Now for the fun stuff
I like to sing. I like to dance. I do one better than the other. Ironically, I was trained as an actor from my early teens and still have yet to do anything memorable there.
I find all sorts of things to distract me from doing just that. I’m working on it.
Though I did have fun playing the Nurse in the ballet Romeo and Juliet, which was more acting (and padding) than dancing.
This production and all that went with it was quite a wonderful experience. The costumes, some of which were over 35 years old (like mine), while beautiful, were quite heavy, to say the least. As in that cape which weighed a good 30 pounds in addition to what I had on under it. I had one rehearsal before opening night to learn how to run in it – backwards.
Poor Juliet, even her own parents abandoned her.
The epitome of the dysfunctional family, 16th century-style.
This is my favorite photograph, probably because it is from one of the most touching scenes.
All performance and rehearsal photos
by Chelsea Penyak.
but wait, there’s more
One evening I went to see a friend who had a jazz gig at one of the most touristy spots in San Diego, at the height of tourist season. I was halfway into my glass of wine when she called me up to sing. Also at that moment, the keyboard player’s sound stopped working… so I proceeded to chat up the audience while he worked diligently to get back into function mode.
Stand-up has never been my thing – but I was actually pretty good at it. Oh yeah, I did finally get to sing a something or two… in my wine-induced Diana Krall-type growl…
And yes, that would be a sun umbrella – a definite necessity at 8:00 at night…
And thanks to Valerie who actually brought a camera that night.