A lot has happened since my last post in April. I am about to have my Level 4 grad show at the PIT (Peoples Improv Theater) and have been cast in the Nicu Spoon Theater Company’s fall production of Shakespeare’s Richard III as the Duchess of York. As of today, I got called in by casting director, Michael Hothorn (Miss Congeniality/Minority Report) to audition for a supporting role an upcoming feature film with some pretty heavy hitters in terms of Hollywood talent.

I also had my graduation show for Advanced Musical Improv this week which was interesting given the fact that we made up entire shows centered around fear and infatuation. complete with full musical numbers.  Next Tuesday, July 7th and the following Tuesday, July 14th we have our Level 4, Advanced Longform Improv grad shows. Then, there’s just Level 5 (Performance study) and I will officially be complete with the improvisation program at the PIT.

If you told me a year ago, that I’d be where I am today, I would not have believed you. It has afforded me opportunities to perform with and learn from some really wonderful people. I even performed in an extremely interesting sketch show last week, dramatizing famous emails from sorority girls and brides called Flip the Script. It was also fabulous practice for when I finally get Walk with Me up on its feet (pun intended) due to the fact that both of my sets in that show were solo pieces.

My research for Richard III has started early due to the complexities of Shakespeare’s language, and the fact that the play is based on the real-life event of the Wars of the Roses. Good thing I’ve always been a research fiend, it seems to be serving me well these past few months. I am excited to watch my career expand and am extremely grateful for love and support of great friends and family. Updates to my site include a new resume section, and a new downloadable resume.

Super excited for my career and for the summer. YAY 2015!!!

The Harold, developed by Del Close

In my previous class of musical improv, song structure and format was extremely important. Listening to your fellow improvisers in a group and in a two-person scene into a song was the key to making the song successful. From environmental details, to picking up on key words and phrases a person says, everything was important. The same goes for Longform improv. Developed by Del Close of Second City and ImprovOlympic fame, he created a structure known as the Harold which was first performed in 1967.  Since then, companies such as the Groundlings in L.A., Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and the PIT have used the Harold in Longform improv. Typically, there are two categories of improvisation: Shortform (think Whose Line Is It Anyways?) and Longform (The Harold).

After taking musical improv, I knew to expect a certain structure for the Harold. I even studied various notes on the format before starting Longform  due to its complexities (click on the picture above to find out about the format.) Last night was our first class for Level 3 in which we study Longform, particularly, the Harold. We did various Harolds, and I really noticed the amount of listening it takes to make each element successful. A good memory is also useful. I credit learning song structures in musical improv for not completely freaking out about following The Harold’s format. I find it challenging in a different way, and I am excited to see what more I can learn.

The amount of puns and wordplay in the Netflix original series Ever After High, produced by the toy company Mattel, is a work of pure genius. Mattel also produces the sister series Monster High (which was produced first), making these merchandising campaigns to the tween market swift, easy, and profitable. The concept is easy: take an existing group of fairy tale characters and cleverly expand on plot points from the original stories. This isn’t exactly a new concept, but it is a fun one. We’ve seen it with movies like the Shrek series, Hoodwinked, Young Frankenstein, and countless others. The series Once Upon a Time wouldn’t be around without such a re-imagining. That being said, it’s quite witty and smart to have a series such as these geared towards a younger audience.

With characters like the daughter of Snow White: Apple White, the son of Robin Hood: Sparrow Hood, and Madeline Hatter, the quirky daughter of the Mad Hatter, it’s quite entertaining.  Watching it as an adult, I was reminded of how much I have always enjoyed stories, fairy tales, and legends. Even though the show is categorized as a children’s show, I am also interested in the voice acting done within said series (which is great.) It’s entertaining, and if developed further, could be a breakout original children’s series for Netlfix. Coupled with merchandise of dolls and accessories, and books, the relatively new series has the potential to make a name for itself as the future in children’s programming. Plus, the school is run by none other than the Brother’s Grimm. It’s worth checking out if you’re a fairy tale fan, or just want a different type of series to watch with your kids.