Mark your calendars for the early December performances of The Gift Tree, a new original work by Tyler Olsen, music by Eric Barnum. For the first time, all three of us (Maria, John, and I ) will not be in the play; it’s only John and I this time.
We auditioned Tuesday night, and were excited to both receive “call-backs” for Wednesday night. The call-backs consisted of 2 and ½ hours of reading various parts in small groups, and some singing ensemble and solo. I had to sing two solos myself – not my strongest suit. That was a first for me.
The play is what our family calls Tyleresque – or Tyler-like – named after the playwright. Tyleresque means it’s a bit zany, off-the-wall, and full of opportunities for really stretching your character. It includes some physical comedy, a few gross jokes – yet has a touching story line – a good message, without being preachy.