Wednesday, February 29, 2012

truly important.

You won't believe it but, I actually have more good news. Whenever I tell people I'm a Musical Theatre major, or that I do theatre they always ask, "what is your dream role?" For a long time, I never knew what to say, I had many roles I would love to play, but none that I considered, "a dream". I figured for something to be a dream role, it couldn't just mean that you got to belt all your favorite notes and have a good time, the play itself would have to strike a chord with you in meaning. The character wouldn't just get to look pretty and fall in love; she'd get to learn something, she'd be a challenge to play, she'd have flaws, obstacles to overcome. I figured my dream role out somewhere in the span of my sophomore year: "Nellie" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. What a beautiful story. Such a gorgeous way of exploring raw prejudices and finding something in yourself to overcome them and to simply love others. Well, I'm proud to say, I will get to fulfill a dream! I'll be playing Nellie at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre! I'm ecstatic.

We teach the 5 year old class in our church on Sundays. We have one child who we have a really difficult time with, you know the ones. Doesn't talk except to put the other kids down, makes noises the entire lesson, won't heed a word that you say, moves his chair all around...just difficult. This Sunday, he voluntarily spoke to us! The first sentence he had to say went something like: "My mom took me to a movie this week. I liked it, but she thought it was gay." What do you say to that! Addi and I were so shocked that a 5 year old was using this word that I'm sure he had no idea what it meant, and most of all, his mother had taught him it. He may not have known that gay means a homosexual person, but he was aware that he liked that movie, and that his mother did not, therefore she called it "gay". That bad connotation, he'll certainly remember. We proceeded to tell him that that wasn't the best word to use, and he got pretty confused-if his mother had used this word, what was bad about it? 
South Pacific may be dealing with the issue of racial prejudice, but their are much more prevalent prejudices in society today. This is why I am so excited to do this show: to share a message of love for everyone, no matter their differences. There is a song in the show called, "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught". It goes like this:

 You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

This song is the blunt and simple truth to this show, and I hope it makes people think about their own prejudices, whatever they might be. This is why I do theatre! For shows like this that come around. I just can't believe I have the opportunity to tell this story.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

finding new abilities.

I've always had a hankering to design hair for a show, and it just so happens, I got the opportunity my last semester. I finished styling these for WSU's "Tartuffe" yesterday:
Who knew I had it in me?

Monday, February 20, 2012

plans...

Now that Addi and I have had the chance to let working at the Playmill settle in, we've been trying to dream up and picture our summer. What's our place gonna look like? Who're the people that we will come to call family? What will we do to fill up our spare time? And whilst our plans of getting a most adorable puppy such as:
...will have to wait... I'm thinking I want to start up a new hobby. 
Gardening. 
Nothing fancy; an herb garden. I've always loved the idea of making things grow. In fact, one of my dreams is to own a flower shop. So I'm thinking something like this is in my future:
 I dunno! Maybe it'll lessen my trips to the expensive grocery stores in a touristy town?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"nothing is too wonderful to be true..."

oh goodness, has it been a while! I apologize for the hiatus, but truly the past few weeks have been a blur. To recap-we remounted Xanadu (which was a dream), and hosted KCACTF (which was a blast...and really hectic!). This week, I've gone full throttle back into school and finishing up my hair designs for "Tartuffe". Valentines Day was simple and perfect. The night consisted of "Enchanted", a picnic of spaghetti dinner, good decisions-aka peanut butter cups, roses, tv show themed Valentines cards, and some good news...
Bwahahah-notice the "Lost" cast at the bottom of my card from Addi.
The night ended on a high note, hence the headstand. We received a call from the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone. We have been cast in their 2012 season! The casting is as follows:

Drowsy Chaperone: Addi-Aldolpho, Bre-Kitty
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Addi-Lawrence, Bre-Christine
Annie Get Your Gun: Addi-Frank Butler, Bre-ensemble

We are BEYOND ecstatic! So, if you need us from May 1st-September 1st, we'll be in bear country ;)