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The Tom Cherry Experience

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Final Bow

Well, after weeks of rehearsals and three weekends of comedy-packed performances, God’s Favorite is over. Saturday night was the final show. I think we went out with a bang. We had a very responsive audience. We brought out the funny and they laughed throughout the show. It was a good finish after a great run.

It’s always bittersweet when a show is over. You’re happy everything came together and satisfied all your hard work paid off in a series of fun shows, but knowing the cast and the crew are breaking up and going their separate ways is always sad. If you’re lucky, you were able to make some new friends or reestablish some old friendships during the run of a show and, when it’s over, you sorely miss the kinship and the camaraderie.

Of course, the one thing I won’t miss about this show is the set. That thing was a pain in the ass! During intermission, we had to move the set around and that was not fun. To explain, during the course of the play, a gorgeous living room becomes gutted by a fire by the beginning of the second act so all the props/furniture need removed, the French doors get replaced, and all the walls have to be turned around. I especially hate those damn walls! Those things were heavy and I’m so happy I never have to touch them again!

Anytime I get cast for a show, I feel very fortunate. I truly love being on stage, bringing a character to life, and helping create a new world that exists for a couple hours each night. I’ve been lucky to have been in seven shows the last few years and each one has been an utter joy to do. I’ve met so many good, talented people throughout my acting experience and I’m blessed to call many of these folks my friends. Hopefully, there will be more shows in my future, more chances to work with my friends again, and more opportunities to make new friends as well.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

TFI: Toy Story

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TFI: Hate is Enough

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight!

I’m tired. I just got back from our final rehearsal for God’s Favorite. It went pretty well, I think. I’m always haunted by my flubs and mistakes. My inner critic can be such a pain. I definitely think we’re set for the big show tonight. Uh, you are planning on going, right?

Well, if you can’t make it to tonight’s performance, here’s some other dates: September 13-14, 18-20, and 26-27. All start times are at 7:30pm except for the Sunday matinee (Sept. 14) which is at 2:00pm. Fun is planned and fun will be delivered!

Some random musings from tonight’s rehearsal:

* I guess one should never eat dairy before a performance. I guess it effects the throat or something. I didn’t know that until Hilary Metzger told me as I was eating a piece of cheese. Thanks for the info, Hilary, and I’m sorry I left you hanging! As I explained, I’m truly a nerd.

* The set is going to be a major pain to move. I’m not looking forward to that!

* My burnt wood placement skills are apparently lacking, but my megaphone gets the green light.

* Our star, Jeff Shull, graciously gave me his watch to wear for the show. Thanks, Jeff! As I type this, I’m still wearing it.

* Cathy Casazza and I agreed we should play Martha and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff? in the near future. The ball is in your court, Muncie Civic! Don’t force us to create our own theatre group to make this dream a reality!

* Everyone in a show, break a leg! Everybody else, take care of those pins!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

TFI: Water Supply

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