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Feb 9 / Matthew Miagowicz

Long Time No See: An Update

Hello again!

We are well into the second semester of the school year, and my last semester here at Wayne. It’s surreal… let me tell you what’s happened in these past few months.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, the children’s show at the Bonstelle Theatre I was a part of last semester, opened and closed successfully! It was a cute, fun show, with some great audiences, costumes, and actors.

And hats. Lots of hats.

And hats. Lots of hats.

With six shows in three days, the last weekend was a bit stressful–but great practice for the end of this semester. I’ve been cast as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, which will be the final show at the Bonstelle this semester! It’s a fantastic role and I am incredibly excited to begin rehearsals a week from Monday.

Otherwise, we’re still gearing up for showcase. I’m singing a cut of “Crowded Island,” a song by Stephen Schwartz, and performing a hilarious scene by Shel Silverstein called “One Tennis Shoe.” It’s less than one month away and I am BESIDE MYSELF.

What else is happening… our two touring shows, Motor City Cabaret and Performance Exchange, are both coming together. We have a performance of Motor City Cabaret (which is really more of a revue of movie musicals) on February 21st on the third floor of Old Main, so that’ll be fun. Performance Exchange, which involves creating a show from the ground up and then taking it out to local grade schools where we integrate them into the curriculum by working with a lesson plan for the students after the performance, is really shaping up too! We will go out to the schools starting in March, and I can’t wait to see the kids.

Motor City Cabaret

Motor City Cabaret

Finally, my Devised piece is also taking form! Working with an ensemble of five other actors, I’m building a show from the ground up–writing, staging, and producing it. We finally got our plot down last Thursday and we’re starting to stage on Tuesday… more on that to come!

Alright, that’s all for now… Look for some more posts from me this week.

Onward and upward.

Oct 20 / Matthew Miagowicz

On Rehearsals, Openings, and Showcase

What a week it has been.

I suppose before anything else I should introduce myself: hello, blogosphere, I am Matt Miazgowicz, a 4th year Theatre student at Wayne State University in Detroit. I was recently named a Dean’s Delegate (which is a leadership position within the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts) and this is my first blog post ever.

Please be kind.

Anyway, in addition to battling a nasty cough (which I think I’ve finally bested), this week has been a whirlwind of activity. I’m serving as Sound Board Operator for Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a play by Sarah Ruhl which is playing in the Studio Theatre (right underneath the Hilberry) through Saturday the 26th of October, so we’ve been in tech all week! That essentially means all the actors, designers, and crew have been in the theatre every night running and polishing the show, making sure it’s ready for the audiences to come in on Opening.

In  addition to that, we started rehearsals for the show I’ve been cast in this semester, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. It is a show for young audiences and I play Boris, a dancing Russian doll–though I’ve been traded back and forth between tech for Dead Man’s and rehearsal for ‘Twas, so it’s been kinda crazy.

Finally, as a 4th year BFA Actor we’re in the midst of planning our Senior Showcase. A part of our Capstone requirement, Showcase is a trip to NYC where we perform for agents and managers from around the city–as you can tell, it’s a big deal. We had a woman named Ingrid, who’s a faculty member at Carnegie Melon University, come in and work with us on Saturday morning. Despite the stress (and lack of communication) leading up to the workshop, it turned out to be incredibly helpful, and Ingrid was wonderful. She’s going to come back a few times and really help us shape the showcase, so more updates to come on that for sure!

I think that’s all I’ve got for now; I’m going to go take a nap. Onward and upward!