From January 4th to January 24th I'll be living in Texas. Not just because I enjoy Texas BBQ, but because I'll be performing The New Moon with Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas.
This will be the first time in nearly two years that I've lived away from home. This, although a bit scary, is going to be good for me. You rely too much on the assumed comforts when you live at home, and it's time for Ol' Yeargain to get a big breath of reality and what it's like to see the world as a Texan.
Plus, Lyric Stage is a fantastic company. They do really great shows and they have a fantastic orchestra that I cannot wait to sing with. But, my role isn't huge. I don't think my rehearsal commitments will be too much, and that will leave me time to do a few things. Train really hard, push my training business to the next level, and prepare for my first venture in New York City.
In February I'll be living in New York. Don't ask me where yet, because I don't know. Lot's of details to be pinned down, which is why I'm grateful for the time in Texas to focus on getting this next chapter of my life set.
What I do know is that I'm going there with a purpose. I'm going to be learning the lay of the land. I'm going to try and meet as many people as humanly possible, shake as many hands, and sing for anyone and everyone who will listen to me sing.
I may take a few classes, see some shows, and soak in the sights and sounds, but this is not a vacation. This is an investment into the future that will be my career as an actor and singer. This is something I've been saving up for for over a year and a half, and this first step into this new life means something. It means the beginning of the next chapter in my life. I'm closing the Big chapter that reads "Oklahoma" and open the next one that reads. "The Big Apple."
March is a little bit in flux and depends on two things. The results of my Lotta Lenya Competition Submission, and whether or not I'll be able to audition for Music Theater Wichita. Both are great oppurtunities and I'm hoping that I'll be able to at least do ONE of them. I feel really good about my materials and my abilities and I hope that the judging panel or the submission comitees for either will find them favorable.
After a few things in March, I'll be heading to Enid, OK to sing Zuniga in Carmen in concert with the Enid Symphony. I'm excited to do another Opera. It's been a long time since I've gotten a chance to perform in an opera and I very much look forward to seeing some of my friends in the cast and getting to perform that timeless story. Good Stuff.
This performance goes till April....which is where a lot of the question marks and mystery of 2016 come into play. I don't know what's going to happen yet. That's the scary beautiful part of it. So, wish me luck and I hope you'll enjoy my reporting of the ride as it takes place.
Until Next Time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.
The Opera Bro