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The other day, I was thinking about how much I miss being on stage. For as long as I can remember, I have loved being on stage. Whether I was just part of the chorus, or singing a solo, I felt "at home" standing in front of an audience.
This is strange because I'm typically a very anxious person. Before getting on and after getting off stage, I feel so sick and nervous... but while performing I feel like a different person.
I was in chorus for all four years of high school. The chorus had two major performances (in addition to regular concerts), Rick's Café and Madrigal Dinners. Madrigal Dinners is a dinner theatre in December where we dress up in costume and sing and serve dinner. Lots of fun.
Rick's Café was the absolute best. Every choral class performs about 4 songs from different Broadway plays and then individuals and group audition to sing songs from a show of their choice.
Here's what I did:
Freshmen Year:Annie Get Your Gun (Groupnumber w/ Solo: "Anything You Can Do")
Sophomore Year:Beauty in the Beast, "One" (from A Chorus Line), "Go Go Go Joseph" (from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
Junior Year: Les Miserables ("Castle on a Cloud" solo)
Senior Year:West Side Story, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"
Getting ready for the curtain to open before "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." We literally had 3 minutes (ONE SONG) to change from our opening costumes into these dresses. It was so scary, but lots of fun!!!
We always had a great time backstage. I'm curling Bebe's hair before the opening number.
"I Feel Pretty" from Westside Story.
The opening song was "Another Op'nin' Another Show." The whole cast was divided into three groups each representing another part of a production (Rehearsal, stage preparation, and opening night). I was always in the "Fan Section" during the opening night segment. My friends made it a tradition to wear Fan Club shirts for one of the senior boys. During our senior year, we made them for our girl friend so as not to discriminate against our boy friends haha.
Lefty and me before a Madrigal Dinner performance senior year! I had my costume made my freshmen year... I LOVED it!!!
We were the go go girls for "Go Go Go Joseph." Great costumes!
This is before Les Mis. I hated the costumes... Who wants to look dirty??? But I was young Cosette and sang "Castle on a Cloud."
Junior Year Fan Club!
Our costumes for "One." We brought out a picture of our director out at the end of the song. I was mortified to be on stage in just a leotard... I threw a fit. I wanted to wear jazz pants or something. Oh well.. In the scheme of themes, it really wasn't a big deal.
The first Fan Club!!!
I love everything about performing.... the excitement of finding out what songs we sing, trying to be "off book" by a certain rehearsal, memorizing the stage directions, finding costumes, realizing during the dress rehearsal that something is terribly wrong, scrambling around, hearing applause before the curtain goes up, being blinded by the light, having standing ovations, freezing for the "kodak moment" at the end... EVERYTHING.
I don't think girls should ever chew gum in public. It just looks bad. And for some people, sounds bad too.
In class, the girl next to me was chewing gum. She went through 4 pieces, as in spitting a piece out and replacing it. Oh my lord. It drove me up the wall.
Mints are much more polite. They are discrete and can easily be tucked in your mouth. No one will even know that you're freshening your breath :) Plus, they are much, much, much quieter.
I am very picky about what mints I eat. There are two things that make me gag: sushi and strong peppermint flavors. Weird, I know. I'm obsessed with Starlight mints, Icebreakers, and the soft "baseball" mints.
Is anyone else bothered by gum chewing???
PS One of my friend's mothers related chewing gum loudly to a cow chewing cud. Haha.
Themed parties are really fun. That is, if everyone actually participates!
Little V and I decided to have a Rubik's Cube party for last night. The intention was to raise money for our friend's car because it broke under our care... And the car is very important for the program he runs.
[A Rubik's Cube party is where everyone wears an article of clothing of every color on the cube and then trade clothes with people until you're all in one color!]
Little V and I decided to run over to the Salvation Army and look for our costumes! It turns out that it was actually the SA headquarters and not a thrift store, so we ventured a little farther and had lots of success.
The party was fun, even though V and I were the only ones to dress up! Oh well... we raised some money for the car, so that was good.
Wearing costumes doesn't have to be trashy or expensive. I think those are common mistakes that students make. I didn't spend more than ten dollars on this costume and lots of times you can wear stuff you already have in your closet. Thrift stores are good for things you'll only be wearing once. It's also not a good idea to wear your best clothes. Jungle Juice does NOT come out easily... and it is bound to be spilt on you by sloppy boys (or girls). I think the "trashy" thing speaks for itself. Be cute, not trashy.
I would love to buy this CUPCAKE CAR! It is included in Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book." Who wouldn't want to zip around in one of these cars??? I mean, they only go 7 miles an hour, but they're personally customized and just so stinking cute! Watch a video of the cars here.
Or... the Lilly Jeep! Equally as cute and definitely more efficient.
Here I am with a Lilly Jeep last spring. (Please forgive me for the outfit... It was freezing, and I was on my way down to the boathouse for practice. See my cox box bag, with a pink bow of course!)
Both are $25,000... So, I'm thinking that I should win the lottery and buy both! Woo!
PS I'm having the weekly sleepover with Little V tonight! We love having slumber parties :)