Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Wonderful, Wonderful Day!"

Heyyyyyyyyyy everyone.

Look at that! I'm still alive!

My life has been a whirlwind of basically everything lately, from dizzyingly wonderful to some very rough and distressing business.  I just made a 5-second decision to write a quick blog post, which is an oddity in and of itself... but I realized I haven't posted since early December and that you guys aren't caught up on some interesting news that may please you!

Namely, theatre.  After years and years of dreaming about ACTUALLY being in theatre, I've reached that point.  And wow, is it exciting!  First I was cast in a Christmas variety show which made the Yuletide season excessively busy and bustling, but was also terribly fun and exciting.  I was mainly just in the chorus for that, as it wasn't a traditional play, but I got to be in four different costumes so that was fun.  (Let me tell you, going from full Dickens costume to "Hoteiosho," a Santa-like character from Japan, complete with a wig and two--yes, two--masks, in the space of about three minutes was quite interesting.)

Behind-the-scenes shot of a dear friend and me in the Christmas show!

After being cast in that but before the performances started, I auditioned for the 2017 year of my local musical theatre company. I did this last year as well, but didn't get in.  However, this year I was surprised to make it into three shows-- and in the first one, to actually have a REAL CHARACTER.  With a name.  Not just some random ensemble person, but a character with a personality and her own lines.  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

...The fact that the show was "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" made it slightly less exciting, as I always rather loathed that movie.  (I mean... it's all about wife-hunters, which are some of my least favorite things.)  It WAS my choice to audition for it, however, and that was because... well, theatre.  I thought even if I didn't like the movie, the show could be awfully fun to participate in.

And I was right!  There was a bit of a setback when I found out that my character, Dorcas, is probably the LAST bride I would have chosen to play.  To be very tactful, she's the most... boy-crazy of the group.  And that's not wording it how the stage direction in the script portrays it. *cough*

But hey.  When in theatre, you can develop your own character a little bit, which is nice.  And at least it's a stretch for my acting ability. ;)  Also, our director is super nice and lovely and some of the awkward stuff in the show (guys, the play has so much more cringe-worthy stuff than the movie, which I was not expecting!) has been tamed down quite a bit. *sigh of relief* Also, stage kisses are a thing.  I got that straightened out at the very beginning.  And the guy playing Benjamin is super nice about it.  (Fortunately for him, as it just so happens I have a gentleman friend of 6'4" who would be more than happy to defend my honor should anyone even think to get fresh. :P)

Oh, the dancing though?! This is a dancing show and my GOODNESS there's a lot of choreography to learn for someone as inexperienced as myself!  I mean, it's not quite the same as English Country Dancing. Hahaha.

(The post title is taken from this song. Although this is the Broadway musical recording, the version we're doing is still significantly different.)

And speaking of Broadway musicals... the Phantom of the Opera Broadway tour is coming to my locality this summer and I'm gonna SEE IT with one of my very best friends and no I am not excited about it at all.  (Just kidding I'm SUPER excited about it.)

Oh, and as soon as Seven Brides is over it's straight into rehearsals for "Annie"... and I'm also finishing up my Office Specialist certificate, which I should get in June. As well as working. Not to mention, my brother is getting MARRIED to one of my close friends (the girl pictured above, as it happens) early next month and I'm a bridesmaid and Amy is coming out for it and... phew! Basically, until Annie is over, I'm going to be constantly on the run!  But I guess that's show biz. ;)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

3 Fictional Characters

In Facebook Land over the last couple of months, people have been tagging people (including me) in this #3fictionalcharacters, where you make a little collage of the three fictional characters you identify with the most, or that sorta-kinda make up your personality.

As it happens, the three I came to settle on were all Jane Austen heroines. ...Go figure.  After all, one of my favorite things about Jane Austen is how relatable her characters are!

So I decided to do a blog post about it.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Episode 2: One Day More!

(Ugh the angle is awful for my face in this one... >.<)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Short and Sappy Post About Friendships

I love to see the way that friendships evolve.  It's easiest to look at these when you do the bulk of getting to know a person through written communication (these days, generally online).  Once you've known them for a certain amount of time-- or rather, when it reaches a certain point that can't be measured by time, or by anything else-- you can look back at the earliest messages, emails, etc. and see such a change.

It's the same person.  It's always very much the same person.  Yet, there is something stilted about how they write... you can tell they're being a little more prim and proper, holding back a little, measuring their sentences.  Then, gradually, you both begin to loosen up a little.  You look at the communication and see that you're starting to pick up some of each other's vernacular-- favorite words and expressions. (At least, this happens with my friendships, because I tend to use made-up words and the people I gravitate towards also are creative in this way. ;))  Even things like punctuation might change a little, because one or the other of you decides you like the way the other person does a thing better, and you start doing it yourself.  (Example: before knowing Amy, I always did...this, instead of doing... this.  The space, you see, after the "dot dot dot.")

It just puts a smile on my face, to look back.  To see where we started, what we talked about, what mattered then.  To wonder where we'll go, what we'll talk about, and what else will matter.  To wonder what will change, and what will stay the same.  To realize that you and the other person have created something together that never existed before, as happens with all close human relationships.  That's what makes them exciting.  Each time you discover a dear friend, you discover parts of yourself that you never knew existed.

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