Showtime!

Jan. 9th, 2014 10:50 pm
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Two previews and two standing ovations!  I can't wait until tomorrow night's opening!

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We've started our Christmas cooking this week, which means we are out of the crawlspace!  We had a company come in to seal the rim joists on Thursday, which was an adventure.  Everything that could have gone wrong for them did, from equipment malfunctions to one of them getting called away on another job less than halfway through.  I made the remaining guy corn dogs for lunch (because that's how I roll, and I saw he had only a bag of chips and a root beer with him.)  When I left for my hair appointment, he was chewing on a corn dog with an "Oh my Zod, if I must die, let it be today?" look on his face, but he got it all done!

We also put the Christmas Brr-lesque show to bed this weekend. [livejournal.com profile] kornopolous came to town for the show and to celebrate his 50th birthday...and got food poisoning from eating a calzone at the show - surprise!!  It was a sucky way to spend his birthday, but he says it was still a good weekend.

Thursday was the last derby scrimmage for 2013.  I was one of only three skating refs to come, so I had to jam ref.  It was that or head ref, so I think I made the right decision. :)  I did mostly okay. I asked a couple really stupid questions of 0014, who was  head ref, and I didn't make any calls on my jammer which meant I was skating for the entire scrimmage.  But I did send two blockers to the box and I stood up to Deuce when she questioned a call and she didn't yell for a more experienced ref to come overrule me,

Then I lost my jammer.

See, the jammer refs switch at half-time, so if I'm fucking up for the white team, now I can even things out by fucking up for the black team.  I was following one jammer, I saw the other waaaaaayyy over on the other side of the track, and I couldn't figure out why Re-Pete Offender (the other jam ref) was all up  in my business until he asked if I was reffing black. :"Yeah!" I said astutely. "And the black jammer is..."  well, she was waving at me from the other side of the track.  Re-Pete laughed his ass off,  0014 laughed his ass off,  Honestly, I did too,  Re-Pete told me after then jam "It happens to all of us and you did exactly what you are supposed to do:  you yelled FUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!! and went and caught up to her."

The best part was that on Saturday this came across my roller derby ref tumblr:

When jammer reffing and I momentarily lose sight of my jammer

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Rehearsal

Dec. 9th, 2013 10:52 pm
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I had most of an entry written about how busy our weekend was and all the work we've done in the crawlspace this weekend, but my phone helpfully ate it, leaving me room to write about rehearsal tonight.

 

Oh my Zod.

 

My Japaneses host sisters had an idiom where they would pat one hand over their heart and say "doki doki."  This was explained to us as everything from "I am  so excited I'm seeing where my favorite movie was shot I might die" to "I have very bad cramps", but the one that resonated was "My heart is very full."

 

That's all I can say about stepping into rehearsal tonight:  doki doki.

 

I have a deep passion for South African theatre and literature.  If I could go back to school for anything, career be damned, I would get my Masters in South African theatre.  I've had the topic of the thesis I'll never write  picked out for over 10 years. 

 

Syringa Tree is a one-woman show where she plays everyone in the life of a South African woman from her great-grand mother to her little brother, her black nanny to the nanny's daughter who is killed in Soweto.  I walked in more than halfway through the rehearsal process and I am not an outsider, I am a welcomed and valued member of the team.

 

Doki doki.

Whew

Dec. 1st, 2013 07:13 pm
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I am so tired after this weekend!

 

Friday night our brr-lesque version of The Nutcracker opened.  We've been doing the show for 5 years now, in structure, but we made some big fun changes this year.  The house was small, but it included [livejournal.com profile] geolinguist and was very well received.  We came right home after the show and stayed up too late watching  TV.

 

[livejournal.com profile] lonelydumptruck suggested we have a low-key cast gathering after the show Saturday, so I got up and cleaned ALL THE THINGS! before going to the real estate office for a bit.   Then we went shopping for party good and [livejournal.com profile] lonelydumptruck made turkey noodle casserole while I got ready for the show.   The show was great  and we had a huge crowd.

 

I fell in the parking lot going into the show and bruised up my right hip and knee.  I also had big party fail.  One of the hostesses was cold, so I gave her my big fuzzy pink Ugly Doll blankie.  She offered to share, so we snuggled up until she had to go and gave me all the blankie and I curled right up and fell asleep on the couch in the middle of my own party.

 

This morning I did some work for the real estate office while we started watching Lars and the Real Girl, then I went to house manage a World Aids Day event at the Performing Arts Center.

 

Full days

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The Civic Orchestra went off beautifully Friday night, finally. It was pretty touch and go if the show would happen, first with the ice storm and then with the Concert Master falling in his carport and not being able to perform. But the show did go on - we cut his big solo piece and a second violinist filled in for his solos in the other pieces. The Maestro gave me flowers before the show and made a big speech about how I always look after them so well and how much everyone loves working with me.


Saturday was my day to do nothing, but the DICS got a call to come lay track for derby practice again. The venue keeps pulling up the tape we use to lay the track if we leave it on "too long" so we have to re-do it every single week. Yes, that is as stupid, annoying and expensive as it sounds. In their defense, this week was because we rented the space to have two tracks for practice, but still. We expect to be called to do it all again next Saturday. And next Thursday.

After that [livejournal.com profile] lonelydumptruck hung out with [livejournal.com profile] crownwench and I went over to see [livejournal.com profile] geolinguist's new apartment and hang out with him. We haven't done that in far too long and it was a great, mellow afternoon including a trip to Moosestooth for pizza and beer. Sid was over hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] lonelydumptruck when I got home, which was also a mellow fun time. We drank far too much, stayed up way too late after Sid left and discovered the charms of How I Met Your Mother.

Sunday was the final tech for the Brr-lesque show. It went so well we decided we all deserved to go home early and relax instead of running the first act again, which is always good times.
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So, this was an actual, honest ice storm!  Roads were closed all over town.  The State Troopers issued a statement describing the roads as "absolute crap".  I called the Performing Arts Center to see if they had heard anything from the Orchestra about the show going on tonight. 

 

The receptionist told me all the roads going into downtown were closed but they hadn't been able to get in touch with any one from the Orchestra to officially call it, so she put me through to the president of the Performing Arts Center who told me to call again in an hour.  By that point it was time for me to leave. 

 

It took 20 minutes for Lindy to think about defrosting.  By that time, Golden Toy was also leaving to he helped me scrape.

 

That is how thick the ice was.

 

And I'm still waiting to see if the show will go on.

Brrrr!!

Nov. 22nd, 2013 09:28 am
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My user pics packages expired and I've been putting off renewing them but I really miss some of my winter icons right now.

Winter has come in like a fucking bear. We've been in a deep freeze made worse by the fact it's always cold in the Warehouse of Misfit Toys.  We're currently under a "wintery weather advisory", which translates as "prepare for ALL the shit."

The original forecast was that it was supposed to warm up last night, dump a metric fuckton of snow, keep warming into sleet, then frozen rain, re-freeze and go back to snow.  All between Midnight last night and Midnight tonight. 

I had such high hopes.  The temperature had gone up 10 degrees while I was at rehearsal and 8 or 10 flakes of snow were gently wafting down.  I so, so hoped it would have the worst out of its system by the time I woke up this morning.   But, no. Just the same 8 or 12 snowflakes blowing around.  I didn't even have to scrape my windshield.

Nope, it had to wait and start pissing down rain when I got to work.  You can actually  HEAR it freezing when it hits the ground.  This bodes so ill for driving and having an audience at the show tonight.

Grrrr.

Okay

Nov. 7th, 2011 11:42 pm
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For my beloved, smartassed ducklings and swans, the ACTUAL links to the opera review...

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/158581

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Okay

Nov. 7th, 2011 11:42 pm
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For my beloved, smartassed ducklings and swans, the ACTUAL links to the opera review...

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/158581

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.


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I survived my first Opera as the stage manager!

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I survived my first Opera as the stage manager!

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So.

 

For new readers,

 

LonelyDumptruck
and I bought our first house back in June.  Two of the four bedrooms and the living room have a fairly fugly gold carpet with a pattern our friend Rodney promptly proclaimed looked like a close up of a petrie dish.

 

Costco had flooring on sale last month so last night, while I was at The Tech Rehearsal That Wasn't,

 

LonelyDumptruck
and CrownWench pulled up the carpet in the bedrooms.

This linoleum, which they dubbed Shop Class Gray, was under the carpet in the once and future man-cave.

This beauty was in the purple room. 

 

I love our weird house!

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So.

 

For new readers,

 

LonelyDumptruck
and I bought our first house back in June.  Two of the four bedrooms and the living room have a fairly fugly gold carpet with a pattern our friend Rodney promptly proclaimed looked like a close up of a petrie dish.

 

Costco had flooring on sale last month so last night, while I was at The Tech Rehearsal That Wasn't,

 

LonelyDumptruck
and CrownWench pulled up the carpet in the bedrooms.

This linoleum, which they dubbed Shop Class Gray, was under the carpet in the once and future man-cave.

This beauty was in the purple room. 

 

I love our weird house!

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Friday was just a glorious day here in Anchortown.  It was dead at the Warehouse of Misfit Toys so the Lead Toy let me leave even earlier than I was scheduled to go.  That would have been nicer if it wasn't leaving to go to a friend's memorial.  Andy's death was very sudden and unexpected, in spite of a myriad of health problems.  In fact, Friday was supposed to be a party celebrating his birthday and homecoming from the hospital.

I didn't have the heart to change the name of the event from Andy's Homecoming party on my calendar and I didn't realize how appropriate that was.  It was the most religious memorial I've been to in a long time.  Everyone kept talking about how Andy and Jesus are running through the mountains or playing soccer together in heaven right now.  It made me think of of of the Stage Manager at the Pearly Gates jokes (and there are a couple of them):

The Stage Manager is meeting St.Peter at the Pearly Gates and getting the scoop on what to expect in heaven.  "And we've got an amazing show in the theater tonight," says St.  Peter.  (you can create your own lineup, when I tell the joke I usually include Jackie Gleason and Johnny Cash.)  The Stage Manager is duly impressed.  "But you want to know the best part?"  continues St. Peter.  "You're calling the show."

Saturday I worked a very boring Aurora shift while LonelyDumptruck went biking with Stephanie.  After that we met Paul Bryner to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  That was one of the best shows I have seen in a while!  Stephanie didn't make it to see the show, but met us after and we all went to dinner.

We tried to get pho, but the place was closed so we ended up at a Mexican place so family-run that the waiter had to put down his margarita to seat us.  When LonelyDumptruck and I asked what kind of beer they had the answer was "Mexican beer...and American beer "

After dinner we bid Paul Bryner a good evening and LonelyDumptruck, Stephanie and I went to a friend's Welcome Back to Alaska party.  We saw a lot of good folks we hadn't got to hang out with for a while, including someone who is going to the UK for two months and is willing to do some recon on the best way to get to Scarborough.

Sunday was my day to sleep in, the first one in a while.  We met Frank, Kamala, Jdawgspi and The Boy Who Kisses Jdawgspi for brunch at Kriner's Diner and to pick up our pay for the Brr-lesque.

LonelyDumptruck had rehearsal for Emma and Adolph in the afternoon, so I took myself to see The 39 Steps.  I liked it, it is a cute show, but am I catty for thinking it is the kind of script that would really kill if the timing was spot-on?

Rodney invited us to a friend's daughter's birthday party, but neither of us felt like rallying, so we just made dinner and watched Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.  I don't think I have seen 2 since it was in theatres and then it left me kind of cold.  It worked a lot better as a double feature to me.

















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Friday was just a glorious day here in Anchortown.  It was dead at the Warehouse of Misfit Toys so the Lead Toy let me leave even earlier than I was scheduled to go.  That would have been nicer if it wasn't leaving to go to a friend's memorial.  Andy's death was very sudden and unexpected, in spite of a myriad of health problems.  In fact, Friday was supposed to be a party celebrating his birthday and homecoming from the hospital.

I didn't have the heart to change the name of the event from Andy's Homecoming party on my calendar and I didn't realize how appropriate that was.  It was the most religious memorial I've been to in a long time.  Everyone kept talking about how Andy and Jesus are running through the mountains or playing soccer together in heaven right now.  It made me think of of of the Stage Manager at the Pearly Gates jokes (and there are a couple of them):

The Stage Manager is meeting St.Peter at the Pearly Gates and getting the scoop on what to expect in heaven.  "And we've got an amazing show in the theater tonight," says St.  Peter.  (you can create your own lineup, when I tell the joke I usually include Jackie Gleason and Johnny Cash.)  The Stage Manager is duly impressed.  "But you want to know the best part?"  continues St. Peter.  "You're calling the show."

Saturday I worked a very boring Aurora shift while LonelyDumptruck went biking with Stephanie.  After that we met Paul Bryner to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  That was one of the best shows I have seen in a while!  Stephanie didn't make it to see the show, but met us after and we all went to dinner.

We tried to get pho, but the place was closed so we ended up at a Mexican place so family-run that the waiter had to put down his margarita to seat us.  When LonelyDumptruck and I asked what kind of beer they had the answer was "Mexican beer...and American beer "

After dinner we bid Paul Bryner a good evening and LonelyDumptruck, Stephanie and I went to a friend's Welcome Back to Alaska party.  We saw a lot of good folks we hadn't got to hang out with for a while, including someone who is going to the UK for two months and is willing to do some recon on the best way to get to Scarborough.

Sunday was my day to sleep in, the first one in a while.  We met Frank, Kamala, Jdawgspi and The Boy Who Kisses Jdawgspi for brunch at Kriner's Diner and to pick up our pay for the Brr-lesque.

LonelyDumptruck had rehearsal for Emma and Adolph in the afternoon, so I took myself to see The 39 Steps.  I liked it, it is a cute show, but am I catty for thinking it is the kind of script that would really kill if the timing was spot-on?

Rodney invited us to a friend's daughter's birthday party, but neither of us felt like rallying, so we just made dinner and watched Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.  I don't think I have seen 2 since it was in theatres and then it left me kind of cold.  It worked a lot better as a double feature to me.

















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I have always taken to heart the description of General Lee riding among his troops, a dust colored man on a dust colored horse, sayng "Move along".

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I have always taken to heart the description of General Lee riding among his troops, a dust colored man on a dust colored horse, sayng "Move along".

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Stage managing Time Immemorial is really reminding me how much I love, love, LOVE stage managing. It is a pure joy in my heart.

And, as an added bonus confession since I missed last week, I have 15 Words With Friends games going right now.
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Stage managing Time Immemorial is really reminding me how much I love, love, LOVE stage managing. It is a pure joy in my heart.

And, as an added bonus confession since I missed last week, I have 15 Words With Friends games going right now.

Good Times

Feb. 7th, 2011 12:21 am
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Friday night I stage managed the rehearsal for the Civic Orchestra while LonelyDumptruck hung out with Frank, Kamala, Rodney, Jay and Gus. I missed Frank and Kamala, but got home right after Frank and Kamala left and Jay went downstairs and Jay had gone downstairs to get something. Gus peed and pooped on our floor, found and ate a coffee bean and Uncle LonelyDumptruck and Aunty userinfoGhost_Light got to be bad influences on little Gussy. Want to see how bad?




Saturday I had Drama Center classes and then went straight to auditions for Becky's new Car. Zod bless my friend Patrick who taught for us and badgered the director into giving him a couple of the scenes she was using for auditions because we got to rehearse them between classes. While I was doing that LonelyDumptruck met Rodney for brunch.

I got to come home for a bit after auditions and buy Beartooth for lunch to celebrate making callbacks, then I had a perfectly uneventful night stage managing the show for the Civic Orchestra. LonelyDumptruck was going to go to the roller derby with Rodney, but he started coming down with the crud and opted to stay in.

Today we had a choice between rehearsing for the Brr-lesque between 9 and 11 or 11 to 1. Evil genius that he is, Rodney got everyone to agree to 9 to 11 by suggesting we could go to brunch afterward. LonelyDumptruck was feeling too poorly for brunch, his rehearsal and the Super Bowl party at userinfoGeolinguist's, so I had brunch (where the theme seemed to be Great Stories from Childhood), went home for a nap and made an appearance at userinfoGeolinguist's party before callbacks.

userinfoGeolinguist's sister is fostering a cat who userinfoGeolinguist, in a moment of dirty pool, told me reminded him of Mao, so I had to make an appearance just to see that.

userinfoGeolinguist, the fucker, was right. Foster Kitty looks very much like Mao. She even let me hold her until the Steelers made a great play. When the made a good play only Dave yelled and I was able to calm the kitty down, but when they made a great play even userinfoGeolinguist
started yelling and Foster Kitty needed to go hide after that.

Callbacks were...okay. I didn't really rock it, but I didn't do any worse than the other 3 ladies called back. At the end, I read a lot for the character role, which is what I usually play. I told LonelyDumptruck about the best parts of both the lead and the character part as his assessment is that I need to be in this show. I hope he is right

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