Today I organized a table read of my unconventional musical entitled: Character Assassination: A Writer’s Guide to Killing Your Literary Babies. The show is about a writer who is driving out to the desert with a bunch of unpublished manuscripts to burn them and say goodbye to her creations forever.
The table read took place at 99 Blue Jays Way in Studio 5. I got some talented folks together to help and give feedback. The participants were/are: Kat Leonard who read the role of Allie (the writer), Ramona Gilmour-Darling who read the part of a Thought Pixy, Steve Hobbs who read the parts of Harvard Graham and The God of Fame and Anne Marie Scheffler who read the part of Canadian superhero Alberta Mackenzie. Anne Marie will be directing the show when it makes its debut in the fall, October 28th to be exact at the tentatively booked (cause they can’t confirm or deny booking until closer to the date) John Candy Box Theatre.
I would say this is actually the second reading I’ve done. The first one was last year where I read the entire thing myself and played all the various characters at Betty’s. I got some great feedback. I think I have a solid foundation of hilarity and I just need to deepen the relationships between the characters. I’m so excited about the potential for this literary baby and hope it doesn’t die on the way to getting on its feet.
In other news, I’m also really excited about the concept album I’m working on called Violet Love. I’ve thought more about the visual element and have bee very inspired by comic books, lately.
Basically she’s going to look a live comic book character so that way people can visually tell she’s a character as opposed to an actual person. I think the overall theme of this project is something about what happens when you’re not yourself and fake all the time. The songs I’m working on for this songwriting expo in Durango, Coloroda are called: ‘Rhythm of the River’, ’12 Steps (to Get Over You)’ and ‘Moment of Truth’. I’m still working towards actually singing these songs myself. I mean I can sing them but in my mind her voice sounds like the perfect cross between Amy Winehouse and Adele, which sadly is not what I sound like at all but I’ve gotta work with what I’ve got.
Mimi and the Music is still on my mind. I’m working towards applying for grants. I’m going through the questions bit by bit. I think the musical I wrote about anxiety would do well in schools as part of an awareness campaign.
Anyway that’s where I’m at with my creative stuff. Trying to get more legit. Creating magic along the way. Thanks for reading. Hope you’re having a nice summer.