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Playtime over, playtime begun [26 Aug 2011|04:57pm]
My very first play is over and it's gotten me excited to try out for future productions! I had a blast, loved singing again, had fun performing again, and meeting all those people was great! It was a lot of work and I missed a lot of jobwork, but I think it was worth it.

Completely unrelated, though, I play on a little MMORPG (yes, intentional oxymoron) called RuneScape. They just released a referral program. If I refer somebody, THEY get bonus items and xp boost! So if you ever wanted to play RuneScape, follow the referral link below and get your bonus stuff and boosts!

https://secure.runescape.com/m=friend-referral/?ref=lSuvlIa7Be7SUTF-YTNg4A

And last but not least, I entered my butterfly tiara in the fair. It got first! (maybe because it was the only decorative hat entered...but it's still first!)
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Something for everybaudy [13 Jul 2011|02:29am]
It's finally here!!! Forum opens on Thursday night. Here's the official facebook page. It runs for four weekends, Th-Sun. All the info's on the page. If you're in the area, come see me!!! It's a laugh. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=246253912056651
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Something peculiar [23 May 2011|08:18pm]
[ mood | having fun ]

Last night, we had our first complete read-through of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and I laughed the entire time. Our Pseudolus has such great timing and inflection, and the ability to adapt to the place and situation at hand. Our Miles has the gift of bringing bravado to a whole level of cheesiness. And our Senex has this voice that just exudes his character. Already the cast sounds great and I'm really looking forward to the finished product in a little over a month and a half.

This is my first real play/musical. I've never done anything like this before and being surrounded by all this talent, I feel incredibly honored that they picked me. It's a very physical play, though, so I'm really going to have to get in better shape, build up my aerobic stamina.

If you're in the area mid-July to early-August, come to the Nevada Theater and see me shaking my booty! And laugh the entire time. I can tell the play is going to be a scream. Plus, definite bonus...AIR CONDITIONING!!!

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Happy Birthday on this Friday the 13th!!! [13 May 2011|11:28pm]
I just wanted to post while it still was Friday the 13th here, and to say Happy Birthday to my good friend Chris! Miss you and hope you're someplace fabulous!!!
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Writer's Block: It's cold outside [08 Apr 2011|08:39pm]
I live in Minnesota, so it's funny to hear people in places like California complaining about the cold. What temperature is too cold for you?
Don't knock the weather in California. Our weather is as diverse as our climates (ever hear of the Donner Party? And we wouldn't have had the Winter Olympics in our state if it didn't get pretty cold). I've lived in California all my life and can remember some doozies of storms, and this year was no exception. Four or five storms this year alone, dropping multiple feet of snow, excepting our snow isn't the light, fluffy, cute, dry stuff. Ours is wet and dangerous; Sierra Cement, they call it.

In the higher elevations, like Trukee, it can get in the negative degrees, but our weather being sorta wet, it soaks into your bones a bit more than the dry cold.

That being said, I'd say "too cold" would be somewhere in the teens if I don't have the right clothes.
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By the time I'm through entertaining you [15 Jan 2011|03:24am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Wow...an entire entry gone in the matter of a single key-stroke. Pretty depressing. Anyhow...

Today is the day. At 1pm I'll be arriving at the theatre to audition. I have a little bit of experience under my belt, so I'll be prepared for the possibility that I might get nervous. This time, there isn't as much at stake, though, so even if I do end up getting nervous, losing all control over my diaphragm, and bombing it, I won't be nearly as shaken.

Oh! But speaking of diaphragm!!! My cold got it in shape with all that stupid coughing!

And to try to help boost me, I made myself a little pill box hat out of pipecleaners to wear at the audition. It's pretty cute, if I do say so myself, and I'm proud of it. I just hope that I'll feel more confident wearing it.

And tomorrow I'll also hopefully be looking for a "new" car. We'll see if I find anything. I don't have much to spend...and I don't want it any older than when I graduated.

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Sick as an O [10 Jan 2011|05:08pm]
[ mood | sick ]

I choose this userpic because it has a scarf. I choose the scarf because I am sick. I don't often get sick, but when I do, it really hits me. And boy has it been hitting me.

I managed to work with it and through it on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but today I knew I couldn't last a whole 8 hour shift. So I called up. Sam answered. I asked to speak with Karen. Sam asked who it was. I told her.

K: Hi! Boy, Sam didn't recognize your voice.
Me: (sound like a frog) Yeah, it's pretty bad, isn't it?
K: Oh my! Let's hop you get better by Saturday.
Me: Yeah.
K: Don't worry about today. We'll figure something out. Just rest, keep warm, get well.

So that is what I'm doing. And trying not to worry that my voice won't return by the time I audition for Forum this saturday. I tried singing last night with Mom playing piano. It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was ugly.

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How does one choose from awesome? [29 Dec 2010|01:49am]
Sierra Stages is doing another big musical. This time it's A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. There are few female parts, but I want to try out, mostly to get the experience, to get out there, to sing. If something comes of it, cool. If not, I'll have more experience.

But here's the thing! I can't decide what I'm going to sing!!! Hey, that rhymed.

Anyhoodles, last year taught me that I can get extremely stage-scared. And ballads and emotionally charged numbers are NOT good for a stage-frightened out-of-practice singer. So I decided I need sass. Sass gets me into character easier, or perkiness. I narrowed the pieces down to six. Meep. How do I choose?

Stepsisters' Lament from Cinderella
Wouldn't It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady
If Momma Was Married from Gypsy
I Enjoy Being a Girl from Flower Drum Song
Popular from Wicked
Mr Goldstone from Gypsy

There are upsides and downsides to each of these songs. Some have great character, but don't really showcase range or carriage. Others show the range and carriage, but don't really show the sass. And there are some that show great sass, but there's too much range and too much carriage for an unsteady stage-frightened diaphram.

I'm leaning more toward If Momma Was Married, because I grew up with that musical and sing it under my breath from time to time. Problem with that is I could get the words mixed up, having sung them incorrectly all these years. It would be really fun, though, singing both sisters and acting their interaction.

If I were going to go with what I'm most familiar, that would be Wouldn't It Be Loverly. That was one of two songs I was allowed to sing when I worked at Max's Opera Cafe (that job earned me enemies in the ARC music department. I only held it for two months...I cannot host). I had to practice that thing to death, and that accent is so damned fun!!! But it doesn't really have much sass...not much character for me to act with.
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Early, but oh well [30 Nov 2010|08:10pm]
I know I'm early, but I have internet right now, so I'm going to say it now.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENN O!!!

Just wanted to throw that out there to a fellow diva.
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High. Low. [03 Jun 2010|10:27pm]
[ mood | crushed ]

One never knows what a doctor's visit will bring. You go there to find out. I try not to assume, as I'm a bit of a mild hypocondriac. I used to suspect, and then for weeks, I would be absolutely convinced that I would have this condition or that condition, and I'd run scenarios of the rest of my life, what I would have to give up and how I would have to exist. It was extremely stressful, which would have its own repercusions.

However, I've had this sort of half-belief, that if I run through a scenario of the worst that could happen, it wouldn't happen. That part of me is kicking myself now.

I went in for a doctor's appointment today, just to talk about my meds and things about myself that I couldn't control, like what I call "cranky hungry." However, when they took my heartrate, it was through the roof. 120

Apparently, my heartrate had been climbing over the past year or so, but nobody ever said anything about it to me. They're just numbers to me. Health was over ten years ago. I can't remember all this information. So when she told me that my heartrate was extremely high...we're talking 50 pts above what's normal...

As I gained and gained weight, I didn't see it as a problem. Way back about two years ago, the doctor had said my blood sugar was fantastic, and my heartrate was amazingly good for somebody of my size. So every time I was weighed and every time they took my heartrate, I didn't suspect that there was anything wrong. Sure, I was gaining weight and I wasn't very active, but my stats were otherwise impecible. Now I have a sky-high heartrate, 246lbs of obliterated confidence, and hundreds of dollars spent on my new size.

I have been perfectly fine with my size. It took me a while to get there, I have always been a bit husky, but finally I was at peace and confident with my self. What a shock to the ego to learn that the body you've accepted is dangerous. How come nobody told me before now? The further along you get, the harder it is to get back.

So I'll start working on my stationary bike, through the horridly hot months of summer. I'll start out working through every ad break. Then I'll eventually work to half-hour shows. Maybe I'll even get to hour-long programs. And allllll that money I spent on nice clothing will be...well, not so much wasted as I can always take the shirts in, but in a way, I feel like it was something of a lie. Accept a dangerous body. Now my self-image is all out of whack.

At least nobody will ever take away my tiaras.

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An awesome fairy tale [14 May 2010|11:00pm]
One of my managers is loaning me Fairy Tale Theater, an 80s production done by a whole bunch of big stars. Yes, Robin Williams is the Frog Prince!!! Anyway, Sister and I just watched Sleeping Beauty. With none other than...Christopher Reeves...Carole Kane...and BERNADETTE PETERS!!! It is sooooooooo funny! Awesomely funny! The disc started freaking out, so sadly we couldn't watch it uninterrupted, but otherwise it was a good time had by all.

And on a more belated note, Happy Birthday, CHRIS!!!
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The value of a good editor [28 Mar 2010|10:41pm]
For anybody who has watched You've Got Mail, you probably heard that Skating Shoes is out of print. Because of that movie, I sought out and read Ballet Shoes, and later Dancing Shoes and Theater Shoes. All cute books. Skating Shoes, I would try to find used at a reasonable price.

Late last year, Yearling released Skating Shoes. As Kathleen Kelly said, it is perfectly wonderful. But I will tell you what is perfectly atrocious: the editing.

Throughout the entire book, there were missing quotations, misspelling of names (Edard, Laila, etc), a disgusting lack of commas, the state of the literature was an insult. I truly wish that the book had had a better editor, as the story itself was wonderful.
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Strange and exciting [10 Mar 2010|03:08pm]
Having nothing happen makes it difficult to update one's journal.

Over the weekend, I ran into my ex's (well, he's the closest thing I have to an ex) dad. I didn't recognize him, though he did look familiar. Talk about awkward. I asked after the brother, since I heard he'd gotten married, but I didn't ask after my ex, nor did he offer. I'm half-afraid to hear. The last time I saw him, it was a pretty depressing affair, as he had doubled in girth and hardly talked. In high school, he was voted most likely and mr of everything. He was even voted Mr. Everything. I guess it is a pretty high expectation to live up to, but still, he had the most vibrant personality of...almost anybody I knew.

Of course, thinking on it now, our biggest connection and the fact we were even almost-dating, it does make me realize how far he was from who he was in high school. I like to think that he's been able to regain himself.

The Family is going down to LA in two weeks and I get to finally meet one of my online writing friends! I'm pretty stoked.

Also pretty stoked about Lord Sunday, the 7th and final book in the Keys To the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. Soooooo good. Don't know why I'm still online...I should be reading!
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Helpful people in time of need [15 Feb 2010|09:53pm]
Sometimes, bad things happening can be seen as the opportunity for somebody to do something good.

As you know, I was battling a trojan. It completely invaded my computer, messed up the integrity of it. It came to the point that, when I had removed the files, nothing worked right...nothing WORKED. I couldn't open any programs.

That meant that I lost the ability to interact in real time with my Tech buddy. Sister's computer doesn't have Y!M. However, something that I had been chagrinned about a year ago, I now found as a blessing. Yahoo!mail now has built-in messenger on the webpage. I signed onto Sister's computer (which is an infuriating ordeal) and signed into the web-chat part. Using this, she was able to walk me through. I had to reformat and reinstall, but now my computer is virus-free and running fast!

Another act of kindness in the face of distress: I went to lunch today. First place was closed. Second place was closed. The third place was blessedly open. In front of me was one of the customers of our store. When it was my turn, I ordered my tuna and opened my purse to find my wallet...only to find that said wallet was...back at home in my coat. Disappointed, I told the guy nevermind, that I'd skip lunch. The lady said "Want me to loan you some money? I know you from the bookstore. Is ten enough?" Thanks Bernell. You prevented me from getting sick from lack of food.
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Discompuesto [09 Feb 2010|01:16am]
[ mood | aggravated ]

This morning, when I turned on my computer, a lovely new file appeared. Your PC Protector. Yes, that's right, somehow my computer got a trojan. I have a friend online who used to work for tech support, so she was helping me. I had to download spybot, as my connection is dialup and the other program would've taken several times as long to download. Well, after downloading and installing it, I tried to search for updates. Nothing happened. All this time, I was ending the PC Protector update using task manager.

I ran the scan with spybot. Two-thirds of the way through, it stopped responding. Almost two hours of waiting and it stopped responding. So I went into Safe Mode and ran it there. It took forever, but it finally found a bunch of files. None of them were the PC Protector. Restarted computer in regular mode. Friend started walking me through manual removal. Two of the files wouldn't delete. I started deleting some of the dll files that were infections. They kept reinstalling. So she told me all the files I'd need to delete so I could do it in safe mode. Went ahead and did that. Then I went back into regular mode. Tried to open Internet Explorer.

What program would you like to use to open this file.

Are you kidding? I selected Internet Explorer. Nothing happened. I tried to open Y!M. What program would you like to use to open this file? *deep breath* Tried to open Windows Explorer to empty recycle bin.

What program would you like to use to open this file?

So...yeah...explative, explative, explative. My computer is...I guess...well...time to take it to Ben to get it fixed. I don't know what else to do. This stupid trojan really fucked it up, and in trying to get rid of it, I really fucked it up worse.

*sigh*

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The final word [06 Feb 2010|07:57pm]
It's official; I didn't make the play.

The callbacks on Monday went pretty well, with the unfortunate situation of my singing too softly as used to be my problem in high school before I trained myself during church to sing loudly. My Stepsister line-reading seemed to be received the best out of the group. Sadly, it apparently wasn't enough to get me any role in the play.

I only cried a little, but that was mainly because my mom kept saying over and over that there was no way that they wouldn't cast me. I would tell myself that she didn't know what she was talking about, but a part of me listened and believed her, the part of me that patted my head and said "You SO nailed that!" when I did the reading at the callbacks. Knowing how terribly I sang at the audition, I'm not very surprised. There were a thousand things I didn't do.

But in any case, there will be other musicals and other opportunities. They just won't be for my favorite play. Well, I'll get to see it, at least.
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Monday's not so bad [25 Jan 2010|09:04pm]
[ mood | optimistic ]

If it hadn't been for my reading and the response it received on Saturday, I would've spent the remainder of that day either staring blankly at the wall with a broken heart, or crying into my kitty.

There used to be a time in my life when I didn't think much of myself. Music was my self esteem. I was such a closet Leo-Monkey, yearning to be the center of attention, but years and years of being beaten down turned me into a pretty miserable creature...a Leo-Monkey who hid away. Leos are, by nature, attention sluts. We love to be the center of attention. Acting and singing are common professions for Leos. And the Monkey is the Chinese zodiac's equivilant to the Leo...so you've got me, DOUBLE ATTENTION SLUT!!! I do wear tiaras every day at work and have an underground following.

Music, a sagaCollapse )

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Sometimes circumstances make me upset people [24 Jan 2010|10:18am]
[ mood | distressed ]

I assured my manager that I would be in today. I doublechecked with my family. We have two cars up at the top of the driveway to get around. Well...fat lot of good that did us this morning when Sister found out that all the keys were gone. Our parents took them with them to church and there's no way we can get in contact with them. So I tried getting ahold of other people at work. Gone for the weekend. Gone for the weekend. Didn't answer phone. I didn't want to take her weekend from her, but...I didn't have any alternative save calling New Guy. I called Manager. She was really not happy. I could hear it in her voice. Stabbed in the gut with guilt. But...there's nothing else I can do. Time to start shoveling out car, even though I know it will do no good. But at least I'll be doing something.

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Post-audition regrets [23 Jan 2010|04:35pm]
I got back from my audition about an hour ago. It was probably the worst I have sung in a very, very long time. It's also the first time I've sung in front of an audience in about ten years...though calling five people an audience is...eh-heh.

Anyways, I was really nervous as I was singing my audition piece. I had absolutely no support. I was screechy and wobbly and...just...ugh. And then they guy was like "oh, it's too high. This thing is transposed into a weird key. It's actually in this key, so let's do it from the actual play book." It was down about four keys higher, the one that I'd been learning from. So this was really low and I was very uncertain. They could hear it in my voice. I could've died.

However, perhaps my one and only saving grace, they wanted me to read a few things from the play. I did the witch first, since she's the most awesome character in the play. Eh, they didn't seem too impressed. Then they asked me to read Little Red to get some variety. They REALLY seemed to like my Little Red. If I get called back for callbacks, it will be because of the reading...and the reading alone. There is no way they could've heard that singing and thought "oh yeah, we're totally going to cast her in that part!"

So anyways, there you go, my post-audition self-deprication. I'll be kicking myself about the singing for quite some time.
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A long, long way to go [08 Jan 2010|10:00pm]
[ mood | nervous ]

I got the Into The Woods songbook yesterday. When I got home, I sang a little bit from it.

>.<

I need so much practice! I didn't realize how horribly out of practice I am. The song is high, but not really all that high, and I was cracking. I have no breath support. My diaphragm is weak. The quality of my voice is wavery, thin, breathy, throaty...ugh! I've been doing warmups, but without having two hours a day to sing with a professional music teacher (whether director or otherwise), it looks a little out of my reach. I know that I just need to practice and I'll get it back, but with where I am right now and how little time there is left until my audition...

I've talked so much about the musical and how I'm going to audition for it, I think I have everybody expecting me to be in it. I don't want to let them (or myself) down.

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