Finding Our Purpose

Did you know it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in any field?  Uh huh.  Full time focus for 5 years.  Proven fact. Researched by Professor K. Anders Erickson, Florida State University.  He apparently studied athletes, musicians and chess grand-masters.  I would probably have to put Broadway dancers and members of any dance company into that category, also.  Those of us known as “dancers” (not hoofers) trained since the age of 10 or earlier — as any athlete does — to build strength, stretch and technique in our bodies to perfect our chosen craft.  The original Pippin, I’m proud …

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Nobody to Noticed

Photo taken, December, 2017, by Rehearsal Club alum, Francine Mancini, during ON AIR/On Stage, Articulate Theatre’s 1st annual holiday-themed radio play production at TADA Theater, NYC. As we move into the new year, the wave of holiday energy pushes all of us to assess where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished — or not — and set our intentions for the changes we might want to make in 2018. Actors on the verge of throwing in the towel are constantly encouraged by experts to “stay the course.”  As Paul Davis, Casting Director at Calleri Casting said back in 2015, “slow and …

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2017 Year of Abundance

It’s been quite awhile since my last post when the nation — at least those of us on both coasts — were anticipating Hillary in the White House. Now almost 100 days into Trump’s presidency, we’re all reeling from the forked tongue that has become our democracy. I, for one, am having a hard time hanging on to the belief that all is well. SOMETIMES I see our government supporting “right,” but more often than not, it does not. For instance, HOW in Heaven’s name is our government too dense to see the “right” in background checks on lunatics buying …

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Sweet (20)16 Coming Out Party!

Did you ever have a Sweet Sixteen “Coming Out” Party? I never did. Both my daughters were Bas Mitzvah’d — which entailed huge parties for families and friends.  In the Jewish tradition, the event signifies the transition of a child becoming an adult at age thirteen.  I remember also attending a Christian friend’s Sweet Sixteen party for their daughter.  The family made a similarly mammoth gathering, presenting a pair of high heels ceremoniously to their daughter who had now become a full-fledged woman upon reaching the age of sixteen. So why would I be viewing this year of 2016 at …

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Creative Synergy

What we do for love . . . (A Chorus Line, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban).  I cry every time I hear that song — and I never even did the show! My husband and I lived the show (“Al” and “Kristine”).  We continue, 30+ years later, to live for the high that comes when the passionate creativity of artists — writers, directors, actors, scenic designers, lighting designers, visionary producers — come together to create an evening of theater.  Sprinkle in a receptive audience and everyone experiences magic.  That happened last night. My girlfriend, Joanne Dorian, was …

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