"Harpoon'd"

10/3/12. A new musical has kicked off. It's written by the mighty Eric March and part of Ensemble Studio Theater's Asking for Trouble Festival happening this week. (October 10-13).Yikes. It's got rich characters and sly, dry humor set in a silly, salty place. Plus tricky harmonies. Yikes again. Trying to breathe through it and drill my notes. Own them, Julie. Come on. It seems the rest of the cast (the stellar Kristin Adele, Alex Herrald, and Ethan Hova) has prodigy-like pitch perfection, so I'm swimming hard, trying to keep up. To be continued... In the meantime, it's delicious to be a part of a colorful bold mini-musical - as the characters say in its final moments: "and off we go!"

Harpoon in Asking for Trouble, Series D

Harpoon in Asking for Trouble, Series D

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10/8/12. We finished teching "Harpoon'd" tonight... so neat. And scary too. But with happier harmonies, a shimmering gong, and an aforementioned harpoon, what could go wrong? Ha. Jeremy Bloom's direction is full of color and zaniness. Three shows this week..."Yo ho yo ho yo ho da lee ho..."

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10/10/12. So, we did it. One performance of "Harpoon'd" is now under our belts. So terrifyingly fun. The audience was full of good sports and humor and seemed to have a great boating adventure with us. That said, I'm glad we have two more performances to iron out some kinks. The seas felt a bit rocky to me - particularly in the closing number - that said, I'll drill those notes in the coming day and a half and hopefully it'll be smooth sailing for the weekend's shows.

There is something delicious about singing and dancing while wearing sunglasses and jumping rope. I mean, seriously. Vanity just flies out the window, but the nice thing is that a touch-of-raucous-abandon takes its place.

One audience member said the show "made me feel ten years old again."

Yeehaw. Here's to ten.

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10/13/12 (well, really it's 10/14/12 at 12:51am)

We did it. The "Asking for Trouble" Festival closed tonight - and after having watched series C and series D today, I was pretty blown away by the writing, acting and directing on display. Some wonderful, provocative theater going on at EST these days. And we wrapped up "Harpoon'd" on a high and happy note! The audience was roaring for a good time and we tried to deliver by singing our hearts out about life on the high seas. Or lake, as the case may be.

I've always loved the ocean, but it never had a theme song for me before, until now: "Respect the Sea." Well said, Eric March.