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My Acting Debut

Well here it is, my first time ever on a stage, and performing a monologue to boot. A little back story first. Awhile back in late 2013, the San Juan Islands (where we have our cabin) experienced a phone and internet outage caused by a severed cable that lasted for ten days. You can read about here! My good friend, Kevin Hillstrom, a budding playwright wrote a play about the outage and poked a little fun at it. He asked me if I would star in it. I said sure although I have never acted before. It was to be performed during the Playwrights “On the Fringe” at the San Juan Community Theater. He went out on a limb with the theater director because I couldn’t come up for the rehearsals, she never met me until the day before the first show, had no idea how it would work, was worried because I was going to go off script and ad lib some of the lines, and the other actors were thinking Kevin was get some preferential treatment. But he managed to persuade her and emailed me the script and let me know where I could just ad lib and ramble within it. So after looking it over for a while, and putting my thespian hat on, here is the result below,  no real rehearsal and no real experience. I think we did a fine job. Thanks to Kevin for writing a great and funny script and Julie Laidlaw for allowing us to “wing it”.

Hello……???

Rrriiiiinnnnggg,
rrriiiinnnngg,

‘Hello?’

‘Hi honey. This is daddy. Is mommy near the
phone?’

‘No, daddy. She’s upstairs in the bedroom
with Uncle Gabe.’

After a brief pause, daddy says,
‘But honey, you haven’t
got an Uncle Gabe.’

‘Oh yes I do, and he’s upstairs in the room
with mommy, right now..’

Brief Pause……….

‘Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to
do. Put the phone down on the table, run upstairs and knock on the bedroom door
and shout to mommy that daddy’s car just pulled into the driveway.’

‘Okay, daddy, just a minute.’

A few minutes later the little girl comes back to the phone.

‘I did it, daddy.’

‘And what happened, honey?’

‘Well, mommy got all scared, jumped out of
bed with no clothes on and ran around screaming. Then she tripped over the rug,
hit her head on the dresser and now she isn’t moving at all!’

‘Oh my God!!! What about your Uncle Gabe?’

‘He jumped out of the bed with no clothes on, too. He was all scared and he jumped
out of the back window and into the swimming pool. But I guess he didn’t know
that you took out the water last week to clean it.’

 

‘He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he’s dead.’

Long Pause………..

Longer Pause……….

Even Longer Pause………….

Then daddy says, ‘Swimming pool?’

‘Is this 486-5731?’

No, I think you have the wrong
number…….!

Joe The Dummy

We were on an Alaskan cruise watching this guy Brad Cummings do his ventriloquist act. He picked on me cause I was in the front row, then called me up into his act! It was unrehearsed, unscripted, and I just winged it on a prayer! Had the whole ship in tears and was famous just so ever briefly!

More on our Alaskan cruise will be coming soon!

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