Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Starting here... starting now...

What a week.  I am so ready for February to be done.

This past Thursday afternoon, my mom & Larissa picked up Eric, Curt and I and we all headed down to St. Louis.  After 8 hours in the car, a slightly creepy dinner stop at a Cracker Barrel in the middle of nowhere and several pit stops where Dueling Banjos was definately playing, we arrived at the hotel.  After we checked in, we drove over to Webster University, where we would be going to Midwest Theatre Auditions the next day, so that we wouldn't get completely lost in the morning.

Friday morning, Mom dropped Eric off at Webster at 7:30 a.m. (blech) and then we dropped off Curt around 10:30.  Having discovered that I forgot the skirts and pants I had intended to bring with me for the auditions and dance call, Mom, Lara and I ran around St. Louis, searching for something for me to wear.  I finally found a cute black pencil skirt at Walmart and some comfy, but stylish red flats at Old Navy.  Mom dropped Lara and I off at Webster around 1:30.  We sat around, waiting for my audition, until about 2:15, when I headed down to the Green Room to wait to be called.  I ended up auditioning about 15 minutes early.  Being the last person to audition that day, as soon as the person before me walked off the stage, I felt like all the directors and producers heaved a sigh of "Okay, we're done now."  So, feeling pressed to grab their attention, I went out there, belted Life With Harold from The Full Monty, nailed my monologue from Tennessee William's Summer & Smoke and then left to the sounds of the MWTA head guy telling them where to go to watch the dance auditions.  I hurried off to change for the dance call, which totally, completely, utterly kicked my ass.  Feeling defeated, I moped over to the University Center to check the callback lists.  I was very excited to see that I had gotten 6 callbacks: Black Hills Playhouse, Timber Lake Playhouse, Mcleod Summer Playhouse, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Festival and Missoula Summer Children's Theatre.  I went to all of them except for Missoula Children's Theatre (because I ran out of time).  I felt like 3 of them went really well, and luckily two of those were the ones that I felt most interested in.  I probably won't know for a couple weeks, unfortunately, but I'm really hoping for Oxford Shakes.  After the three of us were done with our callbacks, we headed back to the hotel, ordered pizza and crashed. 

Saturday morning, we hightailed it out of St. Louis, just ahead of the storms, and made it to Stevens Point around 4 p.m.  After Mom & Lara headed home to Appleton, I cleaned up my room and unpacked while I waited for Cameron to show up.  Once he arrived, we went to dinner at Applebee's, went grocery shopping at Walmart and then came back to the dorm, where we watched Flushed Away (which, I admit, is a charming and cute movie) before going to bed.

Sunday morning, we slept in, and eventually got some breakfast/lunch.  We spent most of Sunday doing nothing.  We watched The Wedding Date, played video games and just sat around cuddling and talking.  It was lovely.  He was planning on going home that evening, but the roads in Point were pretty bad, so I convinced him to stay the night.  I went to rehearsal for an hour and then came back, and we watched another movie about halfway through before falling asleep.

Monday, Cameron headed home after helping me clean off my car.  I went to work at the Tutoring-Learning Center, where I spent an hour reading.  Then I went back to my room and spent the time between classes writing emails.  At 12:30, I left to go to Acting, where we really accomplished nothing, which irritates me.  After class, Jake and I sat around talking about our scene for awhile and then we had a scenework rehearsal with Sara until 5 p.m.  After I grabbed dinner at McDonald's (healthy, I know), I went back to my room and ended up crashing.  I woke up at 6:30 p.m. to get ready for rehearsal, but I felt really sick and exhausted, so I called in and went back to bed.  Cameron called me at 10:30 p.m. and we talked for awhile before he went to bed.  Then I talked to Christie online until midnight before going back to bed myself.

This morning, I lounged around in bed until almost 8:40 a.m. before rushing around to get dressed for Modern and then hurrying outside to clean off my car.  I just barely got to class on time.  Modern was... pretty unexciting.  We flailed around like ... something that flails.  After class, I got a bagel and OJ for breakfast and went back to the dorm, where I told myself I was going to work on my Acting paper, but instead I watched Johnny Depp in Secret Window on FX (weird movie... saw it in theatres... still weird), read my trashy romance novel, picked up Joe from the car repair place, showered and then went to Survey.  We had a quiz in Survey, which I definately barely studied for, but still managed to ace.  Then we talked about Camelot, Bye Bye Birdie and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  After class, I walked over to Cousin's to get a sub for lunch and then walked back to the TLC, which is where I am now, pretending to work.  Well, my one learner cancelled and, since I'm hiding in a booth, I'm not likely to get any walk-ins.  Oh well.  I am lazy.

Tonight, I have to miss Idol (boo) because of rehearsal.  I'm sort of hoping that, since we're starting blocking, we'll be doing solos and not group pieces, in which case, I might not have to be there all night.


Songs for a New World
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Noel Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre
April 13 @ 8 p.m., 14 @ 7 p.m., 15 @ 2 p.m.
April 18-21 @ 7 p.m., 22 @ 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3378.

And total non sequitur... I adore Cadbury Mini Eggs.  (And I am not alone!  See here.)  You can keep the gooey, slimy creme eggs for yourself, but give me the mini eggs because I love them.  LOVE them.

That's all.

Posted at 3:14 pm by Manda


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