Here are a few photos from our rehearsal last night. Check back tomorrow for a special video our cast put together for Global Bullying Prevention Day. Until then, have a Beautiful day!

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Happy Monday!

I am excited to share my first video blog with you. I must apologize in advance – I was a bit nervous so I say “umm” a lot. Hope you enjoy the first of many video blogs to come!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Ste (Charlie Wein), Jamie (Robert Hilliard) and Leah (Kiah McKirnan)

December is here! I can hardly believe it, but Beautiful Thing opens next month; the past few weeks have just flown by. As we get closer to opening night, the pace starts to pick up, so let me bring you up to speed. 

We continue to raise money for the show, even though we are just a few weeks away from opening. For those who did not see my previous blog about why we are raising money, click here. If you are interested in making a donation to our production, please click here. We are still far from meeting our goal – your donation of any size is greatly appreciated.

Rehearsals are moving right along without any major problems. We had another review rehearsal over the weekend, which I think went well for the most part. Tonight we have another review; I will give you an update on how things go, so stay tuned.

Check back tomorrow for a special surprise! Until then, have a Beautiful Day!

Our Thanksgiving break is over; we head back to the rehearsal space tonight to review a few scenes from the show. In an earlier blog, I promised that I would post at least two updates a week. I broke that promise: the show went into emergency mode, which put the blog on hold.

Let me start off by saying that I have been asked by the producers of the show not to share specific details of the situation.

Four days before Thanksgiving, the producers of the show received an email stating we would not be able to use the theatre at which we planned to perform Beautiful Thing and would need to find a new space.

The producers and their teams went into emergency mode and put out an SOS for a new venue. The biggest challenge was finding a space that was available – keep in mind that we are scheduled to open in less than two months and theatre spaces are usually booked several months in advance. The next big challenge was finding a space that is within our budget. After two days of fast and furious emails and phone calls, we were led to the Athenaeum Theatre. We contacted management at the Athenaeum, which had a theatre space available at the time that we needed. It’s a great theatre, a great location, and the staff is amazing, so it felt like a fantastic match. 

Once our producers had a meeting with the Athenaeum, they were forced to make a hard decision. The space fits the needs of our production, but it comes with a higher price tag than the producers had budgeted for. After looking into various theatres in Chicago, the producers realized this really was the best deal they were going to find. After much consideration, the producers decided to move forward with mounting the show in the hope that they could raise the money needed to make up the difference. Not only do they need to make up the difference in the rent, now all of our marketing materials also need to be reprinted with the new location, which the budget cannot support.

So here we are under two months before our first preview and everyone has changed their focus from promoting the show to fundraising.

Since you’ve been reading this blog, you know the passion we all have for telling this story. We are determined to move forward and remain confident, but we need the help of many people – including people like you – to get this show mounted.  Your support at any level is critically needed and deeply appreciated.  I know there are many organizations worthy of your support – especially at this time of year – but please consider making Beautiful Thing one of them. Please click on the link below. You even have an opportunity to “adopt” one of the actors, or a specific aspect of the production, such as costumes or lighting!  And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your support.

Until next time, have a Beautiful Day!

Cast members and the director of Beautiful Thing attend the world premiere opening of the Jeff-recommended At The Flash now playing through through December 16 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The winner of Pride Films and Plays 2012 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest, this remarkable one-man show was written by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, directed by David Zak, and stars David Leeper. For ticket info, CLICK HERE.

Left to right : Charlie Wein, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, Director John Nasca, Robert Hilliard and Patrick Rybarczyk.

Until next time, have a Beautiful day!

Do you have a Twitter account? Our show does! Follow us on Twitter! @ChicagoBT

Click on the image above and it will take you right to our Twitter feed.

Until next time, have a Beautiful day!

As I mentioned in my previous post, our director John Nasca and Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, who plays my mum in the show, have both been nominated for Broadway World Chicago awards.

John Nasca is nominated for Best Costume Design (Resident Non-Equity) for his work on Reefer Madness at Circle Theatre.

Michelle McKenzie-Voigt is nominated for Best Actress in a Play (Resident Non-Equity) for her performance as Sissy in Sordid Lives at Ludicrous Theatre Company.

Please take a moment and click in the image above which will take you to the voting website. There are a bunch of categories to get through, but you don’t have to vote in each one. (Please note that you can vote only once per e-mail address.) I know they – and I – would certainly appreciate your voting for them!

I am off to memorize more lines. Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Sandra (Michelle McKenzie-Voigt), Leah (Kiah McKirnan), Jamie (Robert Hilliard), and Ste (Charlie Wein)

Our dialect coach Jeremiah Davis stopped by our rehearsal on Friday to check our progress. We sat in chairs and ran the lines from all the scenes we have blocked to date; this proved surprisingly challenging. We’re used to running things on our feet, so keeping the energy and pace up while sitting down was a bit of a challenge. After we ran through each scene, we stopped to get notes from Jeremiah. We are very fortunate to have him working with us; he is doing an amazing job guiding us so our accents are authentic (and consistent).

When we finished working with Jeremiah, we blocked a portion of Leah’s acid trip scene, which is one of the funniest scenes in the entire show. It didn’t take very long to block and we had a good laugh doing it.

Our director and one of my castmates have been nominated for Broadway World Chicago awards; more on that next time.

Until then, have a beautiful day!

It has been a while since I had my headshot taken, so I thought I would get a fresh one for this show.

Please let me know which one you like.  Which one should I use in the playbill?

Have a beautiful weekend!

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(Photo Credit: Brian McConkey Photography)

We have postcards!!! Well, we don’t have postcards yet, but they were ordered over the weekend. I just got my hands on the digital copy of the postcard designed by Tiffany Nasca; they’re pretty awesome!

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Postcard – Back

 

Until next time, have a beautiful day!