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Every Friday night I accompany a spontaneously-created, Broadway-style musical at IO West. All of us that do this weekly have worked together for a long time; we’re quite at ease and attuned to each other. Although there is always some adrenalin connected with doing a performance, in some way I’m never more relaxed than when I’m playing this show. It’s just a fun game to enjoy with my friends, who play it as well as anyone in the world.
Opening Night: The Improvised Musical has been playing on Friday nights at 9 pm for 12 years – our 600th performance took place on December 3, 2010. It was a gala evening, preceded by special publicity and featuring complimentary catering for the whole audience. Charna Halpern, owner of IO West, went all out to honor this milestone. Continue reading
When I was 12 I began to acquire workbooks and tapes that promised to teach me Spanish “in no time.” I took these exaggerated claims seriously for the next 2 decades. Every once in awhile I would tackle the subject anew, only to give up when the material inevitably became overwhelming.
Years later I saw that many of my co-workers at Disneyland had foreign-language designations on their nametags. Some even had more than one. I was inspired one last time (or bust!) to try learning Spanish. I got myself a shiny, new course from the internet and dug in.
I made more progress than ever before with Marcus Santamaria’s “Synergy Spanish,” and began to experiment with live conversation. When I heard someone speaking Spanish or saw that they had a badge, I’d say “Hola.” Co-workers were eager to help – this marked the beginning of many new friendships that I continue to enjoy.