I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving - I know I certainly did. Jonah and I zoomed to Indianapolis and back for a quick dose of turkey and stuffing. As per the performer's life, he had a show the night before Thanksgiving, and I had a show the night after, but we made the most of our day off. Just keeping things exciting!
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is off and running, as we just completed our second weekend and played to our first sold-out audience. Some of my family made the trek to see the show - including my 3 & 1/2 year old niece! She was very excited to see her first play ever and see "Auntie Amanda" perform. She was a total angel and even made me a card - can't wait to expose her to more theatre (got to start them young)!!
If you plan to see the show, grab your tickets soon! Several dates are sold old or nearly sold out, and there was ONE GoldStar ticket left when I checked today. I'm having so much fun doing this show - I'm always afraid holiday shows will suck the Christmas cheer right out of me, but that is definitely not the case. The radio play element brings this classic to life in a whole new way, and the on-stage foley really cements the experience and helps bring out the comedy. It helps that this cast is a hilarious group, most of whom I've worked with before, and we'll often hang out in the lobby after the show chatting until the wee hours. Check out a whole slew of production photos on my Media page!
Can't make the show, but want to show some support? Well now you can "Adopt" me! Oil Lamp Theater has started their "Adopt an Artist" program, where you can make an contribution (amount of your choice) to adopt a specific artist, and in return received a signed photograph, more information on my career and the world of theatre, as well as answers to a bunch of questions we were asked for this program. A great tax-deductible donation option for #GivingTuesday (12/1)! And no....you don't get to take me home ;)
There's another great holiday option in town if you need more holiday cheer in your life -- check out A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights at Dream Theatre Company! Jonah and I were able to catch a Sunday evening performance, and it's a marvelous feat of storytelling, with only 3 actors using Dicken's original colorful language to spark your imagination. Plus, you get hot cider and treats to enjoy before the show! I highly recommend it - another great option for families as well.
For a bit of totally non-holiday fun - also checkout the Doritos Crashing the Superbowl Commercial entry Jonah and I recently did with Columbia grad students Nicole Wong and Leopold Stübner SJ! Doritos - Date Night
Yesterday I wrapped my part on Iron Horses Can't Be Broken with Burning Brigid Media. It's a little bittersweet, as it's been a truly delightful group to work with. Everyone was a total pro, and I was utterly impressed by the level of talent that came together to make this 11 episode audio-drama a reality. It's going to be a thrilling ride and I can't wait to share the podcast with everyone once it's live! Voiceover is definitely something I want to start doing a lot more of, if I can. It's totally convinced me that it's time to invest in a good home studio mic!
Audience Annihilated 3: The Trouble With Angels closed last weekend as well (to awesome final Halloween loving audiences) so now I can focus 100% of my efforts on my next project, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. You may be familiar with the Frank Capra film, but this rendition of the holiday favorite is performed in 1946 by a Manhattan radio station as a live radio play! The viewers become the live studio audience and will be prompted to laugh, cry, and applaud along as the actors create the characters and live sound effects on stage. There are even a couple "live commercial breaks" and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa for all audience members. I am Sally Applewhite, Miss Ohio 1943, fresh off the set of her latest Hollywood film, playing the role of Mary Hatch in the radio play. The entire cast, aside from my role, are returning from last year's acclaimed production. I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into the Sally Applewhite role and help continue this Oil Lamp Theater tradition - which is already selling tickets like gangbusters! OLT now features reserved seating, so I highly recommend getting tickets early so you get your pick of seats. Tickets can be purchased at OilLampTheater.org Use my special "Friends & Family" discount code "life" to get $5 off tickets!
Hope to see you at the theater, friends! <3
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