I have been reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal busy auditioning the last couple weeks, and I am ecstatic to announce I have booked two shows! Coincidentally, they're both unique, original pieces being performed for the second time!
The first is called "10 Days to Happiness" and is written by Seattleite Donna Rae Davidson, with music by Rob Jones. Donna recounts her hilarious and challenging experience in a 10-day meditation retreat, which she was surprised to find had mandated silence. I play several characters and we perform in Ballard's Amazing Grace Spiritual Center this March.
Details here: http://10daystohappiness.com/.
Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/562873
The second show is a musical ghost story called "The Grimaldis." The Grimaldis is an original script also written by a Seattleite, Dane Ballard, and features original music by John Woods. The story celebrates the triumphs and tragedies of a life in show business from the eerie perspective of a family of performing ghosts, and is directed by the lovely Kerry Christianson. I play Lois Grimaldi, and we perform in Hale's Palladium in Fremont this May.
More info here: http://www.thegrimaldisaredead.com/.
Tickets and fundraising: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-grimaldis-a-musical-ghost-story-seattle
The Origin of Santa Claus explained by the Elves
Adapted by the book of the same name, by Paul S. Carr, Santa’s First Magical Ride-the Musical, is the only Christmas tale, which explains the secular origins of the American Santa Claus. Original Bluegrass Music, by director and adapter, Ricky Gene Powell adds a delightful musical dimension to the Santa legend.
Ostracized by humans, pointy-eared Elves live in isolation on the North Pole ruled by the grumpy King Kril, played by J.Spyder Isaacson. Until one day…. when a round-eared hominid-baby arrives from the planet Yule.
The Elf-family names him Kringle and raises him lovingly and to have compassion for all, even for the traditional oppressors of the elves: the Humans on Earth. When Kringle grows up, he convinces the elves that they can use their toy-making ability to peacefully reconcile with the humans .
As a group, they collectively decide in a civilized manner, to give toys to all the world’s girls and boys, on one night each year. However, grumpy King Kril tries to thwart their efforts with his own magic, but the benevolent and beautiful Christmas angel, Elizabeth, brilliantly played by Lara Fox, comes to the rescue. Joyously, the Reindeer are able to fly through the sky and Kringle becomes Santa Claus.
As a children’s show Santa’s Magical First Ride-The Musical has all the elements to entertain children: a script with poetic rhymes which is highly amusing, conflict between good and evil, a hero overcoming many difficulties on his quest, great music, superb singing and dancing, positive direct moral messages, problem solving and lots of audience participation. It is a perfect children’s show.
To add frosting to the cake, it goes above and beyond the call of duty because the children in the audience get to meet Santa Claus after the show, and have their pictures taken.
SANTA’S FIRST MAGICAL RIDE-the Musical by Ricky Gene Powell and Paul S. Carr III. Celebration Arts Foundation Fri.& Sat Evening at 7 pm. Sat and Sun Matinées at 2 pm. Dec. 6th thru Dec. 22nd. 6541 Jones Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117 ( formerly Ballard Church of the Nazarene.) Ballard, Seattle, WA for information http://www.santasfirstmagicalridethemusical.com; Tickets are only $10. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/510356
We are well underway and just finished a very successful opening weekend! Just two more weekends to go, 8 more shows. Tickets are just $10 each and include meeting Santa after each show http://m.bpt.me/event/510356
I had a most excellent shoot with John Ulman in Seattle Center. He is himself an actor and an accomplished photographer. So i highly recommend him. Of course, I had my favorite hair and make-up artist, Ursula Jane Opalka with me the whole time too. She is the best ;]
This. Weekend. Was. NUTS! Very fun though. And productive.
Saturday I filmed more scenes (more wedding scenes!) from Maidens in Discovery Park. It was gorgeous.
Then I dashed to Westlake Center where I performed a musical puppet show, The Musicians of Bremen Greene, with my colleague Ricky Gene Powell for Family Fun Week (not for Hemp Fest, lol). It went well and we had lots of fun.
Sunday I got some much-needed headshots with the wonderful John Ulman. Ursula Jane Opalka did my hair and make up. I cannot praise and recommend these two people enough. Hire them!!!! They're wonderful to work with and soooooooo talented.
Today we shot in Madrona Park from 5:30am-1:30pm. Ah the glamorous film world! it was gorgeous, as you'll see in the attached photos. This movie is dra-ma-tic! Good stuff ;)
I forgot to mention my character is Detective Tennyson. Filming was so fast and fun! And I got awesome hair and makeup ;) This was my first time in the Paramoun, and itt is beautiful. stay tuned!
Today I start work on the film Maidens, a modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility! We're filming in Seattle's Paramount Theater, which is pretty sweet. There will surely be photos and updates through the process. Yay movies!
Some of my lovely colleagues recently wrote me glowing reviews!
"I have performed with Lara in a number of musical shows. concerts, stage plays and corporate team building events over the years. She is a multi-talented performer with a remarkable singing voice, dance skills, great acting abilities, a quick wit, a sharp mind, and a warm friendly demeanor. Put that together with her striking beauty and her hard-working dedication to her craft and you have a star. Lara is a joy to work with and would be a major asset on any project." June 18, 2013- Kevin (Writer/Performer at Big Smile Entertainment ).
"So much talent in so many areas. Lara's superb acting is matched by her gorgeous voice, comic timing and movement. She also inspires everyone else around her to excel. Lara receives my highest recommendation." - Bryan Willis playwright-in-residence Northwest Playwrights Alliance @ Seattle Repertory Theatre. June 19, 2013
Bryan (playwright-in-residence at Northwest Playwrights Alliance )
I am very excited to announce I'll be spending the 4th of July singing with my band, Echoes of Django, at the lovely Long Road Winery in Hood Canal!
It should be a wonderful way to celebrate Independance Day. Pictures and recordings will follow soon!