It’s been a little longer than a week, so sorry for the delay, but I’ve been pretty busy the past few days. I’m feeling pretty settled in now as a New Yorker, haven’t gotten on the wrong train in a while in fact. I really love where I live and my tiny little room, too. Who knew 60 square feet could be so cozy?? I think my roommates are pretty happy having me there too, seeing as I cook them dinner often…though they weren’t so excited about the uncooked meatballs one night, but you win some and you lose some. We’re having some people over for an apartment warming party/Annie’s birthday party tomorrow night and I can’t wait to host in our new place.
Things are going well at the office. Some days are slower than others, but I’ve been doing a lot of audition prep work for Roundabout’s upcoming season and getting to know some of the staff more. I might apply for another internship here that takes place over the summer in Roundabout’s Education department. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Otterbein was kind enough to set a meeting with an Alumnus from Actors Equity, the union that theatre actors are associated with, to give us some information on how to become an Equity member and a few other pointers. I felt like I was super behind on getting an IRA set up and wanting a job with pension after I left the meeting, but we sure learned a lot about making sure we’re set to retire someday. What I took away most from the meeting, though, was that no person has the same path in this business. People are working in theatres all across the country as Equity members and Non-Equity members. They could be working towards getting their card or have turned it down so they can get a few more credits on their resume before they take it. I don’t have to have a plan set up or a specific date when I want to become part of Equity. I just have to focus on myself and follow the path that makes me the happiest.
This past Sunday was one of the best days I’ve had here. No, I didn’t go to church…sorry mom, but I did see a show and HOLY CRAP, it was incredible. I had the opportunity to see Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 with Luke, Lauren, and Lauren’s Dad and it was some of the best theatre I’ve seen in a while. Having listened to the show a few times, I was familiar with the music and was looking forward to hearing the original cast live. They did not disappoint in the slightest. Everything in this show blew me away. The costuming gave off a punk rock vibe, but also a 1812 Russian feel at the same time. The lighting of the show must have taken hours to tech and cue, but damn was it cool. So many moments created with subtle lighting as well as bright and vivid strobes and color. The music and sound the ensemble created was beyond cool. So many different genres and styles of music in one show, it was wild! I knew the album already, but it was like I was hearing it for the first time all over again. I loved feeling so immersed into the show. They build the stage so that there seating on different levels and folks could be in the middle of the action. The orchestra was set up all over the house and many of the actors played instruments. Some of the most innovative theatre I’ve seen. What I was most excited about, though, was seeing one of my many idols Josh Groban make his Broadway debut as Pierre. Did I cry when the doors opened and he stepped out onto the stage? Yes, I did! Am I ashamed of that? No, I am not! He sounded just like he does on all of his albums and I died, in the best of ways, every time he sang. I have to thank Luke and Lauren for waiting in the rush line early that morning and I especially have to thank Mr. Kent for his generosity.