No Day But Today had an extremely short-lived run. By extremely, I mean three nights. I think the cast of the show would’ve been happy to have done a three week run. Personally, I’d have done it for three months. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and definitely my most memorable time on ‘stage.’
(It was essentially a ballroom floor).
I’ve been on stage for various things since I was around three, starting with the biennial Allen School of Dance and Performing Arts school shows. The last one I did when I was eighteen, was Movie Musicals, in which I got to perform a solo dance (not my favourite one, but hey), as well as perform my legendary tap duet with my extremely talented and clever past dance partner. It was a good show, and I was invited to do a ‘leaving speech’ at the end of the show, which subsequently made the majority of my friends cry. I was all emotional, but that was now almost two years ago, and quite honestly, I don’t miss dance lessons as much as I’d think.
I played a cacophony of characters, who were technically the same person. Think of play within a play, Our Country’s Good or The Caucasian Chalk Circle-esque. In other words, a colossal mind f*ck. As the show was essentially the rehearsal process of the show (we were putting on a show called No Day But Today, in a show called No Day But Today), I played a character called Darren, who in the show within the show, played a character named Peter. Darren wasn’t necessarily dim-witted, he would just end up in his own little world more often than not. Essentially, just like me. But a little more over the top.
What I’m attempting to get at is, theatre is where I live. It may not be the career choice I’m taking, but it’s where I’ve always chosen to be alongside the normal routine of life. I know No Day But Today was my third show here with MTS, but as the MTS family feel a lot closer this year (and I’m not going to lie, NDBT was leagues better than Phantom of the Musical), so my experience was improved a million times over. After all of the shows I’ve done in my life, No Day But Today has been the one I’ve enjoyed the most- so far.
Loserville is yet to come. It’s the kind of musical I’ve always wanted to do, it’s not hugely known, which is going to make it all the more fun to learn, perform, and in your case, watch. I’m playing Marvin Camden, a guy who’s accepted his geekiness, and doesn’t shy away from the women. Me all over really. This however, will to an extent be one of my last ventures into performing on stage. Next year, I am going to be the choreographer in the society, so as soon as the curtain falls on the final night of Loserville, sh*tting a brick will be putting it lightly.
So this is it for me on stage. I’m going to miss it immensely, but with Loserville, it’s safe to say I feel like I’m going out with a bang. I don’t think people are ever going to understand how much this show is going to mean to me.
If you do, let’s make it amazing.