October

Wow - what a busy fall! At the beginning of October I started rehearsals for Pinocchio at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. I was cast at Candlewick, one of the bad boys who turns into a donkey...talk about type-casting. 

We will be starting out 3rd week of the run this Friday. It's been a lot of fun...but also exhausting! The cast is wonderful, and I'm really enjoying my experience.   

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Candlewick 

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Aside from performing as a little boy this October, I've also spent my time as a mink. 

I was asked to be a part of Holliday Park's Hauntless Halloween event. Families walk along the trail and get to talk with creatures who have magically come to life. One of the creatures being Mable the Mink.  I had a lot of fun interacting with the guests as a kooky character.

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This is probably the most glamorous photo of me... 

And then if October wasn't busy enough, I made a quick trip to Vegas to celebrate my parent's 30th anniversary! They renewed their vows in a little church, and it was the sweetest thing ever! I had never been to Vegas before...and talk about sensory overload. I had a wonderful time with my family, and was reminded how blessed I am to have such a great sister and parents.  

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It's been a hectic October so far, and I couldn't feel more fortunate! 

Cheers!

Jenny  

Summer

Summer...I love summer. I love how relaxed summer makes people feel. For some reason I allow myself to get away with things during the summer, that I wouldn't during any other time of the year. For example, I said "no" to working out tonight and instead took a long walk around the canal...because, it's summer. And now I'm at a bistro on the canal drinking a glass of wine, and writing this post. 

Its often hard for me to relax, but for some reason Summer allows me to loosen my gripe.

Speaking of relaxing...that was one of my goals this summer. Silly, right?! But that's how bad I am at taking it easy. 

And let me tell you, this was the perfect summer to attempt the art of relaxation. For the first time in a long time, 9 years to be exact, I wasn't involved in a production. Plus I had a trip planned for an all-inclusive in Mexico. This summer should have been relax city...but my brain had other plans. 

I spent the beginning of the summer frustrated with myself. Angry that I hadn't auditioned for more shows. Upset that I wasn't accomplishing more things. Feeling like I wasn't worthy of relaxing. 

But you know what?! I am!! 

Once I got that thru my thick head, I finally was able to enjoy all that summer had to offer. And boy, did I!  

I did things that I was often too busy to do. I tried new things. I recharged. 

As Labor Day is approaching, I'm able to look back and realize I had a great summer. It was different than most and I'm itching to get back on stage, but it was very much needed!

You can scan my Instagram to see all the fun things I did, but I'm including the highlights below!

So in conclusion, all I wanna say is

"Relax. Don't do it, when you want to go to it"

...or at least once in awhile. ;)  

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Events.

 

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Weddings.

 

Mexico!! 

Mexico!! 

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Festivals! 

 

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Pool Parties!!  

 

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Trips. 

 

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Most important. Relaxation. 

Cheers!! 

Jenny

Jack of All Trades

When I started my theatre career, other theatre professionals would often tell me "if you can see yourself doing anything other that theatre, do that." I hated this!...because of course I could see myself doing other things...I have a knack for marketing, I love fashion, I enjoy working with kids, I took advanced math classes in High School, plus I'm super crafty...but, none of these things give me the feeling I get when I perform. Performing makes me feel fulfilled...it makes me feel whole. So, can I see myself doing other things? Sure! Would I be happy? No!

For some people, though, theatre is all they have. I used to feel guilty and torn, when I enjoyed doing other things or took different detours...like, if I didn't commit myself fully I wouldn't be worthy of choosing theatre as a career. I struggled with this a lot in college, but can proudly state I never changed my major...only tacked on a minor. (Thanks Mom, for encouraging me to have a back-up). And actually, I did the opposite of what I was told...I embraced, and still continue to do so, all my other interests.

This summer I have spent time working on PR and costumes for a re-established professional theatre company in central Indiana. One of my dear friends had just become the artistic director, and was looking for help. So, I volunteered! It's been fun to be involved in other aspects of the theatre world. I have developed even more respect for all the effort put into a production.

While taking a step back from the spotlight this summer, I reflected upon my experience. And I came to a conclusion, that may not be accepted by other theatre professionals.

THE BEST THING WE CAN DO, AS PERFORMERS, IS PURSUEBOUR OTHER INTERESTS.

The more well-rounded I am, the more I can relate to different characters I may portray.

Example: I remember wishing last summer, when performing in Heathers, that I had done cheerleading at least once while in school. Leading cheers is hard, ya'll...and intimidating. Anyway, the more information and activities I immerse myself in the more prepared I feel as an actor. 

On another note, I will also say, that theatre is not glamourous. Unless you're working on Broadway, you will need to do many things on your own. I can not pat myself enough on my back for enrolling in sewing class freshman year of High School instead of theatre. Being able to hem, fix seams, and sew on buttons has come in handy during costume emergencies backstage. My love for make-up has also saved my butt when I, at the age of a 21 year-old, had to believably protray a 65 year-old. None of these things would have been possible if I hadn't pursued my other interests. 

It all goes back to the idea, that often the best models are photographers...because they understand what things look like behind the lens. 

With that being said, I encourage us to be "jack of all trades." We certainly don't have to master every hobby we enjoy and fully jump in, but it's enough to just get our feet wet. Let us all be well-rounded performers...and people! 

 

Cheers, 

Jenny  

 

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Me, getting my craft on  

 

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I used my mad PR skills, and got the Nettle Creek Players an amazing deal on tux Rentals. 

 

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Halloween costumes design...constructed by moi.

 

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Yoga is a huge passion of mine...also check out my handcrafted Indy 500 garb. Yep, we're really weird in the Midwest. 

My 9-5

I often use my blog to talk about my career on stage, but I rarely talk about my 9-5 job. So, let me explain what I spend most of my time doing...

I work full-time as an Actor/Interpreter at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. It's kind of a hard job to explain, but in general I discovered a career neither my parents nor I thought was possible...a 9-5 acting job with benefits. Now before I brag about how luckily I was to stumble across this gig, I should start off by saying this job is not for everyone and certainly not for the weak at heart. For explain, yesterday I had to put one of my programs on hold l, because a little girl chucked her biscuits right in front of the exhibit where I was about to preform. Grandpas fall asleep during my programs, babies cry during my programs, parents online shop during my programs...you name  it it's happened. We call it guerrilla theatre. I've had to perform under weird circumstance and in weird places. I've had to wear strange costumes, say cheesey things, and play wacky characters. Some programs I've been performing since I started (3.5 years ago) and some I've performed 100's of times.

But you know what, all of these things have made me a stronger and more resilient performer. And working at the museum has provided me will opportunities I never would have thought would be possible.

I've performed in commercials, recorded radio spots, voice overs, my image has been used in advertisement campaigns, I've attended workshops with renowned theatre professionals, and most recently have recorded a video as a Russian Ballerinia for our new dance exhibit. I have the opportunity to perform weekly as Anne Frank, and talk to kids about acceptance and kindness. I get to inspire kids, make them laugh, make them dream, and make them think. It is exhausting, stressful, and also the most rewarding thing I've ever done.

Most recently I've also been tasked with writing new programs for galleries. A year and a half ago I assisted in the writing of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles program (I played April ;).) Nickelodeon approved and read our script! The same thing happened when I was asked to write the actor program script for our Doc Mcstuffins gallery a year later, only this time I did it by myself. Disney read and approved my script, and parts of my program were even filmed by the Disney Channel! Most recently, (and the reseason I decided to write this blog), I was asked to write the actor dance program for our new Dance! Gallery, which opened this past weekend. This program has been one of my biggest projects, but I'm super proud of it! I've had my hand on every aspect of the program, and it's been amazing to see my vision come to life.

I know this has been a long post, but sometimes I forget to remind myself how fortunate I am. I take things for granted, and I am really working on being grateful for the opportunities I have. As an Artist I always think "this is an awesome opportunity, but I don't deserve it...or it's never going to happen again...or I've wasted this chance...or everyone else is doing things that are 10 times better than what I'm doing..." These thoughts rob me of my joy...and they rob me of my confidence. I need to have faith that the journey I'm on is all part of the plan. Be grateful in the moment. Continuing to work hard and trusting myself, ensures that I'm always moving in the right direction. 

My direction and my pride, right now, revolves around my 9-5 and that is ok! Because frankly, I've been given an awesome opportunity! 

 

Love,  

Jenny  

 

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Anne Frank

 

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Russian Ballerina  

 

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Frances the Friendly Witch

 

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The Mistletoes

 

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Patty Cakes

 

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Doc Mcstuffins Program

 

April O'Neil  

April O'Neil  

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Let's talk about HAPPINESS. 

Sometimes I have a problem being happy. 

So, I started considering the idea of "happiness," and even began reading the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.

And not surprisingly so, there seems to be a direct correlation between happiness and positivity. Consider the benefits of looking at things "half full" instead of "half empty."

My boyfriend is so good at this. He always sees the positive...and sometimes annoyingly so. I mean, he could watch the movie Titantic and instead of being sad about the tragic historic event, he'd turn to me and say "but look at the amazing story they were able to create from the event" and "think of the adventure those people had." Yeah, he's that positive...and I'm scared to say, I'm letting some of it rub off on me.  

For example, Saturday morning I woke and groaned "I have to go to work" and he said "you GET to go to work." And frankly, just changing that one little word and repeating the "get to" phrase a few times to myself throughout the day actually made the day more enjoyable.

Now, I should say that I'm not a completely negative person. I love being happy and positive, but I've learned that stress and anxiety often steal my joy. I don't celebrate or embrace moments of achievement, and instead consider my next step for success. I get nervous, and find myself wishing that I could fast forward through upcoming events or opportunities.  

That's dumb! Why do we do that?! 

So, I have a new mission for myself...I'm going to do the opposite.

As I get ready to take on a stressful month of auditions, that I'm extremely anxious about, I'm going to be positive. Consider how lucky I am...to have the opporunity to audition, to be seen by more directors, to challenge myself, to perform. Hopefully this will allow me to give myself more grace, and actually enjoy the opportunities.

Its going to be a challenge to switch the way I think and it won't happen overnight, but I need the change!

So cheers to happiness! Let's see where positivity can take us! 

 

Jenny  

 

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Shear Madness Closes

And with a snip of scissors Shear Madness is over...

What an amazing and fulfilling experience! With long running shows you can find yourself falling into a routine or unintentionally going through the motions, but with Shear Madness I constantly felt challenged. I was never completely satisfied with my choices or my direction...which continuously pushed me and forced me to "play."Due to the nature of the show, I found myself leaning new things each day. As a person the the journey was scary, but as an artist it was thrilling. 

One always changing component of the experience was the audience. We were lucky, though, to have had great audience, though, who were willing to explore with us...each day we figured out this kooky play together! Their enjoyment, was truly one of the best parts of the show. And as the playwright points out, the audience is the star...they drive the show. 

I was also fortunate enough to work alongside an amazing group of artists, from whom I learned so much. Not only was everyone extremely talented, but very giving and genuine! 

Overall the experience was one in a million! I still feel like I'm on cloud nine for having had the opportunity. I can't thank Eddie Curry, Doug Stark, and Beef & Boards enough!!

Not only did I grow as an artist...but I even walked away as a halfway decent hairdresser.

Love, 

Jenny  

 

 

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Photo Cred: Julie Curry  

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Photo Cred: Julie Curry  

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Photo Cred: Julie Curry  

Shear Madness

     We are currently in our third full week of performances, and I'm definitely starting to feel the exhaustion I knew I would eventually feel.

When I accepted the role in October, I knew that the months of December and January were going to be a whirlwind. I'm still working full time at the museum and spend most nights driving the 25mins back and forth from the theatre. Bedtime and dinner have become the same thing, and last Monday was my first official full day off since Christmas. And I actually don't remember having any days off during December. Surprisingly, though, this isn't uncommon for me...seeing as I often end up using my yearly PTO to do shows outside the museum...so I use time off to do more work...

but you know what?...

I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY!!

Performing in Shear Madness has reminded me how fullfilled I feel when I'm involved in a show. I feel more like myself...I feel more like the Jenny who would spend all day at school and then rush to the theatre afterwards to spend hours at rehearsal. My Mom has always warned me about putting "to much on my plate"...but I guess I just have a big appetite. I don't feel like I'm living a "full" life when I'm not running from one thing to the other. Sure I'm tired, and during the rehearsal process I was super stressed, but I feel less anxious about other things...I feel more like myself...I appreciate myself more...and I'm able to live in and embrace each moment.

I'm so thankful for opportunities like Shear Madness

This show has been an absolute blast, and I'll be very sad when it's over. And in the meantime; I'm staying present, and taking advantage of every show we have and every opportunity I get to be on that stage!  

 

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Love, 

Jenny

Holidays

Phew!! It's been a busy couple of months, and I haven't had the chance to do any updating! 

In November I began rehearsals for A Christmas Carol at Beef & Boards. This was my second year performing in the show, and I was honored to return. I absolutely love the show, and the performances immediately put me in the Holiday spirit. We performed throughout December and, despite getting sick with an ear infection, I had a wonderful time.

 

 

Most of the gang

Most of the gang

While still performing in A Christmas Carol, I also began rehearsals for Shear Madness at Beef & Boards. This is my first main stage production with the theater, and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity!  

If you're unfamiliar with Shear Madness, it is the longest-running play in the world. It is a comedy whodunit, where the audience picks the ending and also interrogates the suspects. It's probably been one of the most challenging shows I've ever been a part of, because it's so unpredictable. No two shows are alike. 

I play "Barbara DeMarco" the flirtatious hairdresser, who becomes one of the suspects in the murder of a renowned pianist. She's part ditzy, part sassy, and part sexy...and her hair almost touches the ceiling. 

We just finished our first full week of performances. The show has been a blast and the audiences seem to be enjoying themselves. We run thru January 29th, and I'll be updating thoughout the run.  

If you're in the Indy area come see Shear Madness...I know you're dyeing to!  

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- Jenny  

Halloween

I've always found Halloween to be magical.

A whole day dedicated to dressing up and pretending... talk about an actor's dream.

Working at the Children's Museum, I am reminded daily of the sheer innocence of dressing up. During this season it's pretty common to see visiting families dressed in costume. On a normal trip around the museum, I see everything from a Princess, to a Superhero, to a tiger. Each child whole-heartily imagining that they are that actual creature or person. It's kind of inspiring to see how confident and content each child is in their costume. 

Truthfully, I still dress up for Halloween every year...and often spend way too much time putting together a costume. I have my Mom to blame for this trait, because growing up she allowed my sister and I to dress up as whatever we pleased. The more creative the better! I only remember buying an actual costume once. Most years we'd spend time whipping up our own zany designs at home. I loved the thrill of wearing fun clothes, but the idea of creating a character excited me even more...and truth be told, it's one of the main reasons I fell in love with theatre. The opportunity to be someone else.

Now, let me start by saying that I don't advocate for people being anyone else but themselves...I just wrote an entire post about being comfortable in your own skin. This being said, sometimes transforming allows us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and dig up buried confidence. The image of a normally shy kid dressing up as Batman and suddenly exhibiting a strength that he didn't know he had, comes to mind. I witness this daily at the museum. Kids put on a different article of clothing and blossom.

I know for me personally, I have learned a lot about my own hidden strengths as well as that of others while creating a character on stage.

So, with all this rambling, I'm saying embrace the magic of Halloween...play dress-up...use the chance to pretend as a way to learn more about yourself. Seeing the kids at the museum in their costumes has really given me this warm fuzzy feeling lately.

We can be whoever we want to be...and sometimes we need to pretend in order find out what's real. 

Me as "Mrs Geekville" the beauty pageant contestant from Geekville

Me as "Mrs Geekville" the beauty pageant contestant from Geekville

"Paige" the Book Fairy

"Paige" the Book Fairy

Pink Troll

Pink Troll

A little girl from the museum who fully committed to being a dinosaur! 

A little girl from the museum who fully committed to being a dinosaur! 

I perform as "Frances the Friendly Witch" at the museum. Check on my video on my media page.   

I perform as "Frances the Friendly Witch" at the museum. Check on my video on my media page. 

 

Spookily,  

Jenny  

I did something crazy...

So, I've really tried to better myself lately.

I've taken up dance lessons, gone to more yoga, have added to my vocal repitoire, and have drilled for up coming auditions...but no matter how hard I work, I still seem to always struggle when it comes to the confidence factor.

I have a lot of insecurities about my looks, my talents, and my choices. Like many artists, I constantly beat myself up. That nagging "you could be better" phrase seems to play on an endless loop in my mind.

With this being said, I've recently made an effort to think more positively about myself and embrace who I am. But man, is it a day to day challenge...and some days my progress is really tested. One of these days having been in late August. 

My photographer friend, Maike, emailed me earlier in the summer about taking part in a photoshoot-athon. She had just taken a workshop, and was excited to test out her new skills. Sounds cool, right?...well, the workshop had been on boudoir photography...that's right, I said...BOUDOIR!!

Like sexy, little-clothing, lingerie boudoir. 

And call me crazy, but I said I'd be interested. 

At first the idea sounded thrilling and glamorous. I was treating myself to a photoshoot in a swanky photography loft, with hair and make-up provided.

How fun, right?!

But as the date of the shoot grew closer, I became more and more anxious. What if I was awkward?...or I hated the way I looked? Or the photos made me self-conscience? And to top it off, a week before the shoot I got really sick...the "I feel anything but sexy" type of sickness.

I just kept thinking, what did I sign myself up for?!

But then I reminded myself, that I needed to do this. I needed to do this for me! I needed to test my confidence...and for maybe for once in my life feel comfortable in my own skin.

And guess what...I did it!! 

Sure there are photos from the shoot where I don't like the way I look, but there are also a lot that make me feel beautiful and confident.

I'm sharing a few of my favorites below...they are also the more glamourous and less-skin ones.

I encourage everyone to do things that test their confidence...we are all beautiful and talented beings...so live it up! 

"The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence." - Blake Lively  

 

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Photo Credit: the fabulous M.Rinaye Photography

Love, 

Jenny

Indiana Squirrel Stampede - Fringe 2016

This summer has been busy...as soon as I started productions for Heathers  I began rehearsals for Indiana Squirrel Stampede. This is my first year performing in the Indy Fringe festival, and I'm so excited to finally be apart of this inspiring celebration of the Indy performing arts community! 

The Indiana Squirrel Stampede is written by the fabulous Julie Lyn Barber. She received a grant from the state for the Bicentennial to write a piece about Indiana history. The musical tells the story of real squirrel stampedes (migrations) that took place in Indiana during the 1700s and 1800s, from the perspective of some prominent Indiana figures. It's pretty hilarious.

We perform at the Indy Eleven theater and our schedule is: 

Saturday, August 20th at 4:30pm

Sunday, August 21st at 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 24th at 9:00pm

Thursday, August 25th at 6:00pm

Friday, August 26th at 7:30pm

Sunday, August 28th at 7:30pm

And then we will also be performing at two State parks the following week. More to come on this!

Here is our promo photo:  

 

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And our preview: 

Hold onto your Nuts, 

Jenny  

Heathers - "So Very"

Heathers ended last weekend, with a nearly sold out run! Who knew there were so many Heathers movie/musical fans in the Indy area! On multiple occasions we had high school girls come to the show dressed up as their favorite Heather. It was awesome! Seeing their excitement, really made the whole experience for me! 

By the end of the run, I was super proud of how far the show had come and how hard everyone had worked! It all paid off, because the show was really well received.

 Heather Mac will always have a special place in my heart...and so will the music! The score is great, and I never tired of singing/ listening to it.

I was also fortunate enough to have worked with such a warm and young cast! They reminded me to find the joy and to not take everything so seriously...and for that I am externally grateful!

Like with most shows, I learned a lot...about myself, about the craft, and about life! 

So ends another chapter...and onto the next one!! 

 

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Heather Mac

Heather Mac

Heather Mac and her Boyfriend, Kurt (Nic Nightengale)

Heather Mac and her Boyfriend, Kurt (Nic Nightengale)

Heather Mac and Martha (Sommer O'Donnell) 

Heather Mac and Martha (Sommer O'Donnell) 

One of my biggest fans! 

One of my biggest fans! 

So very,

Jenny  

Heathers - "What's Your Damage?"

Heathers opened last weekend at Theater on the Square! I knew nothing about this musical until a few months ago, but after hearing the music I immediately fell in love! If you're familiar with the 1989 cult classic movie, you know the plot is a little quirky but the music is hilarious and gorgeous!  

I play "Heather McNamara," the blond airhead of the group, but also the kindest. It's kind of a dream role. She's eccentric and funny, but also grows throughout the show and shows her less than perfect side. I've enjoyed exploring the character, and making her more than just the traditional blond dumbo.  

We run for Three more weekends, and I can already feel the show growing with each performance. There are a lot of young castmates in the show as well, and it's been fun seeing this experience through their eyes...and having flashbacks of some of my first theatre experiences...as well as high school...😳

I've included some photos from the show below: 

Photo Credit: Zach Rosing

The Heathers

The Heathers

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So very, 

Jenny

Unnecessary Farce - Closing

All good things must come to an end, and being a part of Unnecessary Farce was a great thing! 

This production has been one of my favorites! I immediately fell in love with the script, and Billie will always have a special place in my heart! I admired her niavetey, her eagerness, and her desire to follow her dreams. She proved to us all, that no matter your size or talents...hardwork and perseverance will always carry you through! 

I was honored to work with such an amazing cast, crew, and artistic team. Our director, Darrin Murrell, taught me so much and created a show that I was extremely proud to be a part of! It was so nice working at ATI again, they truly are a family and their love and support has meant so much to me! 

I will miss performing Unnecessary Farce, but I think my body is ready for a break! It was a tiring show, by well worth it!! 

Next adventure, Heathers at Theatre on the Square!

 "- Just a typical day in the life of a cop."

 

Jenny

 

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Cast and Crew

Cast and Crew

 

 

Cast and our director, Darrin

Cast and our director, Darrin

Unnecessary Farce - Opening

Well, it happened!! We opened and I turned 26!

Last week was a busy week, but I'm so fortunate to be a part of this production. Every run of the show brings me joy, and there are still parts where I have to all but bite my cheeks to refrain from laughing!

It's a hilarious show that I get to perform with a very talented group of actors! Plus our director, Darrin Murrell, is one of the best directors I have ever worked with! He is wonderful, and has made this whole experience so enjoyable!  

I'm excited to enter into this second week of performances, and iron out any creases. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so there is always room for improvement.  

Here's to the second week, and more laughs!  

Jenny

PS...I eat a whole donut on stage every night! Hilarious! Thanks, Square Donuts!  

 

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Unnecessary Farce - Update

So, we are about to finish our final week of rehearsals. We start tech week this Tuesday, and I can't wait to get into the real space...with carpet! Let's just say my elbows, knees, legs,...and whole body have really taken a beating these last few weeks. I knew coming into rehearsals that this was going to be a very physical show, so I tried to prepare myself as much as I could for the bruises -- but I end up hurting my knee last week and had to convince myself to take it easy.

I gave myself a few days to heal, and now I'm back in full force...with elbow and knee pads. I feel like I'm re-living my Xanadu days.

I have never felt as wore out after a show as I do running through this one...and I've done a whole show on skates! There is just this amped up energy and tension in a farce , that leads you to feeling like you've just run 5 miles when it's over. (Mental note: put on lots of deoterant before show)

This show has been a great learning experience for me, and I am gratefully for the opportunity to preform in a straight show again. 

Now on to the coming week and opening on Friday! 

Cheers, 

Jenny  

Current article about the Farce:

http://currentincarmel.com/ati-presents-unnecessary-farce 

Staying safe at rehearsals!  

Staying safe at rehearsals!  

Unnecessary Farce - Week 1

Started rehearsal for Unnecessary Farce last week!  This show is hilarious, and we were all but peeing our pants at the read-through. I first read the play last summer, and immediately fell in love with the wit, characters, and plot! I'm so honored to be a part of ATI's production of this well-crafted and clever script! 

The cast is incredibly talented, and we've had a blast playing. There is a lot of physical comedy in this show (as the bruises on my arms will prove) and, despite it not being a musical, we've been learning a lot of choreography. So much energy is exerted at each rehearsal, and I'm sure when the show gets going it will feel like we're running a marathon!

Here are some of the promo shots taken for the production. As you can see, it's pretty ridiculous! 

 

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Excited to get this show up and moving!

 

Love,  

Jenny  

Holidays

Hello, 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season! Mine was pretty busy with A Christmas Carol and Jolly Days at the museum...but for the first time in a long time I truly felt like I was able to get into the "Holiday Spirit." I have to give a lot of thanks to Beef & Boards and the whole cast of A Christmas Carol, for making this year extra special. 

A Christmas Carol was such an enjoyable experience... and, despite being only an hour long show, it really had an impact on its audiences. Eddie Curry, our Scrooge, was brilliant--it was an honor just being able to stand on stage with him. Though, A Christmas Carol is not new to the Beef & Boards repertoire, it was expressed by many returning cast members that this year was different. Changes were made, and cleared story was created.

While I was expecting this to be a fun, light, show to perform during the Holidays, I quickly learned that no show is without its challenges. The scene between Young Scrooge and Belle was one of the most challeging scenes I had done in a while- to fall in love with someone, get engaged to them, and then break up all with them all within the span of 10 mins is rough. Luckily by the end of the run (thanks to a great scene partner), I felt confident about the scene. Performing as Belle was very therapeutic, and it allowed me to reflect on the past year. Such a great experience all around!

Over the Holidays, I also weighted the options of Grad School. I met with an amazing acting coach and considered the results of applying this year or waiting another. After much consideration, I have decided to wait and apply next year. I am going to begin acting "lessons," though, and start preparing for auditions. I'm not sure if Grad school is what I want yet, but I'm willing to take some chances.

I think that is all for now. I'm going to spend Winter 2016 bettering myself...with dance classes and acting coaching. Happy New Year!

Love,

Jenny  

Beef & Boards A Christmas Carol 2015

Beef & Boards A Christmas Carol 2015

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Dressing Room Buddies

Dressing Room Buddies

Charity Man (Craig Underwood) and Charity Woman

Charity Man (Craig Underwood) and Charity Woman

Young Scrooge (Blake Spellacy) and Belle

Young Scrooge (Blake Spellacy) and Belle

Snow White: Closing and...SURPRISE

Goodness...I am so behind. It's been a busy month...with the ending of Snow White, preparing for the Holiday Season at the museum, and...starting A Christmas Carol!!!

Towards the end of the Snow White run, I was offered the role of "Belle" in A Christmas Carol at Beef & Boards. I am elated with the opportunity to work at this phenomenal theater, again! We started rehearsals on November 28th and opened this past Friday. The show is an hour long musical of the traditional story, and the magnificent Eddie Curry is leading us as Scrooge. I have really loved performing as Belle,...understanding/bring to life the break-up scene between Belle and Young Scrooge has been both challenging and rewarding. The cast is wonderful, and I am so blessed to be a part of this play and performing at this time of the year. 

So...back to Snow White...the run ended half way through November, and I already miss the show and the kids! It was a blast, and I definitely put my own spin on the "Professor." We did a few three show days...which were challenging...but the excitement from the kids made it all worth while! So thankful to have worked with such a fun cast, and have been directed by the amazing Jeff Stockberger!

 

 

Cast of Snow White at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre  

Cast of Snow White at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre  

My friend Rocio brought her daughter, Lilly, to the show! Look at that little Snow White outfit!!!  

My friend Rocio brought her daughter, Lilly, to the show! Look at that little Snow White outfit!!!  

Love, 

Jenny  

Snow White: Opening

Snow White  opened this past weekend to a theater packed with little ones...many of whom were wearing princess outfits and tiaras. This show is a blast! I couldn't imagine a better group of people to work alongside and play a zany tribe of dwarfs with!...I'll have to get a picture of myself in full costume...me with a beard is quite a sight!...

There is something special about performing for children...just the idea that you could be introducing many of them to theatre for the first time is pretty powerful!  Plus, Beef & Boards really pulls out all the stops for their kid shows. The program even has space on it for autographs, so the kids can get signatures from their favorite performers after the show! I'm so honored to be a part of this production and look forward to the upcoming weeks! 

Love,

Jenny  

 

Dwarf Feet - "Jolly" and I  

Dwarf Feet - "Jolly" and I  

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