A couple of months ago I got an out of the blue Facebook message from a friend of a friend. She was producing a show and looking for an Equity SM and she figured I was probably busy but could I maybe help her come up with some names. I responded right away looking for more information: dates, responsibilities, etc. I could certainly help come up with some names, but you never know – maybe it would work with my own schedule. Facebook turned to email and phone calls. Turns out I’d been recommended by a couple of cast members and she remembered my support of her show from a previous incarnation. Yesterday we confirmed things, and in December I’ll be joining the Atomic Vaudeville team as the Stage Manager for the national tour of Ride the Cyclone (please see the dates at the bottom of this post).
Yup. That Ride the Cyclone. The one I listed in my 2011 Year in Review: Theatrical Excellence post as “The Best Show that Everyone Agrees is the Best.” The one that Kelly Nestruck at The Globe and Mail called, “probably the most uproarious and outrageous piece of musical theatre Canada has ever produced” One of the things that excites me about this contract is that I will have the privilege of seeing this amazing show eight times a week for four months.
This is just the latest in a series of gigs that have come not from job postings or even resumes that I’ve sent cold to companies but rather from the network of relationships that I’ve spent the last seven years building. And to be honest, it’s a beautiful place to be. I’m booked from now until next spring with really cool gigs, have couple projects up my sleeve for fall 2013 and even a reservation on my calendar for spring of 2014. And I am starting think that this is really how it should work: it shouldn’t always have to be a struggle. And it is so gratifying to see all the “soft” work pay off.
Ride the Cyclone will be playing the following cities/dates in 2013:
Hope to see you at the show!