... of starting a post with "I'm too tired," but I am. It's been an emotional and tiring week - with the audition, having to change my song at the last minute, other inter-personal things which I'm not writing about, etc. Yesterday, I finally got the flu shot, which hasn't been a good time for me the last few years. I get light-headed about five minutes after I get it, and someone else has to drive me home. This time I got it at my doctor's office, and you should have seen the nurse when she came back in the examining room fifteen minutes later and found me lying, all curled up, on the examining table. Her eyes were like saucers! I felt better enough to leave about ten minutes later - well, better enough to walk to the car; older son drove home. This morning, I was still pretty wiped out and had a difficult time taking a walk.
Then I bounced around all afternoon. Older son and I both got into Les Misérables!!!!!!!! - which I am going to now refer to as Les Mis because there will be a lot of posts about it.
The first cast meeting is Monday, and rehearsals start the Monday after Thanksgiving. The final performance is March 2. In NC, daffodils are in bloom by then. My winter is going to be Les Mis - and, of course, homeschooling, relaxation exercises/yoga, the usual chores & errands, and Zumba - but not a lot else.
I'm still going to blog, but I'm not doing NaBloPoMo anymore for November. There are some things I want to finish up around the house before I get into rehearsals.
We also went to the John Gorka concert at the ArtsCenter in Carborro. It was wonderful, and I was going to blog about it, but we didn't get home until almost 11 pm.
I'm really tired so I'm not up to writing anything organized:
The cast list for Les Misérables comes out tomorrow.
We're not usually good at keeping up with TV shows. We usually forget they're on. This summer, we actually made it through half of So You Think You Can Dance. However, we are enjoying The Agent Coulson ShowAgents of Shield more and more. We still don't watch every week. Tonight, we watched two episodes so that we could catch up.
I spent about half an hour tonight looking at Detroiturbex.com. It's full of fascinating, and sad, photos of the decline of Detroit. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit until 5th grade so, although most of the buildings are unfamiliar, the names and some of the styles are familiar from driving past similar places.
Usually, I buy too many pansies and end up having a day at the end of the fall where I'm just trying to get the last remaining ones in the ground. That didn't happen this year. I enjoyed planting them all the way through. I planted the last nine today.
I've also started paperwhites, hyacinths, crocuses, and an amaryllis to bloom inside this winter. Usually, I don't get around to that until late January.
I haven't posted movie reviews in quite a while. I really enjoyed Loki's Brother's movieThor 2 - more than the first one. OTOH, except for Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness ("You sure we don't need a colon here?") seemed like a standard action movie, and the character development was minimal. I wish they'd written an original story instead of redoing Wrath of Khan. There's a fun video about it here (I'm not embedding because of the Carol Marcus photo on the screen). Many of my problems with the movie are in it.
We were wandering the internet tonight and ran across this video. Truck drivers ignore the warning signs saying that their trucks are too high until they get warned by a sign on a water curtain (hadn't heard of that before):
Here's my Facebook post from right after I got home:
Even if I don't get into Les Misérables, I had a WONDERFUL time at the audition. I got to act Princess Puffer (Mystery of Edwin Drood) for one verse and chorus onstage!
It was sooooooo much fun!
I really threw myself into the acting for the song. I think doing Zumba has helped me loosen up as far as physically acting things. I also used a Zumba move for the line "Then you sluts to cop some sleep!"
I wasn't sure how my voice would do since I've been hoarse. The song I sang is an alto song, and I don't usually sing very loudly in that range. I was able to belt it out though! I was worried that they wouldn't hear me over the piano accompaniment.
I barely heard the piano. I think she followed along.
Older son did A Man Could Go Quite Mad, also from Edwin Drood. He did it in a disturbingly intense fashion. Here's the original Jasper, Howard McGillan, singing it in concert:
Older son sang right before I did which made things interesting. During the line "... or choke each bloke who/Throws a smile your way..." he clenched his hands so much that the muscles really stood out in his forearms. I hadn't seen him act this song before so it was really interesting, and that moment stands out in my memory. While I was really excited to watch his audition (we went in in groups of about ten), I was also really nervous about mine at the same time. I had a wonderful time singing onstage, and, as soon as I finished, my hands started really shaking. I've heard of people getting the most nervous after their audition, but I'd never experienced that myself before.
At our usual community theater, I know lots of the people auditioning. It was strange to not know very many people - except from seeing them onstage in other productions.
The drive there was so long, and the same drive home went so quickly.
At heart, I'm not a soloist. Of course, I performed a number of flute/piano pieces when I majored in music in college, but it's actually not what I enjoyed the most. I love playing in ensembles - chamber ensembles, orchestras, etc. I enjoy figuring out how and when to blend and when to pull away a bit - all the back and forth of playing with others. With the singing I've done the last five years, both in musical theater and choir, I enjoy the same thing. My favorite thing to sing is second soprano. It has enough melody to be interesting and enough harmony to be fun.
This has always made auditions strange for me. I have to sing a solo in order to sing with an ensemble.
I've been quite happy to sing in the chorus in musical theater. Tomorrow, I'll be auditioning for Les Misérables. I love the chorus parts in there, and I'd be so happy singing them. I prefer singing them to any of the songs the leads sing.
There are only two musicals that I can think of that I would try out for an (approximately age-appropriate) main role in (I don't have the acting experience to actually get the roles, but they would be fun to do). Interestingly Chita Rivera has played both parts.
One role is Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.* I've listened to the original soundtrack so much that, as I realized when listening to it today on the way to Broadway Dance, I not only know all the notes, harmonies, etc. - I also know where they take each breath.
Cleo Laine has been one of my favorite singers since high school when I heard her version of Julie in the soundtrack to the British stage version of Showboat. I love her version of Princess Puffer in Drood.
The other part of this post is that our weather has been like a roller coaster the last few weeks. Really - if you look at the weather graph on WRAL (Raleigh TV), it's gone constantly, and dramatically, up and down. We'll have a day in the 70's, like today, and a day around 50 (tomorrow). The weather's effect on my sinuses, plus really bad allergies the last month, have done a lot of harm to my singing. I started going hoarse this weekend, which knocks out both of the songs I've worked on for the audition. When I go hoarse, I lose the top part of my singing range first so they're both too high now.
I was very depressed about this yesterday. I looked up "alto audition songs" because I can still sing in that part of my range (though I don't usually sing alto). I considered All That Jazz, but I've danced that one so much that I can't sing it without dancing it too.
I'm even more nervous about auditioning than usual because this isn't the same community theater group I've been in before. It's a totally new group for me (though I did see their Fiddler on the Roof in September). They're going to have lots of people auditioning so I think my getting in the chorus is really a long shot.**
Back when I decided to audition, though, part of the reason I decided was that I need a new challenge. I haven't had this kind of a challenge, or one that made me this nervous, in years - possibly since my first musical theater audition four years ago; although I have had lots of challenges in the musicals.
No, actually, I taught the adult chorus the music the second summer I did musical theater. That was as much of a challenge.
I decided last summer that it was time for another good challenge - whether I get in or not.
This morning, I was nervous and without a good audition song. I needed something in the alto range that I knew really well and that I could act.
I had joked a few weeks ago that Wages of Sin would be a good song to act, but I wasn't going to use it because it didn't use all of my range. Well, I don't have all of my range now so it's a good choice.
Tuurngait is a graduation short film directed by five students from the Supinfocom school in Arles, South of France. One year of work, 20 computers and more than 1 month of machines calculation were required to generate the approximately 17000 images of the movie.
At the Alamance Arts Council in Graham NC, one of the docents pointed out a small mouse statue on the front steps.
He's Arty the Mouse, and there are eleven statues of him around Graham. That day, we also found this one at the library.
On the way out of the parking lot, we also saw that there was one on the Police Department sign. A few weeks later, when we went to see RED 2 at the Graham Cinema, we wandered around afterward and found one in a small park and one in front of the courthouse (I didn't have my camera). We're going to go back and find the rest someday (making sure I have my camera).
We did notice that one of the sculptures, based on Dance at Bougival, stayed in front of the Arts Council even after the exhibit closed (two years ago). A few weeks ago, when we went to the Lego exhibit there, we finally had a chance to see the sculpture, Turn of the Century by J. Seward Johnson, in person (rather than from the van window):