I'm Glinda (the Good Witch of the North) in a rather bizarre adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, (which I'd like to call "The Lizard of No!"). It's an ensemble retelling of the classic story set to original music, which has children cast as the travelers, and adults as the magical people. I got a call out of the blue last week from someone who worked the Shakespeare fest, with an invitation to attend a rehearsal this morning.
The really strange thing is that he didn't even know I was doing Oliver; he just "remembered" there being some musical theatre credits on my acting resume.
Credits that simply do not exist. [Cue Twilight Zone music.] Weird, no?
Blah blah love singing Universe opening doors etc.
Anywho, I went this morning. And even though my voice was shot, I'm cast! Apparently I'm not as horrible a singer as I think. (Seriously, it hurts me to hear myself sing... evidently, it no longer hurts other people, though, which is surprising, but good.) :) And my friend Christina (with whom I had the pleasure of working on both the Shakespeare fest and Metamorphoses... but with whom I've never actually interacted on stage) is the Wicked Witch of the West.
Most songs are ensemble songs, though each actor gets a "moment" or two all to his or herself.
I get to sing this lovely song (no, that's not me singing): When You Dream
It's rather difficult (alto songs usually are), but I think it's hauntingly beautiful. Don't you?
It reminds me, in both tone and content, of this Disney song from Cinderella: A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. Strangely enough, I just changed my computer's startup sound to snippet of that just this past week. [Cue Twilight Zone music again.]
The songs really run the gamut, style-wise. The next song in which I have a large role is The Wicked Witch is Dead, performed as Gospel Revival, with some random free-form jazz scatting in the middle. It's really quite catchy :) I'll post it, if folks really want to hear it.
The show will go up in Februaryish. Not sure if I'll be able to do this play AND Blythe Spirit... however, I know Christina wants to audition for that, too, so we'll see. I'd really like to do Blythe Spirit if I can swing it (and manage to get myself cast, of course).
Oh, and the charter school at which we held rehearsal (and which will be the recipient of the proceeds a fundraiser featuring this show generates-- my, that's a complicated sentence) is having a Reggae Pirate party next week. Reggae? And PIRATES?! And little KIDS (K-5th)?!! I'm so there shaking it down! Maybe I'll even go in garb. I somehow doubt there will be alcohol involved, but if any of you fine local friends want to stop out for a drink afterwards, I'd be all over it. Chopstix, which always has excellent, inexpensive food (including sushi!) and great drink specials is just down the road (hint, hint!). I think the party's from four to six, and yes, you're invited, too. :) In fact, adults are encouraged to attend, in garb if possible, and be piratey and... reggaeish. What better way to expose