When I was a kid, I used to love acting and dancing. Even now, if I get in front of an audience of some kind, I become a ham. It feels natural to me. I don't get overly nervous when I have a speech to make. If I am prepared, I don't even need notes. I just wing it. However, I would never consider any kind of performing arts as a career. It's a hard road to travel. Living in Los Angeles has shown me up close just how difficult that ride can be for those brave enough to make it a career. Los Angeles is loaded with amazingly talented people. As such, I gladly fill the role of patron of the arts. When I heard that one of our own here in J-Land was in a local musical production, I knew I couldn't miss the opportunity to show my support. And, I'm glad I didn't.
24 hours is about a volunteer teen help-line call center and what occurs there in a twenty-four hour time period. It's tragic and joyful at the same time. It's about the change that can occur in your life in as little as twenty-four hours.
The Stella Adler Theatre is located in the heart of Hollywood. It is surrounded by Mann's Chinese Theatre, The El Capitan, and the Kodak Theatre. As such, dodging pedestrian tourists became quite the obstacle in order to make it to my seat in the audience next to Freee before the "curtain" went up. It brought flashbacks from my days in the Army of traversing rope bridges, running through tires, and low-crawling under barbed wire while a machine gun was fired over our heads. I was getting so peeved at people that I wished I was still packing my M-16. Alas, I made it just in time for the show to begin.
The talent in this group of actors was superb. I fell in love with each one of them. Maybe, I should say lust. They were all so damn young and hot, and talented - of course. The theater is a smallish one but they sang like it was a large Broadway venue. The story, the music, everything was just magical and stunning. Jamey had a song that ripped my heart out. He belted it out with all the emotion and turmoil that the lyrics deserved. He danced and strutted across the stage during group songs. Getting to watch it with Freee was a delight unto itself. I think she laughed louder then anyone in the audience and whimpered with tears during the sad parts which only added to the experience. My only regret is that I couldn't take pictures during the show. I so wanted to capture Jamey's face as he performed his solo, to share with everyone the heart with which he performs. But, I'll just have to be satisfied with having had the opportunity to meet him afterwards and capture the pics of us in the hall. When he's a superstar and has long outgrown the hallowed grounds of J-Land, I can say I knew him when.