Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Arts Alive

We won the competition!  Yay us!  It was such a neat experience.  The contest was "give us your best scene" and we really had fun getting back together, rehearsing the scene, and getting ready to perform it again.  It was great to put that costume back on and sing that song again.  I had no idea how much I missed everyone until I saw then again.

It was a great day.  We all had lunch at Spot of Tea, which is a great little lunch place in downtown Mobile.  It was nice having a meal together before the performance.  We all went to the changing area after lunch and got ready.  Then we went down to the outdoor stage and watched the other performances.  They were great!  When our time came, we did our scene and the crowd really seemed to love it.  I ran into some people I didn't really care to see, but that didn't change anything.  It was still an awesome day!

Our performance went really well, then we went back to the changing room to get back into our street clothes.  We actually missed the announcement that we won the contest because we were upstairs changing!  How silly, right?  But pretty typical of us.  We were happy to win, but that wasn't really why we did it.  It was just a lot of fun getting the gang back together for a few days and doing that scene again.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Ug Revival!

So about a month or so ago, we got an email about a little theatre contest that will be going on at this year's Arts Alive in Mobile.  The Powers That Be decided to do a scene from Ug, the Caveman Musical.  The contest is Saturday and we had a rehearsal tonight.  It was the first time we've been back together since the show closed in January, and it was so great to see everyone again!  What's really great is that we all remembered our lines a lot better than I thought we would!  So it's going to be a great experience, doing a scene from Ug in this contest on Saturday.  I'm happy to be back with my "tribe" again for a short time.  I have missed them so much and it's going to be a blast to perform this scene in front of the Arts Alive patrons.

We're doing this song.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Sunday Scribblings: Mentors

#209 - Mentors

Have you had a mentor in your life? Would you like one? For what? Have you been one? How? Everyone could use a little more help in their lives, can you see where you could be a mentor now?
This is a little late, but I wanted to do it.  It'll probably be a little jumbled like most of my journal/scribblings posts are, but that's okay! 
I have had several mentors in my life.  My mother is the most important.  She taught by example how to be a good woman.  She and my dad have helped me to know what makes a great relationship and I intend to follow their example.  I've had mentors during high school and at college.  The intern supervisor and academic advisor I had in college was a great mentor to me.  My first boss was too.  I've had several mentors at church as well, and in the theatre.
Have I ever been a mentor?  I like to think I have been.  I've supervised interns before and I hope I actually managed to teach them something and I hope they looked up to me a little.  I would love to be a mentor to someone.  In fact, I've been thinking very seriously about becoming a Big Sister so that I can mentor a girl in my community.  I need to really check into that.  I think everyone needs a mentor sometimes, and the great thing about that is you can have one and be one at the same time! 

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sunday Scribblings: The book that changed everything

Is there a book that you read at a particular time in your life that changed everything for you?  Is there a book you think should be written that would change everything? Words have an incredible power if they are read/ heard by the right person at the right time.  What collection of words has been powerful for you?

So many books have changed my world, I can easily pick one for this question.  There is one book that changed and shaped me so much that I still read it once a year.  Fahrenheit 451.  The book that changed everything for me was about books being banned.  It really made me start thinking about what would happen if censorship went crazy and everyone got their wish to ban whatever books they want to ban.  Just because something is offensive to someone, that doesn't mean it doesn't have something important to say.  Whenever I read this book, I am always struck by how much the society in the story resembles our own society.  And every time I read a story about how some group or individual is trying to ban a book, I think about this cautionary tale and wonder if our society is on the road to a group of drones who watch TV and never challenge their minds or their world views.  I wonder if we are on our way to total apathy while the government takes our books, the treasure trove of knowledge and opinions and observations that we have in print, and burns them before our very eyes.  All of them.  Gone forever.  It scares me.  

If you haven't read this book, you absolutely should.  Here is the Wikipedia article about the book in case you are not familiar with it.  Read it.  And then fight censorship.

Friday, April 02, 2010


It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?
Eleanor H. Porter (1868 - 1920), Pollyanna, 1912

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)

The Animal Rescue Site