Monday, June 28, 2010

Life is a Cabaret old chum

All my shoes got the best work out this last fortnight!!! and I didnt buy any new ones - GO ME!!!

I write this very sleep deprived and slightly run down. OMG the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2010 was amazing. The picture is of myself with the wonderfully nice Mitchell Butel. I saw so much, I saw Mitchell's show twice, Stephen Schwartz and friends and Shoshanna Bean. Can I just say that Mark Nadler in the piano bar was off the hook. What a grand performer and all the wonderful guests he got up to sing with him. This in fact made me wish I'd seen more. I only missed one night, I was addicted. Mark was so gracious, I bought his album after the 3rd night I saw him perform. I am so in love with it, while talking to him one night I asked if he would sing "someone to watch over me" which he did, he even called me a young lady...young lmao. What a fabulous feeling knowing he was singing that coz I asked him. What a grand song/performance it was!

Besides all the grand performance's, I have to admit a highlight was meeting Mitchell. Cass and I spoke to him after he performed at the Stephen Schwartz show. We just wanted to let him know we thought he was awesome, we meet his parents and left it at that. A few nights later, it was Marks last night at the Piano Bar and Mitchell got up to sing. So of course I started to film with my phone, he waved and I freaked and stopped filming. He gestured to keep filming so I did ( coz I wanted to share with Cass later). After the show ended Mitchell came up to me to apologise coz I stopped fliming him. Can he be any nicer? I think not. Everyone I have spoken to has said he was the nicest guy at the festival. So we got a photo to mark the occasion, we had a wee chat and we both continued our nights.

I have in the past met a few other performers (and someone lesser known )and even in my amature theatre life who are rude and have a "do I know you?" or "and who are you?" attitude. So to have a normal conversation with someone I respect as a performer was just lovely.

Seeing friends like Benny perform, makes me so proud to have friends that can do that. Please check out my fb photos of him performing at the Piano Bar with Mark.

To top off all of this I've had a family wedding, a birthday and a engagment to attend. I'm so tired its not funny. I will be smart next year and take annual leave over the cab fest and I'll see a lot more. In the up and coming months will be travelling interstate to see "Sugar" and "Mary Poppins" - this self confessed musical geek just cant enough

keep safe, till next time


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

fail with a major side of win

Ill start by saying I failed to put any money in my savings account this fortnight for my trip back to the UK. This was a hard-ish fortnight on the old paycheck. Where I did however win, I paid all the bills, rent, tickets to cabaret fringe shows (totally a necessity) and DID NOT buy any shoes. That is one major win for me! I did slide a little and buy 2 new scarves, but at $10 each, they were bargins I couldnt walk away from :).

This last fortnight was full of shows, shows and more shows. Curtains (Therry Dramatic society) was a smash, the cast and orch played to full audiences and they LOVED IT! - There was some interesting times, but all in all I made new friends, got to hang out with old friends and cemented relationships. The show was tight, the reviews were shinning, they loved it. No bad comments at all.
I also saw Pirates of penzance ( by Gilbert & Sullivan Society), which was also amazing. I am always in awe of set design and concept and staging. I loved the chore and the fact that a friend of mine, who is always nice in real life and on stage played the bitchy girl. My word that alone was worth going to see.

On a health note ( as i also want to look my best when heading back to the UK) - i have lost a few kilos ( not gonna say how many) i have started Zumba classes - so much fun. I hate exercise, but this is dance. Cassie and i have a 7 day free pass, so were gonna try more things to see it we want to join the whole gym, or just zumba. I could probably loose more weight if i also watched what i eat. so will try that too :) - maybe try Maggies idea from her blogs.

This up and coming week is full of Cabaret Fringe shows, Benny Finn and Mark Nadler, Mitchel Butel, Stephen Schwartz and then Bennys own show - oh and shoshanna bean next week.

good times ahead,

till then - keep safe xxx