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Monday, July 30, 2007

You Coax The Blues Right Out Of The Horn

I have my first rehearsal for Mame tonight. My inside sources tell me that last week at rehearsals they learned a few licks of music and read through the show. Learning the opening number choreography is on the schedule for this evening. I stayed up late last night cleaning my house so I wouldn't feel so uneasy heading into the next show. When my house is in order, I am more likely to feel in order. I figured I needed all the help I could get! I'm sleepy. I will say that if someone mentions cocktails during rehearsals, I'm still in. I won't coax it, but I can't deny the cocktails either. I received a mission from Minnesota today. I have a list of about 20 people to locate addresses for our upcoming ten-year class reunion. I've been playing myspace stalker today. Now I know how Beth feels!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Curtain Call

It is the final weekend of The Good Doctor. I suppose I should post the info.Although rehearsals for Mame began last night, I will be beginning rehearsals on Monday. Let me just breathe for a moment. I'm looking forward to this weekend, though. My friend is coming down from the cities to see the play tonight and spend some quality time at the bars. Sherman is even coming out! And the best part...because we finally got rain last night, we're hoping that the burning ban will be lifted and we'll be able to campfire it up in Tremp City Saturday after I'm done with my play. It has been awhile since we've squeezed one of those in. Sunday we will be tearing down the set and then relaxing out at a cast member's ranch. Sounds like a good end to another busy weekend.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

It Is Official

After a pretty crappy call-back last night, I was still cast in Mame at LCCT! I've got a part as one of the party guests, which probably means a lot of singing and dancing and moving scenery. And last night I was contemplating forgetting about musicals all together! They really aren't my forte, but maybe I can be taught. I plan to make the most of this experience and learn all I can from my director and musical director. The good news about this small part is that I have hopes that August may provide me with a few nights off from rehearsals. That would give me a few weeks to rest up from the last show...and have some summertastic fun too! I'm thinking I should position myself on the party deck for at least one more Loggers game. I would also like to find my way over to the races once. I haven't made it yet this year and found out that the fall favorite, Eve of Destruction, will be the same evening as a Mame performance. There are also Wine Guyz wine cruises and a karaoke cruise on the Mississippi that sound intriguing. So much to do. Before I know it the leaves will be changing!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Call Me

I received a call this morning inviting me to the Mame call backs this evening! Yippy Yi Yo Kiyay! Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me. The cast list will be posted by noon tomorrow. I'm sure this evening will prove to be another "let's discuss auditions over a cocktail" evening. I'm still sleepy from Monday. I stayed up all evening last night (surprisingly) to get a load of laundry done and give my hedges some much-needed water. They had a good soaking, so I'm hoping they will grace me with a growth spurt soon. I'm hoping for plants for my party, which is quickly approaching. Where does the time go?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Auditions And Drinks With Mozzarella On Top

A coworker just called me to ask me how to spell mozzarella. Seriously? I typed it in Word to check the spelling myself. For cryin' out loud! I have to do everything for these people! Last night I attended the big LCCT auditions for Mame. The singing part of the audition was long and painful due to a lot of people singing full songs instead of the requested 16 bars. I sang my 16 from "Anything Goes." Not too shabby. For the dance audition we got to do the Charleston. I turned to Vicki behind me and exclaimed, "I REALLY want a part in this show!" When the choreographer suggested we practice on our own for a few minutes I had to share with Betty Meeks that I have been practicing for the last 20 years. We finally got to the cold readings and I was called up several times despite the fact that there were a lot of people to audition. I'm taking that as a good sign. They are doing another round of auditions tonight, possible callbacks on Wednesday, and I guess we'll find out later this week whether I get to do back to back shows or not. I was so tired during the audition, I had to ask myself "Why?" I think this will be the opportunity of a lifetime...well, my lifetime so far, anyhow. I really want to work with this director; I think I have a lot to learn from her. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I persevered through the sleepy audition, so I figured I might as well stay out a little longer to indulge in some cocktails and rehashing of the evening's activities. We also had some work to do convincing another guy to go to auditions, so we dragged him out too. Overall, a productive evening. Boy, am I tired, though.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Whirlwind Weekend

It is over and I am more exhausted than I was at the beginning of the weekend! Friday was nice. I got to sleep in and do some shopping. Because I got some new trousers, my sister got some new trousers too! I'm sure she appreciates me finally having time to go shopping. I put together some little cast gifts and had plenty of time for hair and makeup before heading off to the theatre.

When I got there, the Holmen Branch surprised me with an excessively gigantic bouquet of roses in two shades of pink and white daisies! Beautious. Thanks guys! Saturday proved to be less productive. After a bout of drinking Friday night at a downtown tavern, I crashed at a friend's apartment and didn't get home until Saturday. Then I spent a good portion of my awake time thinking about how I didn't want to do another show and lounging on the couch watching Dream Girls. I finally got ready and dragged my ass to the theatre for round two.

A friend came to the show and we went out to Smokey's afterwards. It was my first trip to Smokey's this summer and we had a great time. Maybe a little too great. Sunday was another late start. Once awake, I perused my recipes looking for something to make that I had ingredients for in the house. I had wanted to make the grasshopper torte ice cream cake, but due to my lack of planning, I didn't have enough time for it to set before the Hot Tub party scheduled to start at 1pm. I ended up going with a package of cocktail wieners that were in my freezer and some barbecue sauce. As simple as they are, they were a big hit. I only had four left to get rid of before heading home. When I got home, I was tired! I took a nap, got up to feed Peanut, took another nap, got up to take Peanut out, finished watching a movie, and then tried to go to sleep. Why, oh why, did I get convinced to audition for Mame tonight?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Another Opening Another Show...Really

It has finally arrived. Opening night is tomorrow night. Tonight we are having a preview audience for our dress rehearsal. I did my hair for the first time last night and it was a bit of a challenge to get it done between 5:30pm when I got home and 6:30pm when I should have left for the theatre (considering I had to eat and take care of Peanut as well). I hope all goes well for the preview audience tonight.

What I'm really looking forward to is my traditional night of drinking on Opening Night Eve. Ah. It has been two days of juice and four days of not drinking. I'm super-ready! I planted the seed with my castmates and hopefully some of them will take the bait tonight and go out with me. Work is crazy busy and I'm lucky to get a vacation day tomorrow. I will defnitely need it. I'm looking forward to sleeping in, and a relaxing day before the show. Besides, it has been WORKPLACE INAPPROPRIATE day here all day long. I need to get out before my sensitive nature is effected. Can't tarnish that halo.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Crash And Burn

Is it too early in the week to feel completely defeated? I'm struggling here. At least I got my bills paid this morning. Most of them were late because I never think to pay them until the middle of the night. I have The Good Doctor program in a semi-complete state. I'm waiting for a last minute ad from our printer. I hope they realize that because I'm waiting for them, it will give them less time to get it printed. I'm working on some last minute projects for the show including a lobby display. Why do I always forget about that aspect? Did I mention I can't wait til this show is over? I think I need a vacation.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Closing Down The Catfishestival

I've made it through another Catfishestival and I'm still alive and kickin'! Saturday night, Sherman and I got our second wind, but unfortunately our other friends turned out to be No-Nap Nelsons. They slowed down the pace of drinking to sober up slightly for our shift down at the food tent. We started out down one man.....uh Jen. We tried valiantly to get a fifth body down there, but Chris refused to step up to the plate! Tim was trying to get out of it saying that he never signed anything. Rob was not looking forward to it one bit and Beth was drunk. Sherman looked concerned. When we got there, however, we found out we could drink for free while we were working. Great for me, not so great for those already close to hitting that wall...Beth. After napping on the counter for awhile, she finally went home to crash. She almost made it to the end of our shift! Rob and I deftly handled the brats and wieners...and pounded as much free beer as possible. A good time was had by all and we're signing up for next year, only on an earlier shift that has a punch-out time. We ended up finding out we had to stay until the food was all gone. Let me just say that a lot of people got great deals on food Saturday night. We had a good time hopping between the bars and the tent after our shift. We ran into a lot of classmates and even some boat people. Lots of drunkys out. A friend's relative even got a ticket for relieving herself in public and blew a .35 on the drunky scale. I'm told that is practically dead. I fared fairly well and found out I was striking. Who knew? Sunday, although interrupted by our first tech rehearsal, was mostly spent lounging on Shirley's deck, napping on her couch, and hanging out on the hill waiting for the fireworks. I was really hoping for a last dose of cheese curds before the end of the fest, but by the time I got down there, they were all gone. I had to settle for a last brat and it was delicious! I also had a few drink tickets to use up. Can't let those go to waste! So it is over and all the carnies are packing up and heading out of town. Now all I need is a weekend to recover from the weekend!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

2nd Wind?

Sherman and I have made it through half of the Catfishestival and we are looking for our second wind. We are currently recharging at the old homestead before heading back out into the afternoon for some more Catfishesting. I had a lovely afternoon at my sister's housewarming party. And apart from all of her plans blowing up before the party, everything ended up working out just fine. Chalk it up to experience. Isn't that what life is all about? Did I mention the ginormous bouquet of flowers my aunt brought to share? Ginormous. Hopefully I'll get a picture to post. So we're off to the traditional party at Jen's parent's house. Unfortunately Jen had a trip to the emergency room this morning (so I hear) due to a case of strep throat and failing kidneys. Or kidney infection. Something like that. I hope she feels better, but she's not going to be with the rest of the gang selling food tonight. *sigh* We'll miss you Jen, I'm sure. Ooooh... just got the call from Beth. All of our other friends are apparently going down for a nap. he he he.

Friday, July 13, 2007


I received an email from a friend this morning with nothing written but a hundred "Yippy!"s exclaiming the pure joy that the opening day of the big Catfishestival is finally here! I couldn't have said it better. Now I just have to make it through all the To-Do's I have for this afternoon and play practice and then I'm letting go to the flow of the festival. I finished layout of the program today according to schedule, but I still need to get it proofed, so it is travelling with to the theatre tonight so I can have as many eyes see it as possible before printing. I will be helping my sister with some pre-party prep work this afternoon. I have a whole list of things to pick up and bring over to her house. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and by sundown, we'll be prepared to face the party tomorrow with smiles on our faces, cool, calm, and collected! Is it festival time yet?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

It's The Final Countdown

It is just about one day until the big Catfishestival. Good times. Good times. All my friends are coming to town. We estimate it has been since February since we've all been together. It is way overdue. I think we should spend the whole week snuggling! I have stinky play practice on Friday night, probably until around 10pm, and then I'll hook up with my buddies under the big top. Saturday night we have a sizzling evening of selling sausages at the food tent planned (thanks to Sherman--she roped us all in!) I think it will be fantastico good times. We'll leave all sweaty and ready for snuggling! Thanks to Sherman, I will have a roof over my head for the resting times during the weekend. It is so conveniently located and the staff is super-friendly. I think my main man, Peanut, will be staying at grandma and grandpa's house so he has constant and consistent care (although I'm not sure I mentioned that to the folks yet...if you're reading SURPRISE!). Our first tech rehearsal isn't until 4pm on Sunday, so I can probably still make the parade even if I can't get bombed. That is okay; it will give me another reason to be crabby at the play come Sunday. I've got a half-day planned of work for tomorrow and then I'm going in. All I need is a pickax, a compass, and night goggles and I'll be ready for anything!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Yesterday the sales support staff took a field trip to a brat fry benefiting the 95.7 The Rock Foundation. The brats were delicious and our eyes were the new diet Pepsi MAX Invigorating Cola. This perky new beverage has upped levels of caffeine and a bonus shot of ginseng. GOOD TIMES. GOOD TIMES. GOOD TIMES. Seeing as though it is Free Food Wednesday here at the office and we had leftover brats (AND DIET PEPSI MAX) from the benefit, we had a delicious lunch (AND I HAD TWO DIET PEPSI MAX COLAS). That stuff sure is invigorating! Heck yes! I got a call from a client and had to consciously think about slowing down my speech. I wish it weren't a meeting afternoon. I'll probably be crawling out of my skin by then and/or pee my pants. Wish me luck. Until then, I'm going to get four hundred and thirty-seven projects done. Factoid from Pepsi research for their Diet Pepsi Max yawn campaign: "About one in five respondents (18 percent) has faked a yawn to get out of a conversation."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Another Opening, Another Show

Okay, it isn't the opening yet, but I didn't do too horribly on Act I last night for the first time off book (I started memorizing... oh...about... yesterday). Today I'll be working on Act II (when I remember) and hopefully will make it through rehearsal tonight. We forgot about the patron letters, so I'll be printing those today so we can get them in the mail before the show opens. I've got so many to-do's running through my head: the play, Sara's party, work, bills, housework, making food, my party... oh my goodness. I keep trying to get over one obstacle at a time!

Monday, July 9, 2007

An All-American, Star Spangled Week

I had an all-american week. Most people would call it a "bender." It was a holiday week, what can you expect? I had two doses of fireworks: one experience on the water and one from Top Shots. I volunteered down at the big Riverfestival. I sampled some of the food and beverage fare and then I sampled some more. I had an all american picnic as well as an all american baseball game including a photo op with Louis the Logger (thanks to the pure evilness that set that one up). It was a super slam bam event-filled week and I think I'm ready to shake it off and move forward.

This week began with scorching hot temperatures. Peanut appreciated a cool-down bath on Sunday night before I headed to the bar for a cool retreat. I had to ask the bartender to turn up the frostiness when I got there. Luckily by the time she kicked us all out of the bar, the temps were back down to a cooler level. That and the alcohol helped gently rock me to sleep on my last free night before letting the holiday week go.

This week will prove to be a challenge. At rehearsal, we are supposed to have lines memorized and I have still haven't really put any effort into that. I think it is a sign that I could care less. On the homefront, my family is all rallying to help the Holmen Branch with their impending housewarming/30th birthday party on Saturday. It couldn't come at a better time...during the show and all. All I have to say is that my sister should be used to having her birthday when everyone is too distracted with the play to notice. It has just been awhile since she's been around to feel the pain. We still love you and you will get through it, sweety. Heck, you may even decide, sometime in the far-off future, to have another party. Maybe for your 60th?

I'm hoping for a quiet week in preparation for the grand Catfish Days weekend.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Sunny. 72.

It is a beautiful day. Truth be told, it is hot, hot, hot outside. But my new McD's clock on my desk says 72 degrees. I had a productive evening at rehearsal last night. I designed tickets and posters for the show. Today I made a couple of tweaks here and there and printed all afternoon. Next stop will be at the printers to get the tickets cut apart and then we're all ready to open the box office! I wrote ads this morning so hopefully people will hear that we are doing a show and call for tickets. I'll be starting the program and ad designs next week. Today has been pretty boring at work. There have been about 2 to 4 of us in at any given time. I'm about ready to head down to Riverfest to help 95.7 The Rock and Classic Hits 94.7 with their Dunk Hunger Under tank to benefit the Hunger Task Force in La Crosse. After that I'll pop on over to the beer tent to help serve beer. Hopefully that won't be too hard on me! After my afternoon of fun in the sun, I need to race, race, race home to take care of my puppy and then back to Holmen for rehearsal. We are running the whole show tonight and I heard whisperings about pizza afterwards. Lucky for me they serve beer there too! A happy weekend to all and to all a good night.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Did I Mention Guitar Hero?

Here are some photo ops from a recent night of Guitar Hero at Blondy's house.Okay, this one is slightly before the Guitar Hero extravaganza.

Not really sure what to say about that.

Blondy gives you a thumbs up on your rock star Guitar Hero skills.

I look sleepy.

Smoke On The Water

Oh my goodness, I've been such a blog slacker lately! It has just been so busy at work that I haven't found a moment of peace. I'm getting stressed. It is busy here and I usually work on HCT theatre stuff during the summer that I haven't gotten around to doing this summer. I'm running out of time! Yesterday I finally got my lines recorded to help me START to memorize. Oh the humanity!

Yesterday was a lovely day with a family picnic in my backyard (the first of it's kind). Dad grilled steaks, the Holmen Branch brought potato salad and french bread, and I woke up early, with Guitar Hero songs still dancing in my head, to go to the grocery store and pick up the ingredients for my 7 Layer Salad. Oh, and mom made apple pie. How Fourth of July can you get?

Since the weather was beautiful, we all lounged around in the backyard for the afternoon. It was lovely. The evening brought a few rain showers. Only one caught me out on the Mississippi River while waiting for the fireworks to begin. It was short lived and although my pants got a little moist, it was not too shabby (oddly enough, I saw a boat name Knot Too Shabby) . I think it is the best view I've ever had of the fireworks for Riverfest. Usually I'm stuck behind a tree.

I was attacked by some large moth/beatle creature who decided to dive bomb my chest, but was able to recover after screaming like a girl for only a short period of time. The smoke on the water reminded me of Guitar Hero and luckily I heard the song on my drive home so as to purge it from my mind.


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