Thursday, July 25, 2013

in the raw



THINGS I WISH I COULD DO:
sing
dance
draw
cry without looking like death

THINGS THAT MAKE MY DAY:
dark chocolate from the counter at work
smiles from or small interactions with strangers
when people remember my name

THINGS THAT EMBARRASS ME:
having no concept of how to use a microwave
having no concept of how to use a mop
having no concept of how to interact with guys who have girlfriends
falling half-asleep-ish at work

QUESTIONS THAT CHALLENGE ME:
how are you, really?
are you happy?
what is life?

THINGS I REMEMBER HATING WHEN GETTING INTO COSTUME:
baggy dresses
knee high tights
blush
lipstick
stage makeup in general
hairspray
...mostly just hairspray

THINGS YOU MAY LOSE WHEN FOLLOWING JESUS:
comfort
personal agenda
reputation
friends
your miiiind

MY LIFE PLANS:
do theatre forever
be a crazy old cat lady

THINGS I'M ADDICTED TO:
sandwiches
making lists
staying up late
belting in the car
having deep conversations

THINGS THAT ARE HARDER THAN I EXPECTED:
making friends
keeping friends
learning the charleston
pretending to be totally calm and chill when people talk about Les Mis

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY:
Jesus
people
theatre

THINGS THAT MAKE ME NERVOUS:
Jesus
people
theatre

THINGS THAT GIVE ME LOTS OF FEELS:
listening to music
writing
reading things I wrote awhile ago
hearing "everything"
singing "all I have is Christ"

THINGS I MISS:
being Emma
my brother
...lots of people, okay

THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I'D LOVE SO MUCH:
driving a truck
straight theatre more than musicals
sun chips
maxi skirts

THINGS I APPRECIATE NOW MORE THAN EVER:
my sister being in the state
when my mom used to pack me lunch
grace

a few rough lists along with a lil preview of chicago.
ps--interviewed here where petie makes me sound cool. so check it. xo.

Friday, July 19, 2013

a recap of The Music Man

It probably shouldn't baffle me anymore how different each and every show is, but man alive, each and every show is so different.  Besides being my first musical and the biggest production I've ever been a part of, Music Man was also the first show where I really didn't know...anyone...before it began.  I've done multiple shows with the little community theatre I started out with, and even outside of that I've had Cassie along with me.  This time it was woo Jenn has to make her own friends time. And, well, let's just say I did.

As part of the ensemble, I fell into a rhythm with each show, especially because I wasn't terribly rushed between scenes.  Costume change here, cross backstage here, chill on the kitchen table (this happened a lot?) here, stand behind the curtain mouthing all the words to that song here, read through lines for another upcoming show (oops) here, steal someone's food here, don't forget my hat here.  Oh, and when possible, take pictures backstage.  Of course.

Now if you know me at all, you know I simply adore musical theatre.  I've wanted to be involved in a musical for such a very long time.  And as much as I've loved this experience, you know what?  I really can't wait to get back to straight theatre.  I feel like that's more my niche.  I realized that while musicals will always be dear to me, I love performing straight plays and am totally content with that.  Anyway.  Besides all the I love theatre and it was so much fun stuff, this show is just...exactly where God had me at this time in life.  It was so cool, but I knew it was right where I was supposed to be.  God is good, man.

All of our performances were remarkably smooth and there were so many talented people in this cast.  62 of us, baby--and a lot of them kids, so that always kept us on our toes.  We had six shows total, and it turns out I knew people at every single performance, which was really really sweet.  There's nothing better than seeing familiar faces when standing out with your cast after a show.  And it's also fantastic chilling at Bdubs after performances, singing and laughing and staying up much too late.



These are probably the greatest two pictures ever.  Oh my word, we laughed so hard.  Clara is my buddy.


This is Jocelyn.  We decided that if I'm ever in a show where I need a younger version of me, it'll have to be her.  (yay being weird with the little ones)


Alex is...special.  Oh and then a great little story going on in that collage.  Who said the acting has to stop backstage?  And then below that, Josh, who I've been in three shows with now (Emma was his first and the rest has been history!)


Oh my word all these selfies are embarrassing.  Let's move on.  Girls in my dressing room (yay excessive makeup and hairspray...can you hear my sarcasm?), and Graham who won't ever make a normal face in a picture or let me take a candid shot.  Thanks bro.


Sometimes people stole my camera (I'm awkward).


Story time.  One time we were casually sitting backstage and one of the guys, Walker, was trying to situate a white feather on his hat that wasn't laying properly.  Out of the blue, he said, "This feather is like Jenn.  White, and rebellious."  Hahahahaha WHAT.


The three guys in the following two pictures, along with two other girls (who weren't in Music Man) and I...the six of us are going to be putting on a show in August.  I really like the play and it's going to be great fun and yay for getting to do more theatre!


My stage family were all gingers.  I didn't understand.  And after our last show on Sunday we had to strike and then we all stuck around and ate pizza.  It was great.  



ALSO this was taken after our first show and it's just about the greatest picture ever.  Oh I love my Music Man peeps.


Rehearsals for Wizard of Oz are already happening almost every day now, so I've hardly had time to go through withdrawal, but Music Man was a fantastic experience.  Vive le théâtre!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

just a small town girl


It certainly isn't every day that a lovely young lady from Australia comes to live with you for a week and photograph your life.  But when Elize announced her project on her blog and I found a link to it by chance, I left a casual comment saying it was too bad she wasn't coming my way.  Next thing I know, I found an email in my inbox from Elize saying she'd be more than happy to come my way!  And, well, you know what they say...the rest is history.

So what is her project?  She calls it "small town girl" and she's done it with a handful of girls in Australia, and now she's doing the same thing in the USofA.  Basically, she lives with a girl in a small town and follows her around for a week, taking candid photos of her everyday life, and she plans on exhibiting her work and creating a book eventually.  So for a week...I was Elize's small town girl.

The week she was here was insaaanely busy--rarely a free moment.  I worked during the day and had play rehearsals in the evenings, and my show opened that weekend (don't worry guys, you will hear about Music Man. our last show is tomorrow...sniff).  Cassie got back from Guatemala the day after Elize arrived and in between times in my spare hours I squeezed in spending time with Cass, and my friend Caitlin who just got back from Thailand, and showing Elize around the city, this lovely place I call home.  I used to hate the city, but it has grown on me so much (especially going to the university right in the area I think) and it's grown into a cool artsy area and it made me proud to show her around even just a little bit.  After sitting through numerous rehearsals, she came to Music Man opening night, and I got to take her to the theatre downtown, aka myfavoriteplaceintheworld, for an old Gene Kelly movie (they show oldies during the summer!).

So here are some photos of our adventures in the city.  Huge indoor markets are my favorite.



Oh, and of course there were many iPhone photos taken.  At one point Elize had four cameras out at once--film, vintage, iPhone...she came prepared, baby.  (Some of these are hers, some mine. Go stalk her instagram.)


Uh, so we ate lots of ice cream when she was here.  Absurd amounts.  It was fantastic.

She was also here for the Fourth of July, which was siiimply lovely.  Especially because it was my first day off both work and rehearsal in...forever.  We chilled at a friend's annual gathering and she got to meet lots of the people I know and possibly confirm her stereotypes about American pride, and we of course went to fireworks as well.

See?  Yay iPhones.  Also yay baklava hmmmm.




We went browsing in some boutiques and antique shops in the Short North, which is the kinda artsy area downtown (also right by campus yay! love that place).  Elize was surprised by big fish hanging on the walls, ya know.  But seriously she's so adorable.


It's probably a relatively rare experience, but beforehand it was kind of a funny thing, especially explaining it to people.  "Yeah so this photographer I don't really know except over the internet is coming to stay with me for a week to take pictures of my life."  During the week, people would ask me, "So is it weird?"  And you know, I'll admit.  Before she came I had a few moments of trepidation.  What if we just don't get along at all?  What if it's awkward?  What am I going to do with her?  But you know what?  It wasn't like that at all.  Heck, the first day she was here, I took her on a two hour car ride down to visit my extended family.  And every day I had a forty minute drive to and from rehearsal.  And ya know, we never ran out of things to talk about.  It was so sweet and I never felt like I was just her subject.  I felt like she was my friend, and a friend I'm so very glad to have made.

We joked a lot about cultural stereotypes and differences, especially with Cassie and Caitlin (so much comparison of American vs. Australian vs. New Zealand vs. Guatemalan vs. Thai vs. French vs. British culture...I love talking to people who have traveled).  I teased her because she always said, "far out!" and she imitated an American accent for all my relatives.  We had adventures on the side of the road finding the perfect bicentennial barn and she let me borrow and play around with one of her lenses and I sneaked her backstage during rehearsals so it looked like I had my own paparazzi following me.  We talked about friends and relationships and books and faith and wanderlust and work and passions and changing and life and Jesus.  And she basically became my adopted older sister for the week.  It was so, so sweet.


Someday I'm going to make the trip "down under" to go visit this lovely lady again.  What an unforeseen blessing of a week.  Full on and far out.