Next to November!

My amazing family

Opening night has come and gone and now we enter into November! Wait. When did this happen?  I can’t believe how much activity a single week can hold.  It’s been a unique time of celebration for all that we’ve accomplished in this show, but the work doesn’t end here.  Each show continues to grow and breathe  as each of us make new discoveries.

It was our first 8-show week and man was I feeling it Monday… (Who knew emoting could sap so much energy and be so physically demanding.)  I am fortunate though, in that I was able to take the majority of the day to just rest and eat.  Monday evening however, the entire cast had the opportunity to sing at an event at the Selig’s house. Cary and I sang “Superboy and the Invisible Girl,” Bob sang “I’ve Been,” Catherine sang “I Miss the Mountains,” and the whole cast (including understudies) sang “Finale: Light.”  It was the first time we had ALL performed together, and I just have to ask… can’t the Goodman family have a bunch of random neighbors that come and visit at the end of the show??? 🙂 It was certainly powerful.

In other news, my next project( Little Women: the Musical at Fabrefaction) has begun rehearsals and I am really excited about working with such a great group of performers. I will be playing the role of Beth – and it will be a nice change of pace and temperament from Natalie! I can finally take a break from the teen angst for a while.  It will also be the first time I am performing a show during the holiday season.

Next to Normal has been blessed to get such positive feedback from the media/press. You can see some of the reviews below:

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Atlanta INtown

As per usual I will close with a slideshow of the people who have come to celebrate this show with me.  Much love to all of you and hope to still see many more of your faces in the days to come!

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Margo

SHOUT OUT to Margo Moskowitz perhaps my most dedicated reader- and temporary roommate. This blog was written from the comfort of her apartment.

Without her I don’t think I would survive these long weeks! Love you dearly.

Until next week,
~Lyndsay

~Song of the Day~

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“It’s gonna be good”

Sometimes I am left speechless by the people I have in my life.  This past week of Next to Normal previews has left me so completely overwhelmed with love and support that I hardly know where to begin. There is no way for me to begin to express my gratitude to the people who have already come to the show and the ones that are coming. You all fill my life with light!

Group of students from Oglethorpe University!

Really quickly (since I skipped a week) – tech week was long but well worth all the hours put into it.  The technical team at the Alliance are at the top of their game and have worked their butts off for this show. I am still floored by all the team has accomplished.

Preview week was a very new experience for me because not only did we still have rehearsal during the day, but then we performed a show at night! Talk about running a marathon.  However, my cast mates are amazing!!!  Probably some of the most important things that kept me going were the love, trust, and support of the people with which I share the stage.  I am thrilled to be moving toward opening this Wednesday when we can celebrate all of our hard work!

On a side note: I did want to post pics of all my friends that showed up for the first week of previews. (Unfortunately some of them I didn’t get pics with *tears* and that is because I am scatter brained. :/ )

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People who should be included in pics above but were not: Lauren, Alisha, Alana, Ray (and his lovely wife), Joel, Laura Lee, Chris, Andy (and his wife!), Davin, Jeffrey, Drew, Daniel, and Angela. I love you all and am so blessed to have you in my life!

Finally, one of the most unique experiences so far was the chance to chat (along with fellow cast mate Googie Uterhardt) with a group of students from Oglethorpe University after the Sunday night preview.  Those guys were awesome!

Looking forward to an amazing week. Hope to see many of you more there! Much love.

~Lyndsay

~Song of the Day~

Next to Nom noms…

The breath before the dive.  This Monday is the calm before the storm (figuratively of course.) Next to Normal had our first full run-through of the show on Friday, and then another one on Saturday.  I have to say both runs were very informative. The first one helped just to know what in the WORLD we were doing, following our blocking tracks, changing shoes, mania…. However, the run-through on Saturday for me was such a learning experience.  For the first time I was able to trust my blocking and immerse myself in the world.  I think everyone in the cast made huge discoveries that day and found so much color and depth within each of our scenes.  It was truly an encouraging experience before we jump into tech this week.

AHHH Tech! I personally LOVE tech rehearsals. I know they’re long. I know you stand around a lot. I know it’s hurry up and wait.  But man, if I don’t just love the opportunity to get to sit and marinate on a scene for a little while as people work so hard around me to make it look awesome.  I have a real respect and admiration for the people in theatre that are responsible for the technical aspects because they make my job a WHOLE lot easier! So while tech weekend does seem a bit daunting, I think it’s going to be an incredible experience.

The BIG excitement of the week though is the sitzprobe on Thursday. “Sitzprobe (German) is a term used in opera and musical theatre to describe a seated rehearsal – which is the literal translation of Sitzprobe – where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. It is often the first rehearsal where the orchestra and singers rehearse together. The equivalent Italian term is prova all’italiana.” (Thank you Wikipedia 😉 )  When working in musical theatre, you are not always guaranteed a sitzprobe, so it’s going to be an incredible opportunity!

Some other shows that I’d like to make shout outs about are:

The Devil Tree (The Collective Project)

Apples and Oranges (Alliance- Hertz Stage)

Robin Hood (Aurora)

There are more I’m sure, and if I’ve missed yours LET ME KNOW. I’m trying to make all of them that I can juggle between my own rehearsal schedule. Woot!  Speaking of shows…you should come see me in Next to Normal! And if you’re making plans to come, let me know so I can hug you after the show (or just wave at you- for my friends that don’t like hugs 😛 )

Below is a pic from the N2N potluck this past Saturday.  Our cast can cook- I’m just sayin…

Until the other side of tech weekend…
~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~
(Been listening to the Piano Guys a lot recently- highly recommend them!)

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!)

Next to Newness

Next to Normal rehearsals began this past Tuesday. This show is going to be awesome! We have managed to stage through the first three huge musical numbers and it has been such a learning experience already.  Earlier last week we were able to meet with not only a family psychologist but a pediatrician to discuss some of the medical and emotional complications of the show. It was a very eye-opening  experience to say the least.

The show deals with so many questions about “normalcy” and how that applies to illness and grief, that it makes you take a hard look at your own life and analyze how you’re personally dealing with the “hard stuff.” Is it being dealt with healthily? Are you ignoring it?  Are you just fighting for “normal?”
I think a good show quote for the week is:

“The price of love is loss, but still we pay.”- Dr. Madden, Next to Normal

 
Check out the pics from rehearsal day #1!

Our fearless leader- Scott Schwartz

Myself and Bob Gaynor (My “dad”-Dan) Love him! He is fabulous!

Left- Caroline Freedlund (my AMAZING understudy) and Right- Jordan Craig (Henry- my “boyfriend”)

My buddy, Googie- playing Dr. Fine/ Dr, Madden

Catherin Porter- Diana (my “mother”) This lady is RIDICULOUSLY GOOD! Wait till you see her- your minds will be blown

Cary Tedder- Gabe (my “brother) This guy is so funny and talented

Chris Lewis- Gabe/Henry Understudy

Dustin Lewis- Dr’s Understudy – Love being around him again! You should check him out in “Anything Goes” at the Lyric

Mary Nye Bennett- Diana’s Understudy- this sassy lady is so FUN!

Bob Gaynor (left) and Boko Suzuki- our UNBELIEVABLE music director I LOVE HIM!

So there’s a fun little glimpse into the cast of Next to Normal! It’s going to be a whirlwind of a ride!
Stay tuned for more info!!!

The picture above is of me in Natalie’s mock bedroom in the opening number- “Just Another Day”

(I don’t actually lay around all during rehearsal, but Scott was working with Diana and Gabe at the moment)

Stay tuned for more pics and fun stories to come…!
If you have an inkling and want to keep up with me during the week “LIKE” me on Facebook!
~Lyndsay~

~Song of the Day~

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!

Let it Begin…!

So there’s nothing like a new year, and let me begin by saying 2012 is going to be amazing!

When last we saw Lyndsay she was headed into Christmas with a new song recorded (“Spared the Pain”) and “Renegade” airing on 94.9 The Bull. Well, I am happy to say that I am STILL on the Bull and will be airing again tonight for my 9th time! Check it out at 9PM on 94.9 The Bull.

During the past month my best friend Jenevieve graduated from Berry College,

And my friends from Berry had a new years movie premiere of our “Lord of the Rings: A Tale of Two Campuses” (This was a movie project we did at Berry with a group of us and a camera. Thanks to Mike Solomon, we got the footage pieced together and edited masterfully!)

At the start of the year, I began taking dance classes 8-10x a week.  It’s no cake-walk, but gotta be prepared every chance you get!

Starting next Tuesday I will be in rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta! Wooo! 🙂 I will be understudying all the female roles (i.e. Dorothy, Glinda, the Witch, etc.) I’m really looking forward to finally working with them and jumping into the fray!

Another exciting tidbit, I recorded a musical song with Bryan Mercer back in November, and it is now live on their site! The musical project is called:        What’s Eating Katie: The Musical Check out all the cool stuff about this project on their website HERE! We will be recording some more songs the very end of this month so stay tuned!

That about catches you up on the new year, I will have more exciting news to post in the next week! Don’t forget to tune in tonight on 94.9! Much love to you all this new year! Going to be a great journey!

~Lyndsay

~Song of the Day~

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