My Boy from Oz Scrapbook

April 15, 2015 — 14 Comments

Fine.

I admit it.

I only auditioned for The Boy from Oz because of the song I Honestly Love You. I figured the potential amount of attention received after performing that song alone could have appeased my hungry fame whore monster for a while.

Upon earning the role of Greg, my intention was to go to rehearsals, learn what I had to do, and come home. But this didn’t go as I had planned. I mean…

How was I supposed to know that despite my typically unfavorable disposition, I would become remarkably attached to an entire cast and crew?

Post rehearsal birthday celebration at Huey's. (not pictured: followup birthday donuts at Gibson's).

Post-rehearsal 42nd birthday celebration for me at Huey’s. (not pictured: follow-up birthday donuts at Gibson’s). Thanks Benjamin and Renee.

 

How was I supposed to know that a simple idea would inspire all of us to raise an opening night gift of $1,400 for Friends for Life, a local organization that helps people affected by HIV/AIDS live better lives.

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Pictured (from left to right): Josh Walden (actor playing Peter Allen), Kim Daugherty (Executive Director of Friends for Life), me, Jerry Chipman (director of The Boy from Oz). I paid $10,000 for my teeth; you would think I would smile more.

 

How was I supposed to know I would participate in Josh’s new, weekly ritual called Dance Belt Sunday (a custom that may be severely frowned upon at my next gig)?

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Censored for the prudes.

 

How was I supposed to know that Dance Belt Sunday will subsequently change how I perceive Easter grass for the rest of my life?

Thanks a lot, Falon.

Thanks a lot, Falon.

 

How was I supposed to know that I would end up tying for second place for best dressing room station decoration?

I'll give you a hint: there are only two.

I’ll give you a hint: there are only two.

 

How was I supposed to know that as a 42-year-old gay man, I would have my very first same-sex stage kiss after all of these years?

I feel like a big boy now. Photo by Skip Hooper.

I was TERRIFIED at first but now feel like a big boy. Photo by Skip Hooper.

 

How was I supposed to know that I will perform with (and learn so much from) the extremely gifted Broadway actor, Josh Walden?

He can literally do everything except women.

He can literally do everything except women. Photo by Jack Yates.

 

How was I supposed to know that people I’ve never met would message me (or others) about my performance?

Portion of email to executive producer.

Portion of email to executive producer.

Facebook message.

Facebook message.

Facebook message.

Facebook message.

Super sweet Facebook message.

Super sweet Facebook message.

 

And how was I supposed to know that I would be in the company of the coolest actors and dancers in Memphis.

For serious. I can't even.

For serious. I can’t even with this picture.

 

None of this was supposed to happen, but I learned that when you get the perfect chemistry of people together, amazing things just do. I am grateful to the people that encouraged me to audition for this show because now I have some wonderful memories from the Theatre Memphis stage.

Special thanks to Joe for causing my heart to leap into my throat during a performance. While wearing only a button down shirt and underwear, this jokester almost pushed me on stage during the song I Still Call Australia Home.

Additional special thanks to the same Joe as above for causing my heart to leap into my throat again during yet another performance. While wearing only a button down shirt and underwear, this jokester almost pulled down my underwear while standing backstage during the song I Still Call Australia Home, thereby exposing my genitalia to the entire cast while they sang to the audience.

Rio!

Rio!

14 responses to My Boy from Oz Scrapbook

  1. 

    It is always good news to hear someone so genuinely happy. It’s contagious. I’m happier knowing how happy you are!

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  2. 

    Creating nice memories is such decadent work.

    PS: A sweater vest? Really?

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  3. 

    Wow. I wish I could have seen the show. Do you think you’ll do another one? It sounds like it’s in your blood.

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  4. 

    What Michelle said. I really have to come for a visit.

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  5. 

    I really wish I could get to Memphis to see one of your shows. I know it was awesome.

    Like

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