The Next Stage…s…

It’s two evenings since my first public read-through of Dusty Shoes, a work in progress.

Reading a fun character! (Photo by CharaBerk Photography - another talented actor & friend)
Reading a fun character! (Photo by CharaBerk Photography – another talented actor & friend)

How am I now? What have I done since?

I thought I would sleep like a baby after my full, adrenalin and friend filled evening, but no. My brain decided to start re-writing as I lay in the dark begging for a solid sleep as I had to rise at 5:55 a.m. the following morning. No grand ideas came from the dozy re-write attempt. That’s okay. I really did need to get to sleep.

The day after, Wednesday April 10, I met with Dean Fogal who is taking on the direction of my piece. I’m super excited as Dean comes with so much physical theatre experience (he ran Tooba Physical Theatre Centre downtown Vancouver) and insights to staging. He also loves to actors to the essence of the story.

Dean Fogal (director) & Mark Downy (voice coach)
Dean Fogal (director) & Mark Downy (voice coach)

The meeting stimulated many thoughts and ideas about my re-writes. Some busy life moments grabbed the rest of yesterday, and today, so I didn’t get to back to the drawing board, yet. And, I don’t think that is a bad thing. A bit of distance after my writing frenzy and reading is important, too.

My “deer in a headlight” mode finally released last night at our local Thailand restaurant outing. Our waiter entertained and played with us until I was in complete stitches, laughing. And the food was bursting with taste at every bite!

So great to see laughter at my Dusty Shoes reading!
So great to see laughter at my Dusty Shoes reading!

Tomorrow awaits another meeting with my director (that feels SO good to say), and my voice coach. Skilled actor, musician, voice coach and friend, Mark Downey will help me to prepare my voice for my performance. I’m excited.

Tonight, I hope to sleep even more deeply, rest, and get ready for the next stage.. s of this adventure.

P.S. Thank you to another talented friend, Chara Berk from Chara Berk Photography for documenting my read through!

A more serious moment...
A more serious moment…
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