Quick Memorial Day post, guys. I woke up this morning with this on my mind and in my heart. I am probably about as anti-war as one can get, but at the same time, I have members from both sides of my family who have served, and I do feel like we owe our lives to those men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe, and I'd like to take a moment to honor those near and dear to my heart.
In Remembrance, Major Carl Saffoe. He didn't give his life in war, but served this country proudly. I only wish I had been lucky enough to know him as an uncle.
I also want to give thanks to all my other living relatives who have served - Grandpa H, Uncle Ronnie, Sonny and Eric.
I also want to highlight a WONDERFUL cause. Almost three years ago now, my hometown lost one of our boys in Iraq. The town continues to honor and remember him through a great charity: Kick for Nick. I hope you take a moment to watch this video that ESPN ran.
It's such a worthy cause, and I encourage you all to think about donating any unused balls you may have, as collection is still VERY MUCH ACTIVE!!! (you can look up more information HERE) I love driving through town when I'm home and seeing that net filled with soccer balls.
So I am muy upset that I wasn't able to be a part of WHS's spring musical Brigadoon (see below for what I thought!), but I did enjoy crashing the cast party, and hearing all of the things these crazy Briga-kids got themselves into. Like this, for example...
What do high school kids do when they have to show emotion during a funeral scene? Crying is apropos...but what if you don't have the acting skills to pull it off? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the ultimate outside-in acting tool...
It's true. One of the kids, CD, had the bright idea of applying a generous amount of VapoRub underneath the eyes to induce tearing. It's a wonder half the kids didn't go Briga-blind. Needless to say, this acting choice was quickly nixed by the director. Oh, what kids do!
No, not THE High School Musicals (though don't tell anyone, they are my secret obsession. Shhh. The choreography is really good!!)...high school musicals.
I went back to my old high school this weekend to see their spring musical, Brigadoon. Now, a little background here (since I didn't go back just to be a creeper.) I'm very good friends with...the director, assistant director, choreographer, assistant choreographer, musical director, tech director, set designer, and producer/costume designer. Maybe because I've not only worked with all of them (most of them are returning staffers from last year, when I was the assistant choreographer/"critique fairy" for Guys and Dolls, but they are also all really good friends.
And I have to say, I was IMPRESSED!! Those kids always pull off a good show, but this was absolutely breathtaking to watch. The choreography was seamless and beautiful (and I don't just say that because JJ's my best friend), and the kids danced it beautifully. That's WHS's strong suit - the dancing, particularly guys dancing, which is always a crowd pleaser. The leads were all fair - Charlie was by far my favorite...natural actor (although I heard it was quite a battle to get him there), and a beautiful singer (when it's in his range...but he's forgiven...he was only a FRESHMAN!!!). And I was very proud of all the returning kids I knew - particularly DM, AF, AS and KKM. GREAT job, guys, you all Briga-ROCKED!
This is definitely on my list of shows to do when I am a teacher! It's just one of those classic shows...sure, it may be a bit dated, but it's just so simple and beautiful, and I was surprised how well it was pulled off at WHS, considering they had just lost a VERY talented senior class the year before.
I also got a chance to talk to SA, who is the director of Brigadoon (and coincidentally, was also the director of my senior musical in high school!), and we were discussing what show they were thinking of doing the next year - there's so much more planning involved than I thought, and a lot of guesswork involved. She mentioned Titanic as a possibility, which I would die from sheer happiness if they did. I think they're gunning for Chicago, but that might be hard, as we are not far from NYC, and we can't get the rights while it's playing on Broadway...so DON'T GO SEE CHICAGO, so it can close and a high school in CT can do it. :)
And for that, I apologize. I mean to use this blog mostly for theatre, cooking and grad school...of which I am doing NONE at this moment...what was I thinking! LOL...hopefully things will pick up when I have use of my camera, and school starts back up after Memorial Day!!! Good Lordie.
Anyone as excited about this as I am??? It looks so good!!!
Check out the trailer HERE. Slash, Anika Noni Rose is fierce. Ok, maybe she is half the reason I'm excited about this movie. But HELLO!!! An old school Disney movie...with a BLACK princess...set in NEW ORLEANS. That's HOT.
OK, so, I'm obsessed with YouTube. I'm sure I will be posting MANY a video in our time together, but I have to post this one first, because it's the MOST important.
Nick was a good buddy of both my brothers, and they were both DEVASTATED when he died. But I think this cause is SO great, and I always get a little teary driving through town and seeing that collection (over 2 years later, it's still going strong.)
So take a minute, watch the video, at the very least.
And for all you Broadway lovers out there, I just love Andrew's Blog. He's hilarious and crazy, and knows what's what. And he's a PRESHIE.
I'm almost done, I promise. Last two. Friends of mine...first up is Life Beyond the Postseason. Ever heard of a little women's b-ball team from the University of Connecticut? Ally's dad is the coach. And she's pretty awesome herself. She blogs about everything...her dad's career, meeting OBAMA (JEALOUS!), and her life as a working actress in NYC. She rocks my socks.
Last but not least, my friend Annie's blog [clever title]. She ultra-sassy. And a pop-culture FREAK. It's why I kinda love her a lot.
That's all for now folks...hopefully I will see this blog through!
Things you can look for here:
Photos (praying for a digital SLR! My poor Canon film SLR just ain't cutting it anymore!)