(Hot Thespian Action)
"Holy crap. Andrea Martin just asked me if I watch American Idol."
Having my make-up done next to Cathy Jones of This Hour Has 22 Minutes as she transforms into Dolly Pardon was a moment I'll never forget.
Backstage at the "On That Note" Gala for the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival was surreal to say the least.
The nerves hit me hard the minute I woke up yesterday.
I couldn't shake the feeling that none of this was actually happening.
The dressing rooms, the pimped-out green room, sound check, the costumes.
Having done mostly Fringe Festival shows in black clothing on a black stage with black boxes, we just weren't used to this kind of production value.
So standing backstage two minutes before our first number, I had to tell myself:
"Wake up. You're missing it."
And it would have been a shame to miss it. An old school variety show of musical numbers and impressions.
Jessica Holmes did her famous Celine Dion; Gavin Crawford did an eerily perfect Rufus Wainwright, and Sean Cullen's mock-rock song even got Cathy Jones (dressed as Susan Boyle) giggling backstage.
But the most interesting part about seeing these artists I've admired for years perform, was seeing them prepare for it.
They knew how they wanted things done. They knew how long their hair and make-up should take. They rehearsed efficiently and professionally.
Compare that to us, Hot Thespian Action, local sketch troupe, terrified and wet behind the ears.
Don't get me wrong, we're hard working and professional, we just don't have the experiences under our belts that these guys have.
But...now we've got a taste for it.
More costumes! More make-up! More, I say!
So glad that it actually happened, and that I was awake to enjoy it.
Hot Thespian Action
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