Monday, February 21, 2011

First week of school.

Whew!! First week is over, and man, was it incredible. I learned so much, my brain in on overload! It's been a week of watching, learning, dancing, hurting, and loving the whole thing. My body feels like it's being whipped into shape, and I have been sore since day one. The whole process started with learning all my ensemble music with Jared and then Ben had me and PJ for the next three days to teach us all the dances and steps. The steps are very intricate and everything is extremely specific, which is why it was so much on the brain last week.  Not to mention that most of it is very rub-your-belly-and- pat-your-head-at-the-same-time kind of thing, so it takes repetition times a million to get it down. By Friday, Lorin came in and taught me my last few things, Favorite Son and Letterbomb, and then by Sunday, we ran the show from top to bottom! It was such a productive week! And mixed in there I did some flying which was just the funnest thing ever. For the first few days, it was about getting used to being in the harness and understanding how my body moved in the air. They would only take me about ten feet up, and I would flip and move and such. Nothing too scary. Until yesterday. Jim was like, "alright, lets get you all the way up there". So I stood on the X and got ready for the EG exit cue which is the one where she shoots straight up at the end of the number. I'm talking 70 feet people. So I held my breath and waited...and Jim said go...and it was SO FAST!! What a rush! Yeah it was scary, and I may have let out a tiny yelp of oh-my-gosh-im-gonna-die fear, but mostly, it was freaking amazing! This week, I'll be learning the entire sequence in the air, so I'm glad I got the scariest part out of the way.

This week is gonna be pretty crazy, but in the best possible way. We have rehearsal Tuesday-Thursday and then Friday is the big put-in rehearsal for all of us newbies. A put-in for those of you who don't know is kind of like a final dress rehearsal for replacements or understudies. Full lights, sound, costume, cast, and band. It will really be me, and Davey, and Justin, and PJ's first time doing American Idiot. It gives us a chance to really see how everything feels, sounds, and looks before putting it in front of an audience.

Today however, is my day off, which I am enjoying tremendously. As I tweeted earlier today, I spent a good deal of my day grocery shopping and cleaning my apartment. Who knew that those two "chores" as some call them could me so relaxing. As I was growing up, never did I think that I would say chores were nice lol. But really, isn't it so calming to walk around a grocery store, listening to your iPod or reorganizing your room? Maybe I'm just weird haha.


I also spent some much needed time laying on my futon being a bum watching TV. Oh how I have missed my TV. I caught up on Gossip Girl  and Shameless (which by the way is a great show! Pretty out there, but great) and spent some quality time with my knitting needles. As some of you know, I love knitting. I know, I'm such a grandma. I got addicted to it on the Spring Awakening tour. I was a swing, so I had a lot of down time, which was filled with knitting and reading. Anyway, I started a new scarf that is this wheat cream color. It is going to be a normal scarf that can be converted to a circle scarf which I did by knitting button holes on one side! I'll post a pic when it's done!


All in all, my first week at A.I. was unforgettable to say the least. Everyone at the theatre, cast and crew and all, are the most welcoming, nicest people. I have never felt more supported and welcomed, which makes this process that much better. I feel like everyone has my back already, which will make me feel very safe my first show, cause as you know, this show is pretty nuts. Knowing that people are there for me and won't let me fall (literally and figuratively) is very comforting.

Until next time!

Krystina :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

AMERICAN IDIOT!!!

Alright bloggers, sorry for the suspense, but I didn't want to jynx anything! I will be making my Broadway debut in American Idiot at the St. James Theatre on February 27th!! I am taking over for Libby Winters (who is now the new Extraordinary Girl, awesome!) as Ensemble/u/s Whatshername and Extraordinary Girl!! I could not be more pumped!

Now that I have a new awesome project, you better believe that this blog is going to start being seriously updated with all the cool new adventures I am going to be having! Let's start with the fact that this whole thing is going so quickly! My head is still spinning from last week and the whirlwind it all was. I had my final callback for AI last Tuesday, and then they called me to cast me just a few hours later! You can imagine how excited I was!

So the next day, got called from my stage manager letting me know that I would have some costume fittings on Thursday! I went to my first fitting and got to try on my Whatshername zip up dress which is super fierce, and, the best dress of them all, Favorite Son! Since Libby is being bumped up, I am actually going to be in a red one instead of silver!


Then it was off to the shoe place to get fitted for my Favorite Son heels, and finally, I headed over to the theatre. When I got to the St. James I met up with my new stage manager Jim and immediately got fitted for my harness for the EG u/s. It was awesome and I was like, "wow I cannot wait to start flying" and they said, "well you are right now! We have to see how the wires fit with the harness". So they took me up to the stage and hooked me into the wires and removed the little step stool under me, and I was flying! Well, only like 3 feet off the ground, but let me tell you, it was a really awesome sensation, so I can't even imagine how it will be when I actually learn it! I then headed out to the house to watch the show, which was freaking sick!! I cannot wait until I am up there rocking out with the rest of the Idiots!


So my next step is rehearsal which starts this Tuesday with my music director from SA tour actually, Jared! And then, 12 days later, I am on stage jamming with the ensemble. I can already tell that this is gonna be the best workout of my life haha.


Anyway, thanks already for all the support and congrats from you guys. I have never felt more loved. Hopefully you can all catch the show soon!!


Krystina :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Camp Wanatachi!


Hey Bloggers!

Don't miss out on a brand new show I am performing in called "Camp Wanatachi"! We are running Off-Broadway at La MaMa E.T.C thru this Sunday, February 6, 2011! I play the role of Tit O'Malley and you will not regret coming if you do! The music is wicked!! Here is quick review on the show, and I really hope to see you there! More to come soon!

Krystina :)