Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Posted at 4:55 pm by Manda
Time to fly!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Starting here... starting now...
What a week. I am so ready for February to be done.
This past Thursday afternoon, my mom & Larissa picked up Eric, Curt and I and we all headed down to St. Louis. After 8 hours in the car, a slightly creepy dinner stop at a Cracker Barrel in the middle of nowhere and several pit stops where Dueling Banjos was definately playing, we arrived at the hotel. After we checked in, we drove over to Webster University, where we would be going to Midwest Theatre Auditions the next day, so that we wouldn't get completely lost in the morning.
Friday morning, Mom dropped Eric off at Webster at 7:30 a.m. (blech) and then we dropped off Curt around 10:30. Having discovered that I forgot the skirts and pants I had intended to bring with me for the auditions and dance call, Mom, Lara and I ran around St. Louis, searching for something for me to wear. I finally found a cute black pencil skirt at Walmart and some comfy, but stylish red flats at Old Navy. Mom dropped Lara and I off at Webster around 1:30. We sat around, waiting for my audition, until about 2:15, when I headed down to the Green Room to wait to be called. I ended up auditioning about 15 minutes early. Being the last person to audition that day, as soon as the person before me walked off the stage, I felt like all the directors and producers heaved a sigh of "Okay, we're done now." So, feeling pressed to grab their attention, I went out there, belted Life With Harold from The Full Monty, nailed my monologue from Tennessee William's Summer & Smoke and then left to the sounds of the MWTA head guy telling them where to go to watch the dance auditions. I hurried off to change for the dance call, which totally, completely, utterly kicked my ass. Feeling defeated, I moped over to the University Center to check the callback lists. I was very excited to see that I had gotten 6 callbacks: Black Hills Playhouse, Timber Lake Playhouse, Mcleod Summer Playhouse, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Festival and Missoula Summer Children's Theatre. I went to all of them except for Missoula Children's Theatre (because I ran out of time). I felt like 3 of them went really well, and luckily two of those were the ones that I felt most interested in. I probably won't know for a couple weeks, unfortunately, but I'm really hoping for Oxford Shakes. After the three of us were done with our callbacks, we headed back to the hotel, ordered pizza and crashed.
Saturday morning, we hightailed it out of St. Louis, just ahead of the storms, and made it to Stevens Point around 4 p.m. After Mom & Lara headed home to Appleton, I cleaned up my room and unpacked while I waited for Cameron to show up. Once he arrived, we went to dinner at Applebee's, went grocery shopping at Walmart and then came back to the dorm, where we watched Flushed Away (which, I admit, is a charming and cute movie) before going to bed.
Sunday morning, we slept in, and eventually got some breakfast/lunch. We spent most of Sunday doing nothing. We watched The Wedding Date, played video games and just sat around cuddling and talking. It was lovely. He was planning on going home that evening, but the roads in Point were pretty bad, so I convinced him to stay the night. I went to rehearsal for an hour and then came back, and we watched another movie about halfway through before falling asleep.
Monday, Cameron headed home after helping me clean off my car. I went to work at the Tutoring-Learning Center, where I spent an hour reading. Then I went back to my room and spent the time between classes writing emails. At 12:30, I left to go to Acting, where we really accomplished nothing, which irritates me. After class, Jake and I sat around talking about our scene for awhile and then we had a scenework rehearsal with Sara until 5 p.m. After I grabbed dinner at McDonald's (healthy, I know), I went back to my room and ended up crashing. I woke up at 6:30 p.m. to get ready for rehearsal, but I felt really sick and exhausted, so I called in and went back to bed. Cameron called me at 10:30 p.m. and we talked for awhile before he went to bed. Then I talked to Christie online until midnight before going back to bed myself.
This morning, I lounged around in bed until almost 8:40 a.m. before rushing around to get dressed for Modern and then hurrying outside to clean off my car. I just barely got to class on time. Modern was... pretty unexciting. We flailed around like ... something that flails. After class, I got a bagel and OJ for breakfast and went back to the dorm, where I told myself I was going to work on my Acting paper, but instead I watched Johnny Depp in Secret Window on FX (weird movie... saw it in theatres... still weird), read my trashy romance novel, picked up Joe from the car repair place, showered and then went to Survey. We had a quiz in Survey, which I definately barely studied for, but still managed to ace. Then we talked about Camelot, Bye Bye Birdie and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. After class, I walked over to Cousin's to get a sub for lunch and then walked back to the TLC, which is where I am now, pretending to work. Well, my one learner cancelled and, since I'm hiding in a booth, I'm not likely to get any walk-ins. Oh well. I am lazy.
Tonight, I have to miss Idol (boo) because of rehearsal. I'm sort of hoping that, since we're starting blocking, we'll be doing solos and not group pieces, in which case, I might not have to be there all night.
SPEAKING OF WHICH:
Songs for a New World
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Noel Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre
April 13 @ 8 p.m., 14 @ 7 p.m., 15 @ 2 p.m.
April 18-21 @ 7 p.m., 22 @ 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3378.
And total non sequitur... I adore Cadbury Mini Eggs. (And I am not alone! See here.) You can keep the gooey, slimy creme eggs for yourself, but give me the mini eggs because I love them. LOVE them.
Posted at 3:14 pm by Manda
Time to fly!
A new world calls across the ocean
A new world calls across the sky
A new world whispers in the shadows
Time to fly, time to fly
It's about one moment
The moment before it all becomes clear
And in that one moment
You start to believe there's nothing to fear
It's about one second
And just when you're on the verge of success
The sky starts to change
And the wind starts to blow
And you're suddenly a stranger
There's no explaining where you stand
And you didn't know
That you sometimes have to go
‘Round an unexpected bend
And the road will end
In a new world
It was time to come back. I like it here best anyway. :)
Posted at 2:54 pm by Manda
Time to fly!
Thursday, October 06, 2005
There's a lot that's here...
...that can't be replaced.
But I blog at Xanga now. Again.
Find me here
Posted at 12:52 pm by Manda
Time to fly!
Saturday, July 30, 2005
I don't believe in deleting entries...
...but I said some rash things when I was angry and upset.
Posted at 5:23 pm by Manda
Let's back this up a little...
Have we considered the fact that I might just not care enough about a t-shirt to put up with this nonsense?
Let's act our ages - yes, both of us. I acknowledge the chance that I may have acted childish more than once recently.
I thought a little distance, considering our bickering this past week, might be wise, but maybe I was wrong?
You have a phone. I have a phone.
I think we've always been able to talk, even when we hated each other.
So, if there is an issue, why not try conversation instead of holding a t-shirt hostage?
Posted at 12:56 am by Manda
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Wow, have I ever been busy! I still am, really, until Tuesday, August 2, but a bit more freetime, now that Theatrix classes are done.
So what have I been doing?
-Working at Theatrix
-Rehearsing/Performing Annie Get Your Gun
-Voice Lessons on Mondays
-Working at the library
-Took a trip to Chicago with Cameron
-Spending as much freetime with Cameron as possible
-Ignoring the need for sleep
-Getting a new phone (same number, don't worry)
-Buying various things for school this fall
-Helping Larissa with getting off-book and finding costumes
-Making neat-o posters for the lobby for during Grease
Yeah... that's about it. It doesn't sound like a lot, but boy, it sure did take up a lot of time.
This week is a little less hectic.
Yesterday, Cameron and I hung out... well, actually
he napped while I made Theatrix posters and Lara and Britni made cookies. Then I went to the park around 6 and ate my Lunch-able while waiting for everyone to show up. We were all lazy
and didn't get ready until about 7, 7:15. The show was at 8 and it went quite well! Afterwards, Cameron, Nate, Heather, Ed, Jess and I went to Perkins, which was very enjoyable. I took Cameron home around 12:30 and then I went home and slept!
Today, I slept in
, went to work (which is where I am now), after which I will be grabbing a quick dinner somewhere and then heading to the park for tonight's show. Best of luck to all the Theatrix kids performing tonight!!
Tomorrow, I get to sleep in again (yay!) and then I don't have anything to do until call at 6:30 p.m. Someone should call me to hang out, or go to lunch, or something!
Saturday, I'm going to see the afternoon class' matinee performance of Grease
before going to the park for call at 6:30. I think there's another cast party at Kathy's afterwards, but I could be wrong.
Sunday, again, I'm going to see Grease
(morning class this time) and then my show is at 7 p.m. - closing night! I really hope some of the Theatrix peoples will come see it, but if not... eh, oh well!
Then on Monday night, I have the Theatrix banquet and after that, I have nothing left to do this summer except for working 12-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Library. So, people should DEFINATELY call me and make plans because I want to spend time with everyone before I go away to Stevens Point.
I've learned a few things this the past few weeks, a few important things.
Firstly, if a director picks on you and gives you notes, it isn't because he or she hates you. It's because he or she knows that you are capable of doing more than you are currently doing and wants you to give the best performance possible.
Secondly, if someone is bringing you down, tell them so. It is your responsibility as a human being to look out for yourself. This does not make you selfish. Self-preservation is not selfishness.
Lastly, I have learned that the most important thing in the world is faith. I don't necessarily mean faith in a deity or a religion. I'm talking about faith in others and faith in yourself. One thing that Theatrix truly did teach me is that you should always
believe that a person is capable of doing something unless they have proved that they can't. If you believe a person can't do something and you tell them so, then of course, they will never be able to. Also, if you don't believe that you are capable of doing something, unless you can convince yourself otherwise, you'll never be able to do it.
I have so much faith in the kids in the current Theatrix cast of Grease and they have proved to me that my faith in them is well-founded over and over again in the past week and a half. I'm very very proud of them and I know that they all have the ability to go very far in life. I wish them all the best of luck in the show this week and in all their future endeavors.
Well, that's all for now. Ciao!
Posted at 4:08 pm by Manda
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Wishing I could hear your voice again...
Go see Grease!
at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh this week!
Opens tomorrow and runs July 27-30 at 7 p.m. and July 30-31 at 2 p.m.
They are really awesome. I am so proud of these kids! I'm going to miss them all so much!
Also, please come see Annie Get Your Gun at Riverside Park this week.
Re-opens tomorrow and runs July 27-30 at 8 p.m. and July 31 at 7 p.m.
Thanks for the support!
Posted at 6:14 pm by Manda
This week in my world:
1p-3p Scene Study