Rehearsals & Classes & Shows, Oh My…

It’s been awhile… So what have I been up to you ask?

Still improvising with Nashville Improv Company… In the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of performing in two of regular short-form schedule shows, two long-form experimental shows (which included, among other things, a beautiful Harold from a guest monologue opening, a D&D themed piece that incorporated audience participation throughout, & what NIC calls a Revolver, which is akin to a La Ronde), and two corporate events. Our next show is Saturday (4/19) at 7pm, so come out!

I just completed a three week run of a show called ‘It’s Murder in the Wings!’ with the Brentwood Towne Centre Theatre, directed by Jim Himelrick. It was a broad comedy farce of a murder mystery in which I played an undercover NYPD cop who was posing as a southern belle named Bobby June. Very fun people in the cast & I got to use two ridiculous accents in one show, so good times 🙂

'It's Murder in the Wings!' Cast
Fun cast photo of ‘It’s Murder in the Wings!’
Mary Claire as Bobby June
Sitting pretty as Bobby June in ‘It’s Murder in the Wings!’ at Towne Centre Theatre

I’ve also been taking Meisner technique classes with Vali Forrister at The Actor’s Bridge, which has been fantastic. I really lucked out on fantastic classmates – my scene partners have been a pleasure to work with – and Vali is inspiring. Studying a formal technique like Meisner is something that has always scared me a little, but it has been a relief & very productive thus far – I feel like I’m in good hands.

Last but not least, I just started rehearsals for a production of ‘A Bad Year for Tomatoes’ at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, directed by Martha Wilkinson. I will be playing Willa, a woman who fancies herself a witch. So that will be fun! This will be my first show with Chaffin’s.