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No More Spells and All that Junk; the Wicked Witch is Now Defunct - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
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No More Spells and All that Junk; the Wicked Witch is Now Defunct
Wow-- we haven't even blocked this musical, and I've already been cast in another musical!

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 one's children other people's children to bloodthirsty murderers and pillagers and ganja-lovin' Rastifari? :D

So... hooray!

I'm feeling all kinds of: Gospel Revivally
What I hear: Sing Happy Day, Lawd, the Witch is Dead!

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lomer From: lomer Date: September 30th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC) (permalink)
Congrads! And Metamorphoses was funny because there were a lot of people I just never interacted with on stage. Heck, the most WE interacted was me trying to aim my wet hair in your direction.

Yet Tommy and Pete I interacted with every free second!

By the way I made an Orpheus Eurydice icon. I got bored and I liked our hands. I wanted to make a Hunger one, but couldn't find a photo to shrink and still have any sort of idea what was going on in the picture.
ldy From: ldy Date: September 30th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC) (permalink)
Aww, I love the icon!

Here's a random Hunger one:

Sorry the G doesn't show too well... maybe if I get a bit of time this week, I can give it another go :) If you have a better Hunger photo, feel free to pass it along-- I'd be happy to see if I could sharpen it up and stuff.
lomer From: lomer Date: September 30th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC) (permalink)
Hee! Thanks. I wasn't going to use that photo simply because of how amazingly unflattering it is. *g* Great for the character, bad for the internet. All the ones I like look best when it's full body, which is too small for an icon. I've pretty much resigned myself to not having a Hunger icon. I saved yours though! *g* Thanks for making one. I do like how it captured the water.
helios137 From: helios137 Date: September 30th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC) (permalink)
Great news about the role! I always liked Glinda in the movie version. She was warm, sincere and friendly, but at the same time she was totally detached and not very helpful. Sort of like my adolescent view of God.

To celebrate your new role, perhaps you would be keen on a viewing of Dark Side of the Rainbow. In case you are unfamiliar with the term, it is described very well here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Side_of_the_Rainbow
ldy From: ldy Date: October 2nd, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC) (permalink)
She was warm, sincere and friendly, but at the same time she was totally detached and not very helpful. Sort of like my adolescent view of God.

Haha, that's brilliant :) Yes, I can totally see that!

As for Dark Side of the Rainbow, I've wanted to try it for AGES. I don't think we have The Wizard of Oz (and in fact, I think my Dark Side CD may have wondered off to a new home in recent years-- at least, I haven't been able to find it of late). I may have to gift myself the combination :) Thanks so much for the reminder!
surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: September 30th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC) (permalink)
Who *is* that singing "When You Dream"?

Also, yay life! Sounds like things are looking pretty good for you :-D

*hugs, just cause*
ldy From: ldy Date: October 2nd, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I have no clue who's singing the song! I was given a CD-R, and the songlist (and only the songlist) was included in the script. I'll ask at the next rehearsal :)
ayoub From: ayoub Date: October 1st, 2007 08:06 am (UTC) (permalink)
Woo Hoo!

And have you got any samples of you singing?
ldy From: ldy Date: October 2nd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (permalink)
You know, now that I think about it, I know I have some karaoke CDs from back in the day... but heaven only knows where they are at this point. My voice was even scarier than it is now, so their disappearance is probably for the best.

I may record a thing or two as sort of a bio-feedback exercise to improve my technique and pitch. If I do, maybe I'll share :)
ayoub From: ayoub Date: October 2nd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC) (permalink)
hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: October 6th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'll look forward to it :)
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