So, tonight I joined up with the new cast of Jasper Station at Theatre on Main, and was surprised to find that including myself, only 3 cast members from the earlier attempt made it back for this one. The exact reasons I'm not sure of at this time, but I'm sure I'll find out more later. Steve Thomas, who wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics with Norm Foster, is completely in form as Musical Director, and I'm excited to see how the show will grow. All we really did tonight was ensure that each of the actors ranges suited the music as written, and from that point Steve is prepping us music on CDs to practice with over the summer. We then will begin rehearsals in the fall, and then we open on November 9, for an unprecedented 4 week run. This is the longest run I've had in my career so far (not including my stint of Neil Simon's Rumors for two different companies back to back), and I think it will be fun to play with the character of Sterling for that extended period.
Too often I've found I've auditioned, joined the cast, worked for two or three months and then the show wraps up after 4 shows. Well, now I get to play with at least 13 shows, and I'm looking forward to it.
btw...No news yet on an owner for the Budgie. I think he's a keeper!