Monday, April 15, 2013

2012 Part Uno

Lovelies... Let's re-cap the fabulousness that has gone on in my life over the 12 months!  Without further ado: Here's 2012!

- Crumpet spent a lot of time in the bath tub of our new lovely apartment on the Upper East Side.  She's such a weird little thing... But I love her dearly.

- I went back to MN to try out for Xanadu at the big dinner theatre there.  I didn't get Cleo, but I did get to rock out my skates and my pop song! (and bought - and later returned - these fancy PINK WHEEL SKATES!)

The Tall Englishman and I went to visit friends in Baltimore!  While we were there we saw an awesome band called the Leg Warmers!  It's an 80's cover band and everyone dresses up!  Super fun!

- The tall Englishman and I celebrated our 2 year dating anniversary.  He got me bubbles and roses!  What a guy?!

- I tried out the hair extensions that I bought to our wedding.  Here's my "Is this too much?" pic I texted to my BFF Linds-a-lou.

- We welcomed Nespresso into our family.  Life hasn't been the same since.  Thank you to friends who gave us big $ gift cards at Williams Sonoma.  We are both adjusting to having a caffine addiction.

- Big Mike and Lynette (otherwise known at my parents) came to visit us and we went all over NYC!  To the Macys flower show, to Union Square and also to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Was so nice to have them here!  (and no- I did not get the barbie... but I wanted to.)

 - I saw a TON of Broadway shows, but End of the Rainbow was one of my favs.  Not only because it had my new friend Don in it, but becuase Tracy Bennett KILLS it!  Judy Garland lived at the Belasco for 2 hours a day!

- Mad Men premiere at the Roosevelt Hotel!  Martinis' all around!  Candy Cigarettes!  Was a GREAT party and my friend Linds a lou joined me for the fun times!

- LOTS of walks in the park with Crumpet and the Tall Englishman!  I loved the cherry blossoms!  Crumpet loved eating the goose poop.  Sigh.  My doggy eats the poo...

I was lucky enough to be in a FANTASTIC reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club!  (Can I get a What, what?!)  The best bit for me (other than working with the awesome creative team and being ASKED to be in the reading was the fact that on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. 3/4 of the room got up and left to go do their BROADWAY SHOWS!  Chickens - I didn't realize how many of my fellow reading buddies were ON THE BROADWAY!  (and there I was sitting with them, singing with them, making something come alive with them... SO flipping exciting... and good for the old ego.)

I took a rockin scene study class at Jen Waldman Studio.  It rocked my socks (I learned a shit-load) and I think EVERYONE should be a part of that at least once in their lives.  And because I was feeling good about being an actor and felt like I was deserving and worthy, guess what!?  (DRUMROLL.....)


Lovelies - say "Hello" to DORALEE RHODES in 9 to 5!  

The Tent Theatre in Springfield, MO graciously asked me to be a part of a super fun summer stock production!  I got to share my gift with the fine people of Missouri!  The entire team was just a joy to work with - from the artistic director to the box office people - everyone was lovely... I was so happy to be there.  
Plus - they padded me up for the bra - I actually think it looks like it could be natural, yes?

Also, whilst at Tent Theatre (I just love that word "whilst", don't you?) I got the opportunity from the fantastic Mr. Huff to HOST the Broadway Backwards event that the Theatre has been doing for the past few years.  What an awesome experience -People are TAL-EN-TED!  I also got to sing myself... super fun.


I got some new headshots done before I left and LOVED the Doralee shots I had my friend Nathan Johnson take!  Aren't they CUTE?!

During my off time from the show I squeezed in some volunteering at the local Pet shelter.  That's where I met a little girl named "Wildfire" who I promptly re-named "Doughnut".  She's 3, beautiful, smart and was a little overweight.  I knew she was meant for me.  

The day before my birthday was "Gotcha Day" and James and I went and pulled her from the shelter.  I cried.  Now we are a little family of 4.  My friend Mitch watched Doughnut for the summer while we figured out a good time to bring her back to NYC.  I am so grateful for his willingness to look after her.  As well as my parents who took over looking after her in August.  So many people love this girl - but it's hard not to when she has such a winning personality.  (and now she's skinny after a few months at "Nana's Fat Camp".)

Then it was my BIRTHDAY!  WHAT FUN!  (ahhh... to be 29 for the 3rd year in a row...)  We celebrated on Lake Minnetonka with a Pink Champagne cake.  I love cake.

James and I also went to Washington D.C. for a long weekend.  I got to go to the Smithsonian while he was in meetings...  Guess who I met there - KERMIT!  My life is complete now.

One more thing I forgot to mention-  I went to see the Dixie Stampede when I was in Branson.  It was some good down home, country fun!  I have never seen so many sparkles and horses in one place together.  Would be great to go there if you had a family.  I remember seeing an old fashioned shoot-out like that in Phoenix when I was younger and I loved it.

All in all chickens it was a pretty nice first half of 2012!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


CHICKENS!  I know, I know- it's been a while since I've blogged...  Sigh.  BUT-  I was just in a wonderful reading at the beginning of March called Luck!  It was at the JCC in Manhattan and it was FAN-TASTIC!

I was in the ensemble, but I did have a stand out role as the palace gardener!  (my favorite line was "Rutabaga, Leek! Apricot and Plum!")

The music was by a GREAT off Broadway composer named Brad Ross (Little by Little) and the book was by SMART, TALENTED actor/ writer Mark Waldorp.  Also, it was directed by the LOVELY, INTELLIGENT and IMAGINATIVE director Michelle Tattenbaum.  

And lovelies - I just about wet my pants when I realized who was in the cast!  ALISON FRASER!  PEOPLE - "The Night it Had to End" was my LIFE when I was 21!  I listened to that song more times than RuPaul wore high heels!  She's lovely and fantastic and played the lady in waiting to the Princess! And also the charming CHRISTIAN NOLL was playing Mazel the good luck fairy.  BRILLIANT!  She's so freakin talented.  

The rest of our cast was equally talented/ creative/ lovely/ all around awesome people.  LOTS of Broadway vets.  I felt very honored and proud to be at the same table as them... Also was a bit of a confidence booster, as I felt like I could hold my own with this group of SUPA awesome folks! 

Plus loads of my family and friends came to see it - even Little Dude that I nanny for came!  (He's almost 7 now - so he totally got the story!) 

Universe - I'm ready!  More opportunity like this please!