Wednesday, November 17

Change is the only constant in my life.

As I continue my journey with Cirque I have taken time to reflect on the changes my life has taken.  No longer am I the world traveling gypsy. No longer do I constantly think ahead to my next job, my next ship, my next city. I have sprouted a few roots here in Lasvegasland. I am learning my neighborhood and don't rely solely on Daniel (my GPS) to get around.  I have a general idea of where things are located.
In my not-so-distant past I lived several lives at once.  I was really three different people. (All me, but different incarnations.) In one place I was a Suzy Homemaker type, wife and step-mother.  In another I was Queen of the Seas where I mothered my brood of dancers and singers while living it up on my ships.  Lastly I was the Stage Manager who was slightly jaded and who pined for the past "Glory Days."
As I try to weave these three together into the "new me," I have taken lots of time to reflect. It got me thinking of my whole life and all the "different people" I have been.  You know what I mean, that person you were in high school while you struggled to find your identity, that slightly bolder person you were in college, the one who thought they knew it all after graduation.  These are only my versions, everyone has their own path.. but I hope you see what I am saying.
I used to tell people, "I resist change." And I suppose that was true.  But I realized several years ago that change is the only constant in my life.  I actually seek out change.  I still haven't really figured out what I want to be when I grow up.  I am always up to try something new. This is not a bad thing, it's just how I live my life.
When I took the job at Cirque I knew things were going to change a lot.  My lifestyle is different now.  I have the excitement of an ever-changing job but coupled with a place to call home. Things have not all fallen neatly into place....yet.  My husband, dog and the home I own are still all far away in Florida. I still have itchy feet because the travel bug is deep in my system. But so many of my "forever friends" live here that I feel connected and solid and loved.
A great friend of mine has been teaching me about living in the HereNow.  This was an alien concept to me a few short months ago.  I was programmed to always look ahead to my new job, my new ship, my new cast. Live this moment right now? Right this second? Why?  I need to think about next week, next month, next year. It's hard work living in the moment.  I am getting there.  I'd say I live 70% in the HereNow.  Not too shabby, as I think before it was maybe 10%.  Seriously.
So here I am.  In my living room, listening to Jane Says on the ipod while my roomie makes a sandwich in the kitchen. What will I do with the rest of my day off?  Eh.  I'll decide as it comes. I am right here, right now.  Living and loving and BEING.
I am content. Thank you, Universe.
(and thank you, Sarah, for requesting a new blog post.)

Monday, October 4


I have been focusing on making some changes in my life.  I just found this online while Stumbling. It's pretty cool. eh?
The Awakening

A time comes in your life when you finally get it...when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out...ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening.
You realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren't always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you... and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are... and that's OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.
You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself... and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you - or didn't do for you - and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.
You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that everything isn't always about you.
So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself... and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties... and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.
You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.
You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.
You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don't know everything, it's not your job to save the world and that you can't teach a pig to sing. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely.
You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.
You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise.
You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. 
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it's OK to risk asking for help.
You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.
You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.
You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people... and you learn not to always take it personally.
You learn that nobody's punishing you and everything isn't always somebody's fault. It's just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.
You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.
Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart's desire.
You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.
You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.
Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.
         - -  by Sonny Carroll

Tuesday, September 21


Yesterday was Zumanity's 7th anniversary! Hooray for Zumanity!!!

I also got the honor of running my track almost solo.  I don't have my Emergency Response classes so I can't be alone when the High Risk (read: aerial artists) are onstage because if something happens, I would not know exactly what to do.  It was still pretty awesome and I felt very good about it!

(insert some icky faces at the hotel/casino for cleaning out the grease traps and sewage tanks near the end of the show.  The Wall of Stench crept into the theater and we basically ran for our cars at the end of the champagne toast!)

However... work is still going well.  I still love it.  I still think I have the best job in the world and couldn't be happier.

Today is also the last work day before my weekend.  We are dark Wednesday and Thursday.  Can I just take a moment to rave about how awesome it is to have two days off in a row??? I didn't know how much I missed it until it came into my life.  I honestly can't remember the last time I had a two day weekend (on a REGULAR BASIS) in my line of work.  It was probably a fall season at Utah Shakes.  But even then, I am not sure it was on a regular basis.  It's so nice to have both a day to relax and do nothing AND a day to get all my personal stuff done.

Hooray for growing up and getting a "real" job.  Now don't get upset, all my Regional Theater peeps.  I'm not saying a real job... I'm saying a "real" job.  As is the majority of the population would not consider my job real any more than they consider your job real.  Ha! Seriously, have you read this note? It's been making the rounds on Facebook.  *facepalm*

Anyway, no need for this to turn into a rant.  This is a happy space where I revel in my luck (skill??) at getting an awesome job with a fantastic company who cares deeply about their employees. 

Even when I wake up in a black mood, I can still work myself out of it by talking about my work.  I'm pretty lucky because I am willing to bet there is only a small percentage of the population who can do that!

Happy Birthday Zumanity!  May you have a long and exciting life!!!!!!

Saturday, September 18


Working at Cirque is one of the most awesome jobs I have ever had in my entire life. It is interesting, fun, exciting although I still don't know half of what I will eventually. Sometimes being the n00b can be others...

Allow me to relate this story from last night.

Niki and I are Stage Right.  The show is maybe halfway over.  We have just finished a cue and returned to the podium where we are stationed. (I should mention Niki is with me because I am still new and am still learning the she handles all the major problems while I blithely run the track cues.)

We are quiet, but it is warm backstage and we turn on the fan at our station. A few moments later a voice comes over radio: "Hey Rovers (that's us). One of you is sitting on the All Page button."
This is a button that makes our voices travel all over the theater/greenroom/offices. We aren't actually talking but the sound of the fan and the show are broadcasting in a This Is Spinal Tap way.

We look at each other.  We look at our headsets.  No lights are on.  We are confused.  I turn off my headset.  Niki turns off her headset. (We discuss how the All Page button can get stuck sometimes)

"Stage Management, we can hear you over All Page.  Turn it OFF"

We have eyes as big as saucers (at least I did) and we take our batteries out of our headsets. We discuss possessed headsets and what we can do. I giggle nervously.

Our boss appears next to us. We tell him we can't figure it out. We show him our headsets and blink in confusion (at least I did - Niki is much more seasoned that me and is not that freaked out.)

"Stage Management, you have GOT to turn off the All Page" says our Calling Stage Manager. Our Admin Stage Manager reports we are still broadcasting.

Niki and Gruber (boss) walk off to talk to Sound and try to figure out what has happened.  As they are leaving I hear them say "fan" and "All Page Button".  This makes me look at the fan.  I suddenly notice there is a rack behind the fan.  I look closer and I see one button is a brighter red than the others.  It says ALL PAGE.  I press the button, it goes back to regular red. 

"I got it!" I hiss. Gruber and Niki come back over to me. "Oh yeah, there is an All Page button there" one of them remarks.

Gruber leaves.  Niki and I blink at one another. We go off to do our next cue which brings us through the greenroom.  Laughing artists tell us they could hear us trying to figure it all out. We blush and apologize.  They tell us we are funny.

Things get back to normal and Niki says casually, "How many Stage Managers does it take to turn of an All Page?"  We figure out the number is 5.  More if you count the initial radio calls from non-Stage Managers.

I love my never-boring, sometimes-intimidating, crazy-silly-funny job. One day I will be good at it.  One day....

Friday, September 17


Well my weekend was lovely.  Lots of nice time off and great conversations.  Gruber's birthday party was fun! Mon Ami Gabi was YUM!

I have to be at work in an hour.  Hope I remember my track!  heh heh nah... I'll be okay.  That's why I made a cheat sheet.

This week my semi-normal rotation has started.  I am liking my schedule!

My BFF Nykol, got a job as Production Stage Manager of Blue Man Group in Chicago!  She is moving there right this second.  I just got off the phone with her.  I am so excited for her.  She deserves this awesome new adventure. I hope to find out more about her new gig as she gets integrated.

Not much circus stuff to talk about since I have been off for two days. 

As for Life stuff.  Yeah.  Life is cool.  I'm learning so much right now that I occasionally have to sit back and reflect so I don't lose any of it.  I have been reading and re-reading a lot of emails this week as well as revisiting several conversations.  So if I suddenly bring something up from before, know I am still processing it!

Blessings for a fantastic day!

Thursday, September 16


So Wednesday and Thursday is my weekend.  We are dark at work.  (No shows)  It is MOST EXCELLENT to have two days off in a row.  I can't tell you the last time I worked in a job that was only 5 days a week. Regional theater is usually 6 days a week and cruise ships are 7 days a week while I am doing the install out on the ocean.  I woke up early this morning and reveled in the thought that "today is mine too."  All for me to do whatever I want.  Ahhhh.  Yup...still loving the job.  Still raving about how awesome it is.  Still grateful to the Universe (and the people largely responsible for getting me here).

Today is my dear friend Gruber's birthday.  This is the first time I will have the chance to celebrate with him.  Gruber was a summer pal until he hired me at Cirque.  Back in the day he was my Production Assistant at Utah Shakespearean Festival.  Then he was my Production Manager at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.  Now he is my General Stage Manager at Zumanity.

I like it when friends stay in my life.  Being a gypsy, that doesn't always happen.  Wow.  Remember what it was like before facebook when we had to call/text friends to stay in touch?  I was even a letter-writer! Now I have lots and lots of old friends at my fingertips.  Yeah, this is a lot easier....

Anyway, a small group of us are going to Mon Ami Gabi for dinner - it's in the Paris hotel. Hooray for French cuisine.  After that there is a huge party at our place.  Should be fun!

Happy Birthday JohnnyVirgo!  I celebrate your existence every single morning. I LOVE YOU!!

Ok.  That being said, it's time to go back to sleep.  Or maybe make coffee and swim... or maybe work on my run sheet.... or watch 30 Rock.... soooo many choices. Ahhhhh... *contented sigh*

ohhhh psst...  Wanna listen to what I am listening to right now?  Go Here. (Richie's newest online track. Cool mashup. I believe he's calling it Zee Bob Cast)

Tuesday, September 14

Opening Doors

Well here I am, at the last day of my first week as part of the Zu krew.  Still loving it.  Still wanting more.

Last night was interesting.  We had an artist go out moments before she was to be onstage.  Mayhem ensued. Not the SM's.  They were all calm and quick and moved like a force of nature. I was grateful to Robin, who was backstage with me.  I had earlier in the night been very cocky and said..." I'll be fine.  You don't need to shadow.?"  She did anyway, THANK GOODNESS.  Whoa.  Once I learn who everyone is and where they are at every given moment, I'll be ok too.  They tell me last night was what is more normal for this show.  Things happen quick and line up changes come fast and furious.  I had been lulled into a false sense of security earlier in the week.  Well I know better now! This is a fast-paced world I have stepped into.  It's sink or swim for sure.  I feel like I am doing ok.  I'm keeping my head above water, which is all I can do right this minute.  I'll get better at this.  I have no doubt.

One of my pals recently noted: Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. (Joseph Campbell).  This seems to be holding true for me these days.  The world is my oyster.  I can do anything I set my mind to.  It's pretty cool to Feel this way.  I like this Dance.

You should try it.......

Monday, September 13


So I live in a house with a pool.  I LOVE THIS. (I'm so lucky Jamie is letting me stay with her!!!)

Today while I was swimming the song Beautiful Stranger came on.  This is when I came to the realization that I am in love with a beautiful Stranger - - Zumanity.  It's like a love affair.  I have had a crush on it for quite a while.  I think I saw it for the first time about 3 or 4 years ago.  Clark gave me tickets so Matt and I could go for our anniversary.  It was SO COOL! The acts that I remembered most were Waterbowl and Straps.  I just couldn't get it out of my mind. Then when Gruber offered me the chance to play in his sandbox, my lust for Zu intensified.  I had to know it.  I had to experience it. When the kind SM team invited me to shadow, I was in heaven. Gone was the puppy love and in was the obsession.

Now here I am.  Dancing with Zu every night.  Swimming into deep waters, if you will. I can see a long relationship with this place.  The people are fantastic.  The job is interesting and exciting.  Even though I know it will become routine, I don't think I will get into a rut.  There are too many variables.

Thank you Zu.  Thank you Gruber, Emily, Robin, Jess and Niki. (My SM team).  Thank you Matty and Clark and Jamie and all of you who encouraged me to take this plunge!

Life is good. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 12


As I dive into this new life of mine, I have been thinking a lot of about Dancing.  Life is a dance. Relationships are a dance. Even everyday interactions between people are a dance.  I never thought about life like that before. Music is all around me and has been for most of my adult life.  I call cues from music.  I take cues from music. But  I had not really Listened to music. 

This new gig of mine is even more entrenched in music that any other gig before. Everything is a Dance and everyone Dances.  I love it!

Day two complete and was even more fun than day one. I am looking forward to going in and learning MORE MORE MORE. I am so far out of the rut that I had dug in my life that I can hardly See it anymore. This is an awesome feeling.

Just have time for a swim before work. Lovely weather here.  The locals tell me it will stay like this for the rest of this month.  What a lovely month to move to Las Vegas. What a lovely life I have. THANK YOU, UNIVERSE!!!!

Benford’s Law of Controversy: Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available.

Saturday, September 11

First day... CHECK!

No easy day learning the space for this grrrl!  My boss is a very old pal.  He feels like "getting your feet wet" is for sissies.  I'm no sissy.  Which way to the deep end??

Day = Arrive, Company Meeting, Meeting two (can't spell it yet; something like Taperouge), Get ready for first show, do first show, scarf some dinner, do second show, clean up. Go home like I'm floating on air. Sleeeeeep.

I was so excited for the last week or so that I had been sleeping about 5 hours per night.  This grrrl needs a bit more time to recharge her batteries.  Last night I fell into bed around 2am and didn't get up until noon! Finally a release from all the nervous tension.

I'm still getting my bearings.  I am sure I will be for a while. This job is, in fact, everything I wanted it to be. I feel like I can do this for a while.  I like all the fast-paced, figure it out, DO IT NOW parts. I just need to get the layout of the building in my muscle memory. Lots of running around to be done.  Lots of running up and down stairs.  (Those of you who know me; stop snickering!)

I am starting a new life.  It is happymaking! I seem to be rising to the challenge.  Heh.  One of my pals used the phoenix legend to describe his yesterday.  Yeah.  I think so too.  I was reborn out the ashes of my old life in the past 48 hours.  I like it.

Here is a photo from the Zumanity 7 year Birthday party two nights ago.

(Left to right, back to front) Emily, Angi, Robin, John, Niki, Jess, Jamie

Theses are the characters in my new life Game! Of course there are more.  My Clark is here and was hovering near me when he me encouragement and silliness.

I am missing some of the old (and not so old) players in my Game.  But I always am. Being a gypsy means leaving people/places/things behind is the norm. Luckily in this age of technology I can reconnect as often as possible.  Skype has been my bestie for a while now.  Even more since I moved to Vegas.

I should go.  Must shower, buy a belt, buy some insoles and run back to the circus! Yay Circus!


Thursday, September 9

Settling into my new space

I'm starting my second full day as a Las Vegan today. Time to get my room in order.  Piles of bags and boxes messes with my chi. What a lovely morning it is. Its breezy and cool by the pool as I listen to "A Portrait of You" by Of Porcelain.

Tonight is the dress rehearsal for Zu. They do this after coming back from The Dark (aka vacation) to get back in the groove.  I think I will go, even though I don't start work until tomorrow. Tonight is also the birthday party for my new job.  They are 8 years old...I THINK. Should be fun!

Must buy a floating shelf for my stuff.  Need more surface space in my new digs!

P.S. I love my roomie.  She rocks!

Friday, August 27

Change it is a'commin'

Well well.  The summer is drawing to a close.  I am putting understudies on for the actors who negotiated to leave before the season is over.  I have had two rehearsals this week and one more tomorrow.  My understudies are doing great! They will be on all next week.  I can't believe the Randall closes tomorrow!  Where did the summer go?

I hope you all had a chance to see shows if you were in Southern Utah.  Even if you aren't, it is worth the trip!

I have just over one more week.  Three more performances of Merchant and five more of Much Ado. I am telling you, I can't believe how fast its gone!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my crews, casts, designers, and fellow stage managers for making this a fantastic summer. The administration rocks, the box office is awesome... I am filled with love for the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

I also have some news....

This will be my final season at the Festival.  I have been here 10 years.  I worked on 13 seasons with over 30 shows!  I can't believe my time here has come to an end.

My new adventure begins on September 10 when I start working as the On Call Assistant Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity in Las Vegas. This is a permanent position, which has been my dream for many years.  Although I enjoyed my gypsy lifestyle, I'm ready to settle down and live in the same city as my husband.

This blog will need to change a bit.  I'll still talk about my adventures, but I think I need to reevaluate the exact content.

I hope everyone's life is going well.  I'll update you more when I start training for Cirque.



Friday, July 23

Understudy Rehearsals

The excitement of opening has past and now we are in it for the long haul here at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.  The weeks after opening aren't as calm as you might think as we have understudy rehearsals for all of the shows as well as fittings to make sure the understudies have costumes.  

What is an understudy, you ask?  Well each role in each show has to have a person to cover it in case the actual actor gets sick or hurt or has some other emergency that prevents them from being in the show.  Our understudies are (for the most part) already acting at the Festival.  They have to learn these additional parts (usually larger roles OR several smaller roles) in case they are needed to step in. 

We have been rehearsing the understudies for the last two weeks.  My rehearsals are just about done.  I have a couple of music and dance rehearsals left and one more hour of onstage rehearsal for the big court scene in Merchant of Venice. 

Now, one might think "oh this probably goes fast because the actors are already in the show and they know the blocking."  WRONG!  The actors have been concentrating on their OWN blocking while in the shows and may not even be in the scenes with the character they are understudying. 

... Did I mention these same actors are also participating in Camp Shakespeare, doing publicity things, Curtain Call luncheons, etc?  Yeah, we all keep very busy here over the summer.  Needless to say conflicts arise and the ladies who do all of our scheduling have a hard time making it all work.   Luckily for us, our scheduling Stage Managers are super awesome and they make it work.

I am looking forward to being done with understudies.  I know the actors, costumers and crew are ready for this to end too.  But we all recognize the importance of having understudies and understudy rehearsals.  After all, the show must go on.

On a personal note... my hubby and puppy are visiting this week!  It is so nice to have them here when I get home from work. Husband Matt has seen Merchant of Venice and will see Much Ado this week.  Next week we will squeeze in "Mackers" as we USFers affectionately call MacBeth.  We have also been to Zion (we hiked the Narrows), Cedar Breaks, Brian Head, Panguitch Lake and the Petroglyphs.   It's always so much fun to explore out here and even better to do it with someone you love.

Thursday, July 15

We have opened!

I am back at the Utah Shakespearean Festival this summer. Rehearsals/build were very challenging, but we have opened and the shows are getting rave reviews! (Well mostly, and those that aren't are picking up steam and I am confident their critics will be raving soon enough!)
(Emily Trask as Portia, Chelsea Steverson as Nerissa, Tony Amendola as Shylock, Ryan Imhoff as Gratianio, Grant Goodman as Bassanio and Gary Neal Johnson as Antonio - - Photo by Karl Hugh USF 2010 ©)

I have Much Ado about Nothing and The Merchant of Venice. Both shows I have done before, both have their own challenges.  I really like both of my shows.  Really.  I realized over the course of rehearsals that this is my 7th time doing Much Ado!!! Only my second for Merchant.  Yes, I like old Willy (fine, Mr. William Shakespeare if you must)  enough to do his plays over and over and over. I really do!

This summer I have two Shakespeare's.  I have never done this track before and will probably never do again!!! Having two giant shows in the outdoor theater is the hardest thing I have ever done... and I have done quite a bit, thankyouverymuch! I have a cast of 21 and a cast of 24 actors to shepherd through this journey.  It wasn't easy but luckily for me I have great casts and fantastic crews.

For those of you who are new to this blog... (as if anyone reads this - - ok, ok I know at least ONE person reads it AND thank you for that, Mr. Vice President!!)...

I am a Stage Manager.  I make sure the play happens.  I call the light and sound cues as well as keep the actors on track and make sure the artistic vision of the director and designers is maintained. I flip the cue lights that make the actors enter on time and do a lot of other Manager-type stuff to keep my two shows running smoothly.  (Reminder: We have six main stage shows and two Greenshows so I am one of a tribe of Stage Managers) My job is not easy but it is really fun if you like to be organized and in charge.

Ummm... yeah... I like both of those things....

More to come. I was accosted by a "fan" on opening last week for not keeping up the old bloggy so I wanted to bang one out.

Click here to go to the Utah Shakespearean Festival web site

If you have any reason to be in Cedar City, Utah this summer, you will be horribly remiss if you do not at least see one show at the Festival.  HORRIBLY.

 (Matt Tallman as Claudio, David Ivers as Benedick, Gary Neal Johnson as Don Pedro, Robert Ramirez as Leonato - - Photo by Karl Hugh USF 2010 ©)

Saturday, May 29

Meatfest West and brunch

Meatfest West is starts tonight! If you don't have directions, please send me a message and I will help you out.  I can't stay the night because I have some friends coming in from Florida tomorrow but I'll be there tonight.  Also, we are doing brunch tomorrow so come on by.  If you would like to bring something, please message me privately. If you will be at brunch, please let me know.  I like to get a head count.  xoxo

Photos to follow.

Wednesday, February 17

Packing for Nashville

I leave for Nashville in the morning. EARLY morning. Ugh.  But I needed it to be an early flight so I can actually work tomorrow. I hope all the flights are present and accounted for - I have been reading about pals who are stranded here and there due to weather.

Packing is not that fun, you know?? I used to love it as it meant I was going somewhere cool.  Now that I am always going.... well it gets old. Coordinating outfits to conserve space? Check. All my electronic gadgets? Check.  Photos of family and dog? Check. Toiletries? Check. Vitamins and medicines for every possible situation? Check. Books? Check. (Soon I will be able to change this to Kindle but not just yet... C'mon tax check!) Then the rest of the evening thinking - What did I forget? Oh my jewelry box... better grab it now. Oh my emergency cash, better put that in my wallet. This goes on for hours.

I'll be in Nashers for 6 days.  I have to help get everything ready for the NCL Gem cast changeover. The cast starts arriving on Sunday, so I have only a few days to make the contact sheets, send out the "what to do on arrival" emails and get myself oriented before I begin my airport pick-ups.

I'm excited to see some old pals who will be leaving on the Celebrity Summit just after I arrive.  I love seeing dancers and singers I have worked with before.  It's cool to catch up and see how they have changed.  I think they feel the same way.

I'm staying with my good friend and boss, Mindy, for the first few days of my trip.  It will be nice to not just sit alone in a hotel room in the evenings.  I do enough of that while I am there!

I will also be prepping for Shotgun at Orlando Shakes while I am there.  I actually started yesterday so I don't get overloaded with my insane schedule.  I feel bad for my poor ASM who will be on her own at the first production meeting. I am trying to conference call in but I don't know that it will happen. The meeting got moved up to while I am flying home instead of after I get home.  *sigh* Such is life.

Ok, time to finish packing... now... where did I put that luggage scale I got for Christmas? :D

Thursday, February 11

Next stop: Nashville

I leave for Nashville in a week.  This time I am heading in for the start of the NCL Gem rehearsals instead of the end.  I will be picking up the cast members from the airport and getting them installed in their hotel. I'm looking forward to seeing some old faces and meeting the newbies.

I'll only be there for a week and then I have to rush back to Orlando for Shotgun rehearsals. As soon as I open and hand off Shotgun to the resident PSM at Orlando Shakes, I will drive to Ft. Lauderdale to join the Gem in progress.  I don't get to shepherd my cast to the ship like I normally do, but I will be there 2 days later. That will be a little crazy, but such is my life.  Seems I am always running to one gig or another.

I am not looking forward to the cold and snow in Nashville! After all, I live in Orlando for a reason.  But it will be fun to see everyone and I am thankful to have a job at all considering the recent lay-offs at my dear GMP. Now that we have less ships, I will be lucky to keep the Gem, let alone get the other NCL ships back.  I just got spoiled having so many ships last year.  It was a wake up call to go from 4 ships in fall season to 1 ship in spring season.

So my calendar is filling up quickly.  I have the Gem, then Shotgun, then the Gem redeux, a visit to Indiana to see my family and then the looong drive West to work at Utah Shakes all summer. Who knows what the fall will bring, hopefully more work!

Friday, January 15

I'm working at Orlando Shakes again

Hey check it out. I got a job with Orlando Shakes doing SHOTGUN. It looks like it will be a cool show. I'll post some pictures and updates after rehearsal starts.

March 17 - April 11, 2010

By John Biguenet
A National New Play Network World Premiere

Four months after Katrina, a white man and his teenage son rent half of a shotgun duplex apartment from an African-American woman and her father. Seething racial tensions bubble to the surface when love begins to bloom. [get tickets]

Drama - Ages 14 & Up

7 p.m.
FRI & SAT 8 p.m.
SUN 2 p.m.

Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
March 24 & 31 and April 7

POST-SHOW TALKBACK: Thursday, April 1

Tuesday, January 12

Looking for summer work

Full resume with Director names can be acquired by leaving me a comment with your email address.

Angi Weiss-Brandt

(contact information upon request)


(all cruise ship work is for Gary Musick Productions, Nashville, TN)
Production Manager: Two shows onboard the Spirit for Norwegian Cruise Lines, 2009
Production Manager: Three shows onboard the Jade for Norwegian Cruise Lines, 2009
Production Manager: Three shows onboard the Gem for Norwegian Cruise Lines, 5/2009, 10/2009
Production Manager: Four shows onboard the Summit for Celebrity Cruise Lines, 2008 and 2009
Production Manager: Four shows onboard the Constellation for Celebrity Cruise Lines, 5/2008, 9/2008, 11/09
Production Manager: Four shows onboard the GTS Infinity for Celebrity Cruise Lines, 2007 and 2008
Production Manager: Four shows onboard the GTS Millennium for Celebrity Cruise Lines, 2007

Utah Shakespearean Festival 2008
AEA Stage Manager
J R Sullivan
The School for Wives
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2008
AEA Stage Manager
Robert Cohen
The Mousetrap
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2007
AEA Stage Manager
Brad Carroll
Johnny Guitar
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2006
AEA Stage Manager
Brad Carroll
Stones in His Pockets
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2005
Deck Manager
J R Sullivan
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2005
Deck Manager
Brad Carroll
Forever Plaid
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2004
Deck Manager
Russ Treyz
My Fair Lady
Utah Shakespearean Festival 2004
Deck Manager
Marc Robin


Much Ado about Nothing
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival 2009
AEA Stage Manager
Fontaine Syer
Julius Caesar
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival 2006
AEA Stage Manager
Dennis Delaney
Small Professional Theatre (SPT)
As You Like It
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre 2008
AEA Stage Manager
Dan McCleary
Every Xmas Story Ever Told
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival 2006
AEA Stage Manager
Jim Helsinger
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival 2005
Stage Manager
Russ Treyz
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival 2004
Stage Manager
April Dawn Gladu
The Guys
The Vine Theatre 2003
Stage Manager
Rus Blackwell



B.S. in Technical Theatre (emphasis in Stage Management) Ball State University 1996



Upon request

Monday, January 11

Utah Shakespearean Festival 2010 line up

Here is the play line up for this summer at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.  Hope you can make it.  I know I am trying to be there! Are you working there this summer/fall? Let me know. I will be posting updates as they come in.

Shakespeare Rocks!

And so do Charles Dickens, Jane Austen,

and Alfred Hitchcock—all featured in the

2010 season of the Utah Shakespearean


Summer Season 2010

June 28 – September 4

Fall Season 2010

September 16 - October 23

Sunday, January 10

Go see Hamlet!

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (affectionately known as Orlando Shakes)is getting ready to do Hamlet. Go see it! All the info is below.


January 27 - March 13, 2010

By William Shakespeare

"To be, or not to be, that is the question..."

Shakespeare’s great tragedy follows a young prince haunted by his murdered father’s ghost and driven to the edge of madness. To be or not to be is the question. [get tickets]

Drama - Ages 12 & Up

Click here to download the Study Guide.


Margeson Theater

7 p.m.
FRI & SAT 8 p.m.
SUN 2 p.m.

PREVIEWS: Wed. 1/27 and Thurs. 1/28 at 7 p.m.

Wed. 2/17 at 2 p.m.


Tuesday, January 5

It's been forever...

I know, I know.  I AM SO BAD.

I have not posted here in forever.  2009 ended well. I had 4 ships in 3 months and that almost killed me.  It certainly killed my ability to blog.

I met some cool people, I met some sucky people.  One friendship almost imploded but is now cool again. One friendship got a heckuvalot stronger and for that, I am so thankful.

2010 started ok but SLOW.  As of this moment, I have only one ship (I had seven last year).  Times are tough. I might go back to Orlando Shakes for a show.  I am negotiating that now.  I have a possible fundraiser in Phoenix with Nyk, which would be SUPER COOL but would overlap.  I can only have two of my three offers.  SAD.  This always happens to me. 

Talking about going back to my roots this year.  I can't say more because I don't want to jinx it. Could be fun and exciting.  I hope it works.

Dad is still sick. I wish I cold say the prognosis is good but I would be lying.

What else?  Oh yeah... I have lost nearly 50 lbs.  The stress is actually working for me this time. Well that and the 2.5 miles a day of walking. Plus the Wii.  I got the Wii Fit Plus and it had some GREAT upgrades.  I like that you can make a work out that is up to 60 minutes long.

I watched all the seasons of Heroes. I liked it but I hope it gets better.  The first season was my favorite.  I am almost caught up on LOST.  Can I mention that Netflix OnDemand is the COOLEST THING EVER??  Yeah.

Well that is my update for now. More to come.  No really. I might even get around to posting some photos.