Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk wrote a beautiful musical called The Mad Ones, about a teenage girl dealing with the grief of the loss of her best friend. After seeing a heap of fan art over the work, and dealing with a pandemic where live theatre is not possible, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk decided to explore how far we can take virtual theatre and created The Mad Ones Lab. Chosen participants from all over the world (seriously, one of my castmates is Brazilian and living in Ireland), were given the opportunity to take sections of the show (for free!) and create something beautiful with it. I was chosen to play Beverly, Sam's mother, in two of these projects and am sharing the link to one of them. Director Randi Hickey (Philadelphia) and her team created a poignant yet humorous piece using water color animation. Take a look and listen to it HERE. AND you can check out this clip with commentary from Jenni Barber, who was the show's original Sam. The Mad Ones lab was a truly special experience and I am thrilled I got to play even a small part.
Here's to more of it!
When not pandemibaking...
I have finally started a website! I just got these beautiful new headshots done by L Morgan Lee of BLUEphotography, and at last have a place to display them.
I've also been getting this self-tape thing DOWN. Madison Avenue Baptist Church, with whom I've been the alto for going on twelve years, like most churches, has gone virtual, so we are making videos of solos and hymns for the time being. (Someday, I'll release an outtake reel.)
There've been other opportunities, as well, for practicing this process: virtual choir and concert videos.
I've been lucky enough to work with Prospect Theatre Company and, thus, was asked to be part of their lovely video featuring Peter Mills' tune "Two Buoys". (I come in with the alto part and drums>)
Next, a dear friend - a jazz musician and choir director, presently living in Italy - started up Singers Without Borders and asked me to be part of this uplifting number: How Can I Keep From Singing?
Lastly, The Rigano Songbook asked 42(!) of their closest friends to help out with this wonderful song about an all too relevant and growing segment of our lives as we try to communicate with proper social distancing: Screen To Screen
The Rigano has a concert planned for 3/13...and then the world shut down. But far be it for them to not have a show. Yes, the Ides of March Extravaganza is now the Ides of APRIL and will be in virtual form. When those videos go up, I'll be sure to share here.
In the meantime, contact me here if you would like me to be part of YOUR virtual - and/or, eventually, LIVE - project.
Alexandra de Suze is a singer, actor, drummer who also writes a bit and occasionally makes silly videos