One week until my surgery

Many of you may or may not have known, but I will be having surgery on May 10th. I’ve had a hiatal hernia, which most have, but it’s gotten bad enough to cause a lot of symptoms in the past 6 months. After much poking and prodding, the doctors determined that it’s twisted up and threatening to strangulate, so they’re going to fix it.

I’m not actually worried about the surgery itself, it’s pretty routine, and I generally do very well with surgeries.

No, I’m worried about the Cabin Fever after! Three days in the hospital, then two weeks at home in bed. OOF!

Fortunately, I have the Dracula Radio Play to keep me busy (which can be done from bed, since most of what I’m directing is over the internet anyway), but still! CABIN FEVER!

So if you have a chance in late May to drop me a line, please do!

The other thing I’m sad about is that I won’t be able to sing again until the Fall. It’s going to be insane and murder on my psyche not being able to sing (not even in the car), but I’m sure I’ll be able to rebound from this as I always have.

I’m really, really looking forward to the end result, when I am no longer in pain, and can eat and sing again!

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Dracula!

So, the last few weeks I’ve been working fervently on a new project, and a new kind of project. Along with the other Cryptic Canticles, I’ve been working on a Dracula Radio Play Experience.

What’s that, you ask, and don’t want to go to the link I just dropped in there? Well, I’m glad you asked!

We’re recreating the text of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in its entirety as a Radio Play, and we’re releasing the episodes of the entries on each of the days that they were penned. The first entry in the book is Jonathan Harker’s Journal, dated May 3rd, as he travels to Transylvania. We have cast a wonderful Harker, and he will portray in spoken words the text as he travels along. As other characters come in and have dialogue in the text, they too will be cast and added in the episode. Also, we have Foley effects and music!

I’m the director (along with Bonnie and Liz) and character coach. Much of our principle cast is remote, so I spend a lot of time listening to them on the internet. Living in the modern age is great, right?

Anyway, I’m seriously excited for this! And I hope that you want to listen as the story unfolds! It starts tomorrow….. eeeee!!!

Holy Cats changes!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated this site, it’s been a very busy time!

First off, I got a new job. I now work for Wombat Security. It’s a great place to work, and growing so fast. It’s hard to keep up with the work! That’s kept me super busy during the day.

We also just finished Don Giovanni. It was amazing, the singers were so talented, great acting, and we even got a great review! I was actually on the libretto team for this production, and even got interviewed in-house by Undercroft Opera.

This show was the end of a long run of shows for me, starting with Iolanthe, then into RCC’s Holiday Concert, then to Giulio Cesare, then Pirates of Penzance, then Don Giovanni — always preparing for the next show before the previous one was done! I am looking forward to a break this summer.

That is not to say I am not preparing for things. I did have one audition recently (and am awaiting its results) and I am looking forward to two more over the summer. I’m also looking into other auditions as well! So….. not really a full break, I’ll be singing through it!

In other news, I have been reorganizing my house. And by reorganizing, I mean extreme rearrangement of stuff and furniture! I’m super excited to get this done, the first floor is almost there, but the second floor has so far to go. Plus, the backyard is getting a makeover as well….

Anyway, hopefully this summer I’ll have more time to post these updates to my life! Until then, thanks for checking in on me.

 

Giulio Cesare Announcement

I am very pleased to announce that I have been cast a Nireno in the upcoming production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, produced by Undercroft Opera. This is a pants role, meaning that I will be playing a man. But I’m looking forward to it, because this is the story of Julius Ceaser and Cleopatra, but set in 1940’s gangsterland! I really hope I get to wear a zoot suit.

 

This will be at the Seton Center in Brookline on Pioneer Ave January 28-31, 2016. General tickets are $25 at the door, but I am selling them for $20. As usual, I do accept Paypal.

 

I will also be in Undercroft Opera’s Don Giovanni in May as ensemble, and I’m auditioning this week for the Pittsburgh Savoyards’ Pirates of Penzance. I will be very busy for the next few months!

Queen of the Fairies in Iolanthe

The Pittsburgh Savoyards is putting on Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe in October, and I have been cast as the Queen of the Fairies. This is my biggest main stage role yet, so I’m super excited to be doing this.

The role is double cast, so I will be the Queen on the odd dates for the run of the show: October 9, 11, 15, and 17. The other nights I will be in the ensemble while Deborah Greenstein is the Queen (a Savoyards regular, and an amazing performer!)

This is going to be a lot of fun. I feel prepared to undertake a role this big now that I’ve covered Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus — the covers’ performance last January was extensive enough to allow me the confidence to know that I can handle a big role like this.

As always, if you would like tickets, let me know! If I can’t get them to you personally, I can put them at will call and accept payment by Paypal. Tickets through me cost $15 each, and I can sell them up until a week before the show. Tickets at the door will be $20.