Friday, November 10, 2006

Opening Night!

Well, it's finally here...Opening night (for me) of Die Fledermaus. I went to see and help the other cast last night. I had a really weird energy though...The show was good, but I felt dazed about it. I think that because we had somewhat of an audience at our last dress rehearsal, that it didn't have all of the energy of an opening night, though the cast was certainly excited.

I am mostly excited because of my family coming into town. My mother is actually bringing my WEDDING DRESS which finally arrived! Plus, the President of Miami University and the head of residence life (my uber boss for my graduate assistantship) are coming, and three of my good friends from CCM.

Tonight, tonight, tonight!
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Revenge of the Rat

I think Fledermaus is eating my soul. I am sleep deprived, vocally and physically fatigued, emotionally strained and LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. But hey, we have to be a little nuts if we're going to be starving artist...Right? We open the show in two days and one of the local news papers advertised our show as "The Revenge of the Rat". Seriously.

Rosalinda has begun to take life inside of me. In the weeks and months up to now, I have felt that this role was too big for my voice. But, in the past week and a half, the music and notes have begun to mold themselves into my vocal chords, allowing for the most incredible sounds to come forth. And I don't mean that in a cocky way; I mean it in an out-of-body experience kind of way. Her character has really started to become three dimensional. I started on her about three months ago, but she is a completely different beast than I had first envisioned. She has become human and I am really going to miss her when the run is over.

We spend so much time, energy and love on a character and then let go and move on to the next. I fell in love with Gilda from Rigoletto two summers ago and now it's Rosie. Where does the love go? Certainly not from one character to the next. Are we personality polygomists? Or do we simply move on with no regrets?
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

A time to BREATHE

Or in my case, not. Instead I am taking a sick day. Yes, I have once again worn myself down to the point where I really have to go to the doctor again. But I will do whatever it takes to be able to sing next week. Oh yeah! Next weekend Die Fledermaus opens!

We have been nose deep into rehearsals for about six weeks now...We have a bit more time to rehearse in academia. Rehearsals have been going well. We have a wide range of professional levels--from first year college students to well-seasoned singers whose careers are starting to take off. The tenor playing Eisenstein is an incredible singer and very entertaining to watch. I have even been proud to find that my own voice is not tired by the end of the show.

We recently moved into the actual theatre space and have been working on the set pieces. Within the first 3 hours on the stage with props I had already broken something...Typical. The director applauded because it was the first time since we started rehearsing that he had to ask for "smaller". We just had our costume parade and I never felt more like an opera singer. I fell in love with the moment I was in costume and walked out onto the stage that was completely decked out in set pieces.
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Friday, October 13, 2006

Let the posting resume!!!

I'm back! So much has happened since the last post, so there will be a lot to write about. I am currently sitting at Fledermaus rehearsal...yes sitting. We are in the middle of staging the party scene...Much fun is to be had. I promise a thorough post later tonight! Auf wiedersehen.
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Friday, June 16, 2006

Candide, Or Optimism

Dear fellow bloggers and readers of my blog,

I am auditioning for a production of Candide to be performed next spring and they are asking for a 2 minute comic monologue. I have not done a monologue in years and have no idea of any really good ones. Do you have any advice or ideas?

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Just checking in

I start coachings for Rosalinda tomorrow!!! I read online that the former title of the operetta was Rosalinda. I really need to get crackin' on this music though. It is taking me some time to learn. I find Verdi so much easier than Strauss. That goes for either Strauss you are working with...So much chromaticism.

Oh well...I did have to take some time to read Voltaire's Candide by the pool today. It was too gorgeous not to take in some sun. Now I must go home and make a fruit pizza for our church choir party tonight.

Ciao down! (I'm such a dork.)
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Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Balancing Act

Since Cam has flown the coop (for the summer), I have had much time to spend with my female friends. This always seems to be the case when a girl is left to her own devices.

So, after indulging in our addictions at our favorite ice cream joint, my two girlfriends and I got to talking. One of them had just returned from the Classical Singer Convention in Pennsylvania, where one the topics discussed was couples in the business. Why aren't there more opportunities for people in their home towns, so that they can have a little stability? Wouldn't it be great if more companies would practice the hiring of people's partners? Apparently there is one company in New Mexico that does just that.

But, seriously, at some point a lot of performers leave the business to spend time with their families. Ultimately, which is more important: reaching the top alone, or making it to base camp three with good company? I understand that love and relationships are not priorities for everyone. But what if you are already waste deep in the thick of it? How do we balance our two loves to achieve success in both?
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