1776: Two More Days!

The beautiful blonde in this shot is my new friend Hannah who is the only other female in the show.  She plays a delightful Martha Jefferson.  I am jealous because her dress is much prettier than mine!   

There is nothing like an eight hour rehearsal to make you feel completely exhausted!

For those of you who don’t know I am currently finishing up rehearsals for a local production of the musical 1776.  I have enjoyed it more than you can imagine and will be so sad when it’s all done.

The show looks incredible- I have now watched it probably 50 times and still see new things constantly.

I am working with some incredible actors who amaze me with the things they are able to do.

The next two days will be even more nuts- with dress rehearsals and everything else.  I have some bloggers helping me with my site so hopefully you will not feel too ignored!

Ben Franklin and John Adams doing one of their duets! 

My costume isn’t finished yet but atleast I know what kind of weird facial expressions I am making!

If you would like to come and see the show it opens this Wednesday, July 4th and closes on July 8th.  Tickets are still available!  If you do come leave a message on A Frugal Chick’s Facebook page or message me!

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1776: Building Philadelphia and Hairless Men

We are only 7 days away from opening night!  If you want to see me in a big dress and a huge wig check out tickets for 1776!  

Tonight we began rebuilding Independence Hall in Philadelphia for our show.

I have to tell you- I have no clue what it’s going to look like when we finish.  I did my part tonight covering the back ground in white primer but the vision is lost on this girl.

I can paint with the best of them though so I did my part.

As the guys starting coming in for rehearsal I noticed that many of them looked kind of … funny.  I just saw them on Sunday so they didn’t lose weight or anything like that.

Then I noticed they had all shaved their facial hair!  They had known from the beginning they were going to have to shave (we actually had a guy drop out because he refused to) but I guess they decided this past weekend was the time to do it.  They look so young!  Most have been fitted for their wigs and costumes so I guess they were ready to complete the look!

Tonight we also had our first rehearsal with the “orchestra” which is an incredibly talented group of four musicians- drums, keyboard, cello and violin.  They are actually going to be above us on stage so the audience will get to watch them perform the whole show.

This is the crazy talented Matt Friedman, who I have gotten to do most of my training with.  He plays my loving and slightly neurotic husband John Adams.   He does a fantastic job!

This is John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson arguing what the national bird should be.  The three nominations were the Dove, the Turkey and the Eagle.  I’m sort of glad the eagle won!

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1776: Funny Shoes and Prom Flashbacks

For those of you just joining us I am currently in rehearsals for the Broadway Musical “1776? with Theatrix Productions. Since it’s such a huge part of my life I have been blogging a bit about it.

You spend weeks rehearsing a show.  You learn everywhere on stage you need to stand, develop muscle memory for the dances/songs and run lines with anyone who will talk to you.  You think you’ve got it down.

Then you get your costume.  And you realize it changes everything.  If it’s a long skirt you find yourself tripping over it as you walk up and down stairs (I almost pitched myself downstairs in Cinderella years ago).  If it’s a hat you find it falling off your head as you turn it too quickly.

So when you begin rehearsing- before you have a costume and before you have even figured out your character- actors often wear the shoes they plan on wearing on stage.  It’s the one thing they don’t want to be surprised with in the actual show.   And most of the time they look pretty funny.

(It actually makes me flash back to prom.  I bought new black dress shoes for prom and was terrified I would fall down dancing because they were so slick.  So I took them out in my parents drive way and scuffed them up the best I could.  Was I the only one?)

For example yesterday the lone other girl in the cast (who plays the lovely Martha Jefferson) was in a really cute pink skirt, black shirt… and brown ankle boots.  But she has a dance scene (with my fictional husband no less) so it’s super important for her to be completely comfortable in those boots.

So if you ever see an actor walking around in shorts and a very strange out of date pair of shoes, don’t worry.  We all do it.

(Want to come and see the show- it opens July 4th! Tickets are on sale now!)

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1776: The Toilet Seat Was Down

For those of you just joining us I am currently in rehearsals for the Broadway Musical “1776” with Theatrix Productions. Since it’s such a huge part of my life I have been blogging a bit about it.

Because of the nature of the show it has one of the most off kilter casts I have ever seen- 26 guys and 2 women. It’s a giant boys club and we are just along for the ride. The guys have done a superb job- I really can’t tell you enough how hilarious they are to watch and how there are also moments that take your breath away. Twice tonight during rehearsal the room just kind of hung in a dead quiet before we were able to move on with the scene we were doing. It’s powerful stuff.

Because of the numbers being so skewed toward the male end there was one thing in this show I had just resigned myself to: the toilet seat was never going to be down. In our rehearsal space there is one bathroom with one toilet. And really with me being out numbered by this much it’s not even fair to really think about it. I’m a guest in their house, not the other way around so if they want to leave the seat up they totally have the right to.

Tonight I ran in to use the bathroom and the seat was down. I almost cheered (which would have sounded very odd to everyone in the room.) It’s the little things in life that make you so happy.

So to the wives, girlfriends and mothers who have trained the men in your life to put the seat down when they are finished- thank you.

(Want to come and see the show? Tickets are on sale now!)

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1776: My Arranged Marriage


If you have missed out on WHY I am doing a series on 1776 take a moment and catch up!

Friday evening I had my first official scene rehearsal as Abigail Adams.

Basically I worked, prayed and trained to earn this part. I read books to try to understand how Abigail thought. I watched documentaries to get glimpses into her life. I tried to work my make up and hair styles for the audition to show that physically I could be turned into Abigail. I made adjustments to my schedule before even knowing I had the part- preparing to be as available as possible. You have to trust the director to make the best decisions for the show’s overall look.

The director also has another decision to make- they get to pick my husband. In this show my scenes are all done alone with the character of John Adams. So basically you have a director deciding on an arranged stage marriage.

Heading into rehearsal Friday I had no clue what was going to happen. I had briefly met the actor playing my husband but never spent any time with him. I didn’t know much about his personality except that he seemed like a very nice guy and talented performer (the role of John Adams in this show is very demanding).

I won’t talk too much about the actual rehearsal (cause honestly it’s not that interesting if you aren’t in it) but I will tell you the first 45 minutes involved sitting in a chair, staring deeply into his eyes reciting lines and singing love songs until we had become comfortable with each other. Then the next hour involved other work getting the hang of the staging and other elements. It’s a weird experience.

(BTW I found out Friday he designs websites for a living- talk about a perfect match! hee hee)

After rehearsal I thought about how thankful I was to have a good stage match. Now I have no clue what he thinks of me (and since he isn’t a reader he probably won’t ever know what I thought about it) but I hope he feels the same.

And I hope those who get to see the performance can see the deep love and respect that John and Abigail felt for each other- even as they were apart for years at a time.

As we celebrate Memorial Day I am so thankful for the sacrifices those who went before us made. John and Abigail Adams sacrificed everything they had worked for to begin this country. John had a successful law firm that ran into the ground and Abigail was left in Braintree, MA to run the farm and care for their children all alone. They wrote over 1000 letters to each other in their times of separation. John Adams was the only of our founding fathers to NEVER have slaves. He thought it was ridiculous that you could own a human being so Abigail ran their farm alone.

So from those in 1776 to those in 2012 thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you that I have the freedom to worship my God without having to hide. Thank you for my freedoms to vote, own property and own my business. I, and others like me, are forever in your debt.

And I hope on stage I can give Abigail the honor she is also due.

For those of you who are local and interested in seeing the show, you can find out show information and purchase tickets.

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1776- Men and Rum


For those of you who missed my announcement I am proud to have been selected to play Abigail Adams in the Theatix Productions show “1776.”

Friday night (5/4) was our first rehearsal.  At most theaters that is called a read- through or table read.  Basically everyone gets their script, you learn all the rules for the theater, talk about rehearsal dates and then read through the script together.

The group doing this show is fantastic.  There is no feeling like walking into a room full of people and knowing, whether you like them or not, you are going to be spending A LOT of time with them.

The cast for 1776 is really unusual- there are over 20 men and only 2 women.  Usually plays are a pretty good mix or tend to lean strongly the other direction.  The night of read-through the only other female, who plays Martha Jefferson, couldn’t be there so it was a boys club for the evening.

We spent all night laughing.  The guys were in great spirits.  The youngest actor in the show is 17 and the oldest is in his 70’s so it is a great mix of ages and perspectives.  And it is definitely a boys club- the jokes flew everywhere.  The great thing is- it’s pretty easy to imagine the First Continental Congress was that way too.

Can’t you just picture Independence Hall?  It’s REALLY hot outside and the guys inside are crabby having been away from their families for so long.  They joke about their wives, their children and their hobbies.  The south and the north gang up on each other regarding culture.  (It’s like the very first argument of “pop” v “soda!”)  And yet what do they call for over and over again in the heat?  Rum.

It is comical how many times in the show these wise old men ask for their cups to be refilled.  While a musical about the signing of  the Declaration of Independence doesn’t sound funny the show is hilarious.  We laughed so hard it took us much longer to read through the script then planned.

I am getting a break from rehearsals right now while the guys practice their big numbers but I will be back in the studio soon to work with “John Adams” on our lovely duets.

If you want to come and see it tickets are on sale now! I would love to meet some of my readers at the show!

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1776- I Am Abigail Adams


There was a time in my life when I was very active in theater.  Then came graduate school and working three jobs to get out of debt.  As you know when time and money gets tight something has to give.  For me it was performing and I have missed it terribly.

I am SO very excited to announce that I am FINALLY getting back on stage in Hampton Roads for something other than announcing double coupon events.

From July 4th to July 8th I will be participating in the Theatrix Productions performances of “1776.”

After a long and nerve-wracking audition process (more on that later) I have been asked to play Abigail Adams and I could not be happier.  The part is beautiful and I am anxious to begin rehearsals.

For those of you have never seen or heard of “1776” this will give you an idea of what I will be working on:

The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence… if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

The music for the show is BEAUTIFUL and I must confess I like my two songs with solos the best.  Both are duets with John Adams (who has a beautiful voice).

For the next 8 weeks or so I will keep you updated on the show including practices and such.  People often ask me what it’s like to do a community theater performance and so if you are interested this can be a sneak peek for you.

If you could care less just skip the posts.  I will never know.  :)

If you are interested in coming to see the show I would LOVE that!  Tickets are already on sale if you want to snag the best seats for the date of your choice!

Tickets are… you ready… $17.76.  That’s only a little bit more than a movie!

So keep an eye out- more pictures and back stage tidbits to come!

A movie version of the play came out in 1972.  I have put one of the songs below for you to check out- this is a MUST SEE for history buffs! By the way if John Adam’s voice sounds familiar he was the voice of KITT in Knight Rider (the talking car).

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