kasey corrado | social cues | june 2016
I decided to switch it up this month and veer away from my usual social media commentary or live tweeting. Variety is the spice of life, right? I get asked a lot of questions about being a Frank's cast member, so I thought I might take this opportunity to answer some of them. Here are five things no one tells you about being a Let Me Be Frank Productions cast member.
5. Rehearse, perform, repeat
When I first realized that the Let Me Be Franks cast puts together a brand new show (script, music, memorization, choreography, props, costumes, etc.) in about three to four weeks, I kind of did a double take and my heart starting beating fast. I have been a part of productions in the Green Bay area that would literally spend 10 solid weeks rehearsing to only perform eight times. At Franks, we are given the script the first night of rehearsal and within a matter of days, we've created something out of it – it's almost like magic. I don't even know if I could go back to the “old days" of rehearsing for months on end for a show. You get very used to the fast-paced nature of Franks.
4. Remember those lyrics
(I will preface this one by saying I have a freaky good memory – which is why I should really go on a game show someday and cash in on it! I digress). One of the most common questions I get asked being a cast member of Franks is how in the world we memorize so many songs and lines at a time. We all get hypnosis cassette tapes to play while we sleep. Kidding. It really isn't as overwhelming as people might think. The repetition we have at rehearsal is what really allows most of us to get it in our heads and get it in there quickly. We've had to re-perform shows we did months ago and you'd be amazed at how fast it all comes back to the surface of our brains.
3. Collaborate and listen
I have been a part of theater companies where you said your lines, you did your blocking and you kept your mouth shut – and there's a time and a place for that. You didn't offer ideas, you didn't bring up a different way of doing something. Stand still and look pretty, right? This whole LMBF crew allows you to express your ideas and thoughts. It's one of the most unique and best parts about Franks. We're all open to hearing ideas and thoughts to make the show even better than it was. Some of the funniest scenes I can remember doing have been the product of Frank's writing, Pat's input, Amy's spin on it, Tom's humor, my physical movements, Lisa's facial expressions, etc. It's a joint effort.
2. You win, I win
I have never been a part of a troupe that was as supportive of the other cast mates as we are in Franks. We truly have some of the most incredible musicians, singers and actors I have ever seen with my own two eyes (I mean really, have you heard Amy absolutely dominate a Heart song? Do you remember getting goose bumps when Lisa belted out “Can't Help Falling in Love"? Remember the first time you heard David and Kelly harmonize?) You'd naturally think there would be some insane jealousy, competition or even sabotage. Here's looking at you, Tonya Harding. That is the complete opposite in Franks. Everyone wants everyone to succeed. Everyone is happy for each other when they nail a song, or get a huge laugh, or knock a scene out of the park. It speaks to the quality of human beings we have in this cast. They've become my family and I have never felt more empowered or supported than I do at Franks.
1. Welcome to the family
Let Me Be Franks definitely has a following, right? We have season ticket holders who have been coming to our shows for years. They've watched the cast transform, the venue change from the Sports Corner to the SC Grand to the Meyer. They've seen cast members get married, have children, etc. They are simply the best fans I've ever seen in Northeast Wisconsin. We become Facebook friends with our audience members and see each other's daily lives. We see each other at restaurants in Green Bay and stop to chat about the new show. We talk after performances and really get to know each other. Every night before I go out on the Meyer stage, I get excited thinking about what familiar faces are in the audience that night. The audience really gets to know us as people, and vice versa. When I got engaged I got so many congratulations messages from the Franks audience members and fans. It was one of the most heartwarming things I've experienced. My “family" has only continued to grow because of Franks.
And I will be forever grateful for that.
Kasey Corrado is a Social Media Director for Lawrence University by day and a member of Let Me Be Frank Productions by night. When she isn't updating Facebook or singing a 1970s classic, she enjoys running, cooking, questioning final rose picks on “The Bachelor" and planning overly extravagant trips to Disney.