Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Percy and Harry do Man of LaMancha

Percy and Harry love a good show. On closing night of Man of LaMancha, they couldn't resist getting deeply involved. As you can see by the pictures.

Huge thanks to Fabulous Fox for her help in getting a lot of these pictures. Percy and Harry LOVE YOU! And so do we!

Mic check

Chilling with the cast

On set

Hanging with the boys in the dressing rooms

Getting all techy

We really loved doing this show, and made some great new friends (as well as connecting with some old ones).

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

You can run...

Beatle's Lover told us last night that she not only received a superior at the district-level drama competition (and is going to state), but that she took top honors in humorist monologue. Way to go!!

When asked it she would perform it for us, she became very guarded and said no repeatedly. I asked her what it was from, so after the kids headed to their mom's, I used my favorite search engine to track it down. No wonder she wouldn't perform it for us. It has a bit of profanity in it. Makes me sad for the public school system.

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why are some people nervous?

What is it about devout religious observance that makes some people nervous? We just finished watching a wonderful movie called Arranged about two woman (one orthodox Jewish, the other devout Muslim) who teach at the same school and become friends. Both families are actively searching for suitable husbands for the woman, because for each, their families are very much involved in helping arrange their marriages. The parents of both woman have arranged marriages that are happy, and they see no reason why this cannot happen for their daughters as well.

There are a couple of scenes with the principal of the school where they teach where the principal is completely out of line in trying to push the woman to break out of what she sees as oppressive lifestyles (conservative clothing, little makeup, restricted social life). I wondered, while watching those scenes, if that's how some of the people I know see me, as a devout member of the LDS church. I try my best to dress modestly. I don't wear much makeup (though that is not part of the teachings of my faith; I just don't like it). I don't drink alcohol. Before getting married, I dated but mostly men of my faith who wouldn't ask or push me to do things beyond what I've been taught is appropriate before marriage. I attend church each Sunday unless sick or out of town. I try as best as I can to live what I believe.

So why do some people feel nervous around others who openly live their religious believes?

Just asking...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What do Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Handel have in common?

Mr. Perfect and I attended the Utah Symphony a couple of weeks ago, and on the program were Haydn, Handel, and Mendelssohn. They performed the entire Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music with narration provided by staff from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. What a fun concert. They also performed Handel's Fire Suite and a Haydn symphony (unfortunately I don't remember which one, but it was wonderful).

Mendelssohn wrote his Midsummer Night's Dream Overture when he was only 17. The rest of the music was written for a performance of the play when he was in his thirties, and includes the famous Mendelssohn's Wedding March.

The whole evening was fun, though we almost missed the Haydn because we were running late. Literally running to Symphony Hall from the Gateway parking lot, and just making it into our seats with about 2 minutes to spare. If you're late to the symphony, you aren't seated until the first piece is finished. Not the first movement of the first piece; the entire first piece. Whew!

Man of LaMancha makeup

You have to love being in a show where your makeup consists entirely of making yourself look as dirty and pathetic as possible. We get to eat in our costumes, too. Life is good.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Man of LaMancha opening tonight!

If you live in the Greater Salt Lake City area, we would love it if you could come and see the show. For tickets and more information, visit the Empress Theatre website.

The whole cast does a fabulous job, and the show is very moving. Last night, we had our Producers' Preview, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house at the end.

P.S. I got a nice compliment from the director last night at the dress rehearsal. He said that what I was doing with my character could steal the show. It was very nice to hear.


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