Friday, May 22, 2009

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Flying High in Chicago

In Mid January, Aaron and I rented out our beautiful home in Las Vegas to move into a small studio in Old Town Chicago. Gail began her rehearsals for the National Tour of Mary Poppins soon after. In the mean time, Aaron booked a show with the local Children's Theatre. You may have heard of it: Pinocchio! We are busy at work. Gail plays several different characters in Mary Poppins and also understudies the title character as well as Winifred, the mother. This past weekend, Gail had the blessing of playing Mary Poppins. Many dear friends from Wisconsin came to see her debut as well as family. Amy, Libby, Ben, and Shelly made it out to see the show and got the bonus of seeing Aaron as the Fox in Pinocchio, too! It was a magical weekend that ended in Gail Flying over the heads of her fans up to the roof of the audience at the end of Mary Poppins. Dreams come true!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Christmas Carol!

I just got a new job. I am playing Belle in "A Christmas Carol" at the Kodak Theatre ( where the oscars are broadcast) Dec 22-Jan 4. The cast includes Jane Leeves (Daphne from Frasier), Christopher Lloyd,  and John Goodman. Oh, my Good friend Rob Moffat is Young Ebenezer. Hilarious! See if you can guess who's bum this is. (Photo courtesy of Christmas Carol rehearsals)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Year in Review

2008 has been one of the most fantastic years of our lives. We have been incredibly blessed with amazing work, lots of travel, and tons of exciting experiences. It was also a year of firsts. Here is a quick overview. 

January marked the beginning of our voice-over careers. We spent 2 months working on our demos with the queen of voice-over work, Alice Whitfield. She produced amazing demos for both of us and a dual demo to promote us as a packaged deal. Alice is the best in the business so it was no surprise that we had a great time working all year in the industry. We sure do love doing it! 

February was a month of major change. I closed Mel Brooks' The Producers mid way through the month. I had spent 13 months working on the show, so it felt like we were saying goodbye to family. One week later, Aaron began rehearsals for Monty Python's Spamalot. (We have been in comedy heaven moving from Mel Brooks to Monty Python.) It was a dream come true for Aaron to work with theatre legends such as Peter Lawrence, Casey Nicholaw, and Mike Nichols. Aaron got to play opposite John O'Hurley (of Seinfeld fame) as Patsy. So, as Producers closed, we had to vacate the apartment that the production gave us to live in while we were in the show. SOOO, we found and bought a fantastic brand new house in North Las Vegas! We love our house so much and have great plans for it in the future. We actually didn't close on our house until March, so we had the pleasure of living with our dear friend Rob Moffat for several months. 

March ushered in the actual opening of Spamalot. We spent the rest of our time picking out flooring, waiting in escrow, and packing and unpacking once we were able to move in, and shopping for furniture.

In April, we got to go to Gail's brother's wedding and be reunited with the entire family. It was  a wonderful time. Late in the month, Aaron shipped Gail off to Massachussettes to do another production of The Producers at North Shore Music theatre. It was very difficult for us to be apart for 6 weeks, reminded us how much we mean to each other. This put us through May and into ..

June: the month that began the summer of endless visitors. We had a blast entertaining siblings, friends and in...

July, Gail's parents came to visit us for the first time in Las Vegas. We played and played until we dropped. Sadly, July 13 was the last show of Spamalot. In late July Aaron, once again, sent Gail off to the East Coast again. This time it was to Maine where Gail got to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Ogunquit playhouse. She starred opposite Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Conrad John Schuck, Nancy Dussault, and a fabulous cast. The show was even written up in The Wall Street Journal where Gail got rave reviews. 

August: Aaron joined Gail on the East Coast to explore Maine and explore they did. They were guests at a fabulous resort on a private island off the Maine Coast. They fell in love with Maine and made many lifelong friends. Included in this trip was a day in Boston and several trips to the beach. 

September brought along much change as well. Gail flew from Maine to San Diego to begin rehearsals for Nine. She rehearsed for only a week and a half before opening. Aaron visited again and we were able to explore the world famous San Diego Zoo, Coronado, and Universal Studios together.

October was the first time both of us were able to enjoy our house together for a long time. We loved working on our house and having fun with Halloween as we continued auditioning. 

in November, Aaron shot several commercials and we spent a lot of time back and forth to Utah spending time with family. Aaron was also flown to New York by Disney Theatricals and put up in a 4 star hotel for the weekend. They invited him to a puppet workshop for their stage production of The Lion King. He was the only person at the workshop for the role of Timon. They told him they will most likely be using him in the National Tour of the show sometime next year. Thanksgiving was a chance to enjoy the company of Aaron's entire family in Utah. We were so grateful to spend time laughing and eating to our hearts desires.  

December has already been very eventful. We celebrated our 2nd anniversary! Time has flown by! 

We are very much looking forward to an eventful 2009. In January, Gail begins rehearsals for the National tour of Mary Poppins in which she will be understudying the title role of Mary Poppins as well as the role of Winifred.  We can't wait to begin this new adventure together in Chicago. 

We love you all and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!