San Antonio promoting the Christmas musical, The King. I never know just what I am walking into when I go to the promotional events. On I Am Refocused Radio, I was asked personal questions about how I found out about the play and what I have gained from the experience.
Next promotion was with KROV SA, which asked more surface level questions about playing the role of Scrooge. It was unique because it was live on the radio and more of the cast was there.
Probably the most exciting promotion was getting to be live on KENS 5 and answering questions on TV. I had no clue what I was going to be asked, so I didn’t really know what to prepare ahead of time (as you can probably tell).
And, because it is a Christian musical, I did some promotions at local churches. I attended the sermon at Macedonia Baptist Church and Antioch Baptist Church and spoke a little about the play at each of them. Both were very welcoming, and were willing to accept me as one of their own (despite me being agnostic). Especially when I locked my keys in the car at Antioch haha. Fortunately, it resulted in me scoring a picture with the director, pastor, his wifeAnd, because it is a Christian musical, I did some promotions at local churches. I attended the sermon at Macedonia Baptist Church and Antioch Baptist Church and spoke a little about the play at each of them. Both were very welcoming, and were willing to accept me as one of their own (despite me being agnostic). Especially when I locked my keys in the car at Antioch haha. Fortunately, it resulted in me scoring a picture with the director, pastor, his wife and a fellow actor.
It’s crazy to think of how I even got involved with the musical. I first saw the flyer for auditioning for the play, I had no clue what it was about. I knew it was titled “The King” and from that I figured it was something historical. When I showed up to the address advertised I saw it was at a church and my heart dropped. Oh. I thought. That kind of king. As a non-religious person, I was not particularly excited about the idea. I felt my chances of even getting a part dropped significantly, so I changed my perspective. I was no longer going to be auditioning to be in the play, I was going just for the experience of auditioning. As someone who had just started standup comedy, I figured even if it goes horribly, at least I will have some grade A material for the next open mic!
Things proved even more surprising when I opened the door. Iwas the only not black person there. The whole production staff, the other people auditioning, everyone. I laughed to myself. So now I really thought I had no chance whatsoever of getting a part, but who knows, there is typically one or two tokens in every production, so whatever. Besides, I’m just doing it for the experience of auditioning.
My audition consisted of reading an excerpt of the script, singing and a dance routine I was taught in 30 minutes. The only singing I do is when I’m two old-fashions deep and the karaoke man is calling me up, it would take a couple more for me to even start dancing. I felt so laugh-out-loud out of place. My brain could not comprehend what was going on, I was practically forced to have a good time.
Although I tried out for Grinch, the director and her assistants asked for me to read the part for Scrooge. Yes, the angry bitter old white man. Fast forward to two weeks before today, the director said she knew what role she wanted everyone to play as soon as she saw them. I thought, oh wow, I guess I just look like a total Scrooge! haha, but in all honesty, I was not offended and it has been a joy working with Danielle Gulley and the rest of the crew, and have felt nothing but respect and love from them.
The cast has been practicing for this play since October and it has been awesome seeing everyone get their parts down beautifully over the past two-and-a-half months. I am actually glad I got the part of Scrooge because the actor playing Grinch is the well-renowned actor, Deance Wyatt. Soooo yeah, he will probably do a much more entertaining Grinch than I would do. Additionally, there will be Grammy-award Winner Fred Hammond playing Santa Claus!
Now that it is the week of the play we are working hard at our daily rehearsals. It takes the stage on the 14th of December at the Judson Performing Arts Center. You can purchase tickets here on Eventbrite. Check it out! I’ll be playing the role of Scrooge. It will surely help put you in the Christmas spirit!