Archive for May, 2017

 

thetunnelDear Gentle Reader,

Last night, towards the end of rehearsal, I finally had the opportunity to listen to Rachelle Abbey sing “Fly, Fly Away” from Catch Me If You Can. Now, look, I think Kerry Butler is great, but I what I heard last night blew the cast recording out of the water. I can’t stop thinking about it to this very minute. I am so excited to hear this at every show.  I got chills and everything. This is one thing. The other thing, not so good.

But then, Dear Reader, I got home and I heard about the terrible news from Manchester. It is just so utterly heart-wrenching. Of course, to feel bad for the victims is natural, but I also feel terribly for the artists that were performing.  What a weight that must be! I know it isn’t the artists’ fault in the least, but if it were me in that situation, I would be devastated. Such a cruel act and for what purpose? The average age of Ariana Grande’s fanbase is estimated at 18-23.  What is the purpose of targeting young innocent people? A group has taken credit for the attack, of course. If it is them, ( like King Cheetoh, I refuse to say the name as I do not want to contribute to their self glorifying ways) I suppose the idea of a strong self assured woman really terrifies them. And for that same woman to be a beacon for younger people must really shake their manliness to nothing.

All I can think about today is the loss of life, the unrealized potential of the victims.  It truly is a sad situation to realize that the possible ideas and lives of the victims could have advanced our world to peace, or not (I mean, I have to be realistic. However, I am ALWAYS hopeful of the positive.) The other think I am also dreading is how politicians will use this.  It is a terrible thought, I know, but again with the realism here. Why is it that those few awful people can bring millions and millions of good people to their knees in sorrow.  Why don’t the acts of kindness change the world in the same fashion?

In this situation, Kind Reader, these two things just seem to hold hands in my mind now.  Most notably for lyrics like this:

We didn’t get to say goodbye,    

Goodbye  

No need to tell me why, my baby

Maybe it’s because you’ll fly back home to me one day

Baby when you’re in the clouds

Please keep a lookout

Maybe, darling, find a hideaway

For you and I          

I know that this song is sung by a someone in love to her fiancé, but when I think about the kids at that show, I also think about the pain of the parents.  It is such a heavy, heavy situation but I can’t stop thinking about it.

Dear Reader, I hope you are safe where you are.  I hope you follow what makes you happy. I hope you remain strong in spirit and hope.

Until next time,

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Oh Gentle Reader,

Last night we had dance rehearsal for my big dance number “Don’t Break The Rules.” OH. MY. STARS!

Since A Chorus Line ended, I have been really lax on getting some cardio done. I love to run, like I LOOOOOOOOVE to run.  On an elliptical.  I should specify.  With all the crazy things I have done over the years in these shows, my knees don’t like the impact that jogging or using a treadmill cause. Any way, I love to spend at least an hour running when I stop at the gym and for the last three and a half weeks, I haven’t stepped on one.

One of the things that we are playing with for Hanratty is that he is not particularly fit. Having just come off a dance heavy show, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to not be able to get down with the boogie.  That’s what the kids say, right?

Well, Dear Reader, I found out last night what it could be like.  Oh! Boy, did my gym vacation come back and bite me.  Bit me gooooood!! We made it through all 20 pages of the song and not only did I stumble on some sections of the dance, but I couldn’t spit out the words fast enough! Oh man, it was kind of a mess, I am ashamed to admit. LOL! But it was fun and I think we all had a good time.

All in all, it is gonna be a friggin’ great number.  I can’t wait for the Charleston at the end! I was given the chance to just park and bark (that’s the “official” term when one stands and sings) but HELL to the NAH! I am going full out dance and vocals on this number cuz that’s what it calls for!

So, Kind Reader, y’all know what this calls for right? I’ll get back to ya, I gotta go for a run… 😀 But first, have YOU ever accomplished something purely on accident?  Has laziness ever given you an opportunity to see something that you wouldn’t have done otherwise? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, Gentle Reader! Gotta go catch my breath. Hahahahahahahaha…