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Can you tell me how to get…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 4, 2008 by kristinjannfischer

…How to get to Sesame Street?

OK!  If I had updated with as many calls I’ve received from Sesame Street then I would have had lots of posts.  I mean lots.  Let’s get on with it already!

On Saturday they called me late in the evening and left a message (I was taking a wonderful bubble bath and missed the call).  It was the lady I had been talking to letting me know that they were ready to offer me the job that “we talked about.”  I tried to call her back but to no avail.  Left a message to tell her I wanted all the details!

Sunday came and went.  We hung some lights!

On Monday morning I got a call from someone ELSE from the company.  A lovely lady.  She proceeded to tell me that they jumped the gun in offering me the Jenny-only job and then explained to me why this was so freakin’ hard.  2 people were previously cast in 50/5o splits for the two roles.  It would be a little mean to come in and make the other girl do both while I get to hang out and let the understudy be Rosita.  If they had originally cast the show that way, this wouldn’t be a problem.

I let her know how uncomfortable I am working in a costume and how I suck at dancing.  She concurred and told me she’d keep figuring it out.  I apologized for making her job so hard and said I’d gladly wait for the final update.

Mrs. Sesame rung me on Tuesday with a final decision.  She let me know that the 50/50 split was the only way.  They wanted be so badly though, that they were willing to make the choreography easier for my abilities.  (Haha…kick ball changes and pas de bourree?) She also talked about helping me adapt to the costume in stages and blah blah blah.  I just let her know that I had an appointment with a foot doctor and that I’d let her know for sure right after.

***BTW, my feet had been hurting for a while but never thought about it until I started waking up in the night in excruciating pain.  I wasn’t expecting her to call me until Thursay, so I felt guilty not disclosing that info from the start.  I honestly thought it was nothing***

By Wednesday afternoon I made my decision to stay in Charlotte, but she wasn’t expecting my call until 5:00 so I waited to call her after the appointment.  In my lovely Doctor’s visit I found out that I had plantar fascititis and thus was given a physical reason on top of my emotional reasons to not do the tour.  I felt badly saying “no,” but as one of the women at my agency said, “It’s a fine art; but really easy once you start…”

I hope so.

Well, I guess you don’t need to tell me how to get to Sesame Street after all.  I might be blacklisted 🙂

Sesame Street Live Tour?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 19, 2008 by kristinjannfischer

I got another phone call yesterday from the Sesame Street people.  I was pretty happy since I had to tell them I had no availability last week.   They must like me since they were now asking me about my availability for after December 29th!  I let the lady know I was free now and she was excited.  She called to give me details about how this particular tour works.  I will now use bullet points!

  • The show is a truck and bus tour (travel on mondays, off on tuesdays and practice/shows for the rest of the week).
  • Mostly up and down the east coast.  East of the Mississippi.
  • $361 per week and a $336 per diem (per week) to pay for hotels
  • I would double 2 roles:  The lead singer, Jenny who is the music teacher and wears no costume and Rosita, a blue monster who dances.
  • I would get $40 more per week to play Rosita
  • I would have December 22-28th off and they would help pay me to get home and back to the next leg of the tour.

There you go.  6 years ago this would be way more intriguing.  I told the lady that I’m not a strong dancer.  All they have to do is watch the tape of the audition and they would know.  I really have no desire to dress as a monster.  I have claustrophobia in those types of costumes.  When I auditioned, I checked off the box that said “production singer only.”  If this was for Jenny only, I would have told her I was available tomorrow.

The actual contracts start going out tomorrow.  We’ll see what/if I get offered!

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UPDATE: They called me again.  They are no longer making one person do both roles.  Only casting for Jenny!  Yippee!  BUT now I won’t know for a few weeks.

So begins the wait…