We have been very busy working on and off the StampBP stage. Things are slowing down just a bit when it comes to auditions for our shows , but there will still be just as many performance opportunities to come out and see! So, where are we up to now, and what have all the board memebers been doing this whole time? Read on!
I haven't rested since coming off all the shows this past summer. I am currently working with The Secret Theatre (http://www.secrettheatre.com/) in directing a one act for their upcoming one act festival. The play is called The Green Grocer by award winning playwright Joni Ravenna. It is set to open September 6th and run for 4 performance through the first two weeks of September. Additionally, I am working with Adam O’Dell to put the finishing touches on the Marley Script in order to get ready for the next phase of its production life. All in all, I is keeping very busy in New York City.
I am currently teaching and directing theatre in Dubuque, IA. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons I teach acting lessons to students ages 10 - 18. I use different tried and true methods and am developing my own theories on how to bring out the truest connection to the characters. I am also in the pre-audition stage for two productions I will direct this fall. I will direct A Christmas Carol by Ronnie Meek at the Grand Opera House and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson at The First Baptist Church. In addition to all of my theatre work I am going crazy working three jobs on very little sleep. It's a good thing one of the jobs is at a coffee shop! In my rare, but occasional spare time, I enjoy movies, reading and being with people I love.
I have been incredibly busy over the past few weeks completing my finals, coming up with ideas for short stories/skits, and moving to a new base. I have 7-10 new story ideas, and starting next week Zach and I will begin the writing. I just signed up for new college courses, so Tuesdays and Thursdays will be dedicated to classes. I am currently trying to get leave approved by my new unit. If it goes through I will be spending mid-October through mid-November in Europe. While there I will take tons of pictures and videos to contribute to Stampbros.
These past couple of weeks have been crazy with the beginning of the school year and auditions, but everything is still full speed ahead. Auditions went really well and if you find yourself in Mankato during the month of November, come see me in Crumbs from the table of joy! Other than auditions, life in general has been going pretty smoothly and I can't wait to make more art with StampBP!
Though I had a successful summer with Joey in New York, I am excited to be getting back into the swing of school. I am trying my own hand at writing music now for a freshman only production entitled Escape to Wonderland. It's a wonderful take on Alice in Wonderland geared towards little kids trying to teach them how to make choices and the right ones to make. Besides that, I am playing piano for various dance classes and plays through out this coming year. I am very excited because, like Joey did this past year, I am writing a musical on top of Escape to Wonderland. We'll see how this year goes, but things are looking up!
I have been very busy, working hard in the name of stamp brothers productions. He's been writing scripts, composing music, scouting talent, and taking awful pictures of the rainforest:
Thanks for reading, and don't forget we are still trying to reach our goal of raising $1000 dollars!