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    Sass & Stuff: Professional Behavior

    Professional Behavior By Megan O’Connor Professionalism is one of those things that you know when you see it. And you definitely know when you don’t see it. I don’t have a degree in Theatre, so there are a lot of things I’m still learning on the job in this setting. A classic example is during my first foray as a Stage Manager, David Magadan asked me if he could get a cue, to which I replied, “Yeah, of course! What’s that?” There are lots of things that go into making a show possible and I’m still learning a lot of the technical terms, but the thing I’ve relied on to…

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    Sass & Stuff: Where the Magic Happens

    Where the Magic Happens By Megan O’Connor Applications for next season are due soon! Have you applied to work on a show next season? I hope so! I’ve put in a couple and plan to audition for a few of the amazing shows we’re doing next season. There are some incredible opportunities available at Brelby to not only refine the skills you primarily work on, but also to try new things! Brelby is such a supportive and collaborative environment and we’re always looking to foster and nurture new talent. There are a lot of new things happening to me these days. I’m moving into a house with the amazing Allison,…

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    Sass & Stuff: The Importance of Being Wicked

    The Importance of Being Wicked By Megan O’Connor We’re closing The Oz Chronicles this weekend. I really hope you’ve all had a chance to see it or are planning to join us this weekend some time. As Summer Epics go, this one is really special. We all know how I feel about my beloved She Kills Monsters, and this is not my first time to the Summer Epic rodeo, but it is my first time acting in it. The challenge of it was daunting: anyone who’s been through Boot Camp with Brian knows what I mean. But it was more than the fact that I have never nor will I…

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    Sass & Stuff: The Other Side

    The Other Side By Megan O’Connor I’m so tired, guys. The Oz Chronicles marks my third Summer Epic with Brelby, but this time I’m not Stage Managing like before… I’m acting, which means a whole new set of challenges. You’d think since I’ve more or less “watched” the rehearsal process of the Summer Epic that I’d be more prepared, but there’s really no preparing for this. When I Stage Managed She Kills Monsters, it was my first time SMing so I was learning on the job. That cast made everything so easy and it was the most fun I’d had working on a show. I looked forward to it every…

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    Sass & Stuff: Saying Goodbye

    Saying Goodbye. By Megan O’Connor We produce so much here at Brelby. We are constantly working on show after show after show, and some of our Company Members and Collaborative Artists go back to back and transition seamlessly between performing, designing, directing, stage managing. We do it all. And we do it well. There are only a handful of shows I’ve been truly sad to let go of. It’s always hard to close a show, but by the time one closes I’ve usually got one foot into another show already so I’m ready to move on. I learn a lot with every new role, every new challenge presented to me…

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    Sass & Stuff: Makeup Love

    Makeup Love By Megan O’Connor I have a personal challenge I give to myself when I go into a new project and it’s a simple one: I want to learn and try one new thing. That’s it. It doesn’t even need to be complicated, but it allows me to push myself and step out of my comfort zone. And it doesn’t matter what my role in that project is; Stage Manager, Actor, Designer, whatever it is, I want to keep learning. There are so many things I don’t know. Postcards from the Apocalypse marks my third hair and makeup design this season. It was the only one I applied to…

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    Sass&Stuff: Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day By Megan O’Connor It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Hope you didn’t let life get in the way and forget to buy your Mom something special. Unless of course your Mother is like mine, in which case she won’t want anything. No gifts, no recognition, in fact she’s out of town for my cousin’s wedding so I couldn’t even take her to lunch if she wanted to. I’ve played a Mom twice this year. Theresa in Windfall and Farrah Presley in Meet the Dryers. Theresa was definitely a bit more like my Mom in the sense that she was rational, logical and she didn’t understand her kid or their…

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    Sass & Stuff: We’ve Got a Good Thing Going

    We’ve Got a Good Thing Going By Megan O’Connor I’ve been having serious deja vu this past month. I’m in rehearsals for the 3rd Annual Miscast Concert with some of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure to work with, including my two oldest and best friends, Monica Bollt and Shelby Maticic. While some people’s high school friends drift away, I’ve been fortunate enough to hang onto mine for the last 13 years. Longer, actually. Monica is my oldest friend. We met in middle school and got really close in high school, kept in touch in college, I visited her when she lived in New York, went to her…

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    Sass & Stuff: Trust

    Trust By Megan O’Connor   Post-show hangovers are real, guys. If you spend much time around the Company Members, you’ll know that we tend to be less emotionally attached to the shows because most of us will close one and immediately begin rehearsing or designing the next one. We take breaks, but it’s a constant revolving door. If you weren’t able to make it out to Windfall, I don’t want to make you feel bad… but you really missed out. I know I’m biased, but we really put on a good show. And even though it’s over something about Windfall is going to linger. I started thinking about what to…

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    Sass & Stuff: Act Your Age

    Act Your Age By Megan O’Connor As a Company Member, I have a responsibility to work on a certain number of shows per year in any capacity; designing, performing, directing, stage managing, writing, and the list goes on. There are lots of jobs to do and I continue to try to push myself at Brelby and try new things. This year, I’ve decided to really go for it and try to perform a more and more confidently. I made it a priority to choose a few shows, before I applied to stage manage or design, that I wanted to act in. I’m still relatively new to acting but I’ve been…