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…
I’m singing a wonderful character* in a brand new musical, An Extra Penny. I love the music, the story and the chance to work with a whole new group of people. I’m in North Carolina for the month, rehearsing every day, marking the changes to my script and counting in wild meters. I will write more as rehearsals go on, but I am thrilled to have completed a week here, near Raleigh, where it is steamy as all get-out and the iced tea is sweet unless you ask for another kind. And…I have never before been in a musical, always operas or concerts. It’s really fun to get to SPEAK lines…in English!
*a mother, of course, because altos always play moms.