Monday, April 13, 2015

"A Suite Life"

Hi! It feels like it's been years since I've posted on here, although it's only been a little over a month (still no bueno) so my apologies, friends! I've been winding down from midterms as well as 2/3 shows behind me as well as one more coming up. For now, let's talk about something pretty "suite"

I was casted in an adaptation of Neil Simon's "California Suite" a few months ago. "A Suite Night" is a dramedy (at least for my scene) but mostly comedy featuring 3 couples who are vacationing in Beverly Hills, California.

Let me introduce you to Millie Michaels:

A fiery, attention-demanding, middle aged Jewish woman from Philadelphia. Her husband, Marvin, has gotten to the suite before her to see his brother, Harry, who resides in California. Although the initial intention was to be a part of their nephew's bat mitzvah, Marvin gets himself into a bit of trouble when he wakes up to find a "woman of the night" lying next to him the next morning.

Marvin's attempt at hiding his mistake from Millie is hilarious in itself, but when the "other woman" is revealed, there's a sad sort of humor. Although there's a lot of real humor thrown around with Millie laying it on Marvin, the end of the scene with Millie sitting alone on the bed talking to her children is the only scene that she is seen vulnerable, which drastically shifted the mood. 

Regardless, the rehearsal process for this show was one of the most enjoyable I've had in my theatre career so far. I was lucky to work with incredibly talented actors/my best friends. If you saw it, thank you very much and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Thank you to the cast and crew, you're all wonderful.

If you aren't following our instagram, knightlifevt, you should!!! This week is Kathryn Miyahira's turn to post about her study abroad experience in Spain. 

Photo credit to Deejai Cowles and Maggie Mae Whittemore. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Abundance of Theatre (things)

It appears I've been M.I.A. for a long while...and here's why! I've been lucky enough to be cast in three (entirely) different shows: Ancilla (Erotium's maid/BFF) in "The Menaechmus Twins" by Plautus, Millie Michaels in "California Suite" by Neil Simon, and the (super sad) prisoner in "Chair" by Edward Bond. It's been extremely busy in the best way possible and I'm lucky enough to work with people both new to the SMC theatre crew and some of my closest friends.

A little overview of the shows:

"Chair"-Edward Bond
  • Taking place in 2077, a woman by the name of Alice and her "son" Billy are subjected to the bizarre social norms of a corrupt Government all centered around the significance of a chair. Directed by Ashley James (Class of 2015-Senior Seminar) starring Dustin Kenyon as Billy (Class of 2015-Senior Seminar)

"California Suite"-Neil Simon
  • A series of hilarious and sometimes alarming situations between couples and friends as they vacation in California. Directed by Shannon Rachel Carroll (Class of 2015-Senior Seminar) and starring Zachary Pesner (as a few roles; Class of 2015-Senior Seminar)
And last but not least, "The Menaechmus Twins" directed by Peter Harrigan which also happens to be the Spring 2015 main stage theatre production.

This video is a little sneak peak into the process of set design, script revisions, and the rehearsal process leading up to opening night on March 25th-March 28th. Wednesday (the 25th) and Friday (the 27th) performances are by the conventional cast, while Thursday (the 26th) and Saturday (the 28th) are performed by the Genderbent cast. Thank you to Aaron Gasson and The Defender for allowing me to use this EXTREMELY well produced video.

You can catch "California Suite" in April on the 10th-11th (Friday and Saturday) as well as "Chair" the following weekend (the 17th-18th). 

On a separate note, we have a new thing!!! We're now on Instagram @ KnightlifeVT since Instagram is the new hip social site. Follow us! Each week a different blogger is in charge, so you'll also get a better inside look at actual college life

Monday, January 26, 2015

To you, Class of 2019

It's that time of year again! Students are getting their equivalent-to-Hogwarts acceptance letters from the Admissions office. Indeed I have seen a few faces around, but I'm more excited to see when they actually get here during the accepted students days and get a real feel for the college, like I did 3 years ago. 

Time to get sentimental:
When I got my SMC acceptance letter as well as a scholarship letter, I was thrilled. I couldn't have been happier. College never felt so real until I had that letter physically in my hands. I remember my accepted students day and the academic fair in Ross: that's where I met Cathy Hurst (one of my Theatre professors), where she invited me to see the Spring mainstage "Appetite". It was my first real college theatre experience, and it sparked even more curiosity and excitement to start my college journey. To this day, it was all I expected and more. There are so many memories I've made. I've laughed, cried, loved, and lost. I've made life long friends and established connections that will help me when I venture into the great unknown of that of the real world. Most of all, I've found myself and am molded into the person I am and will still become because of my time here.

And to you, class of 2019 (with those 4 numbers making me feel so very old), look forward to the best years of your life. Don't be afraid to leave high school behind because greener pastures await you. There's a lot of work involved and it's extremely tough at times, both mentally and physically. You'll cave into exhaustion from late night papers and realize you've become a coffee addict and cram for exams and wonder why you've chosen the path of education for another 4 years. 

But you'll laugh. You'll laugh and cry like I did. The memories will last a lifetime and you'll never regret your time here, even through all of your struggles. And you'll look back on your choice in 5 or 10 or 50 years from now, well on your way to a career or retirement (if it is 50 years from now) and think "wow, I made that choice. I made the right decision".

Welcome! Class of 2019. We'll be waiting for you.

Friday, December 12, 2014

One Acts pt. 2!!

Me again, I hope everyone had a great last day of classes! 

As you know, the first part of One Acts went on in the Trapdoor last night and were incredible as expected. If you missed it, surprise! There's another set of One Acts tonight in the TDT again, this time at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  

Of course, there's one more show featured in which I forgot to interview the director. Luckily, I know too much about the show because HOORAY it's the show I'm in. 
"Gendermat" directed by Shannon Carroll is a basic breakup story with an atypical setup to tell the story. Love, deceit, resentment, and laundry are all common themes in this play.

All previews aside, the actual shows are gonna be unforgettable, so make sure you make your way into McCarthy (TDT) at 7pm. See you there!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One Acts: Part 1

If you're not doing anything tonight or if you love theatre or you love talent (or all three), the SMC drama club is putting on One Acts tonight at 8:00pm in the McCarthy Trap Door theater (aka the basement theater). 

What are one acts? Well, think about a mini play which literally covers an entire plot in about 10-20 minutes (or in some cases 45+). Plays vary from comedic to dramatic or dark comedy if that floats your boat. Regardless, everyone involved in these One Acts are SO talented and thus that talent should be shared with the world. 

Two One Acts are taking place tonight, while three more are tomorrow night. This blog is the first of two. Thursday night (aka tonight..sorry). 

Do you like Shakespeare? How about Star Wars? How about BOTH?
In the poorly edited video above, the director, Russell Hammond, chose to tackle the classic cult film "A New Hope" with a Shakespearean twist. From Ukelele playing stormtroopers to Chewbacca's fur only second to your Aunt Mildred's best coat, it's loaded with comedy and Star Wars fans and others alike will love it.

There's also the show "This Thing of Ours" directed by Alec Medine, which is a tale of two young men caught in the destructive cycle of organized crime. When Tomaso betrays the mob trying to escape, his best friend Emilio is sent to kill him. After Emilio shoots Tomaso, Emilio must come to terms with what he's done, navigating through loyalty and betrayal; past and future; and life and death.

Unfortunately, I was unable to meet with Alec due to time constraints, however, this night is going to fill you with laughs as well as have you on the edge of your seats.

Go and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ho Ho Ho: Happy Thanksgiving

Technically speaking, Thanksgiving was only a week ago. However, the amount of Christmas music and speediness of Christmas lights going up around Burlington, it seems that this blog is a bit late.

I spent Thanksgiving this year with my family in Houston, TX. I got to reconnect with family I hadn't seen in years. Yet getting there was miserable (I also despise traveling, so I may be a bit biased). For example, to get home I fly from BTV-La Guardia then from there to Dallas and from Dallas to San Antonio which totals to about 12 hours of travel with layovers and delays and any other miserable things that happen in airports. Going from BTV to La Guardia is fine, but my flight to Dallas was delayed 2 and a half hours to refill....on snacks...and the pilot forgot to mention we were 29th in line to take off. My next flight (the one I needed to get home) took off at 9:55 and I got in at 9:30. I've never run as fast as I had that night (I also think I discovered I either a) have asthma or b) am a 40 year old man). And of course, I missed my flight by one minute. Luckily, they were nice enough to give me a new flight in the same night. It was worth it, although I got in at 1:30 am and my luggage was lost, because I was just happy to have a break and be home. 

It was your average Thanksgiving: Football all day long, massive amounts of food, and naps on naps on naps. Black Friday shopping was the original plan, but that never works out so well when you've had two helpings of dinner and four more of Green Bean casserole. The weirdest part of it all is that I could've worn shorts and would've been completely comfortable; it was in the 60's-70's all week in San An and Houston, and if you're from Vermont or New England in general, that means it's basically summer. 

It was great to have a break, but now it's time to buckle down and prepare for finals, One Acts, and maintain my sanity all at once!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Halloweekend: Better Late Than Never!

It's been almost a month since halloween WOW! I apologize so much for the lack of activity, I'm actually surprised that my head is still attached to my body and vice versa. But yes, here I am with all of you lovely people filling you in on everything I can!

First off, Halloween weekend was great and very busy. There was a spooky and very haunted thing that happened in International Commons on Halloween night aka the haunted house that the SMC drama club put on this year. Haunted house is an annual tradition here for the SMC drama club and never disappoints, with each year progressively more frightening than the last. This year's theme was asylum.

Welcome to Knightcliff, where you're greeted by what seems to be 
a normal psych ward, comes twists and turns that you aren't able to imagine (or you could especially if you went). Getting ready was an experience as well. 

Thanks to Lizzy Nicolai and everyone who assisted with the makeup. Without you guys, we wouldn't have been able to pull off things like these:

All in all, it was an incredible experience and I'm glad to have been a part of it this year, especially with the 2015 graduating class and their last haunted house. On another tangent, it means a lot to me that I'm able to be involved in these kind of fun events with them as they move on to their future successes. I look forward to our other upcoming events as the year progresses.

Back to Knightcliff, if this blog wasn't enough for you, luckily I've made it available through means of a walkthrough video. It's a bit shaky mostly cause I was spooked too (although I was in it, but I never saw the entire tour for myself until this moment). Enjoy!