There has been so much going on in the Fairest of Fields, specifically in arts and entertainment, since last July's production of Joseph! Coincidentally, I am about to "reprise" my role as the scheming, seductive Mrs. Potiphar from Joseph for the Way Off Broadway Fun-raiser performance on May 8 at the Sondheim Center. The super talented Stan Brown from Open Heart will be joining us to perform!
We will be performing a compilation of popular songs and dances from past Way Off Broadway performances (Mrs. Potiphar is one of my favorite roles from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Funds will go toward the Summer Season at the Sondheim, which I hope to be a part of once again. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting WOB, making it possible for us to perform, entertain, and do what we love to do!
For my own clarity, let me recap what has been keeping me so busy between last July's production of Joseph and now:
- Filmed two more movies with the Director of Sister Patchouli: Stopping Utah and The Danger. Both were fun, and definitely different styles – somewhat bizarre and even creepy!
- Premiered Sister Patchouli at the Sondheim Center in October. It was very special to share this project with fellow members of the community. Thank you for all your feedback and enthusiasm.
- Both Sister Patchouli and Stopping Utah won national Telly Awards and are nominated for Iowa Motion Picture Association awards. I am also nominated for Best Actress for my role as Patch. Stay tuned, I hope to have some good news to share with you!
- Sister Patchouli was selected to be screened at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival recently and also won Best Film in an online film festival.
Back to the theater world, I performed in Peter Pan at the Sondheim Center in November – an incredible production with a sold out house for the final performance! I played Grown-up Wendy opposite Broadway's Jenn Colella who played Peter Pan. I also played one of Tiger Lily's Indians – a dance role where I got to work with New York choreographer Adam Cates again, along with talented pro dancers from New York (Janelle Abbott who played Tiger Lily is one of the strongest dancers I've seen).
I recently joined the Board of Directors of the Cultural Alliance and remain on the Board for FPAC-TV Channel 9. I enjoy hosting shows and doing interviews, including a monthly segment with Rustin Lippincott of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, where we highlight all the great events going on in our community. Be prepared to mark your calendars!
I also discovered that one of the coolest companies in the world exists right here in Fairfield…The Sky Factory. I joined the team this year doing Public Relations and am so impressed with the company, the people and the products. You can see our signature Luminous SkyCeilings in several locations here locally, including Noodle House and the beautiful new Jefferson County Health Center. Check out http://www.theskyfactory.com/.
I am often asked how I am adjusting to "small town life" in the Midwest after living in Los Angeles and New York City. In fact, my transition has been effortless and extremely fulfilling on many levels. When I take a moment to review this list of projects I've been involved in recently, I am honored, amazed and filled with gratitude. Life in Fairfield is good, really good. I can feel that I was meant to end up here and soak in everything that Fairfield has to offer. I go to almost every event, concert or show at the Sondheim, Café Paradiso and Morning Star. I just can't get enough (I learned TM recently too!).
I see that I need to write more regularly so that my blog is not so long! Signing off now…until next time…