So, I should probably have posted about M*A*S*H before, you know, the show opened. At least I posted it while it still has three performances to go… not that I expect this site will generate audience for the show.
Anyway, I directed M*A*S*H and have a wonderfully talented cast and crew. It’s been a fantastic experience and I will be sad when it is over.
In other news, we’re having the BIG tree in our back yard taken down today. It has rot visible high up at the site of where an old branch was removed years ago and we were thinking its was local to that spot until a piece of bark right at the ground level blew off in a wind storm two weeks ago and we could see the rot underneath. So, rather than wait for it to fall on our house, we called the tree peeps to take it down. This makes me incredibly sad as this was a huge, beautiful tree, a swamp maple, and losing it means a lot less shade in our yard. A lot less.
We’ll plant some new trees to make up for it but it will be years before they give us real shade in the summer.
And that’s all the news to report today.
I am in the midst of revising Take Control of Podcasting (a fascinating venture given that Apple has gutted GarageBand of all the useful podcasting features) and in order to actually be able to speak from knowledge (rather than from memory) I needed to start podcasting again. It so happens that Swamp Meadow Community Theatre, where I have been acting, directing, and doing tech these last four years, is in some need of social media marketing. So, I proposed starting a new podcast to promote theater activities.
A few weeks later, I have produced two shows with another two planned. I may only do this in the run up to actual shows but we’ll see how much content there is to be had in the quiet times between productions. At any rate, it’s great to be back to podcasting. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it in the last few years. I doubt I will start a new one up for just myself. But I enjoy producing one for others and may even look to expand on that.
Opening next Wednesday, Jack is appearing as “Father Wolf” (Mowgli’s father) in The Jungle Book, a production of Swamp Meadow Summer Children’s Theatre! I was an assistant director and am helping run sound as well.
All of the kids (and adults) have worked really hard on this so come on out and see the show!
This October, I’ll be starring in Swamp Meadow Community Theatre’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as Randle Patrick McMurphy. This I’d my first leading role since I played The Boy in The Fantasticks in high school.
If you have seen the play before or if you have read the book, you know that this is quite different than the movie. While I like the idea of playing a role that Jack Nicholson made famous but ultimately, I am playing a very different character than he did.
To prepare for the part, I have been dieting and exercising a lot, practicing card tricks, and getting in touch with my inner sociopath. All very exciting!
Anyway, I am very excited and not a little nervous. So call the box office and reserve your tickets! Now!
Come one! Come all! Dracula is being performed by the Swamp Meadow Community Theatre starting this weekend with yours truly as the blood sucking fiend himself!
Be frightened at the blood curdling horror!
Be amazed by the fantastic action!
Be floored by my hair-dye job!
Oct 30 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Oct. 31 Halloween at 8:00 pm
Nov 5, 6, at 7:00 PM
And Nov 7 at 2:00 PM
Captain Isaac Paine Auditorium
160 Foster Center Rd. Foster RI
(At the intersection of Rt 6 and Rt 94)
$10 Adults $5 Students & Seniors (Family pricing $30 max)
Box Office 401-397-6671 or @ swampmeadow.org
See the official web page for more details.