This past weekend I had a wonderful experience performing in a brilliant musical called Ordinary Days written by Adam Gwon. It was part of the Stripped Festival at Oklahoma City University. Stripped is a student-run company on campus that puts on low budget shows; no costumes, no microphones, no stipends with very limited rehearsal time. In essence it's stripped to the bones of the show... Get it? Stripped?
Anyway, I auditioned for the festival in December and was cast in a four person show (2m, 2w) and after only a few rehearsals we opened. It was such a positive experience. I got to belt to the high heavens which is always fun while playing a quirky, fun character named Deb. We were hoping to get Mr. Gwon out to see our show but sadly he had his own concert at the Kennedy Center as part of the "Broadway: Today and Tomorrow" series. Go Adam!!!! This is his bio taken from the Kennedy Center website:
Adam Gwon is a composer and lyricist, and recipient of the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting. His musical Ordinary Days recently enjoyed a sold-out run at the Finborough Theatre in London, after making its world premiere at Pennsylvania Centre Stage and appearing in the 2008 NAMT Festival of New Musicals and the 2008 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop. His other musicals include Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with librettist Julia Jordan) and Ethan Frome.
He is currently working on an original musical with playwright Sarah Hammond, commissioned by Broadway Across America, and an adaptation of Joe Meno’s “The Boy Detective Fails,” commissioned by Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, as part of its American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation. Adam was a 2006-07 musical theater fellow at the Dramatists Guild, and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
Check out www.adamgwon.com
His site is pretty awesome and he's definitely someone that you want to keep your eye on.
It's so exciting to do new works and to feel like maybe, in some small way, I'm a part of something larger. As for our production of Ordinary Days, our show was received very well and although we were the smallest show in the festival, cast-wise, we definitely held our own in my opinion. It was such a pleasure to be performing and working with such talented artists. It was truly a pleasure working with all of them. Here's a photo of three of us after the show. I haven't a clue where Nathan was but here's 75% of our cast going strong.