I had such a positive experience rehearsing for and performing in the premiere workshop production of The Bully Problem, a brand new musical written by Michael Gordon Shapiro. I was so thrilled to work in a group of such strong performers– everyone was so talented, focused, hardworking, and had so much respect for one another. We’ve all been in creative collaborations where some people are not giving 100% to the project and know how easily that affects the group, and so it makes it all the more sumptuous when you are working with real pros.
I’m very attracted to working on new projects and helping with development (and do so frequently), yet I still can’t find the right words to describe the weird/awesome energy of working on something that feels so FULL– so close to being a real thing. Our director Joshua Finkel mentioned that we “birthed” a new musical, and yes, after a VERY short and intense gestation period, we did birth this show baby together.
Much like the “nerd” kids in the show, I think we musical theatre kids don’t get nearly enough credit. Yes, we can be really loud, and yes, our knowledge of the MT oeuvre is borderline obsessive, but we are soooooooo frickin’ hardworking. When you really think about needing to be able to act and sing and dance and follow blocking and smile and hold for laughs and remember where the mics are and read your script without putting it in front of your face ALL at the same time… EVERYONE who was involved in putting this performance up was a total rock star, and I’m so thankful that I was a part of it.
The audience reception was great, and I think that the afternoon was very entertaining and enjoyable for everyone. I look forward to seeing how to show continues to take shape!