Saturday, January 27, 2018

Romeo and Juliet and Tybalt

First post of 2018.  Let's go...

Pleased to announce I've been cast in my next show: in March I'll be playing the small but pivotal role of Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" with the Ritz Theater Company, housed in an old 1920's vaudeville movie house.  It's a gorgeous old theater that has seating for 336 people and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.  Considering my last show was in a circle of 20 metal folding chairs in a Philly loft apartment turned church, you could say I'm pretty excited to be a part of this one.

I auditioned all the way back in September at an open call, unified audition for the Ritz's first four shows of the season.  The call back was in December, and I was cast a few days later, though I wasn't able to say anything online until this month when we met for our first rehearsal.

While I only have 37 lines, I get to engage in a few pretty epic sword fights, and this may end up being the most physically demanding role I've ever played.  For this reason, I'm attempting to get back into shape.  I've started running more, and being more conscious of what I eat, and I'm even doing Dry January for the first time of my life (though I'm no stranger to giving up booze for months at a time, usually in the service of marathon training).

Normally when I put this much effort into getting into shape, it's for an upcoming goal race, so it's interesting to be exercising with an entirely different goal in mind this time.  We had our first fight rehearsal last weekend, conducted by two trained and certified fight choreographers.  We started with the basics of sword fighting for the stage, and soon will move into specific choreography.  I'm beyond excited to take the same energy and passion I normally put into a marathon training cycle and apply it to this show. 

We open March 8th, so if you live in the Philadelphia or South Jersey area, come check it out!

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