Hello Dolly + Another Pupdate

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This weekend was opening and closing of Hello Dolly! Eight weeks culminated in just three performances, but it was such a great experience. The city of Englewood’s summer drama program is a hidden gem in Denver’s theater community.

And since it’s National Mutt Day, I also thought I’d share the tremendous growth Harper’s made this past month, as well as what’s on the horizon for us in the month to come.

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I’ll Be Wearing Ribbons Down My Back!

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Hello, Dolly!

I’m excited to announce I’ll be playing the role of Irene Molloy in a production of Hello, Dolly! put on by the City of Englewood’s Summer Drama program! Fun!

I’ve been wanting to get back to “legit” musical theater singing for a while, but my voice has been in an iffy spot since my last few roles have required some serious belting. This should be a welcome change and give me loads to work on in my voice lessons.

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A Weekend Photo Recap

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AND SO IT BEGINS!

This weekend kicked off what will be an intense tech week. Saturday and Sunday totaled 16 hours of Grease rehearsal. I visited a farmers’ market. I also squeaked in some miles and yummy meals (bonus: a delicious vegan risotto recipe!). And the man kicked ass in the Leadville Silver Rush 50-miler.

I’ve been and will be very busy until opening night this Friday (and four performances this weekend), so I leave you with: lots of pictures for your viewing pleasure.

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A Sneak Peek at My Rizzo Costume!

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THAT WIG, THO’

(Excuse the crazy face.) This past Saturday the cast of Grease did some promotion at the Parker Days Festival parade!

We dressed up in costume, marched with our banner, danced to Grease show tunes, and handed out flyers to locals so they’ll come see the show!

It was around 90 degrees, and I was in my Pink Lady jacket and wig. Oof! What we do in the entertainment industry! Take a look at just one of my fun costumes…
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Look at Me! I’m Out of My Comfort Zone

Learning how to belt the right way; taking on the role of Rizzo in Grease

PLAYING RIZZO IN GREASE

This is going to be such an opportunity for growth in my musical theater career for multiple reasons. Rizzo has to:

  • be a memorable, hardass-turned-vulnerable character
  • belt the brazen “Sandra Dee,” and croon the sultry “Worse Things I Could Do”
  • hold herself like she knows she’s sexy
  • get in physical altercations with Sandy and Kenickie
  • be the polar opposite of Sandy
  • dance like she knows how

I’m still stuck in ingenue mode—and classically trained opera-singing mode—so this ballsy, belty high-school-smoker thing is completely out of my comfort zone.

But that’s where all the FUN is!

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Stop What You’re Doing and Go See Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center

Sweeney Todd with DeVotchKa at Denver Center's Stage Theater: Go see it before May 15th!

THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

I haven’t seen a show this good since Wicked at New York’s Gershwin Theater. I don’t care if you “don’t like musicals;” you will love this production of Sweeney Todd. (No one is paying me to say this.)

Everything was brilliant: the actors, the vocals, the set, the costumes—not to mention that the music is played by Grammy-nominated DeVotchKa, a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble, originally from Denver.

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