Sunny Day in Central Park

Hi guys,

So the weather has been really back and forth here in NYC recently, but I think we are finally going to see sunny, warm Spring days more often!  And I really hope I didn't just curse it by saying that... but anyway!

While I have been to Central Park to walk around before, no day has been as nice as this so far, so Marissa and I got dressed for the warm weather and made stops in both Washington Square Park and Central Park and took photo some photos so we could (1) remember this beautiful day and (2) prove it to you guys that we went!  See said pictures of our adventure below:

Also, I've officially been living in the city for 3. Whole. Months.  Like what?!  That's crazy -- does this mean i'm not a tourist anymore?  But in all seriousness, I am full-fledge New Yorker now, and my job as a professional actor couldn't be more real and daunting, but I'm up to the challenge!

Still much, much more to come.  Much love to you all!

The End of an Era...

Hey guys,

So, yesterday was the culmination of my four years at Otterbein, my Showcase, and I'm overcome with so many different emotions...

I feel so relieved that it's over, but also shocked at how quick the day went by; I feel very happy with how things went and the feedback I got, but also sad that yesterday was the last time I'll perform together with my whole class; I feel very excited for this new chapter of my life, but nervous at the same time in making a good impression on people past what they saw from me at Showcase.  But I just have to be confident in who I am, and take everything one day at a time -- now that Showcase is over, my life as a professional actor starts right now, and I intend to go out and soak up all that I can.

I just have a very ethereal feeling today: I got my feedback from Showcase and followed up with a bunch of people, and school now just isn't a thing anymore... I was told last night that all of the alumni there, and more importantly all of my professors, are now my peers -- my equals.  So, ontop of everything else, that's just a lot to take in, you know?  But regardless, them being my peers only means that they will always be there for me and my class to reach out to; my Otterbein family will always be my 2nd family. 

With that being said, I am so immensely proud of my class and the work they did yesterday.  They left it all onstage and gave their all up there, and I have no doubt in my mind they will all get representation and book things left and right.  We have all grown up so much over these 4 years, and the amount of love and support we had for each other, watching each other perform, was more than I ever could have asked for.  I love you BFA Class of 2017.

NYC Week 6: Potential Jobs!

Hey y'all..!

... That didn't work. I'm not from the south. I'm painfully Midwestern...

Hi again guys!

This week, I had my first interview for a job in the city - it was for the American Eagle in Times Square.  It went over pretty well all things considered: They had me fill out all of my info and availability, and even gave me a 2nd interview date coming up tomorrow... so wish me luck!  I mean, if I get this job, I get to say that I work in THE HEART OF TIMES SQUARE... and, you know, I also get a discount on AE's fantastic men's underwear.

I also had my first audition in the city on Sunday for Magnet Theater's "10 Minute Play Festival"!  
I had the chance to meet up with my classmates Steven and Evan, and their friend Doug, who all also had auditions that day.  They are a great and very supportive group of guys - go look em up ;)

Evan, Doug, Me, and Steven (from left to right) at the Magnet Theater auditions.

I also got the chance to see Paramour with Marissa at the Lyric Theater, compliments of Asel and her comp tickets from Telsey & Co.  It was a great show that took all the great parts of a cheesy musical and all the great parts of the spectacle of being at a Cirque Du Soleil show, and mashed them together to create a wonderful night out.  We even rode the 1 Train home with the lead and got to talk to him about the show and what we were doing in NYC!

The Lyric Theater Stage at the start of Paramour.

NYC Weeks 3 - 5, Part 3: Walking over Bridges, Dancing Through Life

Yay! We made it Part 3 -- now time to wrap this up:

Today, on this beautiful 60+ degree day, Marissa graciously accepted to come walk the Brooklyn Bridge with me!  And although there were a lot of people, and some mean bikers, it didn't seem like anything compared to how perfect a day it was.  We made it all the way across and back this afternoon all before the sun went down, and how it certainly tired us out!  We couldn't be gone long of course, because we had to get back to Louna, but how happy I am that we did that today, and I hope so much that this warm weather stays!

In other news, I've got an interview coming up on Thursday for the American Eagle in Times Square, so I might be on my way to getting my first "survival" job in the city!  And with Showcase 5 weeks away, I am gearing up and preparing myself as much as I can -- I have a vocal lesson with Matt Farnsworth (Broadway-renouned voice teacher) coming up at the end of March right before Showcase, and I'm going to home to unwind and get away from the craziness of the city for a little bit a week before that...

So many things are happening in my life in the big city, and with that being said, I promise I will be better with updating this blog.  Many more exciting things to come, so stay tuned!

"Woes are fleeting, blows are glancing, when you're dancing through life..."

NYC Weeks 3 - 5, Part 2: A Museum and a Maltese

Thank you for joining me for Part 2, I promise you won't regret it:

On February 12th, Marissa and I went to the Museum of Natural History, which was actually really exciting because it was the location where they filmed the first of the "Night at the Museum" films!  So we got to see the dinosaurs and the remains of other huge monsters I'm very glad don't exist anymore, and then we went to go see all the animals and aquatic life, and finished off the day by laying under a gigantic whale... fun stuff, right?  I have also included a quote below by Teddy Roosevelt engraved on the wall of the museum lobby, because not only was he a genius of his time, but in "Night at the Museum", he was played by Robin Williams, who was also a genius, and tremendous actor, of our time.   

In exciting other news, thanks to Marissa's new job at Rover, we both have the pleasure of looking after Louna, a three-month old Maltese puppy, for a week -- she is the sweetest and most well-behaved puppy I have ever come across, and she definitely makes the stressful days on the job just a little less stressful.  I have, of course, included some pictures of her below for your viewing pleasure:

NYC Weeks 3 - 5, Part 1: More Broadway Shows!

Hey guys!

So I know, it's been a while since my last blog post, but I am going to make a huge three-part post tonight summarizing all of the exciting things I've been up to in the past weeks:  Here goes!

I made the oh-so-right choice of going to see WICKED on February 1st with Marissa -- it was my third time seeing the show and her first, so I was excited for her to finally see what all the hype was about.  As expected, the show was just amazing; it truly never does get old, especially at the end of Act One when Elphaba goes flying into the air, which weirdly almost brought me to tears that night... anyway, on a less-emotional note, Marissa and I stayed outside the stage door after the show, and not only did we get to meet Todrick Hall (Youtube celebrity and current star of Kinky Boots on Broadway) who just so happened to have seen the show that night too, but we also got a signed poster & selfie with Sheryl Lee Ralph (pictured below), who was a wonderful Madame Morrible!  

I also, for the first time in my life, won a lottery for a show!!  We had awesome seats for IN TRANSIT, the all-a cappella musical, which was such a fantastic and feel-good show, but also a really relevant and relatable one with a strong message, so go see it if you get the chance!  And if winning the lottery wasn't enough, Patti LuPone attended the show as well, and stood in front of us in line!

Corbin Bleu at On Your Feet!, Todrick Hall at Wicked, and now Patti LuPone at In Transit... I've been having really good luck with random famous people showing up at the shows I see -- let's hope that continues!  

NYC Week 2 - Broadway Shows With Fellow Otters!

Hi guys!

I finally went to go see my good friend, Jordan Donica as Raoul in Phantom on Broadway!  I shadowed him when I originally visited Otterbein my senior year of high school, and he has been an inspiration, director, and brother and fellow Prince (cough *Into The Woods* cough), to me in my time at Otterbein - his performance blew me away.  I wish him all the best as he joins the 1st touring cast of Hamilton as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson!

Jordan and I on the Majestic Theater stage.

I also got the chance to attend On Your Feet! with my classmate, Asel Swango -- compliments of Telsey & Co., where Asel is doing her internship!  The show was SO much fun, and we waited outside the stage door in the cold for autographs and actor tips; we even got to see Corbin Bleu and awkwardly said hi!

Asel and I in the Marquis Theater!

January Update!

Hello all!

Just a couple things I want to share with you guys after my first week LIVING IN NYC:

I officially started interning at Laura Stanczyk's Casting Agency, near Times Square, January 3rd!  Laura is a Broadway casting director who has been involved in such shows as Side Show, Ragtime, Urinetown, as well as many other revivals and National tours.  She is truly so great and such a wonderful connection to have, I can't wait to continue to work with her and the rest of her agency in the six weeks leading up to my Showcase.

I just attended our first post-move Showcase rehearsal with alum Todd Alan Crain, and I cannot stop thinking about how incredible it was - he is truly a wealth of knowledge about the "acting in the city" world and it was so refreshing to get a new take, or a new eye, on our Showcase material!  Alan did this out of the goodness of his heart from his past experiences of moving to the city out of college, and I cannot thank him enough.

This is all still kind of surreal... it still feels like an extended vacation or group field trip with my class.  When I look around and see all this and truly acknowledge the fact that I am living here now, it blows my mind.  I honestly could not be happier.  I am so excited for what these coming months will bring while I train for Showcase and give my all at my internship, and then what's going to happen beyond that - I guess only time will tell.

"Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now."

My loving class at our Launch last month, pictured below:

The BFA Class of 2017 performs "Seasons of Love/Finale B" from RENT.

The BFA Class of 2017 performs "Seasons of Love/Finale B" from RENT.

The Crucible Catch-Up & Monthly Update

Happy November everyone!

The Crucible finished at the end of October and I could not have been happier with the way it made an impact on so many people; we had 8 performances for audiences ranging from high school students to senior citizens and it seemed like it had the same profound effect on all of them.  Playing John Proctor was such an emotional journey and performing the show in its entirety had me in tears night after night, especially closing night when the reality of "this is my last performance on an Otterbein stage" hit me like a ton of bricks - me and the four other members of my class in the show huddled together to seek comfort in that moment that was simultaneously heart-wrenching and incredibly beautiful, to know that these people I have been with for almost four years were there for me, and that they always will be.  Eventually, the tears subsided.

One phrase at the end of the song we used to close The Crucible still has stuck with me: "We have a chance to make a difference 'till our dying day."  These words gave me the motivation to go out and vote during this election process so that I could make difference, not matter how small, in the decision of who will lead our nation.  Although the outcome of this decision was less than desirable for me and a lot of others in the theatre, we will go on, we will survive, and we will love - "Love is love is love is love is love", nothing anyone can do will change that.

Go out and spread happiness, acceptance, and love; the world needs it now more than ever.

Happy October!

Hey there guys!

So it's the first day of my favorite month, and I could not be more excited looking to the future:
We have our first full run of The Crucible today for part of the faculty, my Showcase songs and cuts are approved and solidified, and Otterbein's campus is popping with alumni and Homecoming activities - not mention this is my last Homecoming here as a student...

It's 30 days until Halloween, 64 days until my class' The Launch and the end of my last semester here, and a little over 90 days until I'm a resident of New York, New York... time is going by too fast. It seemed like only yesterday when I was a freshman spending my first fall at Otterbein, and my senior year seemed so far away; now we're here, and we're on our way.

"Look at where we are; look at where we started. The fact that we're alive is a miracle."

A 3rd of the Way There...

Hey gang!

So it's week 5 of Senior year, and things are finally starting to fall into place:
Internships are getting figured out, I'm narrowing down options for where to live in NYC, and my song cuts for showcase are so very close to being approved - I am slowly checking things off my huge "senior year" list. You just got to take things day by day...

We are also a little more than a week into Otterbein's The Crucible rehearsals!  Stepping into the (not buckled) shoes of John Proctor has not only been an honor, but a huge responsibility to bare all the weight that role comes with.  Nevertheless, I am having copious amounts of fun doing my homework for the character, and crafting the person I envision that John is.

The Crucible is my last production at Otterbein, and the last one of my whole college career period... I can't even begin to describe how weird that feels.  

Trying not dote on that fact, however, I am doing my best to absorb the last bit of training I can get from my professors, and basking in the pleasure and experience of getting to work with my classmates and sharing a stage with them one last time...

Looking to the future, I can only hope there are bigger and brighter stages to come.

Welcome to my Website!

Hello all!

This is my first blog entry on my website, and actually my first blog entry ever; so this is kind of new thing for me.

If you couldn't tell already, my name is Connor Allston and I am a senior at Otterbein University.  It is currently my last semester here before I leave for NYC in January, which is exciting and a little scary at the same time... but nonetheless, I am trying to soak up all that I can before my 3 and a half years here comes to an end.

I will be updating this blog as much as I can, and I will try to get used to how to "blog" successfully as time goes on haha.  Thank you for visiting my website!