The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to The Jimmy Awards!

Ok, if you have never entered a Sunday Giveaway before, enter this one.  Because The Jimmy Awards are a must see.

What are they?

Here’s the official copy:

Join us as 60 of our country’s most talented teens perform songs & medleys from the roles that won them top honors at their local musical theater awards competitions. In this one night only engagement on Broadway, the race is on for the “Jimmy Award” for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor. A panel of industry brass will score performers, winners will be chosen and college scholarships and other prizes will be announced live!

But in a nutshell?

The Jimmys are the High School Tony Awards.

And let me tell you something.  Without naming names, I think a few of the actual Tony Award winners we’ve had over the last couple of decades could learn a few things from some of the contestants of Jimmys past.  Wait until you see these kids!   (In fact, don’t wait, click here to see last year’s Best Actor winner and Best Actress winner)

The Jimmys, a project of The Nederlander Organization, are an example of what we discussed here on this blog not too long ago:  successful competitions designed to build better talent and bigger audiences for tomorrow.  (Because guess what – better talent brings bigger audiences).

I’ve been to every Jimmy Award show since they started.  And the next one is Monday, June 25th, hosted by Constantine Maroulis & Deborah Cox!

And this year, one of you is going too!  For freeeeeee.

Here’s how to win the two tickets to The Jimmys.  Simple.  Comment below the title of the musical you did in high school and the role/part/staff position you had (and if you weren’t in one, just name the show that your school did).  That’s it.  Nice and easy.

Extra credit for most embarrassing high school musical story.

I guess that means you need one from me . . . so here goes:

Boy, I wish I had the video on YouTube for this one.  I played Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, and my high school sweetheart was playing opposite me in the role of Hope Harcourt (I know, sweet, right?).  Well, right after the two characters kiss for the first time in Act II, Hope runs out . . . and Billy screams out after her . . . “Hope!  Hope!!!”  And, in typical high school sound fashion, my microphone feedback.  So you heard . . . “Hope!  Hooooooopeeeeeeee!” And it sounded like my voice cracked like Peter Brady’s in that Brady Bunch episode about puberty.  The audience burst out in laughter.  I had no idea what was so funny . . . until I saw the video.

Ok, now your turn!

 

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  • Becca P says:

    My senior show was Zombie Prom. But my embarrassing moment comes from Bye Bye Birdie the year before. I was playing the Mayor’s Wife, and when Conrad first plays in Sweet Apple I had to scream and faint into the mayor’s arms something like five times. One night, the mayor didn’t catch me and I fell into three other people, including the guy playing guitar for Conrad. The song stumbled to a halt a bit while we all regrouped.

  • Courtney Carlson says:

    Annie Get Your Gun:
    I was a “featured dancer”…and out of the 30+ musicals I’ve done, that was so more fun and challenging than any leading role I ever played!

  • Sarah P. says:

    My high school in Michigan did West Side Story when I was a freshman, although I wasn’t in it (I didn’t audition)….I still have a VHS of it, though, which may be a collectors item now that our Tony, the senior guy who ruled the choir/theatre depts and who all of us choir girls were obsessed with (despite knowing he was gay even then) was…David Burtka, aka now a Bway star and Neil Patrick Harris’s man! 🙂 He was a great Tony, too…

  • Ton Ton Julian in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

  • Elissa says:

    We did The Goodbye Girl and I alternated the role of Paula with a senior. My high school only did musicals every other year – terrible, right? – so it was my junior year show 🙂

  • Madison says:

    This year my school did The Phantom of the Opera. I was the stage manager for the production and absolutely loved every second of it! By our closing night show, we were performing for an audience of over 1,000!!!

  • Emily says:

    Bye Bye Birdie!!!

  • Denise says:

    Okay, I’ve been telling this embarassing high school musical story for years. Sophomore year. West Side Story. I’m playing Anybodys (one of the most fun roles I ever played, I must say.) It’s closing night, and it’s the end of act one, where I have to run on stage and rescue Tony before the police come to get him, leaving the dead bodies of Riff and Bernardo lying on the stage. I had to hoist myself up onto a cross bar and then onto a platform upstage. From there, I ran down stairs, to center stage, and pulled Tony out through an arch upstage center. Well, this night as I hoisted myself up I heard a gigantic rip — the seat of my jeans had ripped all along the seam! There was no way I could turn my back to the audience, which I had to do when pulling Tony out, without exposing my undies to the full house (like 800 people!!) But I wasn’t just going to leave him there, either. So I ran down the stairs, got him, pulled him upstage without turning my back, and then just spun quickly with him when we got to the arch and exited. The whole time he was looking at my like what the heck are you doing? Side note: he’s now a very successful actor, having appeared in numerous Broadway shows and national tours, most recently Les Miserables.

  • maria says:

    Anything Goes, Girl #2 ! (With extra flapper fringe)

  • Alexis says:

    Well, I didn’t do my high school musical of Grease, but I was in the chorus of my community theatre production of Annie. I was the tallest girl and the only high soprano, but we had 5 girls and 3 guys. So since I was the tallest, they had me cross dress for the Hooverville number. I was wearing most of my other costume including nylons under my clothes. Well, the men’s shoes were a bit big on me and wearing nylons and doing a kick… well that wasn’t the best idea ever as the shoe came flying off. Thankfully I was able to flip it up and not out into the audience!

  • Rebecca says:

    While I was in highschool I was in all 4 of the musicals that my high school performed, my favorite role was Brigitta from The Sound of Music. The most embrassing moment wasn’t one of mine ut a Greaser boy in Grease, during one of the rehershals he was in the process of getting pantsed and the other boys actually pulled his pants down accidently revealing everything to all the staff in the rehershal, from that point on he wore a bathing suit and underwear under his pants pinned toegther.

  • Joe Laub says:

    I was in “Brigadoon” in high school and I played Archie Beaton (Harry’s father). We had to wear our kilts around school to promote the show and of course the guys and girls tried to pull up our kilts. It was a stupid trick, but, it was high school. I would like to win the tickets to the Jimmy awards since I do direct amateur musicals in Philadelphia which involved children in grade school and in high school.

  • Bruce Barnard says:

    I played “Mayor Shinn” in The Music Man…I was “given” THAT part because it is the only part that didn’t sing…I can’t sing…ergo, a perfect fit!

  • Joshua Hall says:

    I was Jesus in Godspell my senior year of high school!!!

  • Sara Y says:

    Alma in “The Music Man” – one of the stuffy old ladies. Learned senior year of high school with hair dye that I’d look great once I started to go grey!

  • In high school we took the play Removing the Glove to state competition where we won (by a margin) cause the local school of the arts went over their time and they did the play about that story about the girl who got AIDS from her dentist but their construction of their stage and removal of their stage went way over their time so they were disqualified and we won. The show had a great message and equated being left handed with being gay and was very taboo for our school and state competition in Florida in 1996 at the time. I loved it. I related to it and performed it with all my gusto. I am still very proud of that show.

  • Nancy Paris says:

    I was a Bunhead in high school and never did a musical, but the one show I would have given my right pointe shoe to be in was “Flower Drum Song.” I was just in love with that movie, and I always wanted to do “Fan Tan Fanny.”

  • Jackie S says:

    Little Shop of Horrors. First time I worked on any show as light board operator.
    It was a small high school, but our cast was amazing. Proof can be seen in the one performance that was filmed.
    During intermission, it was up to me & the SM to help set the stage & place props for Act 2. Everything was going well until I hear our SM mutter some not-so-nice words. I glance at her and she has a look of pure terror on her face: She had left the “rat poison” in the set from our previous performance and there was nothing for Seymour to give Audrey II at that moment! He runs off stage to get the gun & the rat poison and we’re all holding our breath.
    Sure enough, 5 seconds later he runs out with the gun… and a paper bag in hand. He found leftover foam pieces from the headdresses we’d made for the pit!
    Quick thinkning at its best!
    A sigh of relief later, we never forgot that rat poison again!

  • Hilary Davis says:

    “Pirates of Penzance” and I was a daughter!!!

    I remember vividly that the director wanted us to overact and push the limits with the emotions we put forth – especially in the beginning. And then his comment to me and a fellow actress next to me was that we needed to reign it in because we looked constipated

    WHOOPS! lol

  • Randy Lake says:

    “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” – the original version! I designed and built the set (which featured rain & thunder outside Mark’s large bay office window during “What Did I Have that I Don’t Have”!) I was also cast as Warren – the nerdy boyfriend in the present – and a week before we opened, our Edward (the handsome lover in the past) got mono and had to drop out. The desperate director plugged me in and I played both Warren AND Edward. The show is a blur of costume changes for me…. and (doubtfully) I had alot of folks tell me that they didn’t realize it was me in both roles. Comments like that stroked my ego & made my switch from designing to performing, but I was a dweeb in high school – and even 4″ lifts and facial hair couldn’t have disguised me THAT much!

  • Caitlin C says:

    This wasn’t a school-related show, but certainly embarrassing. Some friends and I put on a performance of the movie musical Anastasia in our backyard. For some inexplicable reason I (a 10-year-old girl) ended up playing Dimitri. Apparently we didn’t have enough boys in the neighborhood. Fun to hear this musical might actually be making it to Broadway all these years later!

  • Adam Winney says:

    I just played George last year in “The Drowsy Chaperone”, at my old high school, Shawnee Mission South! It was fantastic! I learned to tap dance, and got to play one of the weirdest characters in musical theater! One night, however, I had a pretty bad moment. In the middle of the tap routine George and Robert have, Underling comes in and gives them a glass of water to cool them down. The last night, I choked while drinking the water, and spat all over Underling…to cover for it, we improvised a little conversation about how I thought the water tasted terrible, and how he had spat in it. Then, for the rest of the show, we had a feud onstage whenever we were close. Luckily, the audience loved it. 🙂

  • Kevin says:

    It was my freshman year in high school, the show was Carousel, and I was Mr. Bascombe. There’s a scene where Bascombe catches Billy and Jigger stealing and he tries to chase them off with his gun. Opening night the director said the prop gun was sticking, “so fire off a few shots and you may get one.” I successfully chased Jigger off stage and I managed to get one shot off, squeezing the trigger repeatedly like I was Norma Desmond. I must have turned back to Billy too quickly because as I came about I “shot” Billy. Point blank, no question about it. Folks, when you look up ‘High-School-Deer-In-Headlights’ you’ll find my headshot in the dictionary. Fortunately, the guy playing Billy was a senior and such the pro that he kept going with the scene. So. That’s the story of how I accidentally “shot” Billy in Carousel just minutes before he kills himself as part of the show.

  • I was the master electrician for my high school’s production of “Urinetown.” During one of the dress rehearsals, I was on the highest platform affixing and wiring some practicals above a gigantic “UGC” sign. It happened to be near the end of the show, when the actor playing Bobby Strong would appear and disappear numerous times on that platform. Every time he would appear, I tried to scurry away as not to disrupt the rehearsal, then resume my work when the scene ended.
    The director found it so hilarious that she gave me the instruction to “appear onstage whenever you would like during the show and do anything you want.” And that’s what I did. I believe I was credited with the name, “Arnold the stagehand.”

    I guess Actors’ Equity rules weren’t really a problem. 🙂

  • Sue says:

    Plain and Fancy, that vintage Amish musical – I was a featured dancer. My partner in How Do You Raise a Barn became my high school sweetheart a few months later! It wonders me how Ken cannot pick this entry as the winner. I’ll show him! This is all very new to me, but I was young and foolish once, and I didn’t know that my dancing on the midway in Scranton Sally would endear my fellow cast member to me. It was a helluva way to run a love affair. I remember some of the lyrics and choreography:
    “Scranton Sally, what a dolly
    She can knock you off your trolley
    La-la-la-la, sympathetic (shimmy shimmy)
    Fond of fun and games and very ATH-A-LE-TIC!!” (Hip thrusts, body roll)
    Ken, now take your time and take your pick for the winner, you can’t miss it. But be sure to follow your heart!

    • Alan Kehoe says:

      Scranton Sally, she’s a dolly
      She will knock you of your trolly
      Tenderhearted, sympathetic
      Fond of fun and games and very a-the-let-ic !

      Every Tom, and Dick and Harry
      From Altoona to Wilkes-Barre
      Take the train to Scranton frequently

      They don’t come to see a movie…or the local mu-si-cal..
      They want Scranton, Scranton, Scranton Saaaaaaaal

      Plain & Fancy is wonderfuly kitch..I mean with lines like ” How Do You Raise a barn” (“with nails and wood and svitching good!) or “all you need is a seed and a plow or two, and a bull who’s keeping company with a cow or two” it also has some lovely if naive ballads. Both “Young & Foolish” and “Follow Your Heart” are quite charming.

  • L Krenicki says:

    As an orchestra geek (yes, even nerdier than the drama kids!), I played in all of the pits. In high school, some of the funniest things started in the pits….

    1. Starting the second act of Guys & Dolls, the music director walks into the put with the spotlight on him to audience applause. No one remembered extension cords for stand lights, so the lights were strung across the pit to plugs along the wall. He enters the pit and proceeds to trip on the cords, pulling stands down with him in a domino effect. Crazy.

    2. In Pal Joey, the dated jokes were well beyond the cast (therefore falling flat on the audience) and the show was tanking. So, by the second act, the pit musicians decided to help. We laughed at the lame jokes, hoping the audience would join in. All that managed to do was throw off the actors…who thought we were laughing AT them. Sigh.

    My stories from My Fair Lady and the absolute worst production of Fiddler on the Roof (when the entire cast ran off stage during the dream sequence and the musical director waved us off – and then whispered to us to skip the next TWO numbers) will be reserved for another time 🙂

  • Anna says:

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Pianist. Got scared during one of the songs and screamed in reaction to lighting effects. After three months of rehearsal, during a show.

  • David McKibbin says:

    At my high school, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, I did five shows in my theatre department (both onstage and off). My two favorite shows that I have done were Noises Off (I was an Assistant Stage Manager and Publicity Designer) and Metamorphoses (I played Hades and Apollo, and I did marketing for this show as well).

    • David McKibbin says:

      And in Metamorphoses (though it was a straight show), I had to sing a French aria as Apollo (Sois Immobile from William Tell).

  • Elizabeth says:

    What is truly embarassing is the fact that my high school didn’t do musicals. We didn’t have the interest from teachers/the community to direct a show so those of us who had dreams of going into theatre really suffered. It wasn’t until I went to college that I had a chance to be involved in the theatre. I think that awards like the Jimmy’s are incredibly inspiring and I am thankful that there are so many kids who are getting the chance to live their dreams.

  • Stephen Schapero says:

    My senior year I got to play John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. My costar actually was in te first ever Jimmy awards for her performance as Drood AND I got to see her show her stuff at the awards! I’d love to surprise her with tickets to see this year’s festivities!

    • Luke says:

      This is going to sound creepy but I remember her. Emily something, right? Her performance on the Jimmy’s is what introduced me to the show, and I’ve spend the last few years trying to convince my group to do it!

  • Margaret Rojahn says:

    I was a chorus girl in all my high school musicals, until my senior year. We did Footloose, and I got to play Aunt Lulu.
    My funny story is when I was stage managing Anne Frank in 8th grade. I was backstage with our director when the boy playing Mr. Kraler turned to Otto Frank and instead of saying “We hate the Nazis as much as you do,” he said “We hate the Jews as much as you do.” I know my mouth dropped open and so did our director’s. He didn’t know he said it and I guess the audience didn’t because nobody ever said anything. But of course, that happened to be the night we taped the show, so it lives on.

  • KENI FINE says:

    I was Claude Hooper Bukowski in HAIR! A real rock-n-roll production… And I had the hair for the part! Nuff said?

  • Jillian Torre says:

    Sophomore year I was in “Joseph…Dreamcoat” as a wife and during a black out I tripped off of a 10 foot high platform and bellyflopped into the wing.

  • Mary Ann O'Rourke says:

    Music Man and West Side Story….no funny stories though, sorry!

  • Sam says:

    I was in the chorus of a community theater production of Camelot. I developed a huge crush on one of the other chorus boys which was a bit awkward in the deep south in 1978. Nothing ever came of it because I was too afraid to pursue it. I realize this isn’t a funny story, but it’s my high school musical theater story.

  • Lisa Pratt says:

    Ok, and I am not making this up…”Anything Goes” was my High School Musical senior year too. I was Reno, and just before I brought in the 24 tap dancers, in verse two of “Anything Goes” I completely blanked and forgot the lyrics. I started humming, stayed in character and started singing verse three and tapping my heart out. To this day, I can still sing every word of “Anything Goes.” I sang along with Sutton Foster (to myself of course)three times. In her inimitable brilliance, she never forgot the words…

  • Hunter says:

    Leader of the Pack – role Jeffrey Barry. So fun! Even did it with a special appearance with the Dixie Cups(group wrote and sang – Chapel of Love). They even told me I reminded them of the real Jeffrey Barry.

  • Eva Heinemann says:

    I was the only Jew in my small town so naturally we did Fiddler on the Roof. Was I cast? No. Because I can’t sing and they decided to go with someone who could sing but not act which I could do? However I did get to play one of the withches in WIzard of OZ. For some reason there were 3. I still remember my line: Do Have another cup of tea Begonia.
    I had better luck in Junior High School where I played the comic relief in “So This IS Paris” The person playing my love interest didn’t want to kiss me and two teachers had to drag him in.

  • LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    “MY FAIR LADY”. 1970. I played ALFRED P. DOOLITTLE. The whole cast was on stage waiting for some dialogue bit between Eliza and her father Doolittle, before going into the major GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME production number. My cue line was “You go back to your ‘precious’ professor and tell him what he did me for”. I fed Eliza “You go back to your ‘ruddy’ professor and tell him……….” Eliza froze with her back to me, not picking up whatsoever…with the entire cast and orchestra waiting for her next line to go into the major number. I stood there in disbelief, wrung my hands, and yelled out ONE WORD AT A TIME . . .
    “YOUR….. P R E C I O U S……PROFESSOR………” and before I finished the word ‘precious’, she finally pipes up “NOT MY PRECIOUS PROFESSOR….cue music, cue dancers, and the rest of the show continued. You should have seen Higgin’s and Pickering’s faces, waiting for their correct cue line, when I re-wrote two pages of straight dialogue during the next performance.

    P.S. I made sure to feed them the ‘correct’ cue line.

    P.P.S. The director refused to give me a lead role in the following year’s production of SOUTH PACIFIC (BILLIS), unless I swore to stick to the script AS WRITTEN by Rodgers & Hammerstein…JAJAJA…. I did.

  • Jeremy Bennington says:

    I was playing “1st Customer” in Little Shop of Horrors my sophomore year and had a big crush on our “Ronette.” We were offstage and she had to make a costume change and had a stuck zipper. I got the zipper unstuck and she replied “Thanks. I love you.” Neither of us realized that her mic was still live. So the audience heard the sound of a a zipper being undone plus her declaration. A bIg laugh

  • Danny says:

    Link Larkin in “Hairspray” — not my high school show but a community theater production full of high school kids from the local area. During Link’s big number on the Corny Collins show, “It Takes Two”, I came out pretending to play a guitar. Halfway through the song, I realized that my belt was in the loops but not buckled, so the ends were flapping all over the place every time I moved the guitar around. When I turned to sing to Tracy, I angled myself a little bit upstage and tried to buckle it behind the guitar but couldn’t, so I just pulled it out and threw it dramatically to the ground. At the end of the song I picked up the belt and presented it to Tracy, who swooned over it totally in character. Everyone thought it was part of the number.

    P.S. I’ll be in NYC that weekend (seeing Newsies, among other shows) and am scheduled to leave Sunday, but I’d totally stick around for another day if I won these tickets!

  • Matthew says:

    Sound of Music at Cardinal O’Hara High School. I played “Rolf” and I was having articulation issues. In my big act two scene, “Rolf” (me) comes into the Von Trapp family home to warn Capt. Von Trap that he needs to accept his new assignment – as leader of the German Naval unit, yadda, yadda. As “Rolf” turns to leave the house after dissing everyone – including his love, “Leisel” – he says: “And you remember, too.” Very threatening and foreboding. Unfortuntately, I kept saying it like this: “And JEW remember too!” I kept running the “d” of the word “and” into the next work, “you” amd it sounded like “Jew” (go ‘head – try it). The director was a patient man and a stickler for articulation. He kept giving me the note – to say “and YOU remember too.” Anywho, it was one of the final dress rehearsals and once again, I murdered the line. The director flipped out and yelled – in front of one-hundred plus kids (cast and crew): There are no JEWS in this musical! There are Austrians, Germans an lots of nuns – but no JEWS! Fix the line!!! That did it – I never said “Jew” again. Kinda stupid but it was embarrasing. The other stories here are awesome! High school theatre – gotta love it! Thanks. Matt

  • Luke says:

    I was in several, but the cream of the crop had to be playing the Cat in the Hat in Seussical: The Musical. I had wanted to play the part for years and just about cried when the casting was announced. The entire show was a dream from beginning to end, except when one of the techies thought it would be funny not to play the music. Me and one other girl were on stage a full minute waiting for the music to begin (and you can’t even ad lib unless you can make it rhyme) we ended up starting the song a capella, and once we were 10 seconds into the song, he chose THAT MOMENT to play the music. I swear I was absolutely mortified!!!!

    As for the Jimmy’s, I’ve watched them every year on Youtube and I keep up with all the nominees, so this is a very exciting give away for me! Whether I win or not, I’m excited that more people are learning about this fantastic program!

  • Tzahalla says:

    We did “Women of Twilight” at AADA. It was my first play ever at the conservatory and I had the opening scene. And I forgot every single line. My partner didn’t help much and we improvised our way out of the scene – afterwards, though, it all came back to me. Beginners nerves.

  • Tim R. says:

    The most embarrasing memory from a high school production I did was probably playing Ken Gorman in Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’ when I randomly got a nose bleed on stage. I had a lot of plot driven dialogue in that particular scene and had no chance to run offstage to get a tissue. So, I plugged up my nose with my fingers and nasally spoke an entire scene of dialogue trying desperately to stop this massively random nosebleed.

    I have to admit… I also have an embarrasing Billy Crocker in ‘Anything Goes’ story, but it was in college not high school. I’ll tell it anyway. During ‘Friendship’, my pants ripped so badly right in the crotch area and I had no choice but to keep dancing and singing as the audience laughed and laughed. Tight white sailor pants are never fun! haha. 🙂

  • Stephanie C. says:

    Not only was I not in a musical in high school, but I can’t even remember the last time they performed a musical. I remember when I was in 5th or 6th grade the show choir performed a medley of Disney songs, which was really amazing and really sparked my interest in live theatre. My sister was in a musical in Junior High, though, and they did Hansel and Gretel. My other sister did a variety show for the Drama department, and they did “Time Warp” from Rocky Horror, which she helped choreograph. Otherwise, that’s it for us!

  • Lauren K says:

    I was the Production Stage Manager for all of our schools productions, including West Side Story my senior year. My embarrassing moment came though during our Senior Talent Show. While waiting in the wings at my station during a skit featuring a football being tossed between “actors” the ball was overthrown directly into my face. The girl who threw the ball broke character, shrieked and covered her face. It got a huge laugh; the audience thought it was part of the skit. I got a bloody nose.

  • Patrick says:

    Ali Hakim in Oklahoma.

    Earlier in the night, an inexperienced stage-hand was saying the title of “The Scottish Play” (which I am a HUGE believer in the curse). After we explained the curse to him, he thought it funny to keep doing it.

    We were doing a scene in front of a scrim on the apron of the stage. This stagehand is running flys. He unlocks the wrong pin on the pinrail as the other fly-op. is bringing the scrim up. The scrim goes up, I take a step backwards, and a light rail comes crashing down to the stage less than a foot away from me. One more step and I’d have been right under it!

    I decided to stick to directing after that!

    Pat

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Well…let’s see…I was a Townsperson in Oklahoma! my senior year. We had this windmill thingy that sat on stage, and it came off and on at one point. And at one point, it got put on stage backwards, and I guess the running crew realized it, because they sneaked back onstage and turned it around! And the moment ended up in our yearbook!

  • d. roeder says:

    I was in the musicals my first three years of high school (various ensemble roles in Beauty and the Beast, Mr. Sowerberry in Oliver and Vince Fontaine in Grease), and all throughout, it was clear that my director gravitated more towards musical comedies with lots of dancing. I’m a classical baritone and geared more towards musical plays, so I was always really out of place. I really wanted to go into acting professionally, though, and I couldn’t afford many outside theatre opportunities, so I knew that I needed to do my best to get big roles in the school shows. I used my work savings to take a year’s worth of dance lessons before Grease in hopes of securing a spot as a Greaser, but I’m a crummy dancer to this day and had the misfortune of being the only actor sleazy enough to play Vince Fontaine. So instead of leading myself to the casting slaughter in Crazy for You, I opted instead to create an independent study course; a double bill of David Sedaris’s “Based Upon a True Story” and Neil LaBute’s “iphigenia in orem.” It ended up being a big success, and the proceeds went to Red Cross Tsunami Relief.

    The second I’d heard about the Jimmy’s, I tried to convince the powers that be to set us up for a district, but to no avail. While we didn’t get to Jimmy’s, we did participate in the Maryland State Theatre Festival for a few years, where I won best classical monologue (Proteus, Two Gentlemen of Verona) and Best Song Interpretation (“How Many Women in the World,” LaChiusa’s Wild Party)

  • Mark says:

    The first musical I did in high school was A Chorus Line, where I got to stand at the front of the line (and because of our small stage, often out of the light) as Don, who joins AGVA (“you know, the nightclub union”) and works with Lola LaTorres and her dynamic twin 44’s. It’s too bad Lola was just an off-stage character…

  • Nalane Singh says:

    My school did not have any plays unfortunately.
    My niece who is 7 years old just did a performance
    in her school of Aladin.

  • Debbie Fleck says:

    The Music Man
    Many moons ago, I tried out on a lark and made it as a member of the ensemble for my high school production of The Music Man…was amazed I could sing. I remember the audition song was The Wells Fargo Wagon. We had an amazing director who made us all seem like professionals! Great production and tons of fun!

  • David Rigano says:

    My senior year of high school I played Hysterium in [i]A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum[/i]. And I won the Helen Hayes High School Theatre Award for my performance!

  • Jeff Dennhardt says:

    I played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. In the scene where the gambling is raided, Nathan runs out of the building and screams that they were playing Canasta. I decided to update it on our last performance and instead yelled “Yahtzee!” The cast was amused.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    We did “Oklahoma”. I played “Aunt Eller”. Nothing funny happened. I churned a lot of butter.

  • Marybeth says:

    I was Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town. It was the best experience of my time at high school, and I still wear my cast t-shirt proudly.

  • Scott says:

    I was Rolph in Sound Of Music back in the 80’s. I was going on to sing, “You are 16 going on 17” and as I stepped on stage something in my lederhosen started biting me. Every step I took, the more it moved and clung on. My voice squealed several times, and the girl playing Liesel looked at me as if I was losing my mind. When the scene ended with the kiss…I ran off in horror and stripped down to my boxers. There he was…a giant roach clinging on for dear life. And…a bunch of nuns looking down at me, the roach and my boxers in shock. (pause) wait for it…wait…then screams! And later some good laughs.

  • Cathie says:

    Free to be You and Me

  • Cathie says:

    Is there an equivalant awards for Techies? There should be! The stage crew for Northport HS 2012 production of “Hello Dolly”, won the “2012 Hunting-Tony” for “Best Stage Crew in a Musical”. Corinne Wight [POG!] – Stage Manager!

  • Joel says:

    I did 6 musicals and 3 plays while in high school and now work at a performing arts high school, so I can have stories for days. One of the memories I have was when we did South Pacific. I played Henry, a Sea bee( only n Bloody Mary and Nothing like a Dame) and the was also on stage crew to move scenery. I did a lot of costume changes in that show. we had a raised platform for Liat’s hut, and I was the one who pushed it out and took it off so I ended up stuck underneath it for Younger Than Spring Time. One night the Lt Cable tripped going up the stairs and almost kicked me in the head. I stopped sitting by the stairs after that.

  • virginia vanderbilt says:

    I was little red riding hood in “Into the Woods”. I didn’t have time to eat before the call. So you can just imagine my delight when someone decided to use fresh baked bread for my basket. I was singing and eating at the same time.

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