TLDR; pics from the "Goblins!" shows & the link to watch it is in my bio!
In #Olamot 2018, I played 2 roles (they couldn't get enough of me, really) in the new production called "Goblins!" Based on "Nine Goblins" by T. Kingfisher.
One of my characters is a happy-go-bad-lucky-now-probably-dead goblin and the other super-spanish-badass-elf.
In exactly a year (I had the audition for #dramagic in 02.04.17) I got to be a part of two amazing productions.
Enjoy the amazing pictures by @ironvoan_art
This concludes my little batch of favorites from Until World's End: seven photos for seven days on the island. Due to the lighting we only got the black and white version of some of the photos, this one included, and while I'd have loved to see some of them in color this one is just perfect for the moment it captured; one of the darker - perhaps the single darkest - moments in Jenna's journey, as well as in the story as a whole. I wrote "Darkness" for UWE, but it goes deeper than that for me - it's one of the most personal songs I've written, inspired by my own darkest moments. But Jenna got out the other side. I got out, chipped, but not broken, and stronger than ever before. And so can you.
This photo, aside from being absolutely gorgeous, means a lot to me - not necessarily due to the moment it shows as much as for what it represents. It's easy to paint the world black and white - especially in fantasy tales that give us distinct hero vs. villain situations - but what I find most interesting is often the grey. The light inside the darkness, and the darkness inside the light. It's a concept I find myself constantly revisiting in my work, and one I feel I'll never stop exploring. In this picture, light battles darkness, inside and out, as the battle over Jenna's soul rages on.
What If ended up being one of my favorite UWE songs, and I think a big part of that was how it ended up sounding, and looking. I remember how filled I was with a sense of urgency throughout this song, up on stage, a sort of vigilance that was exactly what I intended for the characters to feel when writing it. I like how through the right moment, combined with the right angle, you get a sense of the intensity of the scene.
This photo was taken by @sam_sparkling_time during "I'm Here", quite possibly my favorite song from the production and one that is very dear to my heart. Through some of my hardest times, I found comfort in Darren Criss's (and StarKid's) song, "Not Alone", so much so that I have since had it tattooed as an eternal reminder. "I'm Here" became my personal version of it. I wanted to write a song that might help others the way Not Alone helped me, a song I could send to a loved one when they're struggling to show them just how much they mean to me, and remind them that they're not alone, that I'm here for them, that I am not giving up on them and sure as hell not going to let them give up on themselves. In its core, this song holds the things I wish someone had told me, when I was at my worst.
I like this one because it's a group photo taken from a wonderful angle, capturing a few different mini-scenes at exactly the right moment. Onstage and in character I was so in that moment I couldn't possibly take in all the other happenings of the scene, especially since my eyes and focus were mostly directed away from them, and seeing this photo and others similar to it for the first time was a new experience for me as a performer and a creator. This photo was taken by @erik_preis and can also be found as part of the official Icon 2017 photo album on facebook. #UntilWorldsEnd#UntilWorldsEndTheMusical#DraMagic#DraMagicProductions#DraMagicTales
2016 and 2017 were both complex and difficult and at this point feel like they were but one long year, and among the changes they brought into my life I find I have neglected this account almost entirely. I think I simply didn't feel my life was stable enough to be documented, and as a result the musical - an experience deeply meaningful to me - went by almost completely undocumented because honestly, with all we've been through, a part of me didn't believe it was truly happening until the festival was already over and our shows with it. Changing the past is not an option, but I can still share this experience with you, and to start this year on a joyful note I'm gonna try and use these first few weeks to do exactly that. So this is the first in what will be a series of posts holding some of my favorite photos from the process, the shows and this journey as a whole.
This felt like the right photo to start with. Our beautiful cast, onstage before the show. #UntilWorldsEnd#UntilWorldsEndTheMusical#DraMagic#DraMagicProductions#DraMagicTales
At the very end of 2015 I had finished the first draft of my first original musical, Until World’s End. It would have felt like merely a few days had passed if not for the absolutely insane journey those two years held in them, at the end of which - barely three months ago - that same musical, countless changes and obstacles later, went up in the 2017 Icon Festival. This story, at its core, had been a part of me ever since I wrote a piece of fanfiction called Apocalypse back in 2012, which then transformed into an international group roleplay before finding its next incarnation in script form.
This journey, as difficult and disheartening as it may have been, was the most amazing experience of my life, and its product my greatest pride yet. It came close to breaking me at times, but was also the thing keeping me going through these past two years that were filled with so much change and uncertainty. I am eternally grateful to all those who chose to be a part of it, those who believed in this creation of mine and helped bring it to life, those who haven’t given up on me even when I started giving up on myself. This journey has taught me so much, gave me so much, it had introduced wonderful new people into my life, changed me in ways I never thought possible and revealed powers I didn’t know I had, and those are the things I wish to look back on when thinking of this past year. (This beautiful work of art is the musical's poster and album cover, done by the talented @trollworks) #Icon#IconFestival#icon2017#DraMagic#DraMagicTales#DraMagicProductions#UntilWorldsEnd#UntilWorldsEndTheMusical