“There’s something about him that he almost feels like an overgrown kid,” he said. “One of the things that Will Ferrell does that’s really tricky is capturing that energy without coming off crazy.”
“At first, I didn’t know what was making them laugh,” he said.
Comedy is like a cousin of journalism. Journalists point out intellectual truths and psychological truths about things that are going on in the world. Comics, we can point out things that make people laugh by pointing out the fallibility, the strangeness and the twisted nature of things.
“There’s always some kind of Star Wars deep burlesque show in an abandoned steel mill in those cities,” he said. “I often find … when you go to a place where you’re like ‘I don’t know about this,’ it has a cool underbelly of people who show up for the underground thing.”
Earlier this year, Ry’lee won the Miss Gay Lawton America title and then won Miss Gay Oklahoma America in only her second year competing.
Director Martin Charnin is in his 20th turn helming Annie.
“You kind of relive your first time with them,” he said. “By the time the show is over, they want to come back the next time we do it.”
“I have purposely created something starkly contemporary to offset these two iconic works,” he said. “The program will be very eclectic in nature.”
Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble’s 2016-17 season is already underway. This year, the group aims beyond its traditional repertoire.
The piece is for a full orchestra, a full adult chorus, a children’s chorus and three vocal soloists (a soprano, a tenor and a baritone).