I know I haven’t updated much lately and I’m hoping to change that and start updating on a regular basis, but i say that everytime I go through one of these stretches of little to no posting.
This summer was a busy theater summer for me. I performed in Hays Community Theatre’s production as “Into The Woods”, I followed that up by acting in and serving as a consultant to Phillips County Community Theatre’s production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Musical”. There is a bit of irony to this, as when both of these shows opened on Broadway the great Tom Aldredge created two roles, in “Into The Woods” he was the Narrator/Mysterious Man and in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Musical” he was Muff Potter. I performed as both the Mysterious Man and Muff Potter in the two productions I was involved in. So that was a bit of irony but also a treat as Aldredge remains one of my favorite performers. The day we closed “Tom Sawyer”. I began production of the radio play I wrote and directed called “Murder AT Home” for the feature “Sherri’s Playhouse” heard on the podcast “Chatting With Sherri”. As soon as that aired, I almost immediately began writing a new radio style play of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. I knocked out a 70 page, first draft in less than a week. I followed that up with another appearance on “Chatting With Sherri” this past Tuesday (the 23) to discuss theatre and my collection of plays, “Based on The…” (available now from Black Box Theatre Publishers).
So overall it’s been a busy time for me, I am hoping to blog a little more often, perhaps on my journey through editing, revising and hopefully producing A Christmas Carol.
Well, I don’t really have a sponsor per se, but I am proud to announce OFFICALLY (although if you listened to my interview on Chatting With Sherri, I mentioned it) that a collection of my short plays (10 minutes or less) will be published by Black Box Theater Publishing Company.
These plays (THE REUNION, BLINK, THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LOT 249, & MIRIAM AND ISA) are all monodrams (for one actor) or duets (for two actors) and are adaptations. These plays were designed for and are perfect for young actors, particularly those in competitive speech and drama.
First off I want.to apologize for my lack of on-line presence lately. The screen to my computer recently broke, so while it’s in the shop I’m using other means to stay connected including my phone and tablet, so please bear with me.
As I write this I’ve just finished watching a preview/final dress rehearsal of my local community theater, Hays Community Theater, production of Barbara Robinson’s [i]The Best Christmas Pageant Ever![/i]. If you’re not familiar with the show or the original book (also by Robinson) let me fill you in on the story. It tells the story of the Herdman’s aka the worst kids in a typical small town and how they cause the staid, typical church Christmas pageant to become the..well the Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
The cast is primarily made up of children with the adults playing supporting roles. And this is a wonderful,delightful production that at the same time challenges us and what our role and the role of The church in general should be toward the less fortunate and those without parents. In other words, it’s right up my alley as a playwright. Theater, especially children’s theater, shouldn’t just be entertainment but should also challenge us as a society.