Hearing:: "An Original Musical"- [title of show]
I’m back! And I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth! For some reason, I had an aversion to updating my livejournal. For 6 MONTHS. But now that I’m not as busy as I was, and since it’s a new year, I thought it would be the perfect time to start writing in my elljay again. Quite a few things have happened to me in the last six months (I’d have a pretty crappy/boring life if they hadn’t!), so I’ll fill you in on the details:
- Bat Boy shows went AMAZINGLY well. My number, “A Joyful Noise” was so gloriously fun to do every day/night. We had a really good run, with pretty much no major mistakes. Yay! I’m so glad that I was able to do Bat Boy… I’ve been in love with it for such a long time, and the chance to finally be in it was just… spectacular.
- Well, Bat Boy ended, and I was extremely sad (as I always am when a show ends), but I’m usually much sadder after Willow’s shows end because… I just love the people that do them so much! But this year, I vowed to see them all a lot more. And I actually kept my promise, which is shocking.
- After Bat Boy, I went to L.A. for a week… and it was really great, actually. After having Bat Boy rehearsals from 9 to 5, 5 days a week, I really needed a vacation, and down in L.A. it’s like PURE vacation, with beaches and pools, and other fabulous things.
- While I was in L.A., the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tour just happened to be there! WITH NORBERT LEO BUTZ. It was incredible, of course—other than the fact that they replaced “Give Them What They Want” (AKA, one of the BEST songs in the show), with a crappy one called “I’m the Only Game in Town”. The Lawrence wasn’t a great singer, and his “accent” changed about 50 times. But, Norbert was fabulous, as expected. I only go to see him for a few minutes at the stage door, but it was enough to have him sign my playbill/get a picture with him. So, yay!
- School started again, which kind of sucked… but I really adore my teachers this year, so it’s okay. For French, I have Mr. Piazza again, who is amazing. He’s mostly amazing because we do NOTHING in his class, so it’s sort of like a study hall. And that’s exciting. For Dance, I have Ms. Mani, who directed the musical last year, and I absolutely love her. She works us kind of hard, but it’s a really good dance class. For Literature, I have this amazingly awkward teacher named Mr. Baker—he’s 28, but he wears a large array of old grandpa sweaters that, according to him, were actually given to him by his grandfather. He likes video games, nerf guns, and various other things that make him the most amusing teacher I’ve ever had (he also has a myspace, ahaha). For Science, I have this bizarre but amazing teacher named Mr. Lewis, who affectionately calls up “piece of crap kids”. Ahaha. And then for math… Mrs. Prolo, the only teacher I don’t like. She’s just… ackkkkk. And lastly, for history, I have a teacher named Mrs. Gibbs. She’s pretty cool, but she doesn’t seem to really know who any of us are, which is amusing. I mean, in January, she’s STILL forgetting student’s names. Yayyyyy.
- The school play started, which was The Mouse That Roared, a play based on that old Peter Sellers movie. Crappy play, but it was still really fun to do. Mr. Baker directed it, and since it was his first show, it… wasn’t great directing. But it was still fun having him direct, and watching him fight constantly with Mrs. Mani, our assistant director/producer. So, that was exciting. I didn’t get the part I wanted… but me and my friend Maiya got to play twin sisters (though we look nothing alike) in the army, who are forced into being prisoners of war. Ahaha, so that was exciting.
- I also started another play, with one of the directors from Bat Boy—we did Blithe Spirit, and I got to play Edith, the bumbling maid who ends up being a medium. It was really fun, because it was my first show with an all-adult theatre company that was semi-professional. One of them has been in movies! But yeah, that was really exciting, and everyone in the cast was amazing.
- I started getting completely exhausted every day—I had school until 3, school play rehearsal every day from right after school until 6, and then Blithe Spirit rehearsal every day from 6:30 to 10. So… that was insane. I ended up having to stay up until 12 or 1 every night to finish my homework. And jesus, it was REALLY hard. But, it ended up really paying off.
- I went and saw A Chorus Line in San Francisco, before it went to Broadway… and it was definitely one of the highlights of my month. I didn’t expect to LOVE it as much as I did—but I really did love it. I went to SF with Darren, Tyler, and Kelsey (3 of my amazing friends, originally from Willows), we took BART (it’s a train system, for those of you that don’t live here), and then walked around all day, eventually finding the theatre, which we went into really early for some reason. Me/Kelsey/Tyler bought our tickets beforehand, and they were pretty much back-row balcony, which sucked. But Darren, who came with us hoping that he could get tickets at the door (the show was sold out that night), ended up getting 4th row center tickets! Lucky bastard! But even though we were kinda far from the stage, we could see everything fine, and it was spectacular. We stagedoored it afterwards, and got to meet all the amazing cast members. And… then we BARTed back home… it was about midnight when I finally got home. It was one of the best days EVER.
- Blithe Spirit finally started (it played for 3 weeks), which was incredible, because it meant NO MORE REHEARSALS. The show went really well, and it was one of the few shows I’ve been in that I haven’t been sad about when it ended. Since everyone else in the cast was 2 or 3 times my age, I really didn’t miss anyone that much. So… that was good.
- Not much else happened this month… me and my friends went trick-or-treating, as usual. We will never stop. Ever. I was Mrs. Lovett for Halloween, which was pretty exciting. I’ll post a picture later. My goal was to have one person know who I was supposed to be… surprisingly, THREE people did! One of whom I got into a very animated discussion about Patti LuPone with, until my friends dragged me away. So yes… that was a fun Halloween.
- The Mouse That Roared shows started… we had our fair share of mistakes, but all-in-all, I think the show went quite well!
- Nothing else really happened… this was a boring month.
- Finals studying was INTENSE this year. Finals were the week before we left for winter break, and… oh god, it was awful. Very stressful, and a LOT of late-night cramming. So yes, that was not good. I ended up getting an A on all my finals, though (except for my damn Math final… oh, well).
- Winter break was fabulous! 2 weeks of doing absolutely NOTHING! Well, I went to L.A. for a short amount of time, but other than that, I did pretty much nothing, and I really needed it.
- My birthday was AMAZING! I got a beautiful MacBook laptop (which I call Sylvia, named after Sylvia Plath), which works amazingly. In fact, I’m typing on it right now. I love it so much.
- Christmas was also very exciting… I got a new iPod, a pair of Sigmund Freud slippers (FREUDIAN SLIPPERS AHAHAHA), and various other little wonderful things.
- School started again, and now I’m preparing to audition for the school show, which is Seussical the Musical (super cheesy, I know… but I think It’ll be a fun show!), and starting to get used to school, again.
So… basically, that has been my life for the last 6 months, in a nutshell. But I’m back on livejournal, and I’m going to start updating every day again. It’s a little late for it, but I’m making it my New Years resolution. Yesssssss.
I love you all, and I’ve missed you for the last 6 months! <333