By Courtney, Aug 25 2020 05:33PM

Hi there, folx!

First, and most importantly, I hope everyone is safe and well.

Secondly, unless you're literally an alien making a first-time visit to our planet, you know that we're deep in the throws of a global pandemic. As such, many, many things are on hold -- for everyone. I'm unreasonably lucky that I can work from home for my day job (and have been doing so since March 13), but basically everything else I fill my life with -- chiefly, performing in musical theatre -- has, obviously, been put on ice for the foreseeable future. I do get to scratch a little theatrical itch once a week or so; a friend started a group on Facebook from which we cast Zoom read-throughs of random TV, film, or theatre scripts. They're not viewable by the general public or anything, but they've been really fun -- in fact, I've gotten to play some "dream roles" I'd legitimately never have the chance to do in real life. (Case in point: Sheila Albertson in "Waiting for Guffman," as portrayed by my forever patronus, Catherine O'Hara.)

All that being said -- there isn't much to report, and there probably won't be for a good long while yet. But let's keep helping each other muddle through; it's dim, I know, but there is light at the end of this dumpster fire of a tunnel. And please, for the love of all that is good and holy, VOTE this November!!!


By Courtney, Sep 20 2019 12:14AM

Hey howdy hello!

I cannot believe it’s been almost an ENTIRE YEAR (oop!) since I last posted something on this blog … I think it might have something to do with writing for a living; I really have to be in the right mood to pen anything longer than a Facebook or Instagram post after I’m done with my work day. (I know, I know, poor me, I have to be creative for a living, LOL.) But that’s not the only reason I’ve been fairly MIA – I’ve just been supremely busy, both with work and with theatre. In fact, as we entered 2019 and in the ensuing months since my last blog post, I’ve costarred in two super-popular productions at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark, CA (the same theatre that gave me the lovely award I spoke of in that last post). I was lucky enough to portray Winifred Banks — a role near and dear to my heart – in their production of "MARY POPPINS" (from January 25 through February 4) … followed almost immediately by playing Rosie in their production of the insanely fun ABBA jukebox musical "MAMMA MIA!" (from April 12 through May 12), for which we had a killer live band, which is unusual at this particular theatre. Anyhoo, both shows were a BLAST to perform (for different reasons, obvs), and after almost a year of not treading the boards, it filled my theatrical cup to the very brim.

Since "MAMMA MIA!"'s closing, I’ve had a bit of a break – which worked out well, considering my department’s most massive event just took place in late August. Thankfully, it went swimmingly, and I celebrated by relaxing on an incredible Disney Cruise to Alaska in early September. (If you’ve never been on a DCL cruise, you simply must! It was an amazing time.) Now that I’m back on terra firma, I’ve launched headfirst into my next theatre project: assistant-directing the incredible Stephen Schwartz musical "PIPPIN" (one of my very early faves; I wore out my dad’s LaserDisc [#agingmyself] of the 1981 HBO version when I was, like, 7 years old) at Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA, running from November 8 through December 1. I’m assisting one of my BFFs, the inimitable Shawn W. Adams-Lanz, and we have some REALLY cool shenanigans up our sleeves … plus, that killer "MAMMA MIA!" band I mentioned? Well, they’re reconvening for our show, and we’re SO excited! The cast is ridiculously fantastic and the staff is top-notch, so I’m very much looking forward to what we create.

As per usual, I harbor not-so-secret dreams of picking up some kind of theatrical, TV, and/or voiceover representation – so if you’re able to help with that, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Here’s to a lovely (and not too hot or fire-filled, goddess willing) fall season, and hopefully I’ll be back with a new blog post sooner than 11 months from now…


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