During June 2001, I was part of the Tongue and Groove Theater production Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste. This is a musical based on the life of Joseph Pujol, an actual entertainer of turn of the century France who could fart music (try a Google search - you'll find out more than you want to know!). The play is set mostly in the Moulin Rouge, and involves an on-stage band to back up the musical numbers, including several rousing can-cans! I had a fantastic time doing it, as it was entirely different from my other musical experiences. Learning to pick up cues and follow tempos (rather than setting them) was fun, not to mention playing in costume.
My good friends Ian and Jonathan wrote some of the music and were instrumental (pun intended) at getting me into the show to play drums in the band. I was able to enjoy the great stuff about performing theater that I remembered from high school, but without having to learn a single line. And who could ask for a better role than to sit back and watch can-can girls kick for seven performances?
View photos: Le Petomane Rehearsal
View photos: Le Petomane Backstage