BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off

The Day Off...

Boy have I been looking forward to this one all week long, lol. This was an especially tough week for a lot of us as we not only had our normal 8 show week, we also had some understudy rehearsal on Thursday and Friday to be ready if the chance arose when we would have to go on. Don't get me wrong, I really do appreciate being able to work on the material in a different way and it is always a treat when you get to hear different interpretations of the story. However, with all that said and done I was still extremely exhausted at the amount of work we had been doing. So the prospect of two days off was a spectacular one. It started out rather a bit intense and not necessarily what one would think would be a relaxing morning. However getting to the gym is something important and actually was the perfect way for us to gear up for our epic day off. Since I have started this job, and a bit before, I have been trying to keep up with a regular routine of gym as well as eating a much more strict diet. So far it has been going well, but there are definitely those times where I would love a large pizza and some beer, ha!!!

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
Will Burton, Matthew Amira, and Max Chucker
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
Top Left: Max Chucker; Top Right: Jesse Swimm; Bottom Left, Will Burton, and Bottom Right Matthew Amira.

With our first objective complete we decided the best way to reward ourselves was with some Sushi. We had found this place a couple weeks ago called Samurai Sushi and promised we would back and with more people. And we did just that. Last time it was just Max Chucker, Charles South, and myself. This time we brought along reinforcement by way of Tim Hassler, Will Burton, and Matthew Amira to enjoy in the delights. I have to say this place is delicious and affordable. I mean why wouldn't we want to go there each week. Four rolls, plus soup, and a bento box (yes I know I eat a lot, hey I am a growing boy) is only $25. It's a total bargain.

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
Will Burton and Tim Hassler devouring copious amounts of Sushi, lol.

After we completed stuffing ourselves it was decided we would go shoot some hoops in the park. We had a lot to accomplish on our day off and we were only partly done with our first day off. Now don't get me wrong I love being outside and getting exercise but shooting hoops is not my forte. I mean, I do my best but nobody is going to be calling me from the NBA to play next season, lol. Let's just say you know you have skill when someone who is watching that isn't with us asks, "Are you dancers? Cause you definitely aren't professional basketball players." But this didn't deter us one bit and we managed to get in a couple games before I had to get home and take care of my dog before we headed out for the main event: Mohegan Sun!!!

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
Will Burton: He Shoots...He Scores!!!
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
Who says White Men Can't Jump? (Matthew Amira with Will Burton looking on)

So, we had decided the day before that we had wanted to make our way up to the Casino for a little adult fun. I mean why not? What did we have to lose...oh yeah, that's right. I am not much of a gambler and I have had my fair share of visits to Las Vegas, but I am, much like most of the acting community or rather much like the rest of the US. If I have money, I like to keep it. I generally give myself a limit; usually $100 and I try not to go over. There have been times that I have gone over that limit but for the most part I stick to it. It's especially great when I not only stay within in that limit but also win on top of it. This was not really one of those times, ha. But hey I gave myself a limit so that is ok. I have to say the Mohegan Sun is beautiful and it's actually a lot of fun. We started with a bit of video Black Jack where I managed to win $3, woo-hoo (I can just picture the room they were going to comp for us, lol). Once we had our fill we made our way to the one place that I truly think everyone needs to eat at in a casino...the buffet. This one went above and beyond. Where else can you get pizza, a raw bar, and prime rib for one price? Exactly, that's why you go. And you eat a lot of it. So I went for three plates worth. Hey one of them was dessert, can you blame me? Once we completed this joyful ritual I managed to take my food comatose-self out to hit the tables and just enjoy some good male bonding. I am not much for most of the tables but I do enjoy a bit of Poker and Black Jack. This time we opted for Black Jack and the high roller table of a $5 minimum. Like I said they were comping things for us left and right. This is where my luck and most of our luck changed, and not for the better. I think I managed to go up and down about 10 bucks and finally won $30 so I didn't feel too bad. I actually ended up breaking even and all I really paid for was the buffet that night. But hey, I was with friends and we were having a great time, and besides payday is a few days away so this doesn't really count. As the night wore on we managed to pull ourselves away while still keeping our shirts. All in all we didn't do too badly and in the end I got to hang with some of my new closest friends for a much-needed day off. Thankfully I get one more day to recoup from this day off, lol. Till next time...

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
From Left to Right; Back Row: Matthew Amira, Will Burton, and Charles South. Bottom Row: John Payonk, Max Chucker, and Jesse Swimm
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
That's our Pinky!!!

Oh I forgot the best part about the night. The Casino has a Brookstones and I got a 20-minute chair massage in those really fancy massage chairs so overall I did come out on top.

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off

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Guest Blogger: Jesse Swimm Jesse, has spent the last 20 years working extensively throughout New York, Nationally, and Internationally. He was Action in Broadway choreographer Joey McKneely's hit international production of "West Side Story". Jesse was also a member of the European tours of "A Chorus Line" and "Grease" for which he was the dance captain and set over 5 companies throughout Europe. Other productions include “High Button Shoes” at the Tony Award winning theatre The Goodspeed Opera House, “Swing”, “Beauty and the Beast”, "Footloose", "Singin' in the Rain", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Anything Goes", "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", multiple productions of "A Chorus Line", numerous industrials and a few years at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Jesse also completed the role of Bobby in a newly revised version of Kander and Ebb’s “The Rink” at The Cape Playhouse starring Leslie Uggams and was in China for the Macau International Music Festival in “Guys and Dolls”. Jesse was the Dance Captain/Swing on the Cameron Mackintosh/Trevor Nunn/Matthew Bourne National Tour of “My Fair Lady” direct from London’s National Theatre in the West End. Most recently Jesse was a part of the 1st National Tour (original cast) and closing Broadway company of Mary Poppins where he understudied and performed the role Bert as well as the US regional premiere of Mary Poppins at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in the role of Bert. Currently Jesse is playing the role of Nachum the Beggar at the Tony Award winning Goodspeed Opera House.

Jesse has also worked with such legendary Broadway director/choreographer/producers as Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn, Matthew Bourne, David Marquez, Tony Award Winner Andy Blankenbeuhler, Tony Award nominee Lara Teeter, Michael Butler, and Nightmare Creations duo Melissa Williams and Carla Kama who are choreographers for international music sensation Prince. Jesse, a California State University of Fullerton alumnus, is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. He is also the proud dad of a rescue dog, and encourages everyone to open their homes to a four-legged friend.


 
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