If I had to admit one of my music guilty pleasures, I'd have to say that's it's musicals. I did a lot of theatre and choir in high school and I've always loved musicals and they're ability to tell great stories through music and acting. I've known about Wicked for several years and have listened to the Original Cast Recording numerous times, so I was thrilled when I found out the national tour of Wicked would be coming through Oklahoma City to the Civic Center.
I was also really excited when I found out I would have a chance to talk with one of the cast members of the 'Wicked' tour and today I had a chance to sit down and talk with David Nathan Perlow who plays Fiyero! This is David's first time in Oklahoma City and we talked about what it's like being on the road and just what he does when he's not on stage.
"I have a dog so I hang out with my dog and I'm kind of a creature of habit so I wake up, I go the gym six or seven days of the week...but you know, if I can check out a cool restaurant here and there I do."
We also discussed everything that goes into a show that's as massive as Wicked.
"We give tours sometimes and they say there's as much choreography going on backstage as there is onstage. We have seventy-five dressers, locals, all kinds of crew guys back there tugging on these pulleys making sure the sets are coming on and off as they should be."
And David assures me that you are getting the full Broadway production when you see the tour at the Civic Center.
"Sometimes there's a misconception that the tour is somehow a mini version of the Broadway show but Broadway tours at this level you're getting the same show you get at the Gershwin on 50th street [in New York City]," David said, continuing "We have the same set, we have the same directors, we have the same dance team come in to check on us, it's the same creative team, and half the cast that we have out here has done it on Broadway."
There's a lot more that David and I talked about including meeting expectations of fans who are coming to see the show for the first time but have listened to the Original Cast Recording hundreds of times, how long it takes to do all the makeup that the cast has to wear, and how you can get a private acting lesson from David himself (hint: e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hear the entire chat below and make sure you get your tickets to see 'Wicked' before it leaves town on September 22nd by calling 1-800-869-1451, at the Civic Center Box Office, or online at CelebrityAttractions.com! Also make sure you check out the 'Wicked' lottery - A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Civic Center Music Hall box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.
I'll be checking out the show this Sunday and I can't wait!!
In less than two weeks, I'll be competing in the 2013 RedMan 1/2 iron-distance triathlon. I attempted this race two years ago and actually did manage to finish despite some setbacks in the weeks leading up to the race. My final time was just over 15 hours and when I was done I swore up and down that I would never do it again.
Over the next year (2012), I got lazy with my eating and exercising and put on about 50 pounds which was nearly everything I lost leading up to the 2011 RedMan. I realized in February that I was headed down a really bad path again and I was in a lot of denial about my weight gain, so I did some research and found out about a low-card diet known as a Keto diet, so named because of the ketones your body produces as a result of little to no carbs in your system throughout the duration of the diet.
I started losing weight and feeling really good about myself and so in April I decided that I wanted to once again attempt the RedMan triathlon. I contacted my trainer and friend Ryan Ellis from Conquer Training and asked him to put together a training plan for me. I also reached out to Steve Schlegel, owner of Schlegel Bicycles at 900 N. Broadway in Oklahoma City, and let him know that his offer of letting me use the beautiful yellow Giant road bike he gave me on permanent loan would not go to waste in 2013.
Two years ago, I did all my swim training in a lap pool in the neighborhood where my parents live. That was all well and good and I'm greatful that I was given the opportunity to use it, but I never knew what the actual distance of the pool was. I thought it was a 25 yard pool and as it turns out, it's really closer to 10 or 15 yards. So in 2011 I grossly under-trained for the swim portion of the RedMan and it showed when I struggled just to finish the swim. I vowed that I wouldn't let myself go through that again and so I bought a swim pass from Oklahoma City Community College and I've spent all summer there swim training.
This single change has really paid off for me, as I was able to accurately plan out my swim distances for each training session and I can tell that I'm far more prepared for the swim portion of the RedMan this year than I was two years ago. In fact, today I swam about 90% of the total distance (1.2 miles) and felt great. No cramping or struggling like I did in my first RedMan swim. Of course, RedMan is in Lake Hefner which is a lot different than a pool but at the end of the day, I think the distances are the most important rather than the environment.
One afternoon I was swimming and as I was finishing up, I was approached by a photographer from OCCC's Pioneer student paper. He asked if he could take some shots of me swimming and I happily obliged. When we were done he got my info but I neglected to get his. Fortunately I was able to reach out the the Pioneer online and e-mailed them inquiring about the photo. I wasn't sure they were going to use it or if they'd even still have it, but today I received an e-mail that not only did they have it, but they ran it in the paper as well! They sent me the photo that I led this blog title with and I have to thank Ronna Austin for sending me the photo as well as Grant VanWinkle and the Pioneer for allowing me to use it for my blog.
I will say that if you ever want to swim for recreation or train for any kind of athletic event that involves swimming, I cannot recommend OCCC's Aquatic Center enough. It's a great facility and there's a reason that it's used all the time for premiere swim events in central Oklahoma.
I'll be updating more about my training and everything else surrounding the RedMan 2013, so keep checking back for more or come check out the event on Saturday, September 21st at 7:15am at Lake Hefner!
Wednesday we kicked off the 2013 school year at Yukon High School with Frito's Back-2-School Bash with Cody Simpson! Yukon had the most votes for their school and we came out and brought it big and gave everyone a reason to actually go to class!!
This was the only stop that Cody made in Oklahoma City and everyone at Yukon High School was awesome and had a great time! Big thanks to the principal Mrs. Barlow and the activities director Mr. Andrews for all their hard work and help! Also, I need to give a big thanks to DJ Saad for bangin' the beats before and after Cody performed!
Finally, a massive shoutout to all the students of Yukon High School that made Frito's Back-2-School Bash an event to remember! We really appreciate it...GO MILLERS!!
What you see in the picture above is one of the most famous set pieces for the musical Wicked, opening tomorrow night at the Civic Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The picture depicts the Clock of the Time Dragon, a religious icon in the book "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire of the Pleasure Faith, or Pfaith. It's an important element of the book, slightly less so in the stage show, but is still an amazing set piece and really transforms the theatre from just a stage to a whole new world - Oz.
I had the chance today to go see the load-in of the sets and lighting for Wicked: The Musical. Having been in theatre in high school and college, this was a really amazing experience. I've seen several shows at the Civic Center but I've never had a chance to stand on their stage and it's funny how all stages seem to have the same feel and smell and I felt right at home. In my time there, I was able to see the beginnings of the set-up of the backdrops, set pieces, flys, lights, sound, and more. I also learned some cool stuff about the production:
Have you voted yet for your school to win Frito's Back-2-School Bash with Cody Simpson?! There's just over a week left of voting, so make sure you tell all your friends to go vote for your school to win! In case you want to know how your school is going, here are the top 6 schools as of today:
1. Westmoore High School
2. Yukon High School
3. Edmond Memorial High School
4. Southmoore High School
5. El Reno High School
6. Mustang Horizon Intermediate
All the votes are close and there's still time, so any school could end up winning this thing, but you have to vote and have your classmates vote as well!
CLICK HERE to vote for your school and good luck!!