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The Tom Cherry Experience

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Two Paragraphs and a Sentence

Been back to work the last week or so. I'm working days to accommodate the show and the rehearsals. Things haven't been too bad on first shift. When it comes to work, I definitely prefer things to be uneventful and so far so good. I did get a raise though. An extra 33ยข per hour. Call me Daddy Warbucks.

As for rehearsals, things are moving along. I think things will start getting more intense next week when we start running the acts. I don't have everything memorized just yet, but I'll get there.

Much more, much later!

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Woman at Market

Woman at market
Keeps giving me sour looks
I need to wear pants

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Play is the Thing

Man, it's Thursday already and my week of vacation is quickly drawing to a close. I really have a knack for squandering my free time.

Rehearsals for Into the Woods began earlier this week. I, of course, play the Mysterious Man. We nearly blocked all of the first act the last couple of days. A lot of complex staging and such. Plus the music is going to be pretty challenging as well. Fortunately, I only have a couple of songs to grapple with, but it's Sondheim so it's worth it. That being said, I really need to start memorizing my lines soon!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Further into Thirtysomething

I just turned 36 yesterday (and why didn't you send me a birthday card, huh?) and, as I look about my life, I sadly realize I really don't know what the hell I am doing. Is that considered normal?

Happy Birthday, Mom!


Saturday, June 11, 2005

Reversal of Fortune

Last week started off kind of bumpy. I received a summons to appear for jury duty and my audition at the Muncie Civic crash landed on stage. Then Thursday came along and changed everything. My jury duty was cancelled, I actually got a call back for Sweeny Todd at the Civic (Thanks again, Darrin!), and I found a bundle of Dale Martin comic books in my mailbox. Suddenly, everything turned golden.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Worst Audition Ever!

I had a bad, bad, bad audition at the Muncie Civic yesterday! I bombed so badly I'm surprised we're not experiencing a nuclear winter right now. Geesh! And the sad part is I thought I was pretty well prepared before I stepped on stage. I'm developing a theory that no matter how well you think you have your material under control, once you stand about in the lobby awaiting your turn to audition, everything you practice flees your mind. At least, that's what I think happened to me.

I screwed up my monologue from The Odd Couple right out of the gate. For some reason, I dropped the second line and that basically derailed me. My mind fumbled about for a few seconds, trying to figure out what I exactly had done while I stood on stage, staring out to the audience like a deer frozen in the headlights. I tried to aright myself, but the pacing and emotion were thrown off. I muttered the words, but it sounded like I was reading from a badly prepared speech. Eventually, I spiraled to a finish.

Before I could accurately survey the damage, I had a song to sing. Oh, boy. The song I chosen to warble was "Feels like Home to Me" by Randy Newman. It's a pretty song about finding that certain someone that completes you in all the right ways. I have always liked it since I first heard it a handful of years ago and I decided to give it a shot. However, it's a challenging song to sing (Well, at least, it is for me) so I knew I had a couple hurdles to jump to really pull it off. Despite a few days of jumping those hurdles, I tripped all over them yesterday. I don't think I fell flatly on my face, but I was definitely making close contact with the ground after the last note was sung.

And that was it. I thanked everyone and wished them all a good evening. My acting and singing may not have impressed them, but at least they know I have good manners. I doubt politeness will get me a part, but that's okay. There will be other auditions for other shows. Other chances to get it right.

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Voter's Remorse

Ugh! I just got a summons for jury duty. We are not amused.


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh"

Well, another long weekend came and went with little fanfare around these parts. True to nature, I spent my extra time off doing as little as possible. Besides doing my laundry, I did devour the first season of Deadwood, a marvelously rich and entertaining show. The generous Trent Reeder (a.k.a "Bob" of Bob's Comic Castle) loaned me his dvds and I spent the better part of two days watching them. Damn good television, folks! Do yourself a favor and check it out when you get a chance!

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