I haven't written anything here for ages, so I guess it's about time for an update.
I have some news: I'm going to be in a play! I will be playing the part of Brian Runnicles in Next Step Theater's production of "No Sex Please, We're British" in March. I did another play with this group ("Reckless", a black comedy by Craig Lucas) last year, which is how I met Claudine, who introduced me to Gennie;. So I have a lot to thank them for.
They were planning to put on the play either the week before or the week after Thanksgiving, which wasn't going to work for me because I'm hopelessly busy at work at the moment (often not getting back from work until 9 or 10pm at night) and will continue to be until mid-November. So I went to the group meeting/informal audition not intending to audition for a part at all (or maybe just a small one). It was an unusual audition in that rather than being called into a room one-by-one, we just sat around, took parts and read scenes from the play. I read the part of Brian a few times (just because nobody else wanted to) and by the end of the evening two people had accidentally addressed me as Brian!
We each had to submit a piece of paper saying which actors we would each most to see in the different roles, and apparently the character of Brian was the only one who had the same actor picked consistently at number one, and that actor was me! Apparently I also have great chemistry with the guy who will be playing the male lead. I guess all those Friday evenings in the Shakespeare Reading Group really paid off.
So now I have to learn three squillion lines by the end of January. I have never played such a big part before, so it's rather a daunting prospect, but I'm looking forward to it.