Wha’ Happened?

Hello blog, remember me?

 I made an ambitious pledge at the beginning of this year to try to make at least two blog entries a week.  Well for the most part I have kept that promise…I just have not been posting HERE.  I am the administrator and author of The Peoria Cabaret Theatre Blog www.peoriacabarettheatre.wordpress.com and you can find all of the missing entries for February-April there.  (Go check it out…I’ll wait!)

We challenged ourselves to present 4 Mainstage shows and 5 Cabaret shows in 11 weeks!  We had most shows rehearsing at the same time and a many tech weeks in a row.  This also meant a lot of deadlines for me to get the publicity out there on our blog.  Between working two jobs and these deadlines, I’m afraid I had nothing left to contribute here. 

Our Winter Season is now over and I can finally get back to posting here again with a few new rules…

 The 52 Weeks Project

I will still tag all of my new original blog entries under the “52 Weeks Project” tag; they just might not be 52 weeks in a row!  I would rather take the time to develop a decent post than worry about making a deadline.  It may mean fewer posts a year, but hopefully they will be more inspired. 

 Thankful Thursdays

I will get back to giving thanks for the positive things during the week because I think it is good for the soul.  However, this may or may not always fall on a Thursday! 🙂 Depending on my schedule, you might see it on a Friday, a Saturday or even a Wednesday.  I will still label them “Thankful Thursday” because it rolls off the tongue a lot easier than “Thankful Saturday”.  I’m all about alliteration even if my schedule isn’t!

 I will also try to keep this blog “interesting” between big entries, even if it is just posting some goofy thing I find on the web.  I’ve loosened some of the restrictions, so let see how long this new resolution lasts!

 If you are still reading this, thank you and I’ll see you next week!

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Thankful…Friday 1/29

Today was my daughter’s annual visit to the Cardiologist. She stood up straight and tall while the nurse measured her height and weight, and sat still while she took her blood pressure and pulse/ox level.

We then went down the hall for an echo sonogram of her heart. She once again was a perfect angel while the technician attached the leads and spread the warm goo all over her chest. “Finding Nemo” was on the TV, but she was more interested in seeing and hearing her heart on the monitor.

Once we got back to the room it was time for an E.K.G. reading and 10 more stickers and leads stuck all over her body! In the past, this test took forever because she was doing so much wiggling and crying they could not get an accurate reading. Not today though! She sat so quiet and still the test was done in seconds! All of the nurses and technicians were commenting on how mature she was acting for a three year old!

The doctor finally came in and said everything looks great! She still has a SLIGHT murmor, but it is not anything he was concerned about at this time. She is basically a “normal” three year old requiring no medication and no activity restriction! We celebrated with a nice lunch and she got to pick out some new books for being so good.

So this week I am thankful that my daughter is a healthy “normal” toddler, and that she was so well behaved at the doctor!

Songs for a New Diaper

This week’s entry is a song parody I came up with over many diaper changes with my daughter during her first three years.  I discovered that if I sang to her while changing her diaper it helped calm her down and made her wiggle less.  The problem I faced is that most of the songs I knew by heart were from contemporary musicals by Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz (among others).  While these are all awesome composers, they usually write complex melodies with lyrics that are not very “kid friendly”.

 One day I started singing the opening chorus of Songs for a New World to her, changing the lyrics on the fly to suit the situation. I don’t know if it was because I was amusing myself, but I managed to get a big giggle from my daughter, and our new diaper changing song was born!  Over the course of MANY diaper changes, I was able to flesh it out to a verse and two choruses, which was usually long enough to cover even the messiest changes! 

 So without further adobe, I present to you the lyrics to my recently retired (for now) diaper changing song…

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52 Weeks

2009 was a rough year.  The loss of loved ones, combined with personal struggles, fears and medical concerns have put me into a “Creative Cocoon”.  I was dealing with so much stress that I could not focus on creativity, and as a result, the entries I posted here were mostly web links with little personal meaning.  I still had ideas that I would jot down in a notebook, but I never took the time to explore them and flesh them out.

Since this is the first full week of the New Year, I have a resolution for you, my dear blog.  I resolve to write at least on creative entry a week.  It might be an essay, a personal story, a picture, a poem or even song lyrics.  I may be the only one reading this, but as long as it gets me thinking and writing again, that is all that matters.  If there are others out here reading these words who wish to track my progress I will put them under the category of   “52 Weeks Project”.  If you like what you read please leave me a comment, Lord knows I could use the encouragement! 

I am also stealing a little segment I’ve seen on other blogs called “Thankful Thursdays”.  I will take a moment each Thursday to reflect on things I am thankful for that week.  These little reminders will not count toward the “52 Weeks Project”, but they do serve the great purpose of helping me see the joy in life.  (Oops!  It’s Thursday today…I guess I’ll be back with my first entry!) 

With any luck, I will keep this resolution past January and throughout out the year.  After all, writing one decent blog post a week has to be a lot easier than losing weight!

My Favorite Story From “The Onion”

Second-Graders Wow Audience With School Production Of Equus

January 25, 2006 | Issue 42•04

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Second-grade students at Franklin Elementary School impressed parents, teachers, and fellow students with their recent production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus Friday.

Enlarge Image Second-Graders Wow Audience With School Production Of <I>Equus</I>Alan Strang (Kyle Keever, 7) prepares to blind a horse (Kate Piper, 7).

The avant-garde play, described by audience members as “adorable,” was originally produced in London in 1973. The story revolves around troubled 17-year-old Alan Strang, played by Kyle Keever, 7, and his encounters with his psychiatrist after he blinds six horses with a metal spike. The play focuses on the causes underlying a seemingly senseless act of violence, and forces characters and audience members alike to confront questions of responsibility and ultimate meaning.

“The kids loved it,” teacher and director Michael Komarek said. “Once they stopped screaming about horses getting their eyes gouged out and realized that it was just a launching point for more complex ideas about alienation from the modern world, they rolled up their sleeves and dug right in.”

Despite its truncated 30-minute length and shoestring budget, the production—which received a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd of 65 in the school cafeteria—attested to the resonant themes of Shaffer’s play.

 

Read the full story here.

Jane Austen…For Guys!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Have you ever finished Pride and Prejudice and thought, “You know what this book needs is more zombie attacks!” 

Well now you are in luck!  Seth Grahme-Smith has reimagined the classic work with a new twist to spice up the “duller parts”.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!  will grace your bookstore shelves mon May 13, 2009.  It features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action!

What’s that?  Guys don’t READ Jane Austen?  OK, How about this…

Have you ever been forced to watch the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and thought, “You know what this movie needs is a killer alien hunting his human prey!”  Guess what?  You too are in luck!

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures will produce a film called Pride and Predator. knightleypredator_l“It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect,” his Rocket partner David Furnish tells Variety
 

 

 

 

My Newest Show Idea

***Original post date March 22,2007*** 

Like many American artists my age, I was shocked/surprised/amazed/horrified at how a tiny little Disney channel movie called High School Musical went on to become the giant marketing juggernaut that it is today. The cd and dvd sales are still through the roof a year after its release.

Music Theatre International started selling the theatrical rights to community theatres BEFORE a stage adaptation was even written! Most theatres with a youth program in this area already have it on their schedules.

The Disney Channel is working on two sequels, High School Musical 2 and a Halloween special dubbed Haunted High School Musical. If that wasn’t enough they have also announced the tour of High School Musical: On Ice! (Which will play the Civic Center arena next March).

I, like many American artists my age, saw this snowballing success and asked myself the burning question, “How do I cash in on this?” Therefore I have come up with my newest show idea… Continue reading