Hey blog world! Last night the Masonic Temple came alive! My friend, the super entertaining ball of energy Keith Power did his very first solo show and called it “I’m Alive”. I was there with my mom. She pays for pretty much everything that I go to see so this time I thought I’d give her credit card a break and treat her to the show.
One thing I really liked was that we had a bit of a choice in where we sat. Mom and I could pick any table from 11-20. It was nice to have a bit of freedom in that sense and choose where we sat. I picked a nice table up near the front. We had a great view! Speaking of the tables each one had a basket of popcorn! Popcorn is my favorite snack so I was quite happy to see it.
The show soon began with Claire Rouleau who looked lovely with a white flower in her hair and wearing a short, light blue dress. She sang “As We Stumble Along” from “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Claire has very pretty voice. It was wonderful to hear her sing again (I heard her for the first time a few weeks ago in Erin Winsor and Justin Nurse’s “Broadway Nights” show at the LSPU hall)
After that song Keith burst in through the door. He was in a sweater and shorts! He thought he’d have time to run to the gym before the show! LOL! He then confessed his love to Claire with the song “To Excess“. He wasn’t creepy at all ! He’s holding her grandma ransom until she says she’ll go out with him, he carved her name into his left thigh, he stole a mannequin and dressed it up like her! It was a really funny song and I really enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed “The Temp and the Receptionist” too. Nerds are awesome! This song was about two nerds who work in an office together and have fallen in love with each other. She’s an icon on the desktop of his soul and she wants him to open her spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel. It was cute.
As I said, Keith is a big ball of energy and always does upbeat, fun songs however, last night he performed a few ballads. The first one he did was called “Lost In The Waves“. It was beautiful! Keith did a fantastic job. I was almost in tears!
I learned a lot of new songs last night and was happy to hear some familiar tunes. Especially “I Believe” from “Book of Mormon”! It’s one of my absolute favorite show tunes! I saw Keith come out with a backpack and wearing a white shirt and black pants and I knew right away what was coming! I was giddy as a school girl! I squealed a little, had an ear to ear grin and clapped! I turned to mom and exclaimed (silently) “Oh my gosh! “Book of Mormon”! “Book of Mormon”!!!” I couldn’t contain my happiness at all! Keith was a marvellous Elder Price! That performance made me and my heart overflow with happiness!
Evan Smith, the pianist in the show isn’t just a wizard on the keys. He’s also an excellent singer. He sang “Rumba Raylene” from “Variations on a Nervous Breakdown”, a musical composed by Newfoundlander Jonathan Monro. It’s about a waitress named Raylene who has a Newfie accent, lazy S and the man she falls in love with develops the lazy S after she dies! Evan was hilarious! Especially when he would talk like her! He had me in stitches!
I was hoping to see Keith in drag last night and was thrilled that I got my wish! I’ve seen him in drag many times and he rocks! He plays a woman really well and looks great in dresses! He reprised his role as Mary Sunshine from “Chicago” and sang “A Little Bit Of Good” (he played her in TaDa Events’ 2013 production at the Arts and Culture Center.) I was floored! He had an astounding female singing voice! He hit some really impressive high notes! He had me razzle dazzled with this performance!
When act two started, the poster for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” appeared on the projector screen above the stage. I thought “Ohh! This is a kids musical! This song should be really cute.” Keith came out in a Boy Scout outfit and offered the crowd Tulip Baroo baked goods. Tulip Baroo is a local vegan catering company. He then went up on stage and sang about how he had to do that because he lost the spelling bee. The reason why I didn’t see coming! “My unfortunate erection is destroying my perfection.” I seriously thought Spelling Bee was meant for kids so I wasn’t expecting that at all! Even so I quite liked the song. It was funny!
Claire did a song that I could really relate to. If it weren’t for my sweet Glen I’m certain I would have ended up like the character Claire portrayed in that song. It was titled “Party Hat“. I was having no luck in the love department after my first breakup. I thought I’d wind up a cat lady like Claire’s character! I actually am starting to turn into one! I spend many an afternoon reading aloud to and watching movies with Prince Ozzy (His favorite book is my abridged copy of “Les Miserables” and his favorite movie is “We Bought A Zoo”.) Evan did a wonderful job as the cat in the song. His cat voice was so cute! This song is an earworm! It’s stuck in my head and will likely be there for the rest of the week!
Another familiar song in act 2 was “NYC” from “Annie”. It was the first in a medley of songs. Claire, Keith, and eventually a really pretty dancer in a gorgeous, red flapper dress whose name I unfortunately didn’t catch danced as they sang! The dancing was spectacular! It was almost like magic! Again my heart overflowed with happiness!
Another ballad was sung in act 2. “Kiss The Air“. It was breathtaking. Keith is a wonderful ballad singer. I hope to hear him sing one again soon.
Bringing things back up again Claire and Keith teamed up with John Williams and Sabrina Roberts and did a quartet about Facebook! It was awesome! The harmonies were super!
Keith ended the show with “I’m Alive” from “Next To Normal”. It was a super way to end the show! I was dancing in my seat the whole time! It was awesome! After the song I of course stood up and gave Keith a well deserved standing ovation!
Then Claire and the others came back and they all sang “No Business Like Show Business.” It was an excellent encore! I gave them a standing ovation as well. All in all it was a stupendous show and I loved every minute!
When it was over I got to mingle! The who’s who of the local arts scene, or as I’m proud to call them all, my friends were out tonight! It was great to see their awesome faces on stage and off, catch up with them and get hugs from them all (giving and receiving hugs are two of my favorite things!) I of course got plenty of pictures too!
Me and Peter Halley
Between the lovely, soon to be married couple, Janet Cull and Eric Lamme.
and of course, me and the star of the show Keith Power!
While it was great catching up with old friends it was really nice meeting someone new last night as well. Erin introduced me to John Williams. He, as I said had a part in two numbers in the show and was also in several other local productions i.e “Spamalot”, “Urinetown” and “The Addams Family”. It was nice to meet him. He was really nice. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at Spirit of Newfoundland. My Best Buddy and I plan on seeing that to celebrate graduating.
I was on cloud 9 when I introduced myself to John and he said “Oh! You’re the one that does all the reviews!” I had no idea he was even reading them! I felt amazing! Erin even said that the local actors/actresses always ask each other if they’ve seen what I’ve written! It’s so nice to know that so many people read what I write and enjoy it.
I talked a little business with Peter Halley and Kathie Hicks last night. We discussed my summer job at Spirit and a little side project that Peter has for me. I won’t say too much yet but I will tell you that there are some really exciting projects in my future that I’ll be sure to share with you soon!
Congrats on your first solo show Keith! I hope you do another one! It was a total blast!