Last Friday, we drove up to Asheville to see daughter in the UNC-Asheville Dance Concert. Dear husband took the day off so we had the whole afternoon to wander around the Biltmore Estate. It was a beautiful afternoon!
I'm usually very much against public Christmas decorations* before Thanksgiving, but I know that the Biltmore house has a lot of Christmas tours to do so they start early (the tours get really crowded in December)(Hint we got from someone who works there - go at about 4 pm. The day tourists are mostly done, but the Candlelight tours haven't started yet). Here, they have the outside Christmas tree up.
The greenhouse was beautiful as usual:
Bird of paradise
Wreath made of...
...epiphytes and succulents
The greenhouse roof
The orchids were beautiful:
The paperwhites smelled wonderful!
Very large ferns
* I don't care if people decorate their own houses that early - I just don't care for it in stores.
Ross's jack-o'-lantern was a large eyeball. The squirrels in our yard love pumpkins. By late afternoon on November 1, they had eaten the iris part - leaving a large hole. This morning, I was able to take this photo of a squirrel having breakfast.
Another one of my favorite Broadway songs is Little Jazz Bird. My favorite version is the one Twiggy and Tommy Tune sing in the Broadway musical, My One and Only. Unfortunately, I can't find it to listen to on YouTube, but here's a clip from it on Allmusic.
One of the local community theater groups - not the one I've been in before - is doing Les Misérables this winter. It has been one of my favorite musicals since I got the record of the soundtrack - back in the early 90's. I made a tape of the record and sang with it in the car over, and over, and over...
And I also read (and own) the unabridged two volume book.
Auditions are in two weeks...
...minus one day.
I had been working on Unexpected Song from Song and Dance (since August).
It's one of my (many) favorite Broadway songs. It's been going well, singing-wise, but I finally saw the audition page on Facebook last week (it went up while we were on vacation, but Facebook changed the way they show things last month so I missed it when we got home). The vocal audition is also an acting audition, and this isn't a song where I find it easy to show a lot of emotion. You can, but it's more subtle acting, and I'm not good at that (yet).
I freaked out last week! I need a new song, three weeks before the audition (I've been working on Unexpected Song since August). Since this is a group that I haven't auditioned for before, I'm even more nervous than I usually am (which is saying a lot!)!
First, I went through songs that we've used in Broadway Dance classes. I'm used to doing those with expression. I strongly considered Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie, but I also want a song that shows my singing range, and it doesn't.
Eventually, I went through previous audition songs. Four years ago, I auditioned with No Way to Stop It from the Broadway (not the movie) version of The Sound of Music. I've always loved the way the melody dances around (and so does the flute):
I'll be singing from 0:52 to 1:54.
I would LOVE SO MUCH to be in the chorus of Les Misérables!!!!!!!!!!
It was a beautiful, though chilly, day today. Very unusually, I didn't have any errands I needed to run on the way home from Zumba so I stopped by the Botanical Garden for a very peaceful walk. There were almost no other visitors there.