I took too long to post once again. Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Tuesday but I might as well post in advance. I get to spend Thanksgiving with my cousin and his wife who live nearby. I was worried that I would be alone as I can’t afford to fly home for Christmas and Thanksgiving. That’s alright, here’s the latest news in the acting life of Anna.
So I’m in the midst of rehearsals for American Pastorela. The link for tickets is http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/213163. There are too many ideas going on at once with this production and we just got a new version of the script and are still missing a scene. They want to have musical and dance numbers as well but there hasn’t been enough time allotted or personnel to do that effectively. I will be the best Jan Brewer I can so look forward to that scene. I also play one of Satan’s homegirls, part of an angelic choir, and a back-up singer in a little girl’s imagination. We also have Che Guevara, Emiliano Zapata, Janet Napolitano, and other famous political figures. Oh, and Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker show up too. We move into the space on Nov. 28. I’ve only gotten to rehearse my main scene once. Wish us luck!
And on top of that, I got an audition for an animated VO project with the famous CD Helen McCready. She has a production company called Helen Wheels. I will be leaving rehearsal early so I can go to my appointment. I couldn’t let this opportunity slip by and yes, I made sure that I fit the specifics before submitting. I look forward to meeting her. I am hoping that if I am cast, I don’t have to change my flight home for Christmas and that it doesn’t conflict with the rehearsal/performance schedule or the two future jobs I got through the schools.
With Halloween happening yesterday I couldn’t help but use the title of an Ann Rice book. It’s All Saints’ Day and today in the Catholic church we celebrate all holy men and women. Yesterday my friend, Lawannah, who played my mom in The Rite of Exorcism, invited me to come see PoeFest from Arizona Currriculum Theatre. She had an extra ticket so I saw the show for free. Basically, five actors each enacted a story from Edgar Allen Poe so it was like short one-person performances. And they were all supposed to be inmates in an asylum. The performances were awesomely creepy and the three men I saw perform made me jump out of my seat at times. Lawannah was in their production of Salem:1692, which was about the Salem Witch Trials. They also have an on-going school program to teach literacy and share the arts with children who don’t otherwise have the opportunity.
So I saw The Rite of Exorcism and it was so awesome to see myself on the big screen. I hung out with the director, Frank Di Bugnara, and other gentleman who were involved in the film, before the showing. I told the ladies I was sitting next to that I was in the movie and they were thrilled.
The rehearsal and performance schedule has been set for American Pastorela. There were some delays in getting things settled for the show. The show is playing Dec. 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7:30pm and Dec. 11 and 18 at 2pm. All performances are at the Phoenix Arts Center in downtown.
I filled in for a high school English teacher today. Some of the classes were studying Romeo and Juliet. The teacher had a student teacher responsible for the class and she recruited me to read Juliet when the class read the play out loud. The students were pretty impressed. I was glad to show off my skills.