January started off with a bang with two 10-day rounds of antibiotics for tonsilitis that did not want to go away!! Not really how I wanted to start the year, but luckily I caught it early so I did have to stop singing to my hearts content.
This month I only saw four shows, which is definitely low for me. What I lacked in numbers I made up for with amazing, interesting and once in a lifetime theatre experiences. The year started off with a bang seeing Christian Slater in Glengarry Glen Ross. Up next was one of the most unreal theatre experiences of my life, Bryan Cranston and Michelle Dockery in the best hybrid of live theatre and film I have ever seen. Network utilized the entire theatre and even the outside of the National to bring to life this adapted screenplay. The camera work was unreal and there was a full restaurant on the stage with actual diners!! It was wild. I will never forget this show. Bryan Cranston was living and breathing the script. I have never seen such a raw and honest performance. If it wasn't sold out I would have seen it 10 more times!!
The last two shows were both new british musicals. Everybody's Talking about Jamie might be one of the catchiest shows I've ever seen. I still can't get the songs out of my head. I bought the recording and it the songs are now my workout tunes! I highly recommend taking a listen. My only sadness is the recording doesn't feature the original cast, and I am missing the epic vocals of Lucie Shorthouse. She is a flipping beast. Last up was The Grinning Man, a retelling of Victor Hugo's classic. The puppetry was unreal and so beautiful. The set took over the entire theatre and the procenium was a huge creepy smile stretching out in the audience. Visually the show was stunning, but I was expecting the experience to be overall darker. There was almost moments of pantomime which I did not expect. Louis Maskell's physicality and voice were out of this world though.
On my end I've been working on a few things. At the beginning of February I'm taking part in an awesome cabaret, If You Can Dream featuring the music of Disney and Animated Classics(hence my obsession with Disney music lately!!). Basically if you're not here you are not missing out because all the songs I'm singing have been featured in my recordings. It's been really great meeting other performers and collaborating with them. We've had a few rehearsals and I think it's going to be a really fun night. Spoiler alert there is a full Disney Medley and it's pretty epic.
I also started going to a masterclass to try and get over some of my audition anxiety. Over the past few years I've found it's gotten a little out of control. I know nerves are a normal part of auditioning, but lately it's definitely sabotaged me to an extreme. I thought these classes would help, just getting out there and working on music in front of a group of strangers....but it hasn't exactly done that. You've got to keep trucking though. This is just a new hurdle that I need to learn to control and conquer. If anyone has any tips I will totally take them!!
Overall January was a really great start to the year. I've challenged myself and learnt a lot in the process. I have a feeling February is going to take it to the next level though!