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Let me say to begin with that I am properly psyched to go see Spamalot in Philly this weekend. We picked up the soundtrack a while back (when we were on vacation with Amy's parents in Hawaii - woo). I had mixed feeling about how something as magical as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" would fare when turned into a stage production, but listening to the soundtrack totally won me over. Amy got tickets for both for the occasion of my birthday last January, and this weekend marks the big day. We'll go to an afternoon showing, then walk down to Roy's for a phenomenal dinner together. After that, we'll crash at her sister's house so we can spend some time with her family on Sunday.

In other King Arthur related news, I now have a part in the local community theatre's production of Camelot. I had my first audition on Monday, then had callbacks on Wednesday. Officially, we're supposed to hear back about casting today or tomorrow, but as I was leaving last night, I passed the director in the parking lot and started chatting with him. (I was mentioning how singing through "The Lusty Month of May" got Jonathan Coulton's "First of May" [Warning: NSFW text & audio] stuck in my head.) He told me that despite the fact that nothing was being announced tonight, he had already decided most of his characters and wanted me to be Sir Lionel. He liked how I willing I was to jump through all the strange drama hoops they put you through at auditions ("Lay on the stage and become the element of water. Good, now interact with each of these other elements..."), and thought I seemed to have a lot of energy and presence. As Sir Lionel, I'm one of the top three knights who take on Lancelot. Sir Lionel ends up actually first getting killed in the fight with Lancelot, and then brought back to life by Lancelot. The director said I had a very honest and kind face, and letting the audience see me (who they will no doubt be generally rooting for) get killed will do the maximum damage. So hey, after 15 years out of the theatre, I get not only a bit in a play, but a part that has speaking and singing lines, dancing, sword-fighting, and a death scene. Yayyy me! Now, we just Amy to come be my groupie and work backstage, and we'll have some fun over the next couple of months when we're not working on the yard.

Date: 2007-03-22 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginafae.livejournal.com
Rock on!!!!

Way to go!

I am jealous of your cajones in getting up and auditioning. *nods* Someday I'll have those.

Date: 2007-03-22 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Thank you so much, but truly, you perform in front of crowds all the time. In fact, the simple fact that you have actual swordfighting experience would put you well above many others in a play such as this. I'm always way nervous going into the audition, but once I get on stage, I really let go and become someone else - it's much easier that way to shut off the embarrassment centers of the brain.

Also, I'm not sure exactly why you're planning on having my cajones one day...

Date: 2007-03-23 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginafae.livejournal.com
Well, I am not so sure about that. I mean, traditional stage combat has *nothing* to do with what RST does or what I do with my German Medieval Martial Arts. And I honestly have very little traditional training.

I wish I could shut off the embarrassment centers of my brain. THat's awesome!

I left that vague just to interest you. Just what *would* I want with your cajones??? *cocks an eyebrow*

Date: 2007-03-23 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Most people doing stage combat as part of a show have far less training than you. They are trained in making things look cool to the audience, not making them authentic in any way.

One way I think of it is that I work with high end, clustered, parallel computer systems. If someone calls me up and says, "Hey, we'd like you to help out some Mac users." My response would be, "But I know nothing about Macs? I couldn't possibly do a good job there." However, all they actually want is for me to plug in the computer and turn it on.

I think what you do is so far above what gets done on a stage as to hardly be comparable.

I wish I could shut off the embarrassment centers of my brain.

It helps to do something phenomenally embarrassing. Then, everything else is pretty much a walk in the park by comparison. :)

Date: 2007-03-23 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] multidudinous.livejournal.com
DUH! YOU SWING SWORDS AT PEOPLE...WHILE GREAT NUMBERS OF OTHER PEOPLE WATCH YOU DO IT.

Silly, silly girl. :)

Date: 2007-03-23 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginafae.livejournal.com
Ok, see, but those are just the ignorant masses who are just there to be entertained and they will be no matter what I do. That's FINE.

Now, going in front of actors and directors and trying to become their peers... that's a whole nother thing. *nods* Think I am silly if you will, but I see these things as radically different.

Date: 2007-03-23 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Are you suggesting that actors and directors are not part of the ignorant masses?!? Methinks you give them too much credit. They say "Oooooo" when they see two people cross swords just like the rest of the masses.

In both cases, you dress in costume, say a few "in character" words, and put on an entertaining show. Besides, if you were going to do a show that involved sword work, the amount of time it would take for you to learn their version of stage combat would be minuscule compared to the time it would take for the average actor to learn how to even hold a sword properly.

It's sort of like those career counseling centers that try to find how your skills could be used in areas where you have no direct experience. The simple act of performing before a crowd and knowing how to engage an audience is all the experience you really need to be an actor. I think you would do great.

Date: 2007-03-22 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rethought.livejournal.com
./~ I do routines, and border scenes, and footwork im-pec-cable! ./~

Hee.

Break a leg in the theatre. Do post pictures. :)

Date: 2007-03-23 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
I most definitely will. If nothing else, Amy has to get some pictures of me in full costuming.

Date: 2007-03-22 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] somechick.livejournal.com
That is awesome! :) Both things actually.. the play and the... uh.. play.

I used to think Monty Python was a lot funnier than I do now -- I think now I just need to be in the right frame of mind to really enjoy it.

I used to do a lot of theatre when I was younger. But then I got "too busy".. and then I lost my nerve.

Date: 2007-03-23 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
I had a big problem with the nerve thing myself. It's a big difference between auditioning for people you know and work with all the time and complete strangers. I totally wanted to just sneak off in the middle of auditions, but I always found that I was just nervous until I got myself on the stage doing things. Plus, most of the audition was with a group, so you can find your place within it and don't have to stumble your way through something in front of everyone else.

I know what you mean about Monty Python as well. I don't tend to watch them like I used to. Part of what made them so funny to me was the unexpected element, and that's worn off a bit with age. But, their funniest bits still roll around in my head, so it'll be interesting to see a beloved Python classic be totally re-imagined.

Date: 2007-03-23 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Also, Amy's been kicking my ass for years to get involved with theatre again, and I know I'd never have even shown up if I didn't have her trying to help me get back into it again.

Even when I get nervous about being on stage and performing, I love being a part of the show. So, if I wasn't "in" the play, I'd still really enjoy just being a part of the backstage production and getting used to everything again.

Date: 2007-03-22 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dotcombabe.livejournal.com
Way to go JohnBoy! Man I would so love to see you on stage I bet you have a lot of fun there. Miss Amy needs to video tape it :)

Date: 2007-03-23 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Thanks!

I don't know if they'll video tape it at all, but if they do, I'll definitely want a copy.

Date: 2007-03-22 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unfettrdphoenix.livejournal.com
What fun!!! I can't wait to hear stories of how things progress.

Hmmm... Does that mean there will be pictures of you in tights?! *blushes profusely as she realizes she really did just ask that*

Date: 2007-03-23 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
I don't know about the costuming yet, but if I'm in tights at all, I definitely have to get some pictures. ;)

I've been in tights for other such performances, and it works fairly well for me. My legs are probably the only part of me that's in good shape.

Date: 2007-03-22 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwalkmaur.livejournal.com
When's the curtain rising? I'll work out time off for it!

Date: 2007-03-23 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
It'll be going on the 2nd & 3rd weekend of June. So, June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17.

Date: 2007-03-23 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwalkmaur.livejournal.com
Well....damn.

That almost conflicts with Cirque.

*ponders how to work out extra days off for it*

Date: 2007-03-23 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] multidudinous.livejournal.com
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! *moshes wildly* ABOUT TIME! You'll be wonderful! This is so great! I'm pleased as punch about the news!

So...Anna and I want to know who we need to spend time with on the casting couch to get comp tickets. ;)

Date: 2007-03-23 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
I believe something could be arranged. I don't know if either of us could act as an independent agent for handing out tickets, so we'd probably both have to be involved in any "negotiations." Good thing we have a large couch... ;)

Date: 2007-03-23 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naltrexone.livejournal.com
That's fantastic! Congratulations!

Don't forget us little folk when you make it big!

Date: 2007-03-23 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot. Yes, I'd like to thank all the little people: Leprechauns, Smurfs, Munchkins, Gnomes, Monchichis, Pixies...

Date: 2007-03-23 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ex-glittert.livejournal.com
Yay! How cool! I did not know you were of a thespian persuasion ;)

...oh, and First of May? Brilliant.

Date: 2007-03-23 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onib.livejournal.com
Yes, I was way into theatre in high school. I joined the Georgia Thespian Convention and went to conferences and everything. My mom was always a little nervous about the word "thespian" though. It seems to make her uncomfortable for some reason...

Hey, I'm glad you liked the song. It seems like it would be a concept that would run itself dry quickly, but it still cracks me the hell up every time I listen to it.
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