Here is the latest on the musical theatre happenings in Charleston involving Mary Fishburne, a graduate of Northwestern High in Rock Hill Schools. If you are in Charleston, go to one of her shows!
Much to report for summer!
I hope that everyone is well and staying cool. Here is a chronological report of what I’ve been up to and what is next.
April/May: I spent 3 weeks in New York City studying under the expert company members of Fiasco Theatre Company in their Acting Intensive Workshop. With the opportunities and responsibilities that I’m so lucky to keep having here in Charleston, I want to make sure that I’m doing all that I can to be polished and educated. If you’re in NYC this winter or spring, don’t miss Fiasco’s Into the Woods on Broadway.
The workshop was wonderful but the smells of NY and subway motion were tough because of something that I call my “situation”. I am 4 months into a 9-month situation. It’s a boy, which should be fun. The weeks spent in NYC were pretty sickly, so if you’re a NY friend or teacher reading this, that’s why I didn’t call.
In April, my private students who are seniors heard back from their top-choice colleges, and ALL received scholarships in either theatre or music. Some aren’t necessarily planning to pursue this after college, but it pays (literally) to have arts education. I must brag, as the likelihood of this happening again is somewhat low.
May: I was cast in Pure Theatre’s new comedy, Folly Beach. Sadly but understandably, the run extends into mid-August, and costuming around my situation would be too tricky. I can’t wait to see the show and highly recommend it.
Also in May, I performed in the opera Hansel and Gretel. It was wonderful singing classically and promoting and preserving the art of opera among young audiences. It is adapted for children and will be performed next at The Library Society on Sept. 14th at 2 p.m. Yes, it will look like Gretel hit the gingerbread house a little too hard.
Piccolo Spoleto got away from us, so we decided to pull Girl Singer from the line-up. We want to give it more attention and care before it returns next time, which will tentatively be early 2015. I can hardly wait!. Clips of two of the five singers are on my website.
June: Rehearsals for Aida are in full-swing. I’m directing 20 high-schoolers in this production with (much needed and much appreciated) help from Thomas Keating and various choreographers in town. Though stressful, I look around multiple times a day and can’t believe my good fortune to be leading such a group. The performances are July 2nd and 3rd and School of the Arts at 7:00. FREE. Here’s a rehearsal clip.
July: There’s a new theatre in town, 34 West. I will be in their first show, a 60s-inspired evening filled with songs from the era. One reason I agreed to this is because my character is pregnant!
July 7-11th: Teaching in Broadway Boot Camp. See below.
August: Due to its sold-out run and the high demand for its return, 13 is coming back to the Woolfe Street Playhouse!!!! My dad is filled with compliments, so his endorsements lose some credibility, but my mom, the most critical, called the show, “The most fun I’ve had in years.” Geoff says, “I saw it twice, not just because my wife made me.” The people sitting next to my mom opening night were from out of town, knew no one in the cast, and got on their phones during intermission to buy tickets for that weekend to see it again before they left for Missouri. August 1st-3rd. DON’T. MISS. IT.
Also in August, Immanuel (Manny) Houston and I will be giving a concert where we both impersonate many singers in history. There are over 30 singers that we collectively impersonate, and we are having such fun rehearsing for what I believe will be a very fun and entertaining evening. My Celine Dion songs are getting stronger each day, and his Ray Charles is already concert-ready. It will be at 34 West Theatre on Aug. 14th-16th at 8:00. TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT HERE. To be honest, I have no idea how this is going to turn-out, but I’d love to have your support.
Lastly, sister Anne will marry Will Hamilton on August 30th.
Then, it will be the fall, and maybe I’ll send another one of these long, boring emails.
All of my best to everyone, and please be in touch.