Next to Neat!

Is it October??? When did this month get here? The past week of N2N rehearsal began to blur about 4:00 pm yesterday as we fought through fatigue to finish blocking “Song of Forgetting.” (Hah, how ironic.) I am pleased to say that we successfully blocked the scene by sheer force of will, and we are now continuing to move right along in act 2!

We had our first “work through” of Act 1 on Saturday- and what everyone had anticipated as a stumble through became a straight run-through of the act.  (What a testament to the talented people that I have the honor of working alongside!)

As a special aside, I must also mention that our Stage Manager (Julie), Asst. Stage Manager (Liz), and Stage Mgmt Appr. (Jayson) are TOP NOTCH.  Liz and Jayson move our scenic pieces like magical phantoms of “theatre automation,” and the whole production crew just makes our jobs as actors so easy!

Caroline and Chris rehearsing “Superboy” with pianist Andrew 🙂

Awesome Understudies: For those of you who didn’t know yet, my amazingly-fantabulous understudy Caroline Freedlund and the ever so talented understudy Chris Lewis will be singing “I’m Alive” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” at the High Museum on Oct 13th (while myself and the rest of the cast will be caged away in tech.)

I would encourage you to take the opportunity to come and support them both! They do such a killer job!

In closure, I would just like to mention that there is nothing in the world like the support and encouragement of friends. So thank you to all of you (you know who you are) who have taken the time out of your schedules to send me a text, offer a hug, make me laugh, and just in general be encouraging. I can continue to do what I love because of you!

Carey Tedder, Scott Schwartz, Jordan Craig, Boko Suzuki, (Me)
Happy Birthday, Jordan!

Now off to do some much-needed cleaning.
~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~
(Because Liz and I are going to LEARN IT!)

At a Glance

More than half the year is gone since my last post (my apologies) and though busyness is no excuse, it is the primary reason for the time lapse.  However, all that to say, here is my life at a glance over the past months:

FEBRUARY:

I had the wonderful opportunity to understudy three actor’s in the Alliance’s Wizard of Oz.  It was such a wonderful learning experience (and challenging.) Since I had never understudied before, I had the opportunity to learn a whole new process of “acting” and “rehearsal” to say the least.  Understudying is FAR different than actually playing the part- but if you ask my opinion, (and even if you don’t I’m going to tell you anyway) I feel like learning to understudy is something every actor should at least experience once in their lives. It will change the way you appreciate acting in general (and also allows you to watch other actors over, and over, and over, and over again- all the while learning from their process.)

That’s right- I had my own pre-labeled MUG!

My headshot in the front of the lobby

I also had the great honor of being asked to perform at my Alma Mater, Berry College, for Scholarship Night.  I can’t begin to express how much this opportunity to give back to my school meant to me.  It was actually a dream of mine to be asked to come back and perform.  CHECK that off the bucket list!

My place setting and nametag 🙂 #fancypants

MARCH-APRIL:

These months followed the journey of Titanic: the Musical at Fabrefaction Theatre.  I played the role of Kate Murphey (an Irish emigrant) and was overjoyed to work under the direction of Jeff McKerley.  It was memorable to be portraying the tragic sinking of that great ship on its 100 year anniversary.

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MAY:

In May I was asked to sing at the Alliance’s “Taste of the Season”- WOW! So much fun, and such an incredible chance to be around some of Atlanta’s amazing talent!

I sang: “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from Next to Normal

JUNE:

I taught Musical Theatre and Voice at Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s camps!  I had taught students on a smaller scale before, but working at GET this summer really put into perspective all of the HARD WORK and DILIGENCE teachers have to teach school day in and day out during the school year. What an amazing calling they have on their lives- I applaud you ALL!

JULY-AUGUST:

These months contained a LOT of auditions, working at the tux shop (yay job!), dance class, and performing with Voices of Atlanta (VOA). VOA performed at the Georgia World Congress Center for Microsoft Global Exchange. This event was a lot of fun, and I also had the chance to audition for and sing a small solo! Woot!

This was also when I started going back to dance class to up my “game” – and while it was a challenge to make myself go to 4-6 classes/week, I’m glad I did!

Toward the end of August I was invited to sing at Serenbe Playhouse’s Cabaret as a special guest.  It was night full of fun musical theatre songs- and talent! (Not to mention I got to spend the evening with some dear friends of mine- even if it did include rescuing a friend from a car wreck and cramming my little Scion full to make the trek 😉 )

FINALLY, on August 28th the Alliance announced its cast for Next to Normal -which I am PROUD to be a part of! To say that I am beyond excited does not even come close. I am so grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to begin. This of course brings us to the present- as N2N begins rehearsals this Tuesday!

So wow, what a year so far, and more to come! 3 days and counting…
~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~

This is because I feel like everyone should at least see this video!

Spared the Pain…

These last weeks have been a flurry of events between Thanksgiving, Thanksmas, and Christmas. In the midst of all that I had the chance to get into the studio and lay down another song!

So now for your listening pleasure…

“Spared the Pain”

As always, I’d love any feedback you guys care to share.

“Renegade” just finished it’s 3rd week on the air! BUT the voting isn’t over visit: 94.9 The Bull to continue to vote for my song and keep it on the airwaves! So many of you have shared how you streamed through your computers, sat in your cars, or tuned in through your cell phones to support!

Know how very much I appreciate it. It means the world to me, that you guys are so supportive! ~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~

I’m going to be on the radio!?!?

Be jealous!

So Thanksgiving is what I would consider a very BUSTLING time of the year.  I tend to get overwhelmed by the crowds and sheer amount of activity (and that’s saying a lot for me.)  At the same time however, it really is what I would consider a “warm” time of the year for my family.  I love getting to see and spend time with everyone.

There’s nothing more I’ve loved over the years than to be crowded around the fire with my whole family and just talk late into the evening.

This year, I have TONS to be thankful for, but most recently: MY SONG IS GOING TO BE ON THE RADIO!?! Seriously, I am just overwhelmingly blessed sometimes. I got the email just yesterday morning, and my name went up on the website today. 94.9 The Bull has a program called “Backyard Country” that local musicians can submit to have their songs played on the radio.  Well, I’m going to be on the radio this Saturday November 26, 2011 around 9PM!

As part of the program, there is a voting poll for listeners, friends, and fans to vote for their favorite artist. The top 4-5 artists get to come back weekly! The link is: http://www.949thebull.com/pages/backyard_country.html Please log on to the website and vote for me and my song!

Composed and written by: Lance Barry
Co-written by: Lyndsay Ricketson
Produced by: Lance Barry and Bret Short
Guitar: Nathan Wright
Lead guitar: Bret Short
Bass: Brian Schultz
Drums: Kyle Troop
Studio: Atlanta Recording Studio
Engineer: Harry O’Brien

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I will see you all on the other side! (although I might be a bit thicker 😉 )

~Lyndsay

~Song of the Day~

(obviously!)

Opening Weekend of Sweeney…

Hello all!

I saw many wonderful faces at the opening weekend of Sweeney Todd and it was such a blessing to have each of you there!  While I was unable to get pictures with everyone, I wanted to post a couple of them here to give a shout out to those of you I did get to see!

(As a side note…some of the pictures I did get came out blurry…and some were too blurry to post. Grr camera…I really do need a new one.)

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Did I miss seeing you this weekend? Don’t worry, come on out this weekend! Get your tickets HERE! 

In other news: Re:Medy released it’s 4th teaser image this past Friday! Didn’t get to see it? Check it out by clicking on the image to the right!

Can’t wait to see more of your lovely faces this weekend at Sweeney! Much love to you all! ~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~

Opening Night! “Sneak Peek”

As many of you know I have been in rehearsals for Sweeney Todd for the past weeks, and it has been both a joy and growing experience!  I am so excited to finally have reached the “starting line” as it were.  Opening night is TONIGHT at Fabrefaction in Atlanta!  I sincerely hope to see many of your faces there.  I am delighted that many of you have informed me you’ve already bought your tickets and are ready to go!

Be sure to visit my fan page for a sneak peek video of what the show is going to bring to the table! I look forward to seeing many of your faces out on Fleet Street! Do be sure to stick around after the show in the lobby to greet the cast!

 

Don’t know where to get your tickets? I can help with that! www.fabrefaction.org

 

 

 

Thank you again to ALL of you for your encouragement and support! I couldn’t do what I’m doing without each and every one of you! Love you all!

~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~

Preview Images: Sweeney Todd

I have to remark again what a joy and an honor it has been collaborating with such talented people in Sweeney Todd.

Opening Night: October 27th!

Opening Night: October 27th!

Last Friday we stayed late to take some preview images for you all to gander at and enjoy!  Be sure to check out Fabrefaction’s Facebook Page to stay up to date with events and opportunities.  There is a special performance and event planned for October 31st: “Paint the Town Red.” I’ll have more details coming for you all as we get closer…for now have a looksee at what I’ve been up to for the past month!

Lyndsay Ricketson as "Johanna"

Lyndsay Ricketson as "Johanna"

Diane Mitchell as "Mrs. Lovett"

Diane Mitchell as "Mrs. Lovett"

Clint Thortonton as "Sweeney Todd"

Clint Thortonton as "Sweeney Todd"

Click HERE for tickets!  Can’t wait to see you all on Fleet Street!

Love~Lyndsay

~Song of the Day~

(because this cracked me up)

Tickets!

Many of you have asked for the info and now here it is- coming straight to you from my grandparent’s couch!

The Cast:

Clint Thornton—-Sweeney Todd
Diane R. Mitchell—-Mrs. Lovett
Bryan Mercer—-Judge Turpin
Daniel Burns—-Beadle
Lyndsay Ricketson—-Johanna
Trey Getz——Anthony
Laura Hettinger—-Beggar Woman/Lucy
John Stanier—-Fog/Pirelli
Daniel Collier—-Toby

The Story:

Just in time for Halloween, Director Alexander Greenfield and Fabrefaction Theatre Company bring Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime to the stage. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” recounts the infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London to seek revenge against the society that wronged him. Originally focusing his malevolence on the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife, his thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers. A tale of retribution and in essence, obsession, Sweeney Todd serves up a delicious portion of gruesome humor, sinister spite, and suspicious meat pies. Presented as an intimate and highly theatrical ghost story, Sweeney Todd is sure to entertain die-hard fans and newcomers alike with its visceral, intense drama and uncompromisingly dark humor.

Buy your tickets HERE!

I’ve taken the liberty of attaching the performance dates as well for you to peruse at your leisure.  When you have selected your desired date, be sure to shoot me an email/ fb message/ text, or communicative device of your choosing, so that I can be sure to find you after the show!

The Dates:

Much Love ~Lyndsay

~Song of the Day~

An Hour and a Half on Forever…

The above phrase is actually a description of my afternoon this past Saturday.  I went into the studio around noon and did not emerge until 4:30.  For those of you who don’t like to do math that’s four 1/2 hours of singing, listening, and re-singing again. (I was allowed the occasional water break, of course.)  One of the most intense, taxing, and yet rewarding afternoons in September thus far!

It was amazing to work alongside my engineer, Harry O’Brien, and composer/writer, Dr. Lance Barry.  Both of them were not only tirelessly critical (constructive of course), but endlessly encouraging.  We began with the song, “Forever,” and brought the recording of that one to a close roughly around 1:30.  Then my “challenge” of the afternoon began… “More than a Dollar $.”

I’m still not quite sure why this song was so difficult to bring to completion, but I spent nearly thirty minutes on one section trying to get the timing “just right.”  As Dr. Barry referred to it later, it was my “#1 major conquest of the day!”  It was quickly followed by “conquest #2.” Chalk those two up to irritating song rhythms that nearly had me sitting in the middle of the recording room pouting.  The good news is that once that particular section was behind me, the rest of the recording was a breeze.

3:00PM came, and I sat down on the couch fully prepared to gather my things and depart, when behold, Dr. Barry whips out page of lyrics and grins mischievously.

“Surprise!”- Dr. Barry

Oh yes, that’s right. He and Harry had prepared a third song for me to face off with and subsequently defeat.  (Which I am pleased to say, I did.) Thus an enjoyable afternoon came to a close, and I was released to do what every good Georgia Peach should do on a Labor Day Weekend…go to a UGA game.

Once again, I thank Dr. Barry and Harry for their unceasing support on Saturday. They truly energized me when I had nearly nothing left.  -Well the banana helped too… 😉 I hope to have some audio for everyone soon, but until then I hope you enjoy the pics I’ve uploaded! (Though blurry.)  Much love to you all.

~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day[~

Studio Time and Sweeney!

Happy September everyone!

This Saturday I’m going to be going into the recording studio again to work on two new songs! This was a phenomenal opportunity and collaboration with Dr. Lance Barry, whom I had  recently worked with on the song “Renegade.”

<If you haven’t heard it yet, take a listen below!>

I once again look forward to the process, which never ceases to surprise me.  So far every time I’ve gone into the studio it has been like a completely different experience. (None any less adventurous than the previous.) I’m sure this time will not be a disappointment.  My plan is to capture some “moments” throughout the day to share with you later next week, so stay tuned!

In other news, for those of you who didn’t know, I have been working on a graphic novel over the past year and I am pleased to say we draw ever closer to its publication.  My artist and I have been working diligently on editing dialogue and tweaking the frames (well, she’s been tweaking…and I’ve been clapping my hands joyfully at her phenomenal talent.)  We’re hoping to soon be able to give everyone a brief glance into the world of RE:medy!

For my own personal book project: Everdavia, I promise I am working on it, but after being critiqued (by several trusted sources) there are some major areas which need to be addressed and refurbished before going to the printers. Nevertheless, I persevere on!

ANNOUNCEMENT! Tickets for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Fabrefaction went on sale TODAY! So go ahead and pre-purchase or contact me with how many you would like to order. Hope to see all of you there!

~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~

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