People keep asking me what I’m up to now that I’m finally graduated college, I thought I should write a blog about my latest endeavor.
Some years back, my father was diagnosed with colon cancer. While laying in bed recovering from his surgery, he wrote a screenplay called “Emily’s Song.” When he was diagnosed and going through all the procedures of cancer, he kept thinking what life would be like for my brother and I if he passed away and never came back. This started the inspiration for his screenplay. Not long after he wrote the script he sold it to Warner Brothers with LeAnn Rimes attached to play the lead (this was right after she’d released her huge album). After some painful years of Hollywood writers and directors changing the story, he decided to buy it back to preserve his precious baby. Since then, he’s now modified it into a play.
I’m lucky enough to be the Musical Director of his play! Not only that, but I have 5 original songs in the play!! HOW AMAZING IS THAT! My father strategically placed my songs so they are woven into the story line (He takes care of me)
Let me tell you, its been a great adventure!!! Through the intense casting process we were able to find some UNBELIEVABLE actors/actresses!!! Our leading lady-Emily- played by Lindsey Haun. I must say, this woman is a jaw dropping, goosebump inspiring actress. She’s been making me cry all through the rehearsals, she’s so fantastic. She’s been a SAG actress for 21 yrs, starting at age 3. Most recently, she plays Hadley on the TV series TrueBlood. She also toured as a singer with Toby Keith for 9 months promoting her movie Broken Bridges! Check out this wonderful song she sang for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UabGi_jZRPM Her voice is absolutely terrific, she’s got a ridonkulous range, and pipes to ROCK OUT. And, I must say, its really been inspiring to watch this woman give EVERYTHING SHE’S GOT, for every take, every run, every minute, for the last two months. Not only has she won over my ears and heart, but she’s won my respect as a professional. I feel so blessed to have her singing my songs (It makes me giddy like a lil school girl every time. ha)
In truth, the WHOLE cast is filled with the most spectacular actors!!! Every character is fricken spectacular. You can read more about them and their credits on www.EmilysSong.com
—What’s the basic jist of ‘Emily’s Song’?—
The play is about Emily, her mother dies in childbirth leaving her father, Charlie, to raise her on his own. By 10 yrs old, she’s a musical prodigy, and her relationship with her Dad is the most heart warmingly adorable thing you could ever imagine between a father and daughter. Sadly, tragedy strikes again when Charlie goes on a business trip and mysteriously disappears leaving Emily isolated and alone. As years pass, Emily’s emotional grief fuel her talent as a fast rising singer/songwriter, setting the world on fire with her soul-filled style. But just as fame finds her, true love eludes her as her fear of loss keeps her from falling in love with the man she loves. Want to find out more…? I left out the best parts on purpose Come see it!!!
Watching the run throughs of this play has been such a thrill!! Honestly, this story has EVERYTHING. It has humor, angst, love, drama, overwhelming joy. This play has it all. Here’s one of the songs thats in the play, I originally wrote it for a childhood best friend of mine that passed away, in the play, Emily writes it for the father she’s lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUd6eFFRPcw
EMILY’S SONG will begin previews on Sunday January 9 and will open on Saturday, January 15 and perform for six weeks through Sunday, February 27 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Buy tickets online herrrr: EmilysSong.com
oh, something semi-important… I’M the UNDERSTUDY for EMILY! Soooo, I will have my acting debut during the previews starting January 9th. You should come! Cheer me on! I’m excited for the challenge!!! But I need a supportive crowd to get me through the night. ha. Come!!!! Acting in theater hasn’t really been something I’ve done a whole lot of, so this should be an exciting adventure!!
Alright thats all for now. G-night