Sunday, June 22, 2008

snippets of updates

My audition on Saturday went OK - not the best I've ever done as my voice was quite tired from teaching all week, but fairly well. This was for the theatre I worked with all last year, and so they're quite familiar with my work, and I was trying to use this as an opportunity to show them a few of my unmined gifts. The artistic director told me I was "looking good" (um... thanks... I think) and I already know that I'm going to be called back for the role that Maureen O'Hara played in this classic Christmas film. The director of that show is the woman who directed the Christmas play I stepped into at the last minute last year. I said I felt like that was a great opportunity for me, and here we may see that pay off. No date on that callback yet, just a lovely e-mail from the director that she'll be in touch.

I spent crazy hours prepping for the audition and looking for new material, and ultimately I ended up using all stuff I had in my collection here at home, anyways, despite the large pile of books from the library and the hours I spent scouring the 'net. Sigh.

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Several weeks ago my mailbox and front step were flush with fun surprises from various bloggy friends, and I have been SO remiss in saying thank you in any proper form, or in showing off the goodies. I am publicly declaring that I will try to remedy that this week.

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Teaching. Oh. I haven't been posting about it largely due to the exhaustion factor, but also, well... it feels a bit mundane, somehow. I'm enjoying doing it, but the process is much more formulaic than anything I've done before, and I'm not particularly INSPIRED by it. The scripts are kind of blah and it's about all I can do to muster up enthusiasm for them around the kids and other teachers, but they aren't so bad that I need to complain about them. This program has been running for 15 years, and much of the staff have been around nearly as long, and so even though they are very nice I feel a bit out of sorts as the new girl. Fortunately I'm no longer in middle school so I'm not HURT by it, but it's interesting to watch the dynamics, and I do have moments of feeling like a 13 year old trying to fit in with the cool kids. I keep wanting to have some wonderful deep thoughts to share with you all about the whole process, but my brain just isn't there yet. Maybe it's still coming. And maybe not.

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I turned another year older on Friday, and The May Queen was just adorable in her giving me gifts (from her toy collection) and making me pictures and cards. She INSISTED that her daddy make me a card, and when he didn't, she allowed one of the things that she had made to be from him. The Big Guy took me out for dinner - Thai food! The May Queen was distraught over the lack of birthday cake, so today I made myself a belated birthday cake. Chocolate with butter cream frosting. She even let me have the first piece.

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Now I'm busy preparing for my audition on Tuesday. And planning for our big July road trip. I feel like I got to catch up a bit over the weekend, but it looks like another busy week ahead.

26 comments:

creative-type dad said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

JCK said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like your auditions are plentiful, which is great! Something or everything will come at once. You KNOW how when it rains it pours.

Sorry about the teaching gig feeling a little off. Guess it can make for future blog fodder!

the dragonfly said...

Busy busy busy...

That show you're being called back for sounds fun!

And happy birthday!! Thai food...yum! I miss that. And I miss you!! *sigh*

Susanne said...

Happy Birthday from me as well. And thank you for the updates.

Kathryn said...

Ugh. You're making me tired. Busy, busy!

Happy Birthday!!!!

Mary Beth said...

Happy birthday! All the auditions and teaching - by the end, you're going to need a vacation from the summer:)

wheelsonthebus said...

Happy birthday!

Kyla said...

Happy birthday. Things seem to be about as busy here as they are at my place!

Mad said...

Hey, happy belated birthday!

karengberger said...

Happy Belated Birthday. I hope you and your family have a wonderful year.

Melissa said...

Wow! That is a busy week!

Glad to see the auditions are going well!

And....Happy Belated B'day! Too bad you had to make your own cake though. :( Cake, even if it is a cupcake, is a must for bday's.

nomotherearth said...

Happy birthday!

I always hate doing all that work, just to do pieces you already have in your back pocket.

Julie Pippert said...

Happy Birthday wishes to you!

Break a leg on the auditions and GL on all else.

Amy Y said...

Happy Birthday!
Where are you going in July? I want to live vicariously through you as I'm on travel restriction ~ pretty please? I hope it's somewhere relaxing and wonderful because I think you need it! You are so busy!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Congrats on the audition and the May Queen is SO cute!

Furrow said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad the MQ is watching out for you and made sure you had cake.

susiej said...

Happy Birthday, sweet one!!!

womaninawindow said...

Happy Birthday. Fun to see your daughter taking the Birthday reigns.

Alex Elliot said...

Happy Birthday! Your birthday cake sounds great.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Happy birthday!! It makes sense that you're a thespian (creative June girl). And I LOVE that play. I do hope that you're given the role you'll enjoy most.

Bon said...

happy late birthday...and that's very cool about the impending callback for the O'Hara role. fun. :)

Chantal said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

ewe are here said...

Happy (belated ) Birthday!

LaskiGal said...

I hope you hear positive news about the interview . . .

And teaching can be so exhausting . . . and oddly enough, it can ZAP your creativity.

"I do have moments of feeling like a 13 year old trying to fit in with the cool kids." I so get this . . .

Finally--Happy Birthday!!!

Good luck on the audition!!!

MamaGeek said...

Happy Birthday! May you get pampered and a day of rest!

Magpie said...

a belated happy birthday! sorry that i missed it but i know you had a wonderful day!