I don’t watch TV.
It’s not that I hate television or have some convoluted belief that it’s evil, but I never find time to sit in front of the TV. I also don’t care for award’s shows either, but as I mentioned in “Going the Distance,” my recent C+2 article, that I’m constantly being thrust into “interesting” situations. Sunday evening was no exception. Dressed in classic 1940′s attire, I was headed to New Orleans’ D-Day Museum.
A friend and myself had been invited to attend the AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) Tony Award’s party. Normal enough, huh? Not exactly. You see, I’m not Equity, I’m not even union, and my state, Louisiana, is a “right-to-work” state. Yet there I was in my Victory Rolls, clutch, and peep-toe heels headed into the Stage Door Canteen
to dine on food tailored for the event by Chef John Besh. (The only time I’ll tell you to order french fries at a 5 star restaurant, they’re amazing!)
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A “card carrying” Equity friend greeted us inside the door and informed us on how fortunate we were to be able to get reservations as others he’d invited had been turned away at the door. Seated in a table for two, we watched the 65th Annual Tony Awards unfold on a huge projection TV while I ate the best crab cakes I’ve ever had.
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The location and theme was superb as half the attendees were in traditional 1940s attire, including a guy who bared a striking resemblance to Buddy Holly. The proceedings were so formal though that I was nervous about the quality of my dinner manners and the level of my voice before the realization came over me that I was in the midst of a bunch of “theater geeks,” like me, and quickly fell into my usual boisterous conversation.
During each commercial break, they played 40s era music and raffled off a small menagerie of prizes to the audience ranging from local theater tickets to pieces created by AEA artists. There was also several text and voice mail messages that were shared with the audience from various members of AEA and its illustrious alumni, including “The Princess and the Frog’s” voice actress, Jennifer Cody, doing a 3 minute long, “Charlotte LaBouff.”
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I was excited to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone win the Tony for “Best Musical” after scoring 9 total Tony’s to sweep the show. I enjoyed the first season of “South Park” years ago for the exact same reason I loved watching the musical number they selected from: \”The Book of Mormon\”
As the award’s ceremony continued, I was reminded that I never really watch the “Tony’s” before and it seemed special that my first real experience would be in a place like the Stage Door Canteen
with it’s huge prints depicting 40s life, was unbelievably appropriate for the occasion.
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I took home that evening a small pin and the menu, another memento for my ever growing scrapbook commemorating all the crazy things I’ve done since I started modeling and acting 7 years ago. And while my life is anything but normal, I love it.
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Cynthia Leigh is the daughter of an ex-hippy and an asian elephant. As a child she flew beetles like kites, road land tortoises bareback, and scaled the walls of of her family's apartment complex in full ninja regalia.
When she's not doing the "dougie" as Tony the Tiger, having rappers "make it rain" on her, or getting drunk with Paris Hilton's Uncle, she enjoys digital coloring, textile design, and millinery.
Cynthia currently has a BFA in Film, Theater, & Communication with a minor in English from some college she'd care to forget. In the past she's worked as a Staff Writer for Gothic Beauty Magazine, and periodically contributes to various webzines and print pubs. You follower her on her Facebook.