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To Rocky or not to Rocky? [Aug. 15th, 2010|07:25 pm]
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So, the Warner Theatre is doing The Rocky Horror Show again this year.  I was on the fence about doing it again - as much as I love the show, I didn't have the best time working with a couple of the people there.  So when I found out I'd missed auditions, I was actually kind of relieved that the decision had been made for me.

Well, the decision had been made for me - they went ahead and cast me again.  I found out Saturday when the director sent out a welcome e-mail to the cast.  The first rehearsal is Monday.  Tomorrow.

There's another show - that pays (RHS doesn't)- that I'd like to do that opens the weekend after Rocky closes, so it's highly unlikely that I could do both.  So now I don't know what to do.  I wish they could have given those of us who were in the show last year the opportunity to audition for some of the roles (if I was playing Magenta or Columbia I'd probably go for it!  But I'm in the ensemble).  Of course, if I don't do Rocky, there's no guarantee I'll be cast in the other show, either, which hasn't held auditions yet.

Most of the people I got along with best are not in the show again this year, judging from the e-mail addresses.  And the one that completely hates me IS in it again.

Maybe I'll go to the rehearsal tomorrow and size up the situation.  Or should I just do it?  How often do you get cast in a show like that without even having to audition?  Or should I just bow out, since I hadn't entirely planned on doing it again anyway?  AAARRRGH!  I don't know what to do!
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What is wrong with me? [Aug. 2nd, 2010|10:15 pm]
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I just sort of half-asked a guy out. A guy that used to seem interested in me but doesn't seem to be anymore. One that not only should I NOT be asking out I should probably unfriend him on all social networking sites, delete his number from my phone, lose his e-mail address, etc. etc. At least I changed the wording of the message so I sound breezy and carefree about it rather than pitiful and pathetic. Which is what I actually am. **sigh**

Meanwhile, there's another guy who jumped at a chance to do something with me, and another who texts and calls me a lot, but hasn't quite gotten around to asking me out. I did hint to him tonight that he needs to ask me in advance, not just call me when he's already out and ask me to meet up with him right then. Ah, well.

I shall color and cut my hair this week and feel unstoppable! For a day or two.
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Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge [Dec. 9th, 2009|10:57 pm]
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I'm playing one of the Fezziwig daughters in the scene shown. :)

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Banned Books Week [Sep. 28th, 2009|01:05 am]
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I can pretty much guarantee that I will not get around to reading any of these books during banned books week. I'm currently reading The Small Rain by Madelaine L'Engle (and loving it), and I've got a stack of books and plays to get through afterwards. However, I will keep this list handy because most of them are books that I've wanted to read anyway - in fact, I already have some of them but just haven't gotten around to reading them.   There are a couple that I think I've read, but don't really remember, so I didn't count them.  :)

A list of 100 Banned and Challenged classics.

Bold the ones you've read.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison (my name means "Beloved" so I really should read this one!)
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
38. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
41. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
52. Howards End by E. M. Forster
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
66. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
68. Light in August by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe 
77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
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Job interview! [Jun. 6th, 2009|01:48 pm]
Rayah

I had a job interview today!  I applied for the Artistic Director position at Hartford Children's Theatre.  The interview went pretty well, but I have to say I feel that some aspects of the job are beyond my level of experience.  I did have one person send in an unsolicited reference letter on my behalf, and that made quite a positive impression on them!  They did ask me to have a couple more sent to them, as well.
 
I played up my strengths - artistic talents, interest in working with kids, desire to educate and entertain together, experience in administrative roles in both theatre and other businesses.  I downplayed my weaknesses - never having dealt with "stage parents," never having worked with HCT or other theatres with that level of funding, never having been responsible for developing an entire season of mainstage shows (for children, no less).
 
I don't think I'll be offered the job, really, but the chance opened up to apply for it, and I had to try.  The show I directed that went to NY put me in contact with some good people to know in the arts in Hartford, and that led directly to my finding out about this position.  I was in the right place at the right time to give it a go.  If I DO happen to be offered the job, I will accept it, and learn everything I possibly can before the job starts in August (yes, I did mention I'd be away for the wedding!).  If the job is offered to someone else, I will send my information on to that person and work toward getting hired as a director, teacher, or anything else along that line.  I definitely want to keep the lines of communication open between me and HCT.
 
It felt good just to have an interview at all.  Hopefully, it's a step in the right direction!
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Down on the Farm [Apr. 26th, 2009|12:45 am]
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I just wanted to share with you the wonderful experience I had on Friday.  I volunteered on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm.  In this case, it was Holcomb Farm in West Granby, CT.   See www.holcombfarm.org for more info on them, and find the link for CSA for more info on that aspect of the farm.
 
A friend of mine who is moving back to CT after living in Chicago for a few years is living and working at the farm for eight weeks.  The other women there (not sure why all the volunteers are women, but they are!) were there for two weeks already when Samantha got there.  I hadn't had a chance to see Sam, and she suggested that I visit her on the farm.  I decided to do her one better and volunteer for the whole day. 
 
I picked a great day, too!  It was warm and sunny, the first real summery day we've had this year, and I took advantage of it by wearing shorts so I could get some sun on my lily-white legs!  We worked out in the field the first half of the day.  Farmer Sam (not Samantha) would drive his tractor down a row, and an attachment on the back poked three rows of indentations into the ground, each about six inches apart.  Water tanks attached to the back sprinkled water into the holes to prep them for planting.  Then we followed, some people taking seedlings out of trays and dropping them into some of the holes (for some plants it was every hole, for some every other), and others following behind them covering the roots of the baby plants.
 
I mostly did covering.  It was a little tough on the knees and the back, I must admit.  I sometimes would squat down and sort of crab-walk my way along the row, and sometimes keep my legs straight and bend from the waist and zombie-walk along.  One girl, Devorah, who seemed to just love the dirt, just sat herself down on the ground and scooted on her butt.  It was quite cute and funny to see!
 
We started out planting fennel, and then moved on to two different varieties of lettuce.  We also planted beets.  I arrived just after 8:00 (only 5 minutes late, due to being stuck behind a school bus, but I already had to go searching the barns and fields for everyone!) and we worked straight through until 12:00.  I took one short bathroom break and used the time walking and waiting for Sam while she was in the bathroom to swing my legs around and work out some of the kinks in my hamstrings and quads.  Before breaking for lunch, Sam, Devorah, and I moved a bunch of trays of tomato plants from the heated greenhouse to an unheated one, and separated them into groups by variety.
 
At 12:00 we all walked back to the farmhouse for lunch.  The original farmhouse, where Farmer Sam lives, was built in the early 1700's and the second part, where the volunteers stay, was added later.  "Later" is still probably late 1800's or early 1900's.  Samantha's birth father (she was adopted) was waiting there, having just a little time to come see her, so he had lunch with us.  Farmer Sam went to his house and the rest of us ate together - Samantha's Dad (I can't remember his name just now) probably feeling a little estrogened-out surrounded by all these women!  I had brought my own lunch - cheddar cheese, avocado, salad greens, and cucumber on homemade whole wheat bread.  This is important because we really earned that meal, and it tasted SO GOOD!  Most of the other women fixed huge salads for themselves. prompting Sam's Dad to ask if everyone was vegetarian.  As it turns out, two are not, two are, and Sam is vegan.  The non-vegetarians said their diet is highly plant-based even so.  The conversation was lively, and Sam's Dad was charming and nice.  After lunch, he asked to take a picture of everyone. 
 
Then we went back to work.  Most of us ended up in the greenhouse with the tomatoes.  The "floor" was plastic tarp with holes cut in rows.  We dug the dirt where those holes were, and transplanted the tomato plants.  I finally adopted Devorah's butt-scooting technique as I dug and planted, dug and planted.
 
I was conscious all day as I worked that these plants would become meals for other people.  That I wasn't just trying to do something right for it's own sake, but in order to keep these plants alive so they could then go on to keep people alive and healthy.  I once had my own small vegetable garden, and I loved working in it.  I found planting, weeding, watering, caring for the garden very meditative and therapeutic... spiritual, even.  This day brought me back to that.
 
I had to leave a little early in order to get home and cleaned up for an audition.  Farmer Sam asked if I wanted to take any plants with me, since they always start more plants than they can actually plant at the farm.  I was thrilled with the offer!  I brought home two tomato plants, some strawberry plants (one bunch, however much that is), two pepper plants, and six beet seedlings.  I'm not sure how well they'll all do in pots on my patio, but I'll do my best!  I borrowed a deep planter from a friend for the tomatoes, which I'm especially hoping will work out.
 
So, if you're still reading, and still interested, you can probably find a CSA near you.  A good place to start is http://www.localharvest.org/.  I liked it so much I'm thinking of going back again!  And, if I do, I'm bringing home lettuce...
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Mmmm, chocolate... [Apr. 3rd, 2009|02:03 pm]
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I just made a vegan chocolate mousse that I'm very proud of!  It's thick and chocolatey and almost too rich.  Going to bring it to my mom and grandma and see how non-vegetarians lke it.  I think it'll be a hit!
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Well, It's a Start [Mar. 19th, 2009|11:05 pm]
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I started my "Clean Up My Messy Home" challenge today.  Frankly, it doesn't look a heck of a lot different, yet.  I did pretty good, though, considering that I'm also scheduling rehearsals for my next short-play festival, had to do some follow-up work on a color consultation I did the other day, worked on lines for the next play that I'm in, and I worked out most of a costume plot and did some costume research for the same show. 

Oh, let me back up on that point for a little bit.  We had been wondering whether our usual costumer, Dawn, would be able to work on this show.  She had not returned my calls about gathering up costumes for "Morning's at Seven," so I got them together and costumed our new actor myself.  My illustrious stage manager, bixxy , later got an e-mail from her saying there was an illness in the family and she was just too pressed for time between that and her kids.  Understandable.

So when the conversation in our latest show turned to costuming, I said we should ask Dawn, but be prepared for her to say no.  When her response to us seemed to avoid saying she would do costumes, I decided I would volunteer.  I worked on the costume plot and did some research, started getting ideas, and started getting excited about the prospect of trying my hand at this!  I e-mailed Dawn to ask if I'd be able to use her sewing machine, and possibly ask her for help or advice, should I need it.  She wrote back, showing me a pattern for the dress she said she could make (another actress and I need matching dresses).  I then sent her a picture of a pattern I had found and commented that it was a lot like hers! 

Well, when I showed up for rehearsal tonight, there she was!  Getting a script from the director, taking everyone's measurements, and starting to work out some of the complications of who needs to wear the same thing as whom (there are several of these).  So.  Apparently, the way to get her to costume a show is to volunteer to do it yourself?  Oh, and some of the specific things I had said I would do, I'm still on the hook for - I just won't get any credit now.

Aaaanyway.  Back to my cleaning update.  I started out doing some "prep" that I can't really consider part of my cleanup.  Took out some trash, put some dishes in the dishwasher, worked a little more on a stain my cat had left on the carpet.  My main accomplishment was getting some unused things out of here.  I had an old suitcase I no longer use, a stack of clothes that I had already stacked as things to get rid of, an extra printer, and an old VCR.  Oh, and a salad spinner.  I took all of these things right out to the car, and drove them to Goodwill.  Had mixed feelings on getting rid of the salad spinner, and almost kept it.  But I've had it a couple years and only used it once or twice.  So off it went.  When I got back, I took the VCR that I actually use sometimes, and promoted it from its spot on the floor to its new spot on the TV shelf.  Oh, and I donated some glass salt & pepper shakers to the theatre.  Even if they don't need them for salt and pepper, they could be re-purposed for small vases or something else in a show.

I also made an attempt to find a storage bin or bag for my gift-wrapping supplies.  I had had everything in a large Christmas gift bag, which hung over a hanger in my front closet.  This past Christmas the bag decided it had it and ripped apart.  And then the cat peed on what was left of it.  The bows and papers and whatnot that survived have been leaning against a shelf in my main living area ever since.  I did not find anything to put them in, but I will keep looking.  While I was shoppping, I got some new cabinet knobs to put on my dresser drawers, some of which currently come right out if you tug on them.  (Hey, I got the dresser for free.)  I also got some 9-Volt batteries, so I can put my fire alarm back up.  Oh, the fire alarm.  That might be worth its own entry.

I find that I'm noticing things more.  I'm appraising more things as I look at them, thinking about what I can donate, what someone else might want, etc.  I've got a lot more to go, but I feel good that I've started.  It still does not seem manageable, but it's beginning to seem possible.
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Minnesotans Having Fun in the Winter [Mar. 19th, 2009|01:41 am]
Rayah

I came across the website for the Annual Eel Pout Fishing Festival in Leech Lake, MN.  They don't have the photos for 2009 posted, yet, but the 2008 ones are a HOOT!

Now I have never actually gone to the Eel Pout Festival - but I'm thinking it might just be worth a trip to Northern MN in February!

Enjoy:  http://www.eelpoutfestival.com/photos.html
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