Monday, October 31, 2011

The Actor Diaries

10/31 Winding Down The Fun
by Kelly Knight

As an actor, the last half of a 7-week show run is a mixture of emotions. You are completely comfortable with your character, so the stage becomes your playground for living in the moment. But with each passing performance, a bittersweet taste builds when you know you are counting down to the last day that you’ll get to greet your fellow actors, put on your costume, set your props, and embark on a fun two-hour routine that has become so familiar that for a split second you can’t imagine your life without it.

As I prepare for my last two weeks of playing Elle Woods, I like to pinpoint my favorite parts of the show so I can remember to enjoy them as the show winds down:

1. The enormous boo of the crowd when the ever-sleazy villain Melvin Farkas tells our pianist to “shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhUT UP!”

2. The visible dust rising from the not-too-hygienic Detective Lenny Brillo’s suit every time someone pats him on the shoulder.

3. Judge Judy breaking into an unexpected rap song when the crazies of the court start to make her “lose her mind up in here, up in here…”

4. Giving the nearly hopeless Marsha Clunk a "makeover" (that results in a "makeout!")

5. And of course, my personal favorite, all twenty minutes of the Zombie Jamboree Olio.

With just two more weeks of fun in Legally Brunette, I am ever grateful for the new friends and colleagues I’ve acquired at DSP. Each time I get dressed up for “my first day of my first lawyer job,” I get a little nostalgic knowing I’ll only be taking Elle Woods out on stage a few more times. Lucky for me, I got cast in It's a Wonderful Life, so my fun at Desert Star won’t come screeching to a halt when Legally Brunette closes. With my early-onset Elle Woods nostalgia comes excitement looking to the future with my new family here at Desert Star.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Laugh Lines From "Legally Brunette"

There are more great laugh lines on stage!  Don't miss Legally Brunette: Not All Dumbs Are Blonde

Monday, October 17, 2011

Laugh Lines from "Legally Brunette!"

There's a lot more where this came from! Come see Legally Brunette: Not All Dumbs Are Blonde live!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Actor Diaries

10/10/11- Mastering the choreography just in time for opening!
 By Kelly Knight

A zombie themed olio?  AWESOME!  I am an extreme lover of the zombie genre, so I was beyond pumped to begin rehearsing this grand extravaganza.  But when I caught sight of what our choreographer wanted us to do, I nearly had a heart attack: swing dancing.  And I don’t mean gentle, easy partner dancing--we’re talking back flips, aerials, and jumps.  Despite my initial fear, I had to admit it was a really amusing concept to see zombies at a 40’s style swing dance, taking turns to insert their personal stunts into the much loved song “Zoot Suit Riot.”   I was in for some fun.

After several failed attempts and a mild panic attack, I had mastered the “candle stick” move and was getting close to nailing the “around the world.”  But somehow I couldn’t lose the mental image of my head slamming into the floor as I was swung upside down around my partner’s side.  Lucky for me, the move was cut due to costume issues. After a few days of practice, my inner zombie was beginning to get her swing on.

There was one week of rehearsal left, and the thought of learning all of the olio choreography was overwhelming.  With the added challenge of maintaining a zombie character while in the midst of singing and dancing: difficult, but FUN!  When the curtain opened to a live audience for the first time, the familiar and unmatched feeling of performance adrenaline kicked in and pushed all of my dancing nerves aside.  We nailed it.

Legally Brunette is now playing at Desert Star Playhouse with our Zombie Jamboree Olio!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Votes Are In And Here Are The Results

We recently asked our audience which Ben Millet script was their favorite. The votes have been cast and here are the results!

Don't miss one of Ben's most hilarious scripts, Legally Brunette: Not All Dumbs Are Blonde, now playing at Desert Star Playhouse!

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