As we get ready for the move of a lifetime, we recollect the good and often strange things at 2711 B Street. For the next month, staff members, company actors and others share their funny, embarrassing and memorable times at B Street Theatre. Company Member Amy Kelly recollects when she didn’t arrive onstage on time.
The first time I was ever late onstage was my first show at the B Street. You have to understand, I pride myself in being ready for an entrance. I’m always waiting in the wings, being super on time, which you should because you’re an actor and that’s what you get paid for. But my first show here something happened. It was Hansel & Gretel. I played a goblin. I looked like a mix of Beetlejuice and a meth addict. I’m not either of those things, but that’s how I looked. And the witch I served was Rick Kleber, in drag of course.
So my first entrance in the show is a big one. Rick – in drag – calls for me and I jump onto stage, roll over and say, “TAH DAH! I’M HERE! YOU CALLED FOR ME!” So, one day before my entrance I decided to go to my dressing room to check my new cell phone. I was waiting for a message from my agent. I thought I had enough time, so I quickly went to check my phone and the message was waiting for me.
It was bad news. I had been in the video game The Walking Dead. And my agent called me saying, “They wanted your voice to sound older and sadly, they’ve decided to go with someone else.”
I was so sad. I was heartbroken. “MY ONE CHANCE! I’M NOT GONNA DO IT! I”M NOT GONNA BE IN THE WALKING DEAD!” I just sat there, not thinking about the show, brooding, when suddenly I hear an intern cry, “Amy!” And I realize that I’m supposed to be onstage. And I realize that I was supposed to be onstage at least a full minute earlier, (a long time in theatre). I’ve just given Rick Kleber a full minute of free dialogue which might be the scariest thing of all. I’m sure that all the teachers had to tell their students to ignore whatever that witch said in her minute long monologue.
So I freak, and I have so much adrenaline that I don’t just jump onto the stage, I flew through the air, higher than I’ve ever been before, like the audience was below me. And after I landed I did the most acrobatic flip I could’ve ever done. I made up for the fact that Rick Kleber was alone onstage for a minute, talking nonsense. And after that particular show, I swore I would never miss an entrance again.
The next entrance I missed was during our first run of A Christmas Carol. I was playing Belle, the ingenue. And after my first scene, I’m supposed to leave the stage with Scrooge and go around the theatre and enter in a different place.
So we were in previews and Belle’s dress was not completed. I looked like a sister-wife. Like somebody on the set of Me and my Five Wives. So I exit with Scrooge after my first scene and Paulette (the costume designer) meets me offstage and we begin laughing about this unfinished dress. We begin laughing so hard, that I forgot that I had to re-enter immediately so I could dance with Dick, Scrooge’s competitor. And I hear Megan Wicks (actress playing Dick) say, “I really wish I was dancing with Belle right now. It’d be really nice if Belle were here.”
The second I heard it, I realized it was too late. The lights had already dimmed and Scrooge’s moment of jealous rage was ruined, cause all he watching was Dick dancing by himself.
Look, I’m only telling these stories cause I didn’t get fired and I won’t ever miss an entrance again. I made a vow never to miss another one.
But I might get lost at the new theatre… there’s a chance.
Amy Kelly will be featured in both the Main Stage and the Family Series at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. Subscribe today.