Super excited to announce the amazing cast of Hell Is Where the Heart Is
Peggy Pope as Luisa
Art Brown as Jacob
Maureen Von Trease as Marie
Armand Anthony as Joe
Stephanie Brait as Gwen
Joe Jones as Lucifer
Colista Turner as Imamu
Jorge Acosta as Ben
and me as Liz
And more incredible talent today. The actors we saw are definitely giving us a lot to chew on - we had some tough decisions to make, but we think we've got a dream cast. I'm going to wait for the actors to accept the offers before I make any announcements regarding casting but my fingers are crossed that everyone says yes!
And the truth is, in almost everyone of these roles, the difference between first and second choice is negligible; if we get turned down by choice A choice B will still knock your socks off!
If you are an actor who was at the auditions, and you stumbled on the blog; thank you so much for coming in and sharing your gift. If you were at the callbacks, know that we struggled (and in some cases are still struggling) with who to go with: you were REALLY GOOD. (And if you weren't at the callbacks, it doesn't mean you weren't good, cause for the most part, you really were - we just had to force ourselves to limit the number of people to see again, due to time constraints.)
Anyway - here's to some fine acting! Thanks for making my words come to life!
First - thanks to William and Kaylene for their help today!
And - wow - we saw some great actors/actresses today. And there are a couple of really hard choices to make. On the other hand, there were a couple of people that knocked our socks off: if they say "Yes" to being in this production we will be dancing a jig with joy. Don't get me wrong - the runners up on those roles are pretty amazing too - these very fine, very funny people "brought it" and I'm thrilled!
Why am I calling it LifeDream Productions? Not that you're asking - but why not ask it? I'm ready to answer!
Anyway the quick and easy answer is that prior to the reading we did last year, the play had a working title of "Life is but a Dream" and was saved in many of it's incarnations as lifedream. So when I was thrust into role of producer, I quickly latched onto that as a great name for my production company.
And on the surface that's a decent answer. It was kind of a gut decision, but in retrospect, it's one that I'm glad I made.
It resonates with me on so many levels. It has been a life long dream to be acting and to be involved in theatre on many levels. And more specifically, getting this play produced was on my list for this spring. One way or another I wanted it done - and like in a dream, the universe has made it pretty easy to proceed.
Plus the play is all about dreams and the nature of reality.
On top of that, I encourage people - my friends, my family AND my clients - to follow their dreams. There are so many voices urging us to be sensible. Our parents want us to choose security. Our family and friends want us to be normal, to get a good job that has benefits, to grow up and settle down. And so often, the growing up and settling down means giving up and settling for. I don't believe you have to settle. I don't believe you need to give up your dreams in order to be responsible. And I don't believe God gives you a talent because he/she expects you to bury it. If you've got a gift, it's meant to be shared. Happy people make others happy. Joyful people spread joy.
So live your life the way you dream it.
Wow. What a week! Things are moving and I'm loving it. We are having casting sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and we have a full docket of actors scheduled to come in. Sorting through the submissions has been fun and challenging and I'm really looking forward to seeing what these people bring to the table.
For those of you who find me here through the kickstarter update regarding fundraising, you might have guessed that the immediate need to finance Hell Is... was one of the reasons I finally created a website. But I have been putting off doing this for ages! So I'm actually kind of happy that the kickstarter fundraiser failed, as it pushed me to finally take action and make a website for my creative self. (The hypnotherapy website has been up for years now and needs a serious revamping. But at least I made one and have kept it updated an a fairly regular basis - my presence online as an actor/writer/whatever has been less consistent, to say the least.)
And speaking of hypnotherapy, I've been really busy with my practice, which is exciting in a whole different way. I feel like I'm really helping people and that is definitely a motivator for me. The journey has been interesting - when I first started practicing, I tried to keep my two lives seperate. I didn't think my clients would trust me if they thought I was still an actress, and I was afraid that if people in the industry knew me as a therapist, they wouldn't consider me an artist. What I've discovered is that I can own both; that they don't have to be seperate. And by allowing myself to integrate these different aspects of myself, I am better at both.
Anyway...I'm blogging. Right now it'll probably focus on this production of Hell is Where the Heart Is, but in the future who knows what I'll decide to write about. I'll be filling in those other pages as well - and it should be soon.
And thanks for reading!
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