Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dearest Mr. J

I just wanted to say thank you.
*Thank you for always knowing how to make me smile...or laugh.
*Thanks for bringing me soup when I was sick. My most favorite kind of soup.
*Thanks for not pushing me into the provo river when we went tubing.
*Thank you for laughing at my jokes, even though they aren't actually funny.
*Thanks for putting up with my dad ;)
*Thank you for taking me on that amazing hike. And for being concerned about the blisters I got on my heels on the way up the mountain.
*Thank you for coming to my shows. And for listening through all of my blabbering about performing. And for listening to the showtunes I play on my ipod. I know they're cheesy.
*Thanks for that one time when you helped clean the kitchen. You really didn't have to.
*Thanks for never laughing at me when I can't shoot hoops or play halo.
*Thanks for all the movies we've seen... maybe one day I'll actually be caught up. Since I'm such a film amateur.
*Thank you for being so nice to my little sister. I think you're her new favorite person. I just have to keep my fingers crossed that she doesn't steal you away from me! ;)
*Thanks for taking me shooting. I love bragging that I shot an M16 on fully-auto.
*Thank you for helping me set up my laptop... I'm so glad I have a guy who is so smart! :)
*Thanks a bunch for taking me dancing. You are a superb dance partner. (Sorry about when we went swing dancing and I kneed you in the head. I'll have to work on that.)
* Thanks for putting up with my love for the elders. Don't worry too much, since you were one once... you're included in my general obsession over the missionaries.
*Thank you for watching P.S. I Love You with me.
*Thank you for always saying the nicest things.
*Thanks for giving the best hugs.

And the list goes on...

Thank you for being such an amazing guy.
My prince charming of modern-day... I'm pretty sure Cinderella would be jealous. ;) I have loved spending time with you and learning about you. I'm so glad that I've met you.  Thank you Isaac, for everything. The past 30 days have been amazing.
And it feels like it's been so much longer.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Bouquet of Bows

My mom and I made flower clips over the weekend.
Usually I'm not the most crafty individual
And I think these are adorable.

Pin them on a headband,
In your hair,
On a blouse
Or a onto a purse
They're easy to make
And lots of fun to wear!

And so today I bounced around campus showing off one of my new Flower pins.
I have a bouquet full... almost enough to last me an entire week.
Different fabrics and colors, different sizes and shapes.
And for a change I feel somewhat artistic. :)

It's fun showing off new accessories ;)

The Pirates of Penzance- a little video :)

Here's a sneak peek at all the fun I've been having for the past three months! :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Frequent Traveler

I am loving Ogden. Truly. And I'm loving college, immensely so. :) But the past week I have been a frequent traveler between Ogden and Salt Lake. Here's a recap of my traveling adventures

Mini-Trip #1 The Lion King
I went to The Lion King at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Salt Lake. I bought tickets through the high school last spring, and so Brittany Hathaway, Matt Baxter, Spencer Walker and I took a trip to the theatre to see the show. We got to reunite with some of our high school friends. My brother came to see the show, and it was fun spending time with him too. It was Ben's first big show and he loved it. The show was brilliant (ESPECIALLY the opening number) and I've been humming the songs all weekend long.

Britt and I outside of the Capitol Theatre

Benjamin and I waiting for the show to start!

A video of The Lion King, opening number "Circle of Life"
(I just LOVE the costumes and makeup)

Mini-Trip #2 Karaoke Night!
For reasons that take too much time to explain, I didn't perform on Tuesday night or on Thursday night with my cast in The Pirates of Penzance. Problem: I had made a pact with fellow castmates Shelby Sours and Becca Lemon that I would go to karaoke night on Thursday. So despite the fact that I didn't perform hat night, I made a trip to West Valley for another awesome karaoke night. I brought Brittany and Matt with me (It was Matt's birthday, so it was a great lil' celebration) It was fun introducing my Hale friends to Matt and Brittany. I love all of my theatre friends. Karaoke night was cancelled, but we still had a great time visiting at Applebees.

Me and Brittany at Applebees

And... the weekend, trip #3 :)
There were several things I was planning on attending this weekend in the Salt Lake Valley, so I just decided to come home for the weekend. On Friday night I went to see my friend Landon Arnold in an LDS musical called The Mission. It was about a missionary (Landon played the missionary... ... I love missionaries) and it was such a fun little show, It made me happy inside. I went to see the show with my dearest mother, and we had a great time (with a stop to grab dinner on the way home!) Good job with the show, Landon! :)

On Saturday I had two shows at Hale. They were both great, and it felt SO GOOD to be performing with the cast again. (Only a week had gone by... and I was having withdrawls. ha ha!) Our fellow castmate, Stefani, had her birthday on Saturday and we had a lot of fun celebrating her birth :) we took 5-hour energy shots before the show... which sent me on a bit of a buzz!! I've never taken Red Bull or any kind of energy drink before, so it was quite fun. It didn't seem to last five hours though... oh well. :)

And today I went to my beloved friend's mission farewell. My friend Thomas Bytendorp leaves on his mission to Dallas Texas in two weeks, and his missionary farewell was this morning. I brought Isaac and my friend Ashley Berg with me. The meeting was very nice, and Thomas gave a wonderful talk. After the meeting we went to Thomas' house for lunch. I had a marvelous time talking with Thomas and I also got to see Austin Arntsen at the farewell. I met Thomas and Austin four years ago at efy, and we've been friends ever since. The amazing kind of friend-- where even after you haven't seen them in quite a while, you can get together and it feels like you've never parted :) Good luck on your mission Thomas! Hopefully I'll be seeing him one last time before he is set apart-- we have a planned hang-out to watch Mrs. Doubtfire. tee hee.

(Me, Thomas, and Ashley. Super windy outside!)

After the farewell Isaac came over to spend the day at home. It felt so nice to be able to relax at home with my favorite people. Mom made chicken roll-ups for dinner, and Isaac and I made chocolate pudding pie for dessert. After dinner Mom, Ben, Brooklyn, Isaac and I watched Flyboys. (Brooklyn gave up and went to play computer games) And then it was time to make the drive back to Ogden. Leaving the second time was a bit harder than the first... but now that I'm down here I'm ready for another week at college! :) I can't wait! And I'm sure with Hale, friends, boy, and family... there will be many more trips home. Luckily it isn't TOO far, or I'd have quite the drive to make!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Beauty Marks and Blistered Boots

Passionate for Performing...
That's what I am,
And that's what I like blogging about
(If you couldn't already tell)

It's practically my life.

Here are my most favorite older sisters
From The Pirates of Penzance
We've got each other's backs.
Through thick and thin ;)
Whether one of us has a nightcap falling off,
When I need a band-aid for the blister on my heel,
We'll cheer each other up on a bad day,
We'll remind each other to wash our hands
(After the meet and greet at the end of the show.)
(Who knows who washes their hands after bathroom break during intermission)
Or if I constantly have to borrow someone's scissors.
We stick together :)
And we always have a girl's "huddle up"
Under the stage before our entrance.

We have a lot of fun, too.
Most recently we all penciled beauty marks on our faces.
(The picture at the top we each have a mole)
That wasn't a part of the costume/makeup design...
(But nobody will know!)
Next time, we're going to take 5-hour energy shots
Just before the show
We'll see how that goes!!
(It's going to be crazy!)

It's a lot of work and it can be tiring
With the heavy costumes, tight lace-up boots and hot lights
(One time I did three shows in less than 24 hours!)
But all in all, I'm having a PHENOMENAL time doing the show.
I love the set, the costumes, the show, and the people.
I'm going to be so sad when it's over.
Come see the show while you can!
And thanks to my sisters... you're the best!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Big First Day.

First day of college at WSU = Success.

Here is my "first day of school picture" in my "first day of school outfit." I know, I'm cheesy. But going to a brand new school, with brand new people, walking into brand new classes, with brand new professors... and a brand new outfit??!? It's the best feeling.

I started of my morning with a drive on the small and awkwardly quiet Wildcat Shuttle over to Weber State University. I stepped off the shuttle and onto the beautiful WSU campus and, after purchasing some last-minute required materials, I headed over to my favorite little corner of the campus. My future home of study. The save-haven for all the theatre geeks that don't fit in anywhere else on campus. ;) The place where they take those geeky little high school Drama kids (like me) keep them prisoner for four years... weed out the wanna-be's... and then spit the rest of us back out as professional artists. (Or something like that).... This lovely little place is the performing arts building or otherwise known as The Browning Center.  My first day of classes are in the Browning Center. I arrived early, so I relaxed in the lobby area with Brittany Hathaway and Matt Baxter and enjoyed my breakfast (a bagel with cream cheese on-the-go). Then it was time to start class!

Class #1.
THEA 1013. Introduction to Theatre
With Professor Phillip Lowe
(a.k.a. Funniest Professor Ever. He's a flamboyant Professor and has a masters in costume design and a bachelor's in theatre) I have this class with Brittany and Matt. After a room mix-up fiasco with some music majors (who think they own the place) we were moved to a different room and finally began class. It seemed the class size was about 30-40 people... some who are taking the class for a humanities gen.ed. credit... and the rest of us being theatre majors. There were actors, directors, technicians, theatre educators, costume designers, stage managers, and musical theatre majors. It felt like I fit right in with the class. Some Highlights of THEA 1013...

*Professor Lowe explained to us the differences between THEATER and THEATRE. (Which, I proudly admit, I already knew the answer to) For those of you who don't know. THEATER is a space. Like a movie THEATER, the THEATER room, or the balcony of the THEATER. THEATRE is a process. It's an art. And if you want to join the cool kids club and actually know what you're talking about (Unlike those Musical Theatre Know-It-Alls who only know Wicked, Phantom, and Jekyll and Hyde... oh and the Sound of Music.) then you'll refer to us as THEATRE majors not THEATER majors. Got it? ;)

*I met Joseph Smith. No visionary dreams, don't worry. The guy who plays the role of young Joseph Smith in the new Joseph Smith movie downtown is in my class. So I just like to say that "I met Joseph Smith" His name is Nick, and he's pretty nice. :) I think we're going to become friends.

* And I learned that some theatre kids are just as weird in college as they were in high school. I think that's enough said... bless their hearts... we still love them anyway.

Class #2.
THEA 1043. Introduction to American Musical Theatre
With Professor Jim Christian.
I also share this class with Brittany and Matt... and Joseph Smith was there, too. (Maybe I should start calling him Nick?) I was so excited to be in this class. Jim is already one of my idols, practically. I mean he already made it into my quote book. "Musical Theatre is the most synthetic of all art forms. It combines every other discipline: dance, vocal, and instrumental music, poetry, drama, literature, painting and sculpture and strives to unify them into one seamless whole." He's brilliant. And now he's my professor, and I couldn't feel more lucky. ;) Some highlights:

*When Jim Christian asked "What are some things you think of when you think of theatre?" various people started chiming in with answers like "sing!", "dance!", "act!", "jazz hands!"... and Jim would write them on the board. We continued this process when one brave girl immediately called out "GAY MEN!"......... Everyone laughed....... and nobody disagreed. Jim even wrote it on the board, nodding his head in agreement. Oh, gotta love theatre.

*We learned what pedagogy means. It's in our syllabus and apparently the definition goes something like this.  •Pedagogy; the study of being a teacher. The term generally refers to strategies of instruction, or a style of instruction. Even after the professor gave us the definition... there were a lot of blank looks. We're theatre majors, Jim. Give us a break.

*And we learned about "UNCLE JIM'S MUSICAL THEATRE TRIVIA DEATH SHEET 2010". Apparently, if you are the first person to turn it in the most accurately, you get a 10% grade raise. Supposedly the questions are reeeeallly hard (Like "In such and such musical what song has the word 'the' in it 10 times?") We're supposed to be given the trivia sheet sometime in the next couple weeks... wish me luck!

Class #3.
THEA 1030. Voice and Movement for the Actor
With Professor Tracy Callahan. 
I have this class with Brittany, and it sounds like it is going to be very intruiging. We're going to be learning a lot about viewpoints (which is a teaching method of focus, voice, and movement for performers. Kind of hard to explain...) The professor is really forward, but she's way funny and I think I'm really going to enjoy her class. She tells it how it is, and so I'm looking forward to getting a lot of helpful critique from her in her class. :) I'm not sure of any little quirky funny stories in her class. But I already have a performance assignment in her class, and I'm really nervous and excited for it! I have to prepare and perform a one minute monologue from the class, so she can gage where each student is at in their voice, movement, focus, and confidence. Should be exciting to see everyone's work!

So... that was my first day of college :)

College is feeling very weird, because most of my classes are theatre based... which is a good thing, I mean that's like a dream world for me. But I feel like I'm not in school yet because it's so new and different. But so far... I love it!!!!

Today I had two more classes; a Theatre Freshman Seminar class and a Math 1010 class. The Freshman Seminar class and Math class only take place once-a-week. During the Freshman Seminar Class they announced the auditions for the first semester musical, and they told us about AAT (Acting And Technicians something or another... sounds kind of like a Drama Club).

My math class is mostly an online class (which is weird to get used to) but the good news is, you can retake ALL assignments, quizzes, and exams... even the final! So hopefully I'll be able to master Math 1010 so I never have to take it again! Both classes today were really enjoyable, and I get along with both of my professors. (Especially my math professor... which is good news, seeing as how much I usually despise math!)

So... that's my new academic life of two days in a nutshell! I'm excited for the rest of the week. I'm going to see Lion King at the Capitol Theater tonight, I have more classes, Institute on Thursday, more Hale Performances, some college socials, and a missionary farewell to attend to! But that's it for now, so until next time, Au revoir!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Bug Spray, Anyone?

•Pesticide - A substance, usually synthetic although sometimes biological, used to kill or contain the activities of pests.

Sometimes-- people and things in life just bug me.
Usually I'm pretty easy to get along with.
But every once in a while--
I wish I had a giant, super-strong pesticide.
Or at least some repellent...
So that if I can't kill it, I can at least avoid it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The End of the Last Stretch

Well... this is it! The end of Summer. The past three months have passed in the blink of an eye. Tomorrow I start classes at Weber State. I can't believe it! I'm finally here, in my own apartment... with endless opportunities to discover who I am and what I want to pursue throughout the course of my adult life. It feels great... all doors are opened, and I'm ready to embrace this new chapter of this wonderful life of mine!

Towards the end of my beloved senior year in high school, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do before I started life as a poor college student. Here's the list, and I did everything I had planned except for "Learn the 500 Days of Summer dance and film it in a park." I will do that one day. As silly as it sounds. It will happen. ;)

Here's the list.

*Go 'couching'
*Go on a picnic date
*Learn how to make Ganache
*Direct a play
*Become an international Thespian
*Graduate High School
*Graduate Seminary
*Go to the Festival of Colors
*Compete in the Miss Riverton Pageant
*Have a pity-party/wallow in sympathy party/epic girls night
*Pull an all-nighter
*Finish Gilmore Girls
*Have a 'Breakfast Club' morning
*Write my missionary friends :)
*YW Medallion
*Read the Book of Mormon
*Take a picture by the cement heart on 12600 S.
*Vacay to NYC
*Have Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate at Serendipity
*Visit the Copper Mines
*Recieve the Silverwolf Medallion
*Earn an Enhanced Diploma

(Thespian officers couching for Morp day activity- on the overpass)

The Drama Banquet- I was the only International Thespian for the year.

High School Graduation- I did it!
Cassandra Carter and I smiling for the camera.

Seminary Graduation

First time at The Holi Festival of Colors.
(I was a LOT more colorful than this... but it rubbed off in the car)
So much fun. I'm definitely going next year.

Miss Riverton Pageant.
Competed-and was crowned first attendant :)
This is the royalty
 Treking across the field towards the Sandy Parade.
(Me, Stephanie Emch and Jessica Saunders)

Pity Party/Wallow/Girls night/All-nighter
This is us at Walmart at 2 in the morning.
(Me with high school friends Kate Bagley and Cabrielle Andersen)

Breakfast Club with RHS friends

The cement heart on 12600 S.
(We had to go at midnight so we wouldn't get run over.)
I went with Ashley Berg and Kari Mack

Me and Mom, in New York City
(Ellis Island)

Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate.
I died and went to heaven.

My visit to the Copper Mines :)

So there you have it- a spring/summer chalk-full of random amazingness. And some pictures to go along with it.

Oh, what a life. And now for the college world... mayhaps another list is in the making? We'll see!

Christening Our New Home.

Yesterday was my first day away from home.
It was a very... eventful day.
My family helped me move into my cute little apartment

We ate at Texas Roadhouse
Endured a loooong shopping trip at Walmart,
And then it was time to say goodbye to the fam.
It was bittersweet. 

My Best friend and new roomie
Brittany Hathaway
Is in Hairspray the musical.
So after unpacking all day,
 We drove back to Salt Lake.
Isaac Johnson and I went to see the show.
It was great fun, and Britt was fantastic! :)
(Not that I'm biased, or anything)

After the show we went to a club.
Yeah, me at a club?
Weird I know.
It was definitely an experience.

(An experience involving me almost running over a drunk jay-walker downtown, driving around the block five times to find a parking space, accidentally waltzing into the restricted area of the club and very quickly getting kicked out (for people 21 and older), feeling like I had jumped into a futuristic version of the beginning of Miss Saigon, running into old high school friends, and ultimately being scarred for life.)

Not really scarred for life. Clubbing just isn't my thing. 

After leaving the club early, it was back to Ogden.
Brittany and I made a midnight stop at Smiths Marketplace.
Then we finally arrived at our apartment
Our keycards weren't working.
First night... and we were locked out.
But no worries, our fellow neighbors finally let us in.
(Along with the 4 other strangers who were locked out too)

Once safely inside, 
We had an official celebration
For the first night in our new home.

That's right.

We had to Christen our new home.
No wine of course... sparkling cider.

(Which really ended up being IBC rootbeer and cream soda, we couldn't find sparkling cider at Smiths, but we had to get something in a glass bottle, so we could make a toast.)

And we bought Ben and Jerry's ice cream too,
 For good measure.

(I got Peanut Butter Cup... truly divine.)

We made a toast, and enjoyed our late night snack.
Even though cream soda and ice cream are a random combo.
It was our first night in our apartment as roomates.
And we had to make it official.

"To college, living on our own, and our new home.
We made it through the first day."


Friday, August 20, 2010

Wishing Summer Would Last.

The sky; so stunning on a warm summer night.

I draw in a breath as I take in the sight

Midnight blue satin, striations of clouds

Crickets chirping, and other summertime sounds.

I kick off my sandals, lay back in the grass

Glance up at the stars... wishing summer could last.

I close my eyes softly and hear the wind sigh

Enjoying the night while the moon rises high.

I smile at this moment, everything is just right.

If it only could last... this warm summer night.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Story

I have always enjoyed this short story. I recieved it sometime ago in an email, and thought I'd share it. Entitled "The Room" it's about a dream that a young man had one night. Whether it is a true story or written fictionally, I love the message it gives. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

Much love,

"The Room"

In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endlessly in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read "Girls I Have Liked." I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was. This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn’t catch. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching.

A file named "Friends" was next to one marked "Friends I Have Betrayed." The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. "Books I Have Read", "Lies I Have Told", "Comfort I Have Given", Jokes I Have Laughed At." Some were almost hilarious in their exactness. "Things I Have Yelled at My Brothers." Others I couldn’t laugh at: "Things I Have Done in My Anger", "Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents." I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Often, there were many more cards than I expected. Sometimes fewer than I hoped.

I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived. Could it be possible that I had the time in my 20 years to write each of these thousands or even millions of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature. When I pulled out the file marked "Songs I Have Listened To", I realized the files grew to contain their contents. The cards were packed tightly, and yet after two or three yards, I hadn’t found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of music, but more by the vast amount of time I knew that file represented.

When I came to a file marked "Lustful Thoughts", I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size, and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed content. I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded.

An almost animal rage broke on me. One thought dominated my mind:

"No one must ever see these cards! No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!" In an insane frenzy I yanked the file out. Its size didn’t matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards. But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it. Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot. Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh. And then I saw it....

The title bore "People I Have Shared the Gospel With." The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand. And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs so deep that the hurt started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all. The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes. No one must ever, ever know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key.

But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him

No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn’t bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own. He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes. Why did He have to read every one?

Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn’t anger me.

I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn’t say a word. He just cried with me. Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card.

"NO!" I shouted rushing to Him. All I could find to say was "No, no," as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn’t be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His blood. He gently took the card back. He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He place His hand on my shoulder and said, "It is finished."

I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There is no lock on its door. There are still cards to be written.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

'Spare' Me

I suck at bowling.
And personally,
I think EVERYTHING about the game
Is absolutely and positively

1. Renting Shoes. Everyone in the place gets to know about my enourmous feet.

2. Bowling Ball sizes. Yeah... you're talking to a girl with about zero arm strength. So when I pull out a  9 pound ball... people look at me like I'm a whimp. (And what can I say? I am a whimp. tee hee.)

3. The stance. Or whatever it's called. You know... that whole tricky little run up to the edge of the lane where you so effortlessly release your ball? I just walk up to the line and swing. I am definitely not advanced enough to attempt the professional preparation of it all ;)

4. The big one. Gutters. I am the gutter-ball queen. If I had it my way, I would still use the baby bumpers.

5. The score. My average-- probably about a 62. Enough said.

So as you can tell, I just love bowling. The sport definitely shows off my large-footed stature, my massive strength, my swift grace, and my precise aim.

Yesterday night after a long day of hiking to Mt. Timpanogas and a Friday night show, I was invited to go bowling with Isaac. Despite my sleepy disposition I went... thinking I could just go and watch and socialize.

Yeah- think again.
Of course Dear Isaac is going to make me play.
With strangers.
While I'm half-asleep from the long day.
(Which made me bowl even worse.)

Why couldn't I have been spared the embarrassment
Of this trivial, popular little game?
Gotta love bowling.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Pirates of Penzance

It's finally time!
My most recent show...
At The Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley
Opens tonight!

The Pirates of Penzance
August 10th- September 25th

"WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS! Gilbert and Sullivan's hysterical romp sings as pirates gleefully infiltrate a small village inciting delightful mayhem and delectable tomfoolery! This stands as one of the greatest musicals of all time. Colorful costumes and sets abound . . . the singing will shiver your timbers! Sheer genius! Sheer fun!"

It's been such a fantastic experience! Come see the show!
I am cast in the ensemble as the part of Victoria
(One of the seven sisters in the show)
I'm in the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday cast.

Here are the dates I perform:
August 10th at 7:30
August 12th at 7:30
August 13th at 7:30
August 14th at 12:30, 4:00, and 7:30
August 17th at 7:30
August 19th at 7:30
August 21st at 4:00 and 7:30
August 28th at 4:00 and 7:30
August 31st at 7:30
September 2nd at 7:30
September 3rd at 4:00
September 4th at 4:00 and 7:30
September 7th at 7:30
September 10th at 4:00 and 7:30
September 11th at 12:30 and 4:00
September 14th at 7:30
September 16th at 4:00 and 7:30
September 17th at 4:00 and 7:30
September 18th at 12:30 and 4:00
September 21st at 7:30
September 23rd at 4:00 and 7:30
September 25th at 4:00 and 7:30

*The shows highlighted in pink are the shows I'm performing with the other cast.

Please let me know if you're coming to see the show!
I would love to say hi afterwards :)
And to my fellow castmates-- break a leg! :)

Pictures of my costume... it's so pretty!

Monday, August 2, 2010

My New Nemesis

Pin Curls.
They make my head hurt,
Take forever to put in,
They look quite unnatractive,
And I have to put them in my hair
Four times a week
For the next month-and-a-half
So I can wear my wig
In Pirates of Penzance.

A few days ago
I was putting pin curls in my hair
For the first time.
And who comes over?
Lo and Behold,

The Missionaries.

(They have been in contact with me about a friend who is investigating the church. The worst part is, my mom tried to get me to call the missionaries about a half-hour before I began doing my hair. But did I listen? No. Then... not thirty minutes later they come knocking at our door to talk to me. From your mouth to God's ears, Mom. Dripping in irony.)

The cute, awesome missionaries wanted to talk to me.
They wanted to talk to me--
While half of my hair was in pin curls.
I looked so yucky!
I attempted to hide my hair underneath a hat...
That just looked worse.
You can bet that when I walked to the front door to greet the elders
I was flushed red.
Beet red.

(Because we all know how much I adore missionaries)

Both Elder Hughes and Elder Holm
Tried to tell me that it "wasn't that bad"
...They have to be nice to people.
They're missionaries.
Not to mention
As I stood on the front porch
Talking to the missionaries,
Several people who drove by
Were gawking at me.
As if I don't know that I look like a freak already.


And what's worse? This was only the first time. I have many more pin curl experiences ahead of me. I better get used to them... since they're going to be my constant companion for the next several weeks.

Stupid pin curls. ;)