Behind the Scenes: The Performer's Perspective #1
Today marks the first of what we hope will become a regular feature on our blog! Every few weeks we hope to feature a story or Q&A by one of the Mosley performers, filling you in on what it is like to be an actor at this wacky place. Our first entry is by our newest addition, Molly Tully. Enjoy!
My First Show at Mosley Street Melodrama
Please Be Gentle, It’s My First Time
by Molly Tully
I don’t always perform a happy dance when I get offered a role in a show. But when Mosley Street Melodrama called and asked me if I wanted to be a part of Wild Rebel Angels in Haysville, I performed the happy dance of all happy dances. Imagine a combination between The Carlton and Walking Like an Egyptian. That was my dance. Did I mention that I was doing this dance while I was still on the phone being offered the job? Anyways, I had always wanted to try a melodrama and had been going to see shows at Mosley for a couple of years, so working at Mosley was definitely on my “Theatre bucket list”.
On the first day of rehearsal, I will admit, I was ridiculously nervous. It was like the first day of school. I had a new teacher, new classroom, and new classmates. But in this case my teachers and classmates are incredibly talented, comedic geniuses whose work I have greatly admired. (Scott Noah paid me to say that.) They were all very kind and welcoming, showed me the ropes of the theatre, and were incredibly supportive of me, “the new girl”. (Scott Noah paid me to say that, too. He now owes me $17 and a box of Thin Mints.)
During this first rehearsal, I found out that I was going to be playing the heroine. Between you and me, blog post reader, I was pretty happy. I mean, who doesn’t like to have a room full of people “ooh” and “ahh” every time you step on stage.
The whole rehearsal process was really nice. James Robert Hurst wrote a great melodrama and he was a wonderful director. I especially loved watching the team come up with jokes and try different bits during rehearsals. They definitely kept me on my toes and I was laughing every night.
The Olio rehearsals were just as fun. 50’s/60’s doo-wop music, biker jokes, and the direction of Patty Reeder, um, yes please! Plus, it’s not every day you get to be musically directed by a Tony nominated actress, like Karla Burns…..oh wait, it WAS every day that I got to be musically directed by Tony nominated actress, Karla Burns! (I am still pinching myself in disbelief. I now have lots of bruises.)
But finally, the big day arrived. Opening night!!! (Cue fan fare music.) If you are wondering if my nerves were causing me to shake like a leaf and sweat like a fat man in a sauna, you would be 100% correct. But in reality, that anxiety was silly because it was wonderful! The audience had fun and I had fun. It was a win, win! (For the record, I no longer sweat like a fat man in a sauna during shows.)
We are now three weeks into the run of the show and here are a few things that I have learned in the process:
Keeping a straight face while on stage with Kyle Vespestad is the true test of an actor (And I fail. I fail a lot!)
It is surprisingly easy to convince audience members to come on stage and dress in drag.
Fake eye lashes and I are NOT friends!
The food catered in from Pig In, Pig Out is addictive. I don’t know what heavenly angel came up with the recipe for their cheesy scalloped potatoes, but this girl is grateful!
My favorite part of the show is my solo during the musical/comedy review. Something about going into the audience and messing with people (i.e. sitting on strangers’ laps, running my hands through some guy’s incredibly long beard) really hits home with me.
It has all been a great experience and I have been very fortunate to work at Mosley. It is filled with great people, they put on hilarious, high energy shows, and it is fun!!!
But before you go, let’s review. My current job is to sing, dance, tell jokes, be a ham and hang out with my new friends. You can go ahead and spend the rest of your day being incredibly jealous of me now.