We all felt like yesterday’s second dress rehearsal was already audience ready and so did our director which is always a good sign.  I’m glad to have had the extra dress though.  On our first dress, I realized I was a bit heavy handed with my character, Chick.  He was a bit of a bully.  So I was able to lighten him up yesterday.

And now . . . . . DAY OFF!!!!  Woohoo.  Thank God.  Of course it’s raining but it’s getting warmer so I guess it’s a trade off for spring finally coming.    What does one do in Niagara-On-The-Lake on a rainy day off, you make ask?  Or you may not.  You’re going to hear it anyway cause I’m the one typing.  Well, I haven’t discovered all of the possibilities yet.  But today, I’m going to chill out and play on the computer this morning.   I go for a massage at 12:15 – I’m trying to get rid of this weird knot that I’ve had in my shoulder/neck for the last 2 1/2 months.  There is a massage therapist here named Terry who is fantastic.  Then I’ve got to go over my understudy stuff for Wonderful Town.  I understudy Jay Turvey as Robert Baker.  (The love interest of the leading lady)  It’s not a tough part physically but it’s a lot of lines and three great songs. Tonight I might go see a movie with some of the kids in the show.  Who knows?  The world’s my oyster.  I’m not the boss of me . . . oh wait.  I guess I am . . . . but I’m very fair and I give bonuses and there are perks.  Ugh, I just exhausted myself.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I’ve got some news. I’ve known about this for awhile but I haven’t been blogging so I could share it with you.  So the Dora awards (for those of you who don’t know what they are – they are Toronto’s Tony Awards) are happening June 30.  Sharron Matthews has been asked to host them and basically make them into Sharron’s Dora Party.  And they’ve asked me to be her guest star for the evening.  How cool is that?  Totally fun.  So in the next month or so, we (we being Sharron, myself, and the Doras writer and director) will  start having meetings about what the show is going to be, what Sharron’s going to do, what I’m going to sing, etc.  I love new projects, new experiences.  Woohoo.

Incidently, you all are totally welcome to leave comments if you are so inclined.  Nice ones.  This is not a place for criticism.  If you have something negative to say, all I can suggest is . . SUCK IT!!  It would be so mean to come to my blog and say something ugly.  Although it would be kind of funny in a way.  But then my feelings are hurt  and then I have to start writing angst-ridden songs about it and then I’d be discovered by Alanis Morrissette’s agent and then win a Grammy and then  David Foster would write an album for me and then I’d go on tour to Asian and Europe and then get addicted to smack and then marry Pam Anderson and then divorce Pam Anderson and then end up strung out in some cheap hotel in Albuquerque and then make a come back at Carnegie Hall only to die that night of an undetected weakened heart valve.  Is that what you want?  IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT!!!????  . . . . . . What was I talking about?  . . . . . Oh yeah.  So all you have to do is click on ‘Comments’ at the bottom of any blog.

Live it and love it, y’all!

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Published in: on March 31, 2008 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

1st TECH DRESS

So we had the first tech dress yesterday afternoon.  What a freakin’ gorgeous show.  It’s set in 1935/36 when the men and women all were stylin’.  So the ladies are sexy and the guys are slick.  There are about 15,031 costumes . . . give or take several thousand.  I’m a big fan of Judith’s (costume designer).  She designed the sets and costumes for Berlin To Broadway and Cabaret that I did in Calgary.  Fantastic.  Not just imaginative but an incredible eye for character and detail.

Anyway, on the one hand, it was great to have the costumes, but on the other hand, my show went into the toilet.  Hahahaha   In one scene where it’s supposed to be really hot,  I come in and systematically remove/undo several articles of clothing.  Well, there were so many pieces (and it was the first time in all of it- remember) that it took me five times longer than when I was miming it in rehearsal.  And just to make it entertaining, some speck of stage funk landed in my left eye about 30 seconds into that entrance.  So picture it – there I am, trying to act in the scene, strip, play the ‘heat’, hit my cues and pick some cinder out of my eye all at the same time.  Needless to say, it was a lesson in self-forgiveness.

It’s also become very clear to me that I need an audience.  My character is the kind of guy who plays a room anyway and he’s mister one-liner.  There is that point where the cast can’t even muster the pity laugh at your bits.   So you start making up other bits out of desperation for some kind of reaction, which have not much to do with the character and more to do with your own neediness.  . . . . . or maybe it’s just me.  Hmm – awkward.

Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

OH, MY CABARET!!

So I totally forgot to talk about my cabaret that happened on Mar. 17.  It was part of the “Dark Night” Cabaret Series produced by Acting Upstage.  One of my best buddies, Sharron Matthews, was the host of the series but unfortunately was horrendously ill that night so my friend and her hubby, the wonderful George Masswohl hosted my night instead and he was wonderful. It turned out to be a great night. Almost totally sold out.  And such a lovely, generous and warm crowd.  It was very exciting.  From my end, it went quite well.  I’m rarely totally satisfied with my stuff.  I had done 10 new songs and that is alot to put together. I wish I was able to tell the stories of the songs a little better.  I really like to take people on a guided tour through the the world of the song and sometimes I felt like a song would get away from me.  But that’s my own stuff.  Thankfully, I had the fan-freakin’-tastic Ryan DeSouza on piano keeping me on track.   That boy can play.  Holy Doodle!  The word I’m getting back is that the crowd has a great time and that is a wonderful thing.

It will probably be a little while before I do another one, being up here in Niagara-On-The-Lake.  But I’ve already got ideas for shows I want to do.  So we’ll see what happens.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm  Comments (2)  

HERE AT THE SHAW!!!

Hey guys,

So you’ll notice I have another look to the blog. I hadn’t written in so long, I forgot all my passwords and so I had to have my fantastic webguy make another one for me. That’s me, Mr. Technology!!! God help me. So here I am at the glorious Shaw Festival. What a great bunch of people. Holy cow. Everyone is so nice. It’s crazy. We are in tech rehearsals right now for Wonderful Town. Very excited. It’s gone so well. The cast is great and fun and funny. Our director is the most amazing man. He’s an Aussie named Roger Hodgman and he is the kindest, most generous man. Creates a totally collaborative, totally creative room. He’s just what a director should be. Great ideas, great taste, great skill.

And our leading ladies – Chilina Kennedy and Lisa Horner – are going to be spectacular. Not to mention Jay Turvey’s beautiful voice (I keep telling him I’m going to kick him in the basket, he sounds so good.) We went through the musical numbers last night onstage, with the band and it sounds PHENOMENAL.  Paul Sportelli (musical director/supervisor/guru of Shaw) has done a freaky excellent job of re-orchestrating the score. Very sassy and brassy. I can’t wait to get costumes. Which I think is tomorrow. I play Chick Clark. A some-what sleezy newspaper reporter – well, not really sleezy, he’s just a horny guy who stirs up some shit for the ladies. And Judith Bowden who is our costume designer has created the best costumes for me. Really slick and sassy. He’s the kind of guy who likes to stay right in fashion but whose taste is just a little toward the flashy. Woohoo.

We are starting in with music rehearsals for A Little Night Music on Friday. I’M SO EXCITED!!!! I love Night Music so much. It’s like a dream come true to be doing this show at a major theatre. Y’all have to come and see this. It’s going to be amazing. A great cast, a great director, fantastic designers. I’m totally overstimulated right now.

What is also great is my place here in Niagara-On-The-Lake is spectacular. It’s huge and spacious and the set up is great. Very conducive to entertaining. I love nothing more than hosting a get-together. Good peeps, good food, good wine – COME ON! I’ve been hosting American Idol nights. Good times. Oh and speaking of which, I can’t believe the blonde ‘country’ chick is still on there. What is wrong with you people??? I loved the rocker babe who got voted off but I get that she’s not what they need for Idol.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Welcome to the new blog and I’ll totally strive to stay updated.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thom’s Blog 2.0

Hello.

Welcome to the new version of my blog. The old one became inaccessible.

(Note to self: keep records of all usernames and passwords …..)

More info will be posted here soon.

Published in: on March 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm  Comments (2)