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Monday, September 5, 2011

But... BUT!!! I LOVE THEATRE!!!!!

Hey all!!! Welcome to my next addition to this edition of my blog!!!
*cue confetti cannons*
Thank you, thank you! To those who've put up with my ramblings so far, you're amazing people. I'm hear, this morning, at *looks at time* 2:54 A.M!!! To talk about something OTHER than theatre!!!!!
I know... It's BLASPHOMEY!!!!!!!! But I think we all need a break, but it'll still be a good topic!!!
Hobby's are a great passtime to have. They can help take your mind off of a stressful show, a bad audition, or just keep you sane. I personally like reading, jewelry making, and volunteering my time, because I have lots of it!
Hobby's don't have to be those things in particular, but those happen to be mine, and happily, I've lost my mind ages ago, though I'd like to have it back someday to put in a jar...
Anywho...
As much as theatre seems to be a hobby, and you love it to death, if you make it work, it's work, and we all need a microvacation from work every so often.
Take a non-theatrical example of this idea. My mother is a doctor. She absolutely LOVES practicing medicine. Even switched majors (from tech to pre-med. I know, BLASPHOMEY!!!!) to persue her dream of becoming a doctor. She would work hard, and come home and tell us about her day as much as the Hippocratic Oath would let her (just an FYI: the Oath is the doctor-patient privacy policy) and would smile if she helped a peticularly sick person get better. After awhile, she would come home haggared looking and snippy. She'd appoligize, but work would obviously be getting to her.
So what did she do???
My mother enjoy's gardening, and we have four small garden plots around my house that are to her credit. She would come in dirty and gross, but her face would be happy and alert again.
So, contemplating not going on vacation to earn more moolah? Try taking a small weekend trip to the fair or the extended family. Or better yet!!! Go to a movie with that special someone! I bet they'd appreciate a romantic date!
That's all for today, Ta chaps!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Finding Your Inner Child

Hello, once again!!!!!
I have come to inspire and intimidate you with my excess knowledge of theatre!!!!
Ha ha ha!!! Just kidding!!!
Something I have come to realize is that as we get older, some shows are just to explicit to morally cast children in. So the big kids have to take over the fun stuff.
Finding that happy medium of being an actor and being child like is extremely difficult, especially if you're a serious person. Personally, I never had a problem acting like a kid, though I haven't been casted as one for a while.
Finding your inner child is either gonna be easy or hard, depending on how you learn things.
I like watching people, so I'd go to a park or watch movies with little kids in them who have no idea what they're doing. Others like re-visiting their childhood haunts.
If you're working on the spot, think of how most children act.
They tend to be very fresh-faced and innocent. Like everything is new to them, and for the first few years of life, every experience is the first.
If you have any other ideas, please message me!!!
Until then, PEACE!!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hum Dee Dum... *cough*

Hello avid readers of my blog!!! (I hope!!!) This will be my first, ungraded blog post, and I must say, it is LIBERATING!!!!!
Well, 'tis winter... and with winter, comes extremes... Extreme cold outside, extreme dry heat inside, and, of course, extreme sickness.
Now, you must know that I personally don't get sick all that often, but I've been sick now for almost a month... BLECH!!!
I have been able to breathe out of my nose for about a week now (thank GOODNESS!!!) and earlier today, I regained hearing in my ear from an ear infection.
Health is something that we as a whole take for granted. Since mama is a doctor, she doesn't really care all that much if we are sick, only if we are bleeding, puking, or a body part isn't in the right place. =/
But if you're an actor, health is the way you get a job and keep it. Believe me, I went to an audition, and instead of being casted for a musical, I was put into a lame side-show production.
Don't get me wrong, the show was tons of fun, and I got to work in a space I've never worked in before, but I wanted to be with my friends, and sing and dance on my favorite stage one last time before I had to leave the camp for good.
But I had a horrible case of larangitis, and instead of singing in a alto-mezzo mix, I sang more of a bari-tenor version of the song, and cracking on almost all the notes.
So keep healthy, my fellow actors-slash-competition!!! And hopefully I'll see you on the right side of the procenium!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What is Acting?

Welcome to the final instalment of Life of a Theatre Kid!!!
Well, not the LAST last.. but the last one I'll be graded for...
Acting is probably the MOST important part of a show... I mean, without acting, all that would happen is that people would say words and leave. BOOOOORING!!!
Acting is a lot more complicated than that. Acting is feeling something real, and having the audience feel it with you.
Think of your favorite movie, for example... Remember the scene you love the most, the actor behind that scene put all his or her effort into it so would feel real to you, the audience. Know that as an actor myself, I've made people feel, and I've felt things I never knew I could, just because of acting.
To act is to live, and live I shall.
So have a wonderful winter, and a safe new year.
PEACE OUT TILL NEXT TIME!!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

I'VE GOT LIFE!!!

Welcome!!! This blog is gonna be about the socio-political aspect of certain shows. I'll be talking about two, Hair and Rent.
Hair is defined as a tribal musical, not because it's American Indian, but because its based on the 60's during the Vietnam War. It's all about hippi culture and how it's not always peace and love. Hair was considered a very controvercial musical because of the content, which included excessive cursing, drug useage, sexual actions between people (both gay and strait), and brief, non-sexual nudity.
Hair is also about a man named Claude, who is conflicted as to wether or not to be a freedom fighter, or a peace keeper. He is given LSD laces marijuana, which takes him on a trip, and Claude makes the desicion to fight in Vietnam. The Finale of this musical is so powerful, that wether you're a dove or a hawk, you can appreciate the passion that is Hair.
Below I will include the rehersal video of the Revival Cast of Hair from 2009. ENJOY!!

The next video is an actual performance, which i personally believe is awesome!!!

Next is a far more recent musical, which closed very, VERY recently. Rent has very similar aspects to Hair, actually, due to the fact that it's about living with an internal war. Where Hair was known as the Tribal Musical, Rent was known as Life the Musical. It's about a group of people who's lives are affected primarily, or secondarily to AIDS. Half of the main characters are infected, and the other half tries to live with the fact that they will survive the others.
Here is a video of how fast life can go, in the eyes of Rent.

Next, is a video, about celebrating life, and all its fortunes, misfortunes and suprises.

Until next time, my dears.

Monday, November 29, 2010

As we STUMBLE!!! BUMBLE!!! FUMBLE!!!! ... ... TRUMBLE!!!

Last weekend, dear readers, I went to see my friends in the BTC's Production of The Drowsy Chaperone. (YAAAAY)
This is pretty much, in a nutshell, how a lot of actors learn the craft: they watch others perform. Kind of like a monkey-see-monkey-do sort-of thing.
This was double-casted (two casts) and both provided different variations on the same theme.
Wynnie Van Dusen (who played the Woman in the Chair in one casting) played the Woman as a very socially-akward-cat-lady-type character. She used the comic timing and her lines to the fullest extent and made a potentially boring character very interesting.
Elise Swift (who played the Woman in the Chair in the other casting) played the character as a timid-libraryan-who-rarely-went-out kind of character. She was very quiet and at certain points would show an anger outside of her character which added dynamic.
These are two different types of character choices, but the same character... WHAT?!?!?!
Wynnie is a comic engenue who can improvise anything on the spot, and wind up with an amazing show. Elise has amazing comic timing, and her presence on the stage is never undermined.
Character is all about the actor using his or her life experiences to make the show their own. No one can play a character the same as someone else, because nobody is exactly alike...
think on that, and I'll see you for my next blog post!!!
PEACE OUT!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Speaking of the Stage

Welcome to another exciting addition to this wonderful theatrical blog.
This week, I was fortunate to see a production of "Charlie's Aunt" at my university.
I also helped build the sets, but that's besides the point...
The play consisted of three acts held in three different places. My boyfriend was confused as to what the hell was going on because the stage looked very small from our (meaning the audience's) angle. I attempted to explain what was up, but he just didn't get it. (love you honey!!!)
Luckily, he needed to get to another part of the building, so he got to see where Scene Shop was and also the part of the theatre where we load stuff in. It's also known as the Loading Dock...
This week's editon will be about Scene Shop and the wonderful magic behind it.
I spent several weeks helping to build the set for "Charlie's Aunt." It was fun, and extremely difficult, because of how much work was involved. We, meaning the members of shop, literally bled for this production. Sweat and tears are always mandatory for a production.
Anyway...
I learned how to use more advanced power tools, like the like the band-, jig-, and table-saw, the router, and the pneumatic, or air powered staple and nail guns.
Many injuries ensued, i cut the back of my arm and got some dust in my eye. My friend Z, she stapled her finger with a pneumatic stapler, and bled all over me. She's alright, but we tease her because she always warns us to watch our fingers.
Nobody has cut off body parts, as of yet. *knock on wood*
And I don't think there is a day in Shop where you don't hear someone cursing loudly because they bang their hand or foot on something or another.
Much laughter and teasing follows, because the injuries are never that bad, and we all trust eachother.
Building the sets give you a sence of pride, because you started with raw materials, and made something wonderful for people to admire. It's literally the frame for the actors "artwork".
M'kay. I need to work on my homework and sturf...
PEACE OUT TILL NEXT TIME!!!