Pandemic Life

Hey all, I realized I haven’t updated in a bit, so here’s an update. I’m living, like the rest of the world, in a pandemic so life the last 5 months has been fairly isolatory with so many plans being canceled. Ruddigore is on hold, of course. I’ve not been able to go out and meet people as much. I haven’t been in the office since early March though thankfully I can work remotely and remain employed.

But where life cancels some plans, it picks others back up. Cryptic Canticles has been doing a lot of things these months; we have a new project soon to be announced (and well under production already). I got the house in Pittsburgh ready for rental and am working on new housing here in Philly. I have made a lot of things with crochet. There’s also some recording things I’ve been doing here and there.

So, there’s not quite anything to report yet, but I have been keeping very busy with many projects. I miss everyone though, and can’t wait to be able to see people irl again!

Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I got Animal Crossing, since a lot of friends were raving about it being good for being holed up for the time being. My first reaction to it? From the slack channel dedicated to this game:

gwenix uhm… so I’m an indentured servant?

[…]

gwenix OK, I am no longer an indentured servant and am now a good little capitalist consumer.

No one else was as amused by this as I was.

My introduction to the Savoy Theater!

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the shows, because it’s been a while since I’ve been in one! But I’m back in a production, with the Savoy Theater in Philadelphia, and we’re doing Ruddigore in May and June. I am in the ensemble (I auditioned for that alone since I’m still warming back into performing and concentrating on work.)

I am used to 2 months of constant rehearsals from the groups I worked with on the other side of the state, but this troupe does things more elongated — just two rehearsals a week, but for almost 6 months. This is going to take some getting used to.

Regardless, our first rehearsals have been these past couple of weeks and I am already incredibly impressed. The leads are magnificent, top level singers and actors. Should I want to do a lead later, I’m going to have to step up my game. The ensemble is more a mix of amateur and professional, but still amazing and very well balanced, and very good at blending together. And THE MEN. There’s an actual full section of men, including tenors! And they sound SO GOOD. When I first heard them, I gasped.

I’ll post more about it as it comes up, but in the meantime I am already impressed.

I’ll also be performing a solo with them for Philly Theater Week on February 15th. The show is sold out at this time, but I’m looking forward to helping with their fundraising that week. Hooray!