you can pick up a dime”, went the old TV ad for rubber gloves. Well, this project in North Carolina, An Extra Penny, is showing me that I can be every more flexible every day. Turns out, it’s not simply a show, it’s a workshop, and one with LOTS of changes every day. And they are all good! Not always easy, but the show keeps getting better.
I was invited here to sing an opera. Then someone said, “no, it’s a musical”. Fine, I can speak in English. And then the changes started coming fast and furious. My favorite line from a colleague: “I thought I had the most recent obsolete script!” Each change brings a better and tighter show. The producers from NY (Broadway folks) who came to the opening are interested in the project and have given it a green light to go to the next level. Which means more workshops in the future. But first, our creative dynamo Cindy Lu Mancini will have another week to work it and we will have 4 more performances next weekend.
I’ve never been in a show like this–neither have anyone else in the cast or crew, but we are all into it completely. The music is gorgeous and the locals could not be more welcoming.
Delete, re-stage, take out dialogue and replace with body language. I’m having a ball and I’ve found out I’m a quicker study than I thought. So flexible…
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Oh, wow! Wouldn’t that be something to go to Broadway!
That’s the hope…I am learning about the whole process ow of multiple workshops and seeing how a show evolves. Fascinating!
Thanks Liz! You have been a shining light along the way and I couldn’t ask more from anyone! You have provided me with constant inspiration and shown me what the scenes could be…. Thank you so much for mixing in and getting dirty in the muddy waters of workshopping!
I am learning so much and you are so darn creative–I love to watch you think! I knew this would be a project of passion and that’s why I signed on. I’m fastening my seat belt for this coming week…