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?
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.
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)?
How was I supposed to know that Dance Belt Sunday will subsequently change how I perceive Easter grass for the rest of my life?
How was I supposed to know that I would end up tying for second place for best dressing room station decoration?
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?
How was I supposed to know that I will perform with (and learn so much from) the extremely gifted Broadway actor, Josh Walden?
How was I supposed to know that people I’ve never met would message me (or others) about my performance?
And how was I supposed to know that I would be in the company of the coolest actors and dancers in Memphis.
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.