What a busy weekend! After getting together with my fight partner, Britain Willcock, this last Saturday, and attending my colleague and mentor, Mr. David Yondorf's intensive stage combat class, I received a Recommended Pass for my Broadsword Skills Proficiency Renewal Test! Mr. Chuck Coyl, the vice president of our organization, who has recently been honored for the second time with the President's Award, adjudicated our fight scene and awarded both my scene partner and me this distinction! I was very pleased with what we accomplished in such a short amount of time and it made for a great send off on my way to Baltimore the next day! Now I have settled into my aunt and uncle's home who are graciously hosting me as I prepare and fit in some sight seeing before the big day! I'm very fortunate to get to see them as they visit the Midwest regularly but it has been a short while since I last had the chance to visit them in their natural habitat! I'm excited to be visiting several museums, the Eastern Shore, and of course consuming my share of hard crabs!
Today, my good friend and co-conspirator Luke Van Marter are meeting to put the finishing touches on our latest writing project, CAPITALI$M: A Fighting Cabaret Musical which is scheduled to make its world premiere at the 3rd annual Elgin Fringe Festival this September! In the history of our company, Robert Frosty, It's absolutely our most ambitious project to date! As all our work does, this show combines the elements of stage combat, comedic sketch writing, and our penchant for absurdity but CAPITALI$M takes it a few steps further. It has all these "Robert Frosty essentials" but it will also be our first full length musical that consists of a narrative story with central characters that are supported by comedic sketches! We are always looking to go bigger and better and this production will be no exception. We have become known for our high-production value sketch comedy & fight design and this production will provide yet another opportunity to foray into new territory! We still have a lot of creative work and logistics ahead of us but I am very excited by where we're headed!
I have recently been hired to attend and perform at a formal lunch club's celebration of Bastille Day in Baltimore! The job calls for me to dress in a character of the time period and introduce a short video they're playing about this historical cataclysm. Because part of this task was to write fifteen minutes worth of my own material as this character, I couldn't help but turn to my trusty degree in Comedy Writing & Performance to complete this mission! In writing for this event, I portrayed the character accurately according to historical information on the subject but I also definitely made it my own!
I'm coordinating with my good friend and renowned Renaissance man, Rob Parise to help me with costuming. He has a great knowledge and vast collection of period clothing from across the centuries that he's graciously letting me borrow for this event! My aunt and uncle on the East Coast are also helping me by crafting a pike - a very common weapon for the working class rebellion of this time. As my flight leaves this Monday to get into Baltimore, I'm really excited to see everything come together! All I have to do is refine the script before memorizing it, finalize costumes with Rob, and take care of my Broadsword SPR before I hop on the plane!
Has it already been three years?! My weapon certifications are expiring and it's time to renew! I've been in touch with my friend and SAFD Certified Teacher Mr. David Yondorf who has graciously agreed to arrange a Skills Proficiency Renewal class this Sunday, July 10th for myself and a few colleagues in order to re-up our broadsword certifications. Of the eight SAFD recognized stage weapons, broadsword is one of the three that I'm certified in but do NOT currently hold a recommended pass in. I always strive for excellence and believe in challenging myself to become better. The day you stop learning is the day you die so in this renewal cycle I will be pushing myself harder than ever to fully embrace my knowledge and skill with this weapon. I do not yet know who will be adjudicating our tests but I'm really excited to be working with a colleague I've gotten to know through workshops and performances, Britain Willcock!