Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Theater Role (And Most Interesting Makeup) Ever

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Introducing myself as Jiminy Cricket during my first appearance on the stage in Pinocchio.
So, here's the thing. I was a total theater geek back in the day. (All right, I still am, I just haven't performed in awhile.) But I am super proud of my theater background and wouldn't trade any of the experiences I had onstage for ANYTHING. All right, that being said ... my favorite role of all time was definitely Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. Take a look back with me at some of my favorite photos (and a video!) of my experience playing the role, like the one above -- and check out the awesomely crazy makeup I got to wear, too.

I was 9 years old when I landed this role at my old theater, Beachwood Community Theater, and it immediately (and forevermore) became my most beloved. I just absolutely loved being Jiminy Cricket, and he's definitely become my favorite Disney character of all time. (I will say that I love Disney ANYWAY, but I really don't tend to collect anything Disney-related except for a very small, curated collection of Jiminy figurines and stuffed animals. Seriously, it's not a collection of scary proportions.)

Here I am during my first scene, when I introduce myself to the audience and sing "When You Wish Upon a Star" ...



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"When you get in trouble and you don't know right from wrong, give a little whistle!"

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Taking my final bow in the curtain call. This was a sublime moment!

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I couldn't help but grin as I was given a rose after my performance! (Like that ribbon and button sweatshirt?)

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Check out that green leotard and green tights (dyed by my awesome mom) ... AND that fabulous green makeup! Do I look enough like a cricket for you?

9 comments:

  1. Awwww, I love this post! Super cute look back! :)

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  2. You are the cutest cricket I've ever seen :D! So cool you still have these pictures and video!

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  3. Oh my gosh you were too cute! You did a great job too. I was so shy at that age I couldn't have performed like you did.

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