I am working my way through “The Artist Way,” which is possibly the most fantastic book about regaining yourself as an artist. In leu, Ash and I made a artistic bucket list for the semester. Here are a few:
Present something at a poetry slam
Broadway Dance Center
Underground Jazz/ Swing club
Find a restaurant where you sit on the floor and eat with your hands
Climb the stairs of the Empire State Building
Central Park music concerto
Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise
Dueling Piano Bar
The Artist Exchange
Refurbish a Salvation Army piece of furniture.
Paint. Balloons. Darts (a la The Princess Diaries)
Tom Stoppard's translation of Chekhov's The Seagull.
Check out this cast done at the Public Theatre because its making me cry that I missed it.
Irina: Meryl Streep
Konstantin: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sorin: Christopher Walken
Nina: Natalie Portman
Shamraev: John Goodman
Polina: Debra Monk
Masha: Marcia Gay Harden
Trigorin: Kevin Kline
Dorn: Larry Pine
Medvedenko: Stephen Spinella
Yakov: Henry Gummer
Reason number 134 why I need to intern with The Public.
When she asks you “what’s devised theatre and what’s the triangle shirtwaist factory?” Don’t respond in essay format including historical facts and complete definitions of devised and environmental theatre.
They went so well. Thank God I did Songs for a New World because they had us breakup into parts and only played each part once then we would have to sight sing in our group. Insane. But after “The River Won’t Flow,” “Your Love is My Drug,” the ballad, was rather easy so I got to switch between tenor 1 and tenor 2, getting to sing more times. But I was surprised at how well it went! Regardless of if I get it or not, I am so fucking proud of myself. I have never had the confidence to audition for these things and made it really far for one of the hardest a capella groups. But man I hope I get this then I won’t have to go to the rest of my callbacks this week.
I’m so freakin’ excited! Mass Transit is an all male a capella and they are epic! I was surprised on how many guys there were at the audition!I thought there was no hope at all. Still waiting to hear back from Vocaholics, fingers crossed.
Unnamed friend:Check out this video. This girl just got cast in the Godspell revival and she's not even that good.
Me:No. She's really not... You are unreal. How did you find this video? There are like 200 hits on this, she's a complete no one. Do you just google this stuff, or..?
Unnamed friend:No. I'm not THAT much of a creeper. Hunter just sent it to me.
Me:Wait.. like.. Hunter, hunter? Hunter Parish?
Unnamed friend:(like its nothing) Yeah.
Me:He emailed that to you? You know him?
Unnamed friend:Yeah. You're forgetting I worked with him for a while. He's one of my really good friends..
Me:Like Hunter from Weeds?
Unnamed friend:Yes. I still haven't seen that show yet. Hahahaha.. But anyway isn't that girl awful?! I mean how did she get cast? I've been laughing about her all morning. Can't wait to see that train wreck....
Sometimes I wonder why I'm not pursuing a musical theatre major
then my tap professor says things like “Well, I don’t give many A’s. I mean, Lady Gaga, she was stephanie at the time, took my class and she got a B. ‘needs to work on that foot work,’ was the note I took on her. So if she got a B, you can get a B, mhmmmkay?” And I suddenly remember how ridiculously pretentious some people can be and am incredibly happy I am surrounded by the loving and supportive people I am with.
My two classes- Tap and Jazz. AMAZING. Tap was a bit more difficult than I had anticipated, but maybe its because I took intermediate tap when I’ve never actually taken a tap class before. Smart ideas? I think not. But Skokan and Cat are in the class, so I love it. Then there is Jazz. Which is the most amazing class ever. Its a jazz, hip hop and ballet combination and its the most insane work out. We did push ups, planks, crunches, bicycles, and plus the insane amount of stretching we did. Plus after all of that (arms and legs quivering) we learned the most insane hip hop combination to “If You’re Sexy and You Know It.” I’m sore already, but very happy.
I have never sobbed uncontrollably during a movie before,
But I just watch the documentary entitled “The Suicide Tourist,” which made me do as such. Apparently, there is a place in Switzerland that not only does assisted suicide legally, but also accept patients from all over the world. So this PBS documentary follows a man, Craig, who is diagnosed with ALS and is paralyzed besides his ability to speak, during his last few days before his suicide as he travels from England to Switzerland to prepare for his death. Needless to say, after watching my grandmother suffer and die from ALS, this documentary was not something I was ever meant to handle. Fuck you Instant Netflix for recommending this movie.