Posted by: Caty B (January 1, 2010)
Speaking of colleges, my Boston Conservatory audition is quickly approaching. I'm a bit nervous for the dance portion because A) I am not a dancer and B) I'll be auditioning at a school that is filled with dancers. But I think my other materials should be ok, granted I get an accompaniment track to Rauchy (110 in the Shade). That's one of my songs, the other is Just a Housewife (Working). My monologues for BoCo are Kate's hunger monologue from Taming of the Shrew and "First Moment" from Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. They were not my original 2, but I decided I should print off and highlight the info I need for each audition. A lovely resource I must say. Make yourself a binder of things you need for each school (checklists are also a good thing). My other monologues are from Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty and Lisa Loomer's The Waiting Room. I have to learn yet another for U of Arizona who assigns monologues from a list. That is from The Moonlight Room. I have a looooot to do. Oh yeah, and I have to find a monologue for my audition for The Producers. Anyone have a comedic monologue?
much love and good thoughts-
Posted by: Caty B (December 28, 2009)
I honestly think I've worked out the tap combination that Mr L taught us at the tap workshops. I'm rather proud of myself. I am, however, going to look up videos on youtube of lessons on tap to see if anyone can show me how in the world to do a double time step. It's supposed to be easy but I cannot seem to manage it. Hop, shuffle, step, fa-lap, ball change. correct me if I'm wrong.
Steel Mags seems to be coming along. Rehearsal in my family room that we never use was a little bizzare but who cares. We blocked the first act! and the second is no where near as long. I do need to memorize my lines along with my monologues for colleges.
I shall continue this later. Mom is asking for her computer back and mine is wack.
Much love and good thoughts-
Posted by: Rodney Robbins (December 24, 2009)
Normally, I'm all about personal attention, but sometimes at Christmas, it's the thought that counts. So, if you are behind on sending holiday cards to your theater friends, colaborators, prospects, media contacts, tech crew, lighting designer and such, consider a quick e-mail or mass text. Honestly, we are ALL too busy for long personal phone calls from business acquaintances. A quick note is just fine--at least in my book.
So, open that e-mail program or bust out that cell phone and get texting . Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Have an Amazing Yule and a Wonderful New Year.
Now, my kettle is whistling so I've got to mix up some hot chocolate and turn on "It's a Wonderful Life." My very best wishes to you and yours.
Rodney Robbins, the Singing Playwright
Posted by: Ryan Mikita (December 16, 2009)
Come see me in "42nd Street" at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, FL.
The show begins December 11th and runs through January 24th.
It's a unique take on the production, seeing as we decided not to do any of the choreography from the Original/Revival productions. An entirely new take on a classic show, created entirely for the stage, featuring a cast of only 17 people!
It's truly a great production, come see it while you still can!
Posted by: Rodney Robbins (December 16, 2009)
For 2010, I hope to write and send at least one news release every month. Here are some topics I'm considering for my own press releases. You are welcome to steal as many as you can use. Just give them your own, unique slant and you'll be golden.
January--Starting something new, starting from scratch, getting things done, Martin Luther King
February--Valentine's Day, black history, the blues, President's Day, Chinese new year
March--Women's History <onth, spring, daylight savings, what the heck are the Ides of March anyway?
April--My birthday, poetry month, song lyrics--they ain't always poetry, Good Friday, Easter, famous Rodney's
May--Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, an open letter to my mom, five things I learned from my grandmother
June--Father's Day, what my father taught me, summer begins, party tips, tanning secrets for the perpetually ghostly
July--Independence Day, the connection between independent film and today's playwrights, Canada Day, motorcycle packing tips
August--Ramadan, Islam and the arts, road trips to famous playhouses, the history of traveling shows
September--Labor Day, 7 labor saving tips I learned in community theater, MDA telethon, 5 secrets of living with muscular dystrophy, Yom Kippur, autumn motorcycle riding tips
October--Halloween, Rodney Robbins' new play comes out, what Columbus didn't discover about America, theater in Spain in 1492
November--American Indian Heritage Month, Veterin's Day, secrets of a theater veteran, the magician who moved a city (WWII history), I'm thankful for ...
December--Christmas (duh), winterizing your motorcycle or scooter, what to buy your theater lover, new show preview for 2011, Broadway year in review, buying a first guitar, a Christmas story, roundup of Christmas plays in my area
See anything you like? If you did, take the idea and run with it. If you didn't, take the idea of a publicity calendar and run with THAT.
My very best wishes for you and your loved ones for this wonderful Holiday season.
Rodney Robbins, the Singing Playwright
Posted by: Caty B (December 15, 2009)
So after a stupid assumption about scripts, we're going to have copies by tomorrow. I feel like I'm overburdening Mrs G with this and I'm freaking out in 20 different directions and I'm worried things will get screwed up more and the next person that gets in my business about not having everything done RIGHT NOW is going to get a knuckle sandwich. Anywho, rehearsal will start officially tomorrow and the lovely ladies (name that show) can begin learning their lines. Ta-Da.
I'm trying to get my class schedule lined up for next semester and just to get a slacker class where I do nothing is making me jump through hoops. Not what I was looking forward to. I'm also trying to get my audition schedule lined out (The Producers-9th, BoCo-17th, Emerson-23rd, OU-1st, Point Park-2nd, Arizona-20th. and if I get into Michigan, that should be the 1st as well).
Speaking of Michigan- to those of you who plan to apply: A repitoire list is NOT (I repeat, IS NOT) the same thing as a resume. The admissions people sent me an email earlier and it was all "Please send this" so I sent my resume. They just sent another that was like "That's a nice resume. It's not what we asked for" I wanted to cry. But due to my ineptitude at dancing (long story), I'd already allowed myself to cry today and wasn't about to do it again. It's like having to write another resume. I also have my drama and ap marco econ finals tomorrow. YAAAAY
on a lighter note, I got my drivers lincense finally.
much love and good thoughts
Posted by: Michael Roberts (December 10, 2009)
Check out ShowBizChicago.com for our review of last night's opening of The Addams Family with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.