Safety Nets and Aqua Net: Kinzie Talks About Her First Long-Form Show
Posted Nov 6, 2014 in Words
by Kinzie Shaw, Clues cast member
The journey has been long, the auditions have been many, but I finally managed to get all the way to the big J-C-I.
It took years of classes, intensives, and auditions until the day finally came where I received the invitation to be a cast member. I have been taking classes with Jet City since 2012 and was honored to have joined the cast of Twisted Flicks earlier this year, so this is not definitely not my first rodeo. HOWEVER Clues is my first long-form show.
It has been a blast so far and we still have 3 more week of shows. Backstage it’s been full of laughter, copious amounts of Aqua Net, control top pantyhose, vintage hats, and of course murder, mystery, scheming, plotting and sabotage….just kidding …or AM I?!?
My immediate reaction once I was cast was pure unadulterated joy, but it did not take long at all for the nerves to set in. Not only was I going to have to share a stage for 90 min next to performers I have come to know and respect, they were undoubtedly going to also be in the audience as well. Being the improv groupie I am I have sat in awe at shows like Upside Downton, Blak Cloud, and World’s Fair. I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to keep of up with that level of talent. Before Clues, my only experience being on an improv stage in front of an audience was for 10 min for a few student show cases. Though the challenge seemed a bit more attainable with each passing rehearsal, (we were living and breathing Clues with rehearsals 3-4 times a week) that broken record of uncertainty was still playing on loop in my head.
It didn’t take long for me to realize I had absolutely no need for concern. The cast and crew have been nothing short of amazing. Every single one of them has been extremely supportive and encouraging, on and off stage. They’ve made me a better performer and even better hair stylist thanks to my hair-do Yoda, Laura Turner. I have always loved Jet City because of their ability to create an environment that makes you feel like you are a part of a family, and this show has been no exception.
To the entire cast and crew of Clues: Thank you for making my first show with Jet City such an amazing experience. You all have been so kind, supportive, hilarious and most importantly, my safety net. It is such an amazing feeling to step out on stage with you every night and know that no matter what happens someone will be there to catch me if I fall, figuratively and literally. Thank you for allowing me blossom in to a glorious improvising flower… or at the very least a beautiful weed that, try as you might, is never going to go anywhere.
I can’t wait to have the opportunity of being cast in another one of Jet City’s amazing shows. I hope I can make it to make it across the border. I hope to see my friends, and shake their hands. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.