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A quick update on various and sundry things - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
A quick update on various and sundry things

The Old Man

Paul's finally done with school! I haven't had a fiance in over a year. I'm not sure what happens now. Who is this guy, anyway?

Paul's flight to Japan yesterday got cancelled at the last minute, so he had to fly out early this morning. The flight takes roughly forever, give or take an eon. When he gets there, he'll be thirteen hours in the future!! *insert time-travelly music here*

The New Cat

Switch has been a handful. Max makes a grumpy face once in awhile, but mostly seems amused. Gracie finds it necessary to hiss at him every so often. Switch, however, wants nothing more than to hang out with his big brother and sister. In particular, he keeps trying to play with Gracie. She wants none of it. I'm finding this far more amusing than I probably should :)

The cats always freak out when Paul or I leave for a few days... I'm not sure how the cats are going to deal with it with both of us gone.

"Gone?!" you say? Why yes!

Kingdom of Loathing

Thursday, I fly to Phoenix for the Kingdom of Loathing Convention. Hooray! I really do need to get away... and even though I can scant afford it, I'll be eating wonderful food. Here's part of my intinerary:

Fri - All-you-can-eat Sushi at Ninja - 12 noon
Fri - Gameworks - 8PM to whenever
Sat - Kiwanis Park BBQ - 11AM to 5:30PM
Sat - Dinner with Badmonkey & His Mystery Gal at Wildfish
Sat - Bigass Nerd Concert at The Sets - 7PM to close
Sun - Karl Dark Toga BBQ 3PM
Sun - Organ Stop Pizza 4:45PM
Sun - Multi-Birthday Celebration at Champaign Supernova 8:30PM
Mon - Canyon Lake with Amp and... well, I'm not exactly sure who else!

Lots of fish, lots of BBQ, and mad huggles from folks I don't see often enough.


Oliver rehearsals have been going pretty well. Wanna hear? Sure you do!

This is what the chorus part of our first rehearsal of Consider Yourself sounded like:

The recording isn't very good, and neither are we, really (when I say "we" I actually mean "me"), but it's not bad for a first go 'round, I think. I imagine it will get quite nice over the next month or two.

And for the stupdily curious, these are the notes I'm actually singing:

Paul can't hear the difference between the melody and the part I'm singing. I've tried to explain that I'm singing a harmony that's generally a few notes lower than the melody (and that this is sometimes difficult), but it all sounds the same to him. How is that possible? I don't know.

I'm glad I recorded the alto line, though-- I've got it pretty solidly memorized now.

Misc Etc

My allergies are going crazy, and I may have some sort of virus, to boot. Same with Zack.

I need to find a contemporary monologue for Hipp auditions in October, and I'm just comin' up with nothin'. I phail at stage actoring!

I've gotten a few bites on my new voice site, but it still needs work. Instead of reading fiction and drinking on the plane to Phoenix, I think I'll be finalizing my business plan and marketing materials so that I can do a big marketing push upon my return.

I'm smack dab in the middle of the new Harry Potter. I know, I'm weeks behind most of you, but I had other priorities (including reading the prior book again because I'd forgotten most of it). It's a damned big book; I might take it with, I might just read a paperback while I'm gone and start HP up again when I get back.

I haven't been playing ANY mandolin. Shame on me! Maybe I'll bring it to Con, maybe not; we'll see.

I've been working out regularly-- I do weight training (to the point of muscle failure) at least once a week, Core (back and abs) at least once a week, and a half hour on the stationary bike every day I'm not at the actual gym. I've been eating like a PIG. But I haven't been gaining any weight! I haven't been losing, either. I'm a little concerned that I'll have too many calories and too little exercise at Con, but it's an event. I'll get back on the weight-wagon after Con.

I should really go to the gym today, but I'm just feeling weak and tired. My sleep schedule has been sh-t for the last few days. I'll bike instead.

Well, I think that covers everything! I don't get to read LJ enough these days, but I peek in when I can. I hope you are all happy and healthy and following your collective and individual blissessesss.

~Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough~

I'm feeling all kinds of: consider yourself one of us

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price From: price Date: September 11th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC) (permalink)
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC) (permalink)
That's awesome... and searching on it sent me on a wild ride, finding several pieces that suit my fancy :)
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (permalink)
Who's Oliver and Dodger?

Are the auditions for the Hipp for Christmas Carol? If memory serves me the monologue only has to be a minute. You probably want to do a British accent because you CAN do a British accent. *g* I'll glance at my books. You're aiming for Ms. Fezziwig or Mz. Cratchit right? I'll look for a jolly, sweet lady. (I need to find a monologue too!)

I'm also woefully behind on HP. I STILL haven't gotten any further then the 8th chapter of the newest book. I've been too busy and the book hasn't captured me yet. Plus I have to read so many plays for school. I've got to read "Extremities" tonight to see if there's a scene in there for my stage combat fight. I've nicknamed "Extremities" - "the Rapin' play!" since that seems to be mostly what it's about. Huzzah? *le sigh* No happy scenes for Loren yet this semester. It's all Greek tragedy and rape so far. Everyone loves baby killin' (Medea) and rape (stage combat)! Whee!
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'm glad you asked, because I had a note to point you to this, too (I know you've got classes, but still)-- auditions are for Equity Principals:

I'm not equity, but hey, less cost for them, right? I've got my days free; it'd be nice to get a paying stage gig.

I think they audition for Carol at the same time. I've half considered doing this bit from Educating Rita (http://www.actorpoint.com/free_monologues/z2.html) but I'm not sure if my Scouse is really up to task. I just spent half an hour listening to BBC dialect tapes of Liverpudlians chit chatting and it's making my ears hurt a little. I suppose I could do it with a Cockney, but that would be cheating, now, wouldn't it?

What I should really do is get my hands on all the plays with roles in my age range that they're doing this season and make my decision based on that.

Random monologue thought: I found this piece when looking for Rita, and must admit that I'm falling for it a little, even though it's miles too long and not terribly dynamic (http://www.actorpoint.com/free_monologues/m.html); I may have to pick up the play just because I love the cadence of the writing.

Extremities is TOTALLY The Rapin' Play! Good lord, what a painful piece. Well, maybe next semester will be Lysistrata and *insert fun playful and empowering stage combat piece here*. Isn't this your last year?

Oh, and here's your cast list! I was going to email it, but I guess it's easier just to pop it off here:

Esteban Alvarez, III - Mr. Bumble
Alan Barnes - Chorus
Brittany Bennett - Fagin's Gang
Zachary Bennett - Fagin's Gang
Caroline Boudreaux - Kids Chorus
Elizabeth Bryan - Rose Seller
John Carmean - Fagin
Alex Christophy - Oliver
Susan Christophy - Nancy
Richard Condit - Dr. Grimwig
Devin D'Andrea - Fagin's Gang
Elizabeth Dean - Charlotte
Bryan Faux - Chorus
Joan Freese - Chorus
Cami Gehrke - Fagin's Gang
Jackie Hall - Old Sally
Joe Lacinak - Fagin's Gang
Taonga Leslie - Fagin's Gang
Lisa Litz - Mrs. Bedwin
Carolyn Lloyd - Dodger
Qunan Loughe - Oliver
Diane Marono - Bet
Ashley McPherson - Chorus
Joe McMurray - Mr. Sowerberry
Ryan Nicholas - Fagin's Gang
Paulina Oswald - Kids Chorus
Sarah Prager - Fagin's Gang
Pete Roe - Sykes
Bill Sabis - Mr. Brownlow
Linda Sabis - Mrs. Corney
Thomas Sanders - Noah
Hailey Santerfeit - Kids Chorus
Katy Sputo - Chorus
Beth Telg - Strawberry Seller
Ricky Telg - Knife Grinder
Enoch Terry - Fagin's Gang
Olivia Turpening - Fagin's Gang
Alexa Wunderlich - Kids Chorus
Aydan Wunderlich - Kids Chorus

We've got two Olivers. Which should be interesting! And Dodger's a girl! She's quite awesome, really.

When does BSG start again? I miss you! OK, and BSG.
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC) (permalink)
Fun cast list!

I'd definitely do "The Guest" over "Rita" for Christmas Carol. And if I did that monologue I'd try to play it as lightly as possible. Their version of A Christmas Carol is a pretty family friendly, light, fluffy affair. The only really angry character is Scrooge.

My computer doesn't want to let me download the Hipp info. I'll try again later on a different computer.

BSG doesn't air for ages. I don't remember the exact month. :(
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (permalink)

I like this monologue, too http://www.sheilaomalley.com/archives/005101.html

It's racy, but Hipp's rather edgy in places (even if Christmas Carol is not).

It may be a bit young for me, alas. Plus, comedic monologues are double plus hard, especially with small audiences.

I think I need to peek at the rest of the season. I've heard that plum parts in Carol are more for well-connected people in the community than actors, per se. But maybe that's just gossip.
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC) (permalink)
The idea behind the monologue is good though. Sometimes you can find great monologues in books. One monologue I've used for auditions is from a magazine article in the 70's. It's all about wanting to bash my husband's head in with a frying pan but realizing that no matter how angry I am, I'm still afraid he'll leave me. It's nice and short and sweet!

As for Christmas Carol, it helps to have connections but it helps to have connections ANYWHERE. There's generally a few roles that are completely up for grabs, and a couple you can guess who might be cast in. I never know who'll play Ms. Cratchit or Ms. Fezziwig (though Rhonda has played Ms. F in the past.) That's why I keep bringing those two names up.
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (permalink)
That's a great idea! Thanks for the tip :)

I actually did Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol for a couple years, and played Mr. Fezziwig (among a number of other characters-- it was a four or five person ensemble show). But I think I've already gotten my gender-question quota out of the way with Hades this year. Either Mrs Cratchit or Mrs Fezziwig would be a blast, I think!
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I liked that you had a wife as Hades. You were a freakin' awesome Hades! I wanted to steal your costume. *g*
ldy From: ldy Date: September 13th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC) (permalink)
...off my body! O_O

Oh, wait. We already established it wasn't "that kind" of show. (But just think of the ticket sales if it were!)
lomer From: lomer Date: September 13th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC) (permalink)
People certainly THOUGHT it was that kind of show based on the poster! I still think we should have done the Myrah scene. Just think how happy the old folks would have been to see some sexy incest!
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC) (permalink)
Finally got the file open! Are they going to let you audition during the equity time slot? Because I see several characters I could play! *g* I swear, I spend all my free time harassing the Hipp for auditions. *g*
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC) (permalink)
Yup, Tammy finally got a hold of me a week or two ago and told me to call for an audition once the notice went up (it just went up in the last few days). The rule is that Equity people get preferred treatment-- but non-union folk can audition as well :)

I'll be calling tomorrow. I also want to find out if there are time limits on monologues-- some places limit equity to three minutes and non to two, but who knows what the Hipp's rules are!

Maybe we'll get close time slots and we can feast at Harry's again!
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC) (permalink)
Will you do me a favor and pass the info on to me as well? I haven't done any equity auditions there. Just the general calls and me phoning them for auditions. *g* I'd love to do Harry's again!
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC) (permalink)
You bet! I'll phone for an appointment tomorrow and ask for further details, and let you know how it goes :)
lomer From: lomer Date: September 12th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC) (permalink)
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I was so sick today that I didn't call (just a nasty cold, but ugh). I'll probably call tomorrow or Friday from Phoenix, or next week when I'm back here... but whenever and wherever I call, I'll updatecha :)
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ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (permalink)
I will! And we will! :D
mauracelt From: mauracelt Date: September 12th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC) (permalink)
You're going to Tempe! *whine* Of course the Tempe I miss is long gone (twenty odd years or so gone), but still.

As to the singing, not bad at all for a first go, really.

And not hearing what you hear... uh, does he sing? If not, that's the answer to your situation. If he does not sing as you do, it's no wonder he hears no differences. It's all a matter of having or not having a trained ear, remember?
;) *giggle*
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hee, he doesn't sing at all.

Maybe that's for the best! ;) teehee

i From: i Date: September 12th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC) (permalink)
damn. you're going to be 100 miles from me and the farbel truck is in the shop.
ldy From: ldy Date: September 12th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC) (permalink)
GAH. One of these days our physical paths will cross, my friend. And there will be much rejoicing :)
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