2015!!! A Retrospective.
Hello everyone! I am late writing this, but 2015 was a big year for me personally and for the Hypocrites...
2015 started out with the second half of our Gilbert & Sullivan Rep at the Hypocrites' Heath MainStage at the Den Theater. Yes, we were crazy enough to perform Pirates of Penzance, the Mikado, and HMS Pinafore in rep, with our incredible stage crew switching out the set from performance to performance. It was a crazy but exciting time for us.
Soon after, we took the Mikado to Boston to A.R.T.'s Oberon for a limited engagement run. It was so nice being hosted by those amazing folks again. They know how to take care of us ragtag Chicagoans.
Around the same time, I booked a couple spring/summer McDonald's voiceovers (link on my voiceover page) which is always a nice bonus. The producers of the spots are also so kind, and we recorded in the same office where my hubs works!
Once summer came, it was back to All Our Tragic--a remount of the show we premiered in the summer of 2014. Sadly, our dear friend and colleague Erin Myers (aka Odd-Job Alice) passed away before the rehearsal process begin after a battle with cancer. The show, which deals with such a range of human emotions and experiences, was particularly poignant for those of us in the cast after her death. Erin's presence was missed every second, and we can only hope that she would be proud of the work we did in this remount. She was a feisty, brilliant, insanely talented woman, whose soaring soprano voice permeated the room. She is and will always be dearly missed.
Fall came and with it the Jeff Awards (Chicago's infinitely less-televised version of the Tony's) and All Our Tragic won in nearly every category in which we were nominated, including Best Ensemble! So, because I was part of that Ensemble, I guess you can call me a Jeff Award Winner. Wahoo!
Late fall we began rehearsals for HMS Pinafore once again, and took it to Actors Theatre of Louisville for a 5 week run. Hoo-boy they know how to treat some folks in KY! Their apprentice program means a community of built-in enthusiastic audience members hungry to learn, and new friends (and new bourbons) abounded! During that time, I also did over 50 pet portrait drawings, both for my job and independently. Christmas Bonus!
We closed Pinafore mid-December and I went home to NC for just over three weeks, which was unbelievably fun. I spent quality time with my parents and old friends and dog, and my hubs was able to come join me for most of it, getting almost two weeks in vacation himself! We closed out the year in Charleston, SC, seeing a dear friend Matt Bivins play a 10-year reunion New Year's concert with Jump, Little Children, a band I used to go see as a teenager. It was a blast!
2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year filled with music and travel and theater and life! I'll keep you posted :-)