Friday, April 5, 2013

Yikes!!!

     So sorry we haven't been up and running (i have been scolded for this, I assure you!!!). To anyone who reads this and actually find us funny and wish we had new stuff, super extra sorry! We shall be on top of things now, I have a short list of what can be expected in the next few weeks (including articles on the wonderfully fabulous Marilyn Monroe, band corps, musical artists such as Natasha Bedingfield and...well can't tell ya everything!). 
     I can share this, I'll be posting next about the downsides of being an aspiring performing artist. Topics such as not getting the part you wanted, totally bombing an audition, and of course thinking you did great but apparently failing miserably. 

                                                                     ~<3~

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A New Writer Appears!

I'm pretty awful at introductions but I will give this one my best. I am Lane. (I was mentioned in an earlier post) Now I wouldn't say I am the best actor in my school but I guess I have a fair amount of experience, mainly in community theater. I, of course, have interests and hobbies outside of theater.

Science Fiction is my big thing. Books, movies, games, I can't get enough of it. I also like painting miniatures. This goes hand in hand with science fiction. I have been singing as a hobby for nine years. That has helped me a lot in theater. Mainly musicals.

Video games are a pretty big passion of mine along with writing. Mind you, most of my writing is much different to what I am doing now, blogging has never really been my thing. I figure it will be a good learning experience, and it should be fun too.

That should be enough for an introduction. I'm really glad that Erin decided to let me become a contributor for this blog. I will do my best! I look forward to my next post.

-Lane

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What Could we do Without those Writers?

     Today, for some odd reason I'm in an incredably sassy-writing mood. I think we, as performers, should take the time to (mentally if you wish) thank the writers who, well, write EVERYTHING for us. Someone's gotta do it and have to actaully be good at it. We're kind of like the whole "yin-yang" thing. One can't exist without the other, and ya know what? That's just how I like it. What would we do without those incredably enticing stories we oh-so love to read and act out?! I, myself, would be incredably bored. Like, all of the time. There's nothing better than curling up with an amazing book and just read the day away. Our precious plays wouldn't exist without them! Nor would our sheet music, those composers are writers too (can't forget choreographers, show writers etc.).
     What's so great about writing? Anyone can do it--hell here I am, a somewhat insignificant girl, typing away on my laptop in Language Arts class just going on and on about writing, music, acting, singing, dancing... just everything theatrical! And I'm ENJOYING it. Hardly anyone in this room (besides the teacher that is) can truely say "I enjoy writing random essays about whatever is on my mind!". Without our writers most of the fun in this life would be sucked out of it.
     Now what sent me into this rant-frenzy was our Independent Reading Review. I had to explain the book I chose (okay one out of many I've read lately) and just answer random questions. 'The Lost Prince' by Julie Kagawa sent me on this sassy review and description of Kenzie St. James. Oh how I wish I could be that girl! Ironically, Kenzie is an embodiment of one of the writers I'm speaking of. In this story, she's a journalist for the school. I definitly think she's the entertaining sassy writer I'm attempting to be right this second. Her personality screams I'M SO FUNNY AND SASSY I WILL GET THIS TOUGH GUY TO OPEN UP! Nothing phases her, she goes into the world of the Fae and is so brave, especially in the face of her own personal deamon--her disease.
     So seeing as this little rant is pretty much over (plus we're going to have our class change in like, two seconds) I bid you all adue!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Audition Tips

Today I finally got to do my auditions for the one act plays at school. Now, some of the people I watched were kinda stiff. We're all human, so yeah humans get nervous. The best thing to do is to just throw yourself at the character and E M B R A C E him/her. Hell, it's fun! Don't let go, imagine it's that SUPER hot guy you've had your eyes on, or your favourite food and a moocher comes around. Some tips I have are simple.
• I am ALL FOR not conforming to society (where's the fun in being normal?!) but you have to become the character on stage. You cant "be yourself" not truely. Try this saying instead. BE THE CHARACTER.
• Just let go, if you find yourself reading too fast just take that therapeutic deep breath and chill. Don't let yourself trip over those words, being tongue tied SUCKS (especially if you're reading with a super attractive person). Impress that director with your totally amazing awesomeness.
• Have an audition buddy. Just go with someone who makes you laugh and supports. You. IE; a best friend. That person should be someone who sticks with you through everything and anything--but will be straight with you if you sucked.
And finally, just trust in yourself. Just do your best, I know that's sooo over used by parents and teachers (and those god awful encouragement posters) but it's seriously all you can do.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Burlesque

     Okay so when I first heard the word burlesque, I thought about old-timey strippers. A clip used in Who's Line is it Anyways? didnt help my personal definition didn't help the cause at all. Now, I was half correct, just add the fact that the intent was intended to cause laughter. That totally caught me off surprise when I heard that last school semester durring dance when it had been part of a project. The word is Italian (burlesco), which realy comes from burla; meaning  a joke, ridicule or mockery.
     Burlesque really overlaps in meaning with other words like caricature and parody. In its theatrical sense it can mean an extravaganza (like it was shown in the Victorian era). "Burlesque" has been used in English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17th century. It has been applied retrospectively to works of Chaucer and Shakespeare and to the Graeco-Roman classics. Contrasting examples of literary burlesque are Alexander Pope's sly The Rape of the Lock and Samuel Butler's irreverent Hudibras. An example of musical burlesque is Richard Strauss's 1890 Burleske for piano and orchestra. Examples of theatrical burlesques include W. S. Gilbert's Robert the Devil and the A. C. Torr – Meyer Lutz shows, including Ruy Blas and the BlasĂ© RouĂ©.
 . . Okay so enough with the history for a few seconds. In my opinion, the women who performed must have had AMAZING self-confidence. Personally, I'd never be able to do it (same as strippers I suppose), although it may have been fun. I mean come on, who WOULDN'T want to wear those fun costumes. And not to mention the feather boas!
     I'm still trying to get the guys' to get a post up. I'll just keep hounding, pleading, doe eyeing, and eyelash batting to get some out of them. And we MIGHT be adding another girl!
~<3~

Friday, January 25, 2013

Really Dumb Recapture

So at our school, if you've missed a certain amount of classes (or practices) then you have to go to Recapture. Recapture is a Saturday school thing where you sit in a classroom from 7:45am till like 2:30ish. Now, my recapture is for... Band rehersals. Wtf. Do they expect me to pull out Vladimir and Henry and just start playing?! I had doctor appointments, I mean come on they were AFTER school. I didn't have much of a choice! Ughhh. At least I'll have Jeremy with me for the day! Otherwise it'd be very boring. Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My First Administration

    Alrighty, so I've decided that it's gotten a little hard for me to think up ideas for articles all by myself, I decided to ask the two best writers (and incidentally my two best guy friends) to help me out. Things'll probably be a little hectic at first, but fingers crossed everything goes smoothly! This will make the posts on here have a bit more variety, simply because the three of us have MAJORLLY different writing styles.
     Jeremy is a stage hand in our drama department and he's hilarious and very sweet. He's much more shy than I am but he has bad ass writing skills, being one of the best listener I know I may just have to have him help with peoples issues (if we ever get someone who comments OTHER than my boyfriend). I have no earthly idea what I'd do without him, he's the kind of guy who picks you up when you fall--or even catches you before it happens. Now Lane...how do I describe this child. Very sarcastic, totally crazy (in a good way), awkward, and in my opinion one of the best actors at our school. He pays a lot of attention to the small details. He paints little figure thingies and I must say, I find this totally cool. Now, everything we post wont always be about PERFORMING arts but also about the others too (painting, drawing, poetry, maybe a few short stories thrown in) cause I'd love to show off my admin's mad skills. This should be QUITE interesting.
     Love you guys!