Tuesday, October 30, 2012

the legends.

The Legends of Sleepy Hollow, to be precise.

Featuring some wonderfully crappy cell phone pictures and photos snagged right before evil glares given for blinding people with my flash.

We performed this weekend.  It was great.  Really great.  Unlike the previous shows I've done with my dear little community theatre, Sleepy Hollow was in the big theatre in town.  Ohh boy.  See, the little place we've performed before seats no more than...oh, 70ish people, if we're lucky.  The Memorial, where we are now, seats one thousand.  So that's super exciting and cool to have mics and more room and a legitimate backstage instead of...you know, a closet.

The play is a mash-up of the stories of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, and I think I've said this before, but it's quite hilarious, if I do say so myself.  Not as creepy as most takes on it, definitely with a humorous side.  I played Marta, a village girl, and I had all of two lines plus some singing and dancing, but as different as it was to be part of a 60-some-person cast with a tiny role, there were so many great times had.  I made some fabulous friends/memories/inside jokes, and though it's a different kind of family than a 12-person cast, it's still my Sleepy Hollow family nonetheless.

Also, can I just say...it's so weird that it's over!  WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE.  I've never performed over just one weekend before, and it all went so quickly.  Craziness.  It was a good weekend.

I freakin' adore this child.

On Friday, opening night, a good number of my friends showed up, which was just lovely of them even if some were super late (ahem), and my dear friend Mindy brought me flowers, and we all went out to Tim Horton's afterward.  I get this thing I like to call a theatre high--yeah, I was pretty happy/hyper.  Such a good night.

On Saturday I slept in, then my friend Rebekah got me free coffee, and then I headed out for our two performances that day.  I'd never done a matinee before, but it was actually quite fun hanging out with everyone all day.  We adventured to Wendy's for dinner (the men still in their stage make-up, much to the ladies' amusement) and back again, and really all three performances went off without a hitch!

After striking at the end of the last show (we had to transport everything from the big theatre back to the little one), all the young people in the cast left, but I wasn't ready to go home, so I went to Ruby Tuesdays (kind of an after-show tradition) with my director and her husband and our tech guy and our two leads and it was really really nice.  I got to talk more with Tony, our lead as Ichabod Crane (and seriously such a hilarious and wonderful and talented guy), who started acting in his teens as well and has done community theatre ever since, and it was really encouraging because he's still heavily involved with theatre even with being married and having a baby, and ahhh that's just what I want to do with the rest of my life!  (Best run-on sentence award?)

Tony signing the leads' door

Anyway, Sleepy Hollow is a wrap.  I have another poster full of signatures hanging in my room and a bucketload of memories.  Ready for the next show already.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

so much to say, so little time to say it

my yard in autumn? mhmm.

My life my life my life.

You would not believe.  You would not believe how crazy it's been, how many ups and downs and interesting and hard and wonderful and funny things that happen that just keep life chock-full and insane.

October is a much friendlier month than September, I've concluded.  September kind of dumps school on your lap and laughs when you try to protest that summer shouldn't have ended yet.  October...October just smiles and gives you a hug.  It gives you a hug when you're laughing, and when you're crying, and when you're too busy for either.  (creepy? it's just what came to mind okay, gosh. besides who wouldn't want a perpetual hug...or is that just me...awkward. I'm going to stop now.)

This girl is taking 17 credits of just thrilling college work (for those of you that don't know: that's a lot).  I'm blowing my own mind.  Besides that I have the play--oh gosh sakes, the play.  I don't think I even told you guys about the play!  I'm incredibly rude, can you ever forgive me?

So!  Back in...oh gee, I don't know when that was.  August?  Yeah, I think August.  I auditioned for The Legends of Sleepy Hollow ("Legends" being plural because it is a mash-up of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle and unlike you'd think is quite hilarious) with my dear little community theatre.  I got a small role, Marta, one of the village girls.  Basically I get to stand onstage and make eyes at the boys the whole time.  So it comes naturally is funny.  I do get to dance, which is tons of fun, and! and! I get to sing too.  The girls have a little choir thing in one scene and we have epic three-part harmony going on and it's pretty lovely.  I just love to sing, guys.  So yes, that's kept me busy.

Also, I love theatre.  Just...adore it beyond words to express it.  I'm in the process of looking at colleges to apply to and figuring out programs and what I want to study, and while I'm not sure if it's something I'll keep as a hobby or do in college or if I'm really any good or how impractical it is, I really really just want to do theatre forever and ever amen.  It's my passion.  I love it to pieces.

School and theatre--those are the two consistencies in my life, with many other things thrown in.  Things like:
-absurd amounts of pumpkin spice lattes
-getting lost and laughing over it
-new shoes
-chilly mornings on campus that turn into breezy perfect afternoons
-oversleeping/traffic jams causing me to be late to class
-making new friends
-daydreaming about a week long nap
-long phone calls (my favorite)
-stargazing on the roof
-beaucoup d'autres

Okay, over and out, friends.  Have a smashing week. (...but don't really smash anything; I really don't recommend it.)

ps--your encouragement and feedback on my last post was just so overwhelming. I couldn't have imagined with how personal it was to me that it would have touched so many of you, and...yeah. thank you. thank you.
pps--this girl is on tumblr. say whaaat. I'm not sure if I really understand it (though I will say that Rebekah and her tumblr are like my heroes in life). I think it's going to teach me how to be an old cat lady, right?