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Urinetown: The Musical!

by Megan


So it’s been a good month for me and getting choreography jobs! Now I’m also choreographing Urinetown for Obscure Productions in Bisbee. We had our first round of auditions today and another one is set for tomorrow. We had some great talent show up today, but not a great number of people- so hopefully a lot more will show up tomorrow. Looks like the cast is a minimum of 16, so we need a lot more!

I’m excited though! I really, really wanted to audition, but their second weekend of shows happens to fall on the ONE weekend next year when I already have plans to be out of town (like way out, like Florida way out). It would have been fun for Daniel and me, and it seems like a very professional company with directors who know acting and a skilled pianist. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep working with them in the future. It’s a bit of a drive, but so is Tucson…

I was thinking that there wasn’t a lot of dance in the show, but I listened to it again yesterday and today and there’s a lot more than I thought! I should know- I saw it on Broadway and again recently at U of A. There are some GREAT songs for dancing in there, and I already have some fun ideas.

So now I’ll be in Tucson Tuesday and Thursday night doing You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and in Bisbee on Wednesday nights doing Urinetown! And both shows open the same weekend- the last weekend in January! Going to be a busy time! Luckily that is Daniel’s (slightly) slower time of year, so we’ll be able to work it out well together.

I still have one song to choreograph and teach the show choir for their Christmas show, and we have a tap number that we’ve been working on for Broadway night (which is Cynthia, Elise, Natalie, and me), and another number that has a little dance and a little staging in it for Broadway night which we need to rehearse for (which is Billie, Sheradee, and me). So I am totally immersed in theatre and dance right now, which is WONDERFUL! It is so true that when you go looking for something, you don’t find it, and when you aren’t looking, opportunities present themselves. Maybe it’s that opportunities present themselves when you deserve them- I’m not sure.

Anyway, Daniel is still pushing for me to do three more auditions this year, but I don’t know what I could audition for that I’m going to be available to do! Maybe closer to the end of the year, but now through January is pretty booked up. And next semester is going to be busy too, because I’m opening up a dance studio in our shed that we’re converting (more on THAT later!), and we’ll be hard at work on the all-original show choir show that we’ll be taking to competition (hopefully two!).

So coming soon- before and after pictures of our house! Still working on the after… Actually, things look great- we just need to get everything put away and organized and pictures up on the walls. Oh and furniture…we need furniture, namely a sofa and loveseat. But we’ll be getting those next week. Stay tuned!

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Lonnie McDowell October 29, 2009 - 4:36am

“Now I’m also choreographing Urinetown for Obscure Productions in Bisbee. “

When I first read that, I thought it said Obscene Productions. Having re-read it several times, I’m still not sure if that’s what they meant.

“We had our first round of auditions today and another one is set for tomorrow. We had some great talent show up today, but not a great number of people- so hopefully a lot more will show up tomorrow.”

People are not beating down the door to star in a production called Urinetown? Perhaps they are all at the “Springtime for Hitler” auditions…

“So now I’ll be in Tucson Tuesday and Thursday night doing You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and in Bisbee on Wednesday nights doing Urinetown!”

Given the juxtaposition in titles, I believe it is just wrong to end that sentence with an exclamation point when a question mark is more appropriate.

All right, all grief-giving aside, enjoy yourself.

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