I play "Dr. Emmett" amongst the very talented cast in The Curious Savage now playing at Torrance Theatre Company.
Back in January as I was reading the script before auditions, I immediately found the story charming and originally considered not auditioning. I wanted to see this as an audience member! I auditioned anyway, primarily for the chance to briefly exercise those acting and auditioning muscles.
Then, I was invited to join the cast. Oh, well.
But I'm not complaining. Joining the cast of The Curious Savage was like reunion time, like lotta of these shows tend to be when you do more and more of them. One of the very great things about doing community theatre!
Amanda Webb, Gary Kresca, Jennifer Lough Faneuff and I had recently performed together in TTC's season opener Run For Your Wife, and now we were back together again in The Curious Savage. I last worked with Daryl Hogue France on stage many years ago, and now we get to play in scenes opposite each other with her as in the title role of Mrs. Savage. I also have a scene with Diana Mann, another long-time friend in theatre and in Relay for Life fundraisers. She is also costume designer for many South Bay theatres, and for our show, we're lucky that she's wearing two hats instead of just one. And the show is directed by Mark Torreso. Mark cast me two years ago in the musical Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, and I had a fun time in the role. With the more meaningful material present in this script, being directed by him this time was a lot like going to acting class again. I knew I'd enjoy working with him again; I never expected to learn so much about the craft as I did from him on this show.
There were, of course, new actors I got to work with too. I've seen Chris Mock in a number TTC shows and was always entertained by his work, while Frank McCay, Charlotte Williams, Justine DeAngelo, and Iyan Evans had never done a show at the theatre. But over the course of our six weeks of rehearsals together, the entire cast bonded so well together. Entering "hell week" (the final week of rehearsals leading into opening night), we realized Mark could not have cast a more perfect ensemble of actors so well-suited to each of our roles.
We opened Saturday evening March 14. Under Mark's direction, I've rarely ever felt as well-prepared for opening night as I - and I think the rest of the cast too - felt as we did that night. We sailed confidently through the show, with an audience that gave us all the laughs and the tears where the story asked for them. It was a great opening show. We had a reviewer in the audience, and she gave us a glowing review!
We just started our second weekend of shows this weekend, with audience continuing to enjoy our work. We'll be performing for three more weekends, hopping over Easter weekend when we'll be dark, to close on Sunday April 19. I hope you can join us!
Tickets are $25. Information to buy tickets are on TTC's website and TTC's Facebook page. Photo collages taken from my Instagram account using publicity shots from the photo gallery on TTC's The Curious Savage Facebook photo album.
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