Hearing:: "Better"- Regina Spektor
The last two are tomorrow. On the LAST DAY of school.
So, Willows auditions were tonight!
I did... fairly well, I guess. I'm not really expecting a callback, but hey! You can dream right? XD
Callback lists are going to be emailed out laaaate tonight. I'll be up anyway, studying for my science final tomorrow. Echhh. But, at least the audition, which I've been dreading for a while is over. :D
P.S. I think every one should go and watch this. Right now. It's just about the most entertaining thing I've seen in my LIFE.
I know, I know. I haven't updated my LJ in a month. Exactly a month, actually. It's pretty terrible... but for some reason, I just haven't felt any drive to write/do things online for the last month. I've been on LJ almost every day, keeping up with all your fabulous lives, but... I've just felt a lot more like lurking than anything else. Ah, well. Tatjana's nagging got to me, so I'm updating.
First of all: TONY NOMINATIONS. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. Sweeney Todd got 6 nominations! And Michael Cerveris, Patti LuPone, and Manoel Felciano ALL got nominated! Wow. Also, I've decided that I really want to check out The Drowsy Chaperone and find out what all the hype is about. Have any of you seen it? Is it really that good? I cannot WAIT until the Tony's! Yay!
Next Tuesday is my Willows' audition. I'm either doing Still Hurting from The Last 5 Years, or Anything Goes, a la Patti LuPone. Whichever sounds better by next Tuesday. So, I'll be practicing that this weekend, along with studying for my multiple finals next week, and memorizing a monologue. Speaking of monologues...
Yesterday, I went to Barnes & Noble, looking for a good monologue book, since the ones in my last monologue book were crap. And I realized something-- there are NO good monologues! I mean, I looked through thousands of books, and most of them were for women 30 , with subject matter that would make any casting director cringe. Seriously. But the teen monologues are all kind of:
So I, like, am totally in love with Timmy. But my parents think that Timmy is kind of like... bad. But I love John. With, like, all my soul. Totally. So, like, I like don't know what to do. WHY GOD WHY?! I can't pick between Timmy and, like, John! MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE A MENTAL BREAKDOWN AND THREATEN SUICIDE.
You know, like that.
So, I finally found a semi-alright monologue book. But I'm thinking that I might just find one online, or write one, because there are still NO GOOD MONOLOGUE BOOKS. It's quite sad, actually.
Ooh, last weekend, me and some of my fabulous friends went up to semi-camp at my friend's cabin [up in the hinterlands!]. It was me, Bridget, Maiya, Ryan, Sacha, Lilian, and Mitchell that went. Quite amazing. I'll post pictures when I get home [I'm at school right now]. Ohhh, and I also have to post pictures of my new hair! I just got it cut the day before yesterday. And it is SHORT. I love it. Woot. <3
Well, the bell's about to ring... I'll update at home!
So, I'm sitting in Intro to Computer, again. I just finished a project that was supposed to take us three days. In 20 minutes. I hate how slow this class is.
Anyway, last weekend, I really didn't do anything. Excpt for, on Saturday, I had to help sign people up for the eScrip program to support Willow's Summerstage this summer [Bat Boy!]. So, I brought Danielle along, and we signed people up during the intermission of their current production of Noises Off. Well, Noises Off is already one of the funniest plays in the world, but seeing it starring Cassidy [the director of Urinetown] and John [the dance teacher], it was just... I mean, at some points, I actually laughed so hard that I cried. Seriously, everyone in the Bay Area-- go see Noises Off. It is amaaaazing. <3
I've been thinking more and more about Bat Boy audition song; so far, I've come up with a few that might work, but I'm still VERY open to suggestions! Please hellllllp.
What I've got so far:
- Wait, Sweeney Todd
- Unworthy of Your Love, Assassins
- Move On, Sunday in the Park With George
- By the Sea, Sweeney Todd
- A Summer in Ohio [or A Part of That, maybe?], The Last 5 Years
- Cabaret, Cabaret [Yeah, I know...]
- Nothing is Too Wonderful to be True, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
I need to choose soon, because I need sheet music. Like, now. Yes.
Anyway, the bell's about to ring. I'm off to science class! :D
Oh, and I forgot to mention!
I made it all the way through the National Day Of Silence today. So did Danielle and Maiya! I'm glad I didn't crack and start talking like a few other people did.
I'm so proud!
Auditions for the Willow's Theatre Company summer show [Which is Bat Boy, by the way!] are in about a month and a half. I REALLY wish to have a fabulous role, because I absolutely adore Bat Boy. Though it's a little out of my natural range right now, I'd love to get the role of Meredith, for those of you who are familiar with the show.
Anyway, what I need is an audition song. A good audition song. Preferably one from a well-written show [Sondheim would be best! And not Wicked/Rent, please.], and in the alto/mezzo-soprano range. I've been trying to rack my brain for I good song, but I am just coming up blank.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks, guys! <3
L.A. was fabulous.
Working on a fairly large picture entry as we speak!
Well, we were supposed to leave at 6:00 a.m. today.
It turns out we'll be leaving around 11:00, or 11:30. Fun.
I feel like I should be rushing around doing things, but I'm completely packed, unlike both my parents. So, I basically have as much free time as it takes to finish drying the clothes and for them to pack up their suitcases. I know I shouldn't be annoyed by this, but leaving so late means we won't get there until 7:00 or 8:00 at night. And I actually wanted to go places today. Ah, well. At least the new car has a DVD player, so I can keep myself amused.
But I am excited about the trip! <3
Oh, and also, I want to wish a VERY happy birthday to Ali [msalicenutting]! I hope you're having a lovely birthday, and a great time in Paris!
Well, I should go finish doing whatever I need to do to keep getting ready for the trip. Farewell!
So, tomorrow morning, I'm heading off to L.A. for 5 days! It's going to be pretty fabulous, except for the fact that I have to drive for 8 HOURS tomorrow and Wednesday. Fun, right? Definitely. Anyway, we're going to be staying at my aunt's beach house [which has NO internet connection], so I'll be updating... about as much as I am now. Hah. I am excited, though! I love going to Hollywood beach. I don't really swim there, but it's beautiful [and almost deserted], so I usually just walk around and listen to music and take pictures. I'll post all the pictures I take when I get home, along with the pictures from my birthday party last week. <3
So, last night, my friends [i.e. Lizzy, Lilian, Bridget, and Emma] went to go see Solano College perform Sweeney Todd! Very exciting. I really liked it, but honestly, it just made me want to see the Broadway revival EVEN MORE. I'm pushing my mom to buy me a ticket to see it when we [hopefully] see it this summer. I mean, at this point, I would kind of give my soul to see it. Literally.
But anyway, back to the Solano show; It was really good for a college production. They did something very different with the beginning-- I think they were trying to imitate the setting of the revival, but it a completely different way. Anyway, it started off with several people wandering through Madame Tussaud's wax museum in New York. A kid [who ends up being Toby later in the show] comes up to a Sweeney Todd exhibit, and all of a sudden, the wax figures come alive and start singing The Ballad of Sweeney Todd. Very well done; very different. But it really confused the majority of the audience.
Well, after that, the show proceeded as normal. I was impressed by the guy who played Sweeney-- he was very tall and emaciated and creepy-- but his singing was just... well, he's no Len Cariou. The Nellie Lovett was FABULOUS, and so were Anthony and Johanna. Judge Turpin was very creepy, and [especially during his version of Johanna] made everyone very uncomfortable. Which, I guess, was his goal. The guy who played Toby: he was a good enough actor/singer, I suppose, but... I guess I had a preset bias against him. He was the music instructor from the Willows Theatre Company last year, and I have almost always STRONGLY disliked him. He was just a complete jerk. He did an okay job with Toby, but Toby is usually my favorite character! I was quite disappointed.
I almost cried at the end, and probably would've if I had really seen Tobias, instead of the guy from Willows. Ah, well. It was still a really, REALLY good show.
Lizzy and Bridget really loved it. Bridget had never head anything from Sweeney before, and Lizzy had only head the music a few times. They really got into the show! So, that was exciting. Emma, who I don't really know very well [she's Bridget's friend more than mine] didn't seem to like it very much. She was shocked that the show lasted for three hours, and got very bored near the end, which I do NOT understand! I mean, how can you get bored during the final sequence of Sweeney Todd?! It's shocking. And Lilian...
Lilian: Hey, why was it called Sweeney Todd?
Briget: Well, Lilian... probably because the story is about a man named Sweeney Todd.
Lilian: I KNOW THAT! But it wasn't all about him!
Lizzy: It was, actually.
Lilian: No! It was more about... you know, that girl... Johanna, and her boyfriend. And Toby. And Mrs. Lovett. And stuff.
Me: But that all centered around Sweeney.
Lilian: Yeah, well, they could have at least called it "Sweeney Todd, and Friends!".
SWEENEY TODD, AND FRIENDS! I think they should change the name to that. XDDD
But anyway, yes...
I definitely need to see the revival. So I can attack Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone... and tell them how AMAZING they are. And, you know, swoon over Manoel Felciano.
Anyway, I better get to packing/sleeping. We leave in 6 1/2 hours.
Have fun on spring break, guys!
So, I need to update more.
Well, right now, I'm sitting in the BHS Intro to Computer [disgusting class; I was forced into it] classroom. I really should be typing out my Microsoft Excel project. But you know what? I don't want to. I'm working on bits of it between sentences. But you see, I'd much rather be on livejournal. Elljay is always fun!
Anyway, so I'm having my birthday party today. Yeah, yeah, I know that my birthday was 5 months ago. I just delayed it a little bit. XD Haha. Well, at least I'm having it. I haven't had a birthday party since 6th grade. And it's not that I don't want to, either. I just forget about it [since my birthday's a week from Christmas], and then delay and delay it until it's too late. I mean, I've already had to delay this party 3 times!
Anyway, so after school, 11 or so of my friends are coming over to, uh... party. Yay. <3 ANd then they're going to sleep over. It'll be fabulous.
I'm praying it'll rain though. If it does, Lizzy will be able to come on time, because her track meet will be cancelled. But, if it doesn't rain, she won't be able to come until 10:30. Argh, so pray for rain with me!
And, OHMYGOD, according to Ali's LJ/Broadway.com, Company is transferring back to broadway, SWEENEY STYLE! You know, ensemble-less [though I guess Company never really had an ensemble], with all the actors playing the orchestra instruments. I want to be in a show like that... though I really can't play any instruments. Well, I used to play piano. And... I play flute for like, half a year in 6th grade band! Really badly. I'm a terrible flutist [floutist?].
Hey, Maiya [maiyyya] wants me to make a header/background for her elljay. I've already made one, but I wanted to make two or three, so she'd have a selection [plus the first one isn't completely great]. For those of you on my flist that know her, what do you think she'd like on a header? Any ideas? I'm not very creative at the moment. :D
The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels replacements make me sad.
Watch the video.
First of all, Jonathan Pryce, WHAT HAPPENED?! You are usually so amazing! I mean, look at Miss Saigon! Look at Evita! Look at Oliver! You are usually fabulous, and yet now, here you are in DRS, being terrible. I mean, if people say Lithgow was off-key, what do they think about Pryce?! Ack. Being off-key is one thing, but speaking the words to lovely David Yazbek songs?! Unheard of!
I'm probably just prejudiced because everyone from the original cast was in it when I saw it. Thank god Norbert hasn't left. Yet. So, I guess I've got to see it again before July, when he's out. But, I really don't know how it ranks compared to the other shows I MUST SEE when I go back to NYC. At this point, it's probably [in order]--
1. Sweeney Todd
3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
4. Spelling Bee [we do have a seperate show going on in SF, though. So, I guess I'll see that first.]
5. The Threepenny Opera
So, yes. But due to the changes in the Willows Bat Boy schedule, I probably wouldn't be able to go until August. Ehhhh, so I guess that strikes out DRS. That's upsetting.
We had a GIANT test on The Odessey today it lit. I think I did fairly well, even though I went a little over the time, and had to stay for 10 minutes after school to finish. Still, I think I got a pretty good grade. I hope.
After school was fun. I went over to Danielle [lady_eruvadhril]'s house, and we ate Lucky Charms and watched Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill. God, Eddie Izzard is hilarious. So, that was fabulous. <3
Oh no, I must run! House is on in 5 minutes! Yay!
[P.S.-- Joanna Gleason looks like Harry Potter in the DRS video. XD]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. SONDHEIM.
The world is a better place with you in it.
[I should've had a Sondheim Day party today. Damn. That would've been great.]
Me and my friends [AKA; Maiya, Aaron, Bridget, Sarah, and Emily] had a FABULOUS little escapade to San Francisco this weekend! We went to Castro [the well-known Gay/Lesbian district in SF], and it was completely amazing.
We went to a couple of stores, but when we got to one clothing store, we found a postcard advertising a giant garage sale in the park. So, of course we had to go! It turns out, this drag performer was selling all of his feminine drag costumes to get enough money to move to London. It was this big sale in the park [that unfortunately got rained on; which meant they had to attempt to cover a majority of the park with a big plastic tarp], but it was still amazingly cool. Maiya bought one of his old skirts for $2, and Emily bought a few pairs of [very large] sparkly shoes.
We then realized that we were quite hungry, so we trudged through the rain, trying to find some place to consume some nourishment. We eventually decided on a little pizza place back on the main Castro street, which was pretty fabulous.
From there, we decided to walk to Haight/Ashbury streets, because of the great thrift stores, and various other stores filled with amazing things. Emily had look it up on Mapquest, and it said it was only 5 or 6 blocks from where we were. It ended up being about 20 blocks away. And of course, half the way there, it started POURING DOWN rain, which was quite unpleasant. So, we walked for blocks, freezing cold, and sopping wet [I was sick this weekend, too, which made it 100000 x better!]. The minute we saw a real store, we ran in, whithout even looking at what kind of store it was.
When we actually DID look around, we realized that we had gone into an Indian fabric/clothing/beads/assorted other kinckknacks store. The minute we got in, they offered us some hot jasmine tea [which was AMAZING after walking in the rain], and we started to look around. Near the back, they had a meditation room, where you had to remove your shoes. I wanted to take my soaked shoes off, so I decided to go in.
And when I did... WOW. It was the most beautiful room I've ever seen in my life. It was dark-- only lit by candles and fragrant incense. The rest of the room was covered with flowers, and pictures of their god, Ganesh [?]. I don't know a lot about their culture, or religion, so the description stops there. But anyway, I just sat cross-legged on the mat, staring at the pictures and the flowers, and listening to the wooden water contraption. Then Aaron came in, he commented on how beautiful it was, and then we sat, in silence. And then Maiya, Bridget, Emily, and Sarah all slowly filed in, one by one, and none of us spoke at all. We just sat and admired, in total awe and gratitude [gratitude to be sitting in such a nice warm place after being out in the rain. It was... very spiritual. Very calming. Just... amazing.
After about half an hour [or an hour... I don't even know] passed, we walked out of the shop, and wonder of wonders: The sun was out! In San Francisco! In the winter! Oh my god! We looked around, and we realized-- we had come to the corner of Haight and Ashburry without even realizing it! We went to about 5 different FABULOUS stores, but then, the sun was starting to set, and we realized it might be best to go home. So, Bridget's dad came and picked us up, and we spent the entire way home talking, and singing, and drawing deformed creatures in the foggy car window.
It short, it was a completely fantastic day. And I have pictures!
( These are all taken by Maiya and Bridget, because I'm the loser that forgot my camera.Collapse )
So, yes. We have more fun than you. :D
Stolen from pandajen14, because she cool...
( Fabulous iPod song lyrics guessing game.Collapse )
So, at 8:30, me and Maiya, Mitchell, and Bridget are leaving to spend a day walking around San Francisco. Should be fun, especially since it's like... 0 degrees in San Francisco right now. But no, I am excited. Plus, I found $125 that I got for Christmas that I haven't spent yet. Yay! I can buy fantastic San Franciscian things. Huzzah.
I want to do something different with my hair. At the moment, it's plain, brown, straight, and shoulder-length. I want something new. Something... exciting. Without dye, though. I dyed my tips/streaks of my hair blue in 7th/8th grade, and it faded quickly and looked horrible.
I'm going to get it cut later today, and I want to think of something good to do to it before I go. So far, all I know is that I want it to be short in the back/longer in front. I think. But I don't know. Any ideas?
God, I love San Francisco.
On Saturday, me Tatjana [taughtjohnuh], Matt [__mulecenter78], and Mihaly went to the fabulous Metreon in San Francisco. The Metreon is pretty much MY FAVORITE PLACE TO BE. We saw Ultraviolet in theaters, which I found completely hilarious. It had... absolutely no plot. And a lot of the acting was VERY painful. But, it was still fun to watch. And Tatjana liked it. Haha, but there was this little boy character named Six. Six. And so at one point, the main character is crying and whispering, "Six...", to which Tatjana whispered, "Seven...", and for some reason, I found that completely hilarious. That led me to remember that old Why was six afraid of seven? joke, which left me in hysterics for the rest of the movie. Great stuff. XD
After the movie, we went to this store called Things From Another World, ( where I bought Sigmund Freud...Collapse )
Anyway, after I bought Sigmund Freud, we went to this nifty little Italian place called The Firewood Café [because we all know how Italian a café is], and we gorged ourselves on chicken tortellini, etc. Very exciting. And then we went home, while listening to The Producers/The Kill Bill vol. 2 soundtrack. So, Saturday was pretty amazing.
Anyway, speaking of San Francisco [I refuse to call it San Fran, because it pisses me off when people call it that], I'm going to try to go back there on Friday and win evening show lottery tickets for Spelling Bee! ZOMG! I'm so excited! And even if I don't win, I'll probably just go thrift store shopping, or go back to The Metreon. Yay. It makes me kind of sad that no one from the current Broadway cast is in it, but it will still be fabulous! I'll probably see Spelling Bee when I go back to NYC, anyway. But anyway, yes... should be fantastic.
[By the way, I think I want to make a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels mood theme, but I can only find a very minimal amount of good quality DRS photos. Do you guys know of any that would work? Or if any of you has the bootleg [you lucky bastard], if you could grab one or two good screencaps, that would be FABULOUS. Thanks!]