TILT March 5, 2013

Oh happy Tuesday.

I got up at 4:45 a.m. I wrote at home for a while. I left for work at 6:15 a.m.

I got home that night at 8:45 p.m.

So, yeah, I was a little bit sleepy.

BUT, I got a lot done and I got to talk to cute kids about science fair projects.

AND, I found out I get to play the stepmother in a second performance, this one the afternoon of April 27.

So that’s pretty fun.

Now, to start learning my lines.

TILT March 2, 2013

Why did Batman, Bane and the Joker in a nurse’s outfit cross the street? To make things much for enjoyable for Briana and Brent while they are stuck in traffic from ECCC.

But more about that later.

Our day did not start in Seattle.

First thing, we headed to Bellevue to meet up with an old friend and her boy for breakfast. Feasting on a fruit tray and nutella slathered on croissants while talking about Tangled? Yes, please.

Then, off to Redmond for (guess what?) another play.

A quick shared plate of chicken pad thai (damn you, limited restaurants of Othello) and it was off to the theatre again.

This time, It was SecondStory Repertory. It’s weird going to the theatre in a shopping center but I certainly like this one very much.

PLUS, at the theatre, you can take your refreshments to your seat. And they serve the Coca Cola in the old-fashioned glass bottles. My diet one came in a standard, boring can.

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We saw How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

I’m afraid I enjoyed the show too much to take notes on these useful tips. So I will continue to not succeed in business while trying quite a bit.

Then off to Seattle, for the aforementioned Comic Con sightings. I think we are going to go next year. I may not care much about comics and all that but a full weekend of people decked out in costumes? YES PLEASE.

We met up with Mom, Padre and Mom’s friend for dinner. Mac and Cheese and Mac and Jack. Briana was a happy girl.

After sending Padre and Brent off to a movie, the ladies went to my mom’s friends condo. Which has the most gorgeous view ever. I am absolutely in love with it. Times 1 billion.

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We saw The Music Man at the 5th Avenue for my final musical of the weekend.

Great day, great food, great company and tons of costume sightings.

Contented sigh.

TILT Oct. 20, 2012

Ok, ok, late again!
I didn’t get home from my activities yesterday until 2:30 a.m. TODAY, ok?
But last night, I did get to go see Wicked, one of my all-time favorite musicals. It’s a show about the other side of Wizard of Oz, focusing on the story of the “wicked” witch of the west.
And it’s goooood.
And, I got to go with some people I like a whole lot.

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Also, yesterday, I received a pretty sizable cut while trying on a dress adorned with sequins. My fabulousness harmed me.
But, you know what they say, beauty is pain.

Haven’t you seen this?

There are many people out there who will watch a movie multiple times Which is why it’s funny to me when people ask me why I will see a play I’ve already seen. Just because I’ve already seen a musical will not stop me from going at all. A whole new cast changes everything. It’s the same lines, but different people saying them. And that makes all the difference.

I thought I would make a list of the shows I’ve seen and how many times I’ve seen then. I will probably forget some, because I am always going and sometimes they just hide out in my memory. And all that jazz.

But here we go.

Please note, I did not count times I went and saw the same cast perform a show multiple times.

MUSICALS:

  • The Drowsy Chaperone (4)
  • The Sound of Music (3)
  • Guys and Dolls (2)
  • Spamalot (2)
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2)
  • Hairspray (2)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (2)
  • Sweeney Todd (2ish, we arrived late to one)
  • The Music Man (2)
  • Chicago (2)
  • Seussical (2)
  • South Pacific
  • Anything Goes
  • The Producers
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Memphis
  • Legally Blonde
  • Wicked
  • Cats
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Cabaret
  • Candide
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (musical edition)
  • Avenue Q
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Bat Boy
  • Reefer Madness
  • RENT
  • The Lion King
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Annie Get Your Gun
  • Camelot
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Damn Yankees
  • In the Heights
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • My Fair Lady
  • Taming of the Shrew (musical edition)

PLAYS:

  • The Real Inspector Hound (2)
  • The Front Page
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Black Comedy
  • Greater Tuna
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Barefoot in the Park
  • A Melancholy Play
  • Sylvia
  • Agatha Christie Made Me Do It
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Heidi Chronicles
  • Lincoln’s Shins
  • A Lie of the Mind
  • Cyrano de Bergerac

Who would you be?

I know, I know, I know. Musicals, again.

But some of them are so beautiful.

Plus, I am going put down the lyrics for you, too. So you don’t even have to listen to the songs.

Who would you be, if you could be anyone?

Who I’d Be, from Shrek the Musical
I guess I’d be a hero, with sword and armor clashing,
Looking semi dashing, a shield within my grip.
Or else I’d be a Viking, and live a life of daring
While smelling like a herring, upon a Viking ship.
I’d sail away, I’d see the world, I’d reach the farthest reaches.
I’d feel the wind, I’d taste the salt and sea,
And maybe storm some beaches.
that’s who I’d be, that’s who I’d be.

Or I could be a poet, and write a different story,
One that tells of glory, and wipes away the lies.
Into the skies I’d throw it, the stars would do the telling,
The moon would help with spelling, and night would dot the ‘i’s.
I’d write a verse, recite a joke, with wit and perfect timing.
I’d share my heart, confess the things I yearn,
And do it all while rhyming.
But we all learn, but we all learn:

An ogre always hides, an Ogre’s fate is known,
An ogre always stays in the dark and all alone.

So yes I’d be a hero, and if my wish were granted,
Life would be enchanted, or so the stories say.
Of course I’d be a hero, and I would scale a tower
To save a hot-house flower, and carry her away.
But standing guard would be a beast, I’d somehow overwhelm it.
I’d get the girl, I’d take a breath, and I’d remove my helmet.

We’d stand and stare, we’d speak of love,
We’d feel the stars ascending.
We’d share a kiss, I’d find my destiny
I’d have a hero’s ending… A perfect happy ending…
that’s how it would be!
A big, bright, beautiful world…
But not for me.

Are you OK?

I went to a musical last night with my g-ma. She thanked me for making her go, because she really enjoyed it.

But she got her first glimpse of post-theatre Briana.

It’s pretty bad.

First of all, during the show there are frequently audible reactions coming from my seat. A gasp here, a small squeak of excitement there. I caught her looking over at me more than once.

I walk around sort of dazed with a half smile on my face, ocassionally bursting in one of the songs we just heard.

Any time when I am not singing, I am humming.

She kept trying to introduce me to people she knows, but they all probably think something is wrong with me because I just kept grinning.

Poor g-ma, she just doesn’t know how to handle me. Good thing my mom is an expert and just lets me be for a moment to take it all in.

Or talks with me about that super cute guy who played King Arthur*.

*Enter any male musical theatre lead here. If the person can sing and act, I fall in love almost immediately.