I'm back. In Haines. Across the hall from my freshman year triple. Only now I'm a senior. In a single. Golly.
So, I haven't posted in a long time, which I like to think means that I was too busy doing amazing things to stop and reflect on them. I guess the last thing I wrote about was the Vegas Bat Mitzvah earlier in the summer, so let's go from there.
I was home for a little while. I guess nothing terribly exciting happened, because I can't really remember much of it. I know I saw some wonderful people and revisited some wonderful places.
Then I left for my 2 month adventure in New York. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I cannot even express how glad I am that I made it there. Since I was too busy living to reflect in my lovely journal, I guess that I will just cover the highlights:
Apartment: I was living in Brian and Alissa's duplex on 64th St. between 1st and 2nd avenue. Two floors, two bathrooms, two televisions, a kitchen, laundry room, patio and a psychic. (There was a psychic living in the building and the first thing you see is a neon sign in the front window advertising tarot card readings.
Subway: Molly's sense of direction is pretty much non-existent, so even with numbered streets I managed to get myself horribly lost on many occasions. During my first few days settling in, I decided to take a practice run from my apartment to the building where my classes would be held. My first attempt, I got to the subway station got on the right train, but that was about as far as I got. When I finally realized that Union Square and 14th street were the same stop I jumped up to get off the train. Just then, a man entered the train, stood in the doorway blocking my exit and said "You're not gettin' off!" As the doors closed behind him, he walked away to a corner and proceeded to talk to himself as the train moved on. I ended up near Bleaker St. completely disoriented; calling my mom in California and having her direct me home again.
School: The CAP21 Professional Musical Theater Training Program is where the NYU Tisch students go for their musical theater training. The summer program is an intensive for college and up attempting to cram the best parts of Tisch into 6 weeks. I was taking classes in vocal technique, vocal performance, acting, musical scene study, auditions technique, business of theater, advanced music theory. I met amazing people and learned amazing things. I realized that I have never really had any musical theater training before outside of the experience of being in a musical. I mean, I did PACT conservatory, but I don’t know if we ever actually really learned much about how to do musical theater.
I wish I could go back and replay ever role I have ever played, because I know I could do it so much better now.
One of the things I really wanted to learn about was my type. I have played pretty much everything so I never know what to go in for. At the end of classes, we had a big mock audition where real casting directors came in and had us audition for a fake summer stock program. We went through callbacks to casting where we found it if and what we would have been cast as. I was the only person to be called back for both Maria and the Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. And casting day I was told “You were the best Maria, and the best Mother Abbess. We cast you as both. Good Luck with that.” I guess there is something to be said for versatility, but…what?
Shows: I saw so many wonderful shows, but of course, nowhere near as much as I would have wanted. Here are some of my faves:
Les Miz: It was pretty much the same as it always is except a few new songs (no ‘little people’ when Gavroche dies, but the new song had the same effect) and a more ethnically diverse cast. Cosette was terrible, but the rest of them were really great. We found out that our acting teaching is engaged to the guy playing Jean Valjean. Alexander Gemignani. He’s frickin’ awesome!
Spring Awakening: Despite the hype and knowing the story, I went into it thinking it might not be my thing. It was far better than I anticipated; they had me crying many a time. The sex scene was unbelievable. I have never scene anything that intense onstage. We were sitting on the far side of the theater so we saw her boobs and his butt. She disappointed, he did not.
Eurydice: It was just so pretty! I love Greek myths and I love water on stage, and this play delivered. It premiered at Berkley Rep a while ago and I remembered hearing great things about it. The set was fantastic and the direction was wonderful. There were moments where no one would say anything for minutes and the audience was completely in awe. They too got my crying and I am probably using her last monologue saying goodbye to Orpheus at Generals.
10 Million Miles: Patty Griffin made a musical, I love Patty Griffin. Matthew Morrison starred in it, I love Matthew Morrison. The show was fine. The plot was stitched together around existing songs s it was a little clunky. However, any show that has Matthew Morrison shirtless and blindfolded, lying on a bed and singing to a girl named Molly is alright by me!
In the Heights: We saw the closing night of this show Off-Broadway as it prepares for its Broadway Transfer. Notables in the audience were Julia Murney, Rosie Perez, and the entire cast of Spring Awakening (and Scotty, Sarah, and me!) It was just great. It was a relatively simple story that was clever, touching and overwhelmingly uplifting. The music was very catchy even though it was hip-hop and rap infused. The writer starred and it was clear that he really connected with every word he said. I thought I would share one of my favorite little song bits. At this point Nina came home to Washington Heights after a rather tumultuous freshman year at Stanford and had a one night Stand with Bennie, one of her Dad’s employees:
Bennie: Fo’ real tho’
I think I maybe sorta love you, fo’ real tho’.
My socioeconomic status is real low,
But I’ll do what I must for your trust this ain’t lust
It’s much much more,
And I’m at your door.
Nina: But in California when I’m staring at the sea,
Will you wait for me?
Nina: I’m going back to Stanford.
Bennie: Right. You should. Thanks for listening.
Bennie: I’m still here.
Nina: Come to Palo Alto for a second date?
Bennie: Tha’s wuz’s up!
Anyhoo, that about sums it up for now. I am sure I will come up with many other brilliant things to add. This was far longer than I intended it to be, but I just started writing and remembering, and now I just can’t stop smiling…