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leahKiah is a sophomore drama major at Lincoln Park High school, and is ecstatic about being able to be a part of Beautiful Thing. Her previous stage work includes, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Dorothy in The Wiz, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie. Most recent film credits, “Yellow Snow Cones” and “Blink”.

Full Birth Name: Kiah Gardner McKirnan

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Age you became interested in theatre: 11-12

Favorite show you worked on: Ragtime, Sweeney Todd

Mentors or inspirations: Johnny Depp is such a malleable actor. I really aspire to be someone who can conform to a part so well and make it appear so effortless.

On a show day, how early do you arrive at the theatre: Either right at call time or a little before. I want to be available, but I don’t want to get in the way.

Dressing room must-have: Power foods; almonds, water bottles, protein bars… and sour patch watermelons.

A show and role you would like to do: Realistically, Mimi in Rent. Unrealistically, Cosette in Les Miserables.

If you were in NY for 4 hours what show would you see: Oh gosh. Lion King for the spectacle, Newsies and Mary Poppins for the fun and The Book of Mormon for the laughs.

The best part of waking up is: Smelling the eggs and bakey.

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to: Anastasia is my cousins name, and the nicknames are endless. And they aren’t ridiculous like, “Ki” (k-eye) or “Ah” (uh).

Favorite food: Mexican, Greek, Asian. Anything from the above three.

If you could meet a Broadway legend, living or dead, who would you meet: Heather Headly!!!

Worst costume: I was in a staged production of Narina. The costume consitited of styrofome horns clipped to me=y head and a wool overcoat. Which in turn, all fell of during a rousing rendition of, “Turkish, Turkish, Delight”.

First stage kiss: Have not actually had one yet! Any takers? 😉

One lesson you have learned while working in the theatre: Never try to direct your scene partner or ensemble members around the stage. It is entirely the director’s job to do this. I have learned the hard way, and I also hate it when it happens to me.

Most unplanned moment or funniest unscripted moment that happened to you while onstage: During a production of Annie that I was in, an orphan became a little frightened and peed on the stage. During, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”. We all kind of mistook the pee for the water coming from the mop buckets…. I guess more disgusting then funny now that I think about it.

Pre-show ritual:  I imagine that I am watching myself in the audience. If I can somehow “fool” myself and really envision me watching “Leah”, or whatever character, I know I’m doing a good job

*Biggest pet peeve: When people lock their car doors after you’ve gotten in. I guess they think I at some point during the journey I will throw myself from the moving vehicle?

One piece of advice for those who are aspiring to work in the theatre: Work for yourself. Be your own advocator and be your own agent. You know what you are good at, and you know what will work for you. You cannot just sit around and wait for the “big break” to come to you. Get out there, be heard, be seen, and be great.

One of the many things that has made this rehearsal process so wonderful for me is working with a group people who are funny, smart, witty, and unbelievably talented.

I talk about my castmates all the time, but I failed to do a proper introduction. So I asked each of them to fill out a short Q & A to help you get to know them a little better. Each day next week, I will post the answers from a different cast member, leading to my personal answers on Friday. First up on Monday you’ll hear from Kiah McKirnan, who plays the role of Leah.

Below are the questions I sent to my castmates. I would love to hear your answers to these questions, too! Please leave your answers in the comments section below. And if you have any questions you want to ask my castmates, director, or me, please write me at Beautifulthingchicago20@gmail.com

Until next time, have a Beautiful day!

 

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Dressing room must-have:

A show and role you would like to do:

If you were in NY for 4 hours what show would you see:

The best part of waking up is:

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to:

Favorite food:

If you could meet a Broadway legend, living or dead, who would you meet:

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One lesson you have learned while working in the theatre:

Most unplanned moment or funniest unscripted moment that happened to you while onstage:

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One piece of advice for those who are aspiring to work in the theatre:

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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!

I must apologize for not posting an update recently; my schedule has been rather hectic. I promise I will post at least twice a week, more if I can.

“Leah” Kiah Mckirnan

Rehearsals are moving right along. We still don’t have a stage manager, but we are getting along just fine without one. That’s not to say that we don’t NEED one, I’m just saying that we have managed fine without one. If we don’t have a stage manager by tech week, I will start to get extremely nervous.

Each rehearsal we have been taking a few pages from the script and working on blocking and character. Aside from a few minor “bumps,” the blocking rehearsals have gone smoothly. The most challenging rehearsal to date came last Saturday when we reviewed everything that we blocked so far. We were asked to be off book for this rehearsal so we could focus on acting instead of looking down at our script. A couple of my castmates had their lines memorized, but the rest of the cast, myself included, needed to carry our script pages at various times throughout the rehearsal. We ran everything a couple times and for the most part it went really well. We are making progress!!!

Because of my big mouth, we now have a running cow joke at every rehearsal. More on that another time.

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Happy opening from the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing!

The cast and crew of Beautiful Thing take a stand against bullying and show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.  For more information on GLAAD, click on the image below.

We now have two blocking rehearsals under our belt.  During our rehearsal on Tuesday, we blocked another fight scene, this one between Kiah (Leah) and Michelle (Sandra).

The rehearsal would have been shorter if we all hadn’t kept laughing.  At one point, we had a conversation about naming each person in our cast after a Disney character.  We also discussed how to make the pot smoking in the show look as realistic as possible.  Some other topics discussed: post-Christmas Boxing Day party, being Jewish, and leather bars.  Just another typical Beautiful Thing rehearsal.

Tomorrow, the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing show their support for GLADD’s Spirit Day. Until then, have a beautiful day!

On Broadway, there is the tradition of shows that are currently in production sending “Happy Opening Night!” letters to a show when it opens. This tradition has not yet made its way to Chicago; there are anywhere from 5-10 shows opening each week and sending a letter to each one would be time-consuming and costly.  Nevertheless, I’m hoping to help establish that tradition here.  I have decided to send out two “Happy Opening Night!” letters a week from now until Beautiful Thing opens in January.  These shows will be picked at random, unless someone within our production would like us to send one to a particular show.  

Up first is Kinky Boots, which opens today.  We all signed the letter at our rehearsal last night and I both faxed and sent the hard copy via snail mail to the theater.  But may I say here as well, happy opening from the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing! 

(**I must apologize to my castmate Patrick Rybarczyk, who did not get a chance to sign the letter.  We were supposed to do this at our rehearsal on Saturday, but I forgot.)

Until next time, have a beautiful day!