BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Live Theatre Magic!

February 7
3:56 PM 2014
BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Live Theatre Magic! We might have had the most entertaining performance of Disaster! yet this week, and when I say entertaining, I mean for us cast members; the audience seemed to enjoy the show but we were losing it backstage. On Tuesday nights, our curtain is usually at 7:30pm but something was wrong with the sound system so we held curtain until 8pm to give the stage management team time to fix whatever was happening (in all honesty, I have no clue what was wrong but bless our awesome sound engineer, Nissa Syverson, for dealing with the madness).

So 8pm roles around, the show starts and everything is going smoothly. We are enjoying our typical shenanigans where we dance around like fools while singing back up harmonies off stage. Robb Sapp and Matt Farcher performed a beautiful pas de deux. Please note the evolution of their glorious duet in the picture below. Then it happened. Jennifer Simard and Annie Golden are onstage doing a pretty important scene where we learn a lot about Annie's character, Shirley. The whole thing takes place in an elevator and when Shirley needs to tell Sister Mary something pressing, she "stops" the elevator. Me typing up what happened will not do this story justice so I had Jen make a little video for you guys so you can see what happened. BONUS! She also tells us about a hilarious incident where something went wrong during "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." I have personally watched this video multiple times before even posting this blog because it makes me laugh so hard (you'll hear me cackling in the background...). **Please note how hot Jen is! She's out of costume for the video and I've included a shot of her in her nun habit, still smizing/werking for the camera** While this was happening onstage, the entire cast was offstage peeing our pants from laughing so hard. After the elevator moment happened, we kind of braced ourselves for what was ahead because Act 2 is very heavy in the sound effects department. Some stand out moments:

1. Remember this video? Saum Eskandani "falls" to his death after "Loving You" and instead of a thud it sounded like a tender leaf gently falling from a tree.

2.Disco diva, Levora Verona (played by the rifftastic Charity Dawson), tries her luck on the Vicky Sue Robinson slot machine which naturally plays "Turn The Beat Around." We actually use her version of the song and also a slot machine sound effect and this all leads into a "disaster" sound effect which, unlike Saum's death scene, came out loud proud. I think at one point we just stopped our fake screaming cause there was no way we were being heard.

3.This has nothing to do with sound but there's a small bit that happens in the house. Matt Farcher, Saum, and I run into the aisle and it's usually a big open space where we do a scene in a "lifeboat." Not on Tuesday!!! One of our audience members required assistance in the form of a walker. Said walker was being stored in the previously mentioned "big open space." The three of us run out and the only light we have is a flashlight which I bring out and shine on whoever is speaking. Here's how it went: We run out, we hear a crash, I flash my handy flashlight to find Saum entangled with the walker, we finish with us crying from laughing while we're trying to talk about how we can escape the disaster in a lifeboat.

Needless to say, it was an adventure. Our wonderful audience was along for the ride and we had a blast experiencing the magic of live theater. Have I sold you on coming to visit us yet? Get on it, girl! You know you want some of this madness


BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Live Theatre Magic!
Matt and Robb, treasures of the dance world

BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Live Theatre Magic!
Haven Burton and I getting crazy backstage

BWW Blog: Sherz Aletaha of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! - Live Theatre Magic!
Look at the sassy smizing!!!!! Look at it!!!

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Guest Blogger: Sherz Aletaha Sherz (sounds like more than one Cher) is a singer/actor/mover who loves a good dance party. Originally from Newport Beach, California, she is currently living in New York City and performing in the hit Off Broadway show DISASTER written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick with direction by Plotnick and choreography by Denis Jones. Other NY credits include DISASTER (The Box and The Triad), SPRING ALIVE (Dixon Place, cast album available), Beyond The iChatter (Ars Nova), and numerous concerts and readings. Sherz geeked out big time singing aboard Rosie O'Donnell's Rfamily cruise alongside fancy Broadway folks, and she performed regionally in HOW TO SUCCEED..., MAN OF LA MANCHA, GYPSY, and MOON OVER BUFFALO. If you want to laugh at her, you can watch her as Lauren in the award winning web series WING WOMEN . Lastly, to follow her shenanigans, check out her blog which she swears she will some point... and follow her on Twitter: @morethanonecher