Monday, September 26, 2011

Blogging the New York Experience....

Hello my blog-hopping peeps!

Although we have met at different times over the summer, Saturday was an official full day of rehearsal with the cast and creative team of Ma Femme, Ma Blonde et Ma Roulotte. What a blast!

Our day started with an intense hour with costume designer Andreane. She's wonderful and understanding of our needs. The experience proved to be painless and fun - well, except for the sight of her measuring tape and my urge to run from it!
(Seriously regretting the delicious backyard bbqs I enjoyed with abandon this summer...yikes! LOL!)

After we rechecked our props list, we all entered the rehearsal hall and stepped into our familiar CETM performance space.

We rallied at the edge of the stage and mapped out our plans as the dimensions of the Barrow Group Theatre in NY are different from L'espace Libre, where our show was presented in Montreal last summer. Once we got ourselves settled, Maxime - our musical director - began the opening musical number and "voila"...7 hours of rehearsal fun began!

As I mentioned in an earlier post this summer, the old gang is back - with a new exotic dancer to work into the show. Danica - a fiery and talented performer joins us for this leg of our Trailer Park journey. We're thrilled to have her!

Sunday we got together for a "run-through" of the show. It went very well with everyone falling right into the Stark, Florida groove.

As we excitedly prepare for the big adventure, we must keep in mind this coming Sunday October 2nd, we'll be presenting this version of the show at Maison de la Culture Frontenac (2550, rue Ontario Est, Montreal - for my Montreal blogging buddies) as part of the free events scheduled for Journées de la Culture. At this educational presentation, Stephen Pietrantoni - our director - will be answering questions from the audience before the show with cast members joining him after the closing number to do the same.

The challenge about this space is that the stage is TWICE the size of the one we'll be cutting-a-rug on in NY...hmm. This is a technicality I'm sure will be dealt with easily - but I'm glad its the director's job to figure it out! LOL! Looking forward to donning my lavender bathrobe again to perform the show for our wonderful Montreal audience before we take it to the city that never sleeps.

Now, because I've been asked to share pictures and tales of our adventure, I decided I go a step further by documenting as much of this experience as possible on my blog. So, every day from October 6th to October 10, I'll post pictures and let you know what the residents of Armadillo Acres are doing in The Big Apple.
If anyone would like to see October 2nd's presentation, tickets are free. They must be picked up at Maison de la Culture Frontenac 2550, rue Ontario Est. Call 514 872-7882 for box office hours and more information.

If anyone would like to see us present the show at the New York Musical Theatre festival just check out this link for times and ticket info. There are two musical clips available, the opening number and one of my songs, "Panique".

Have a fabulous week!


Anonymous said...

Oh good luck today Lisa! I loved reading all about your adventure and can't wait to hear how your opening goes. I'm so excited for you. Break a leg! :)

Lisa Forget said...

Thank you so much Tammy! How sweet of you to think of me today. :)

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