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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Break

After spending two evenings in the Annex sitting around a table for rehearsals, we will finally be on our feet tonight! The last two nights have been amazing. I haven't ever been in a show that has devoted so much time to building character. It is so refreshing, but I will be glad to get up and put some of that thought into action. I will also get a break this evening! They've decided to run rehearsals 6:30-9:30pm, which is more than a little tight for my schedule. Last night I sweated buckets trying to get ready as fast as I could in the sweltering heat of my house. Tonight they are devoting the first hour to the kids and the last hour to not me. What will I do with all this free time? Perhaps some party planning is in order.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hey...Nice Hens

On the final weekend of "The Nerd," my sister managed to catch a snapshot of my hens back stage. After the show, the hens flocked back to my place where they will take up roost in my basement. As a matter of fact, I managed to pack a whole trunk-full of props to dump at home. Sunday was strike and I packed the rest of the props and two new room divider screens into my Bug before helping my sister deep clean the make up supply and clean up the dressing rooms. Then I moved onto the stage to remove legs from the countless platforms and then haul them outside to be loaded onto trucks going back to storage. I remembered why strike is so is hotter than hell! The school usually saves money by not turning on the air conditioning and with the door open all afternoon, air probably wouldn't help anyhow. After you've gotten a slick coating of sweat all over and your clothes begin to cling, you have to crawl around on the stage and end up covered in sawdust. As the sadness washes over you, you head home for a shower.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Curtain Falls

Every show must come to an end and this is it for Holmen Community Theatre's "The Nerd." Tonight and tomorrow will be played out and on Sunday the set that takes a whole summer to build will come apart, piece by piece, in one afternoon. It is always such a sad day. All those set pieces will be used again next summer to build something completely different. I guess that is the magic of live theatre...each show is different and lives on in memory alone. I'm ready to start building new memories next week!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Jury Is In

Stephanie Crawford will be played by yours truly in the La Crosse Community Theatre production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Rehearsals start Monday! At least I won't miss any rehearsal due to the current show. Mark your calendars for performances on September 5-7, 11-14, and 18-20 at 7:30pm and September 21 at 2pm.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Here is a picture my dad took of then hens waiting patiently on the prop table. Keep in mind they are usually served on a bed of rice!

Time Will Tell

My "free" time this week is jam-packed full of activities! Last night I auditioned for To Kill A Mockingbird at La Crosse Community Theatre. There weren't as many ladies my age as ones about knee-high, so the outlook is good. However, sometimes you can do everything right and your height doesn't look good with one of the other cast members or maybe you don't have the right color hair or they need to shift ages to fit the band of actors they have. The cast list will be posted Wednesday, so time will tell.

Tonight I have plans to use up that Wine Guyz gift certificate on some wine and probably a bread basket with dipping oil. I can't get enough of that garlic parmesan. In addition, I've been betting on my Facebook Scrabulous games and so far I've won a glass of wine and a meat and cheese tray! Maybe if the mood strikes, I'll pop on over to the theatre to check out the competition on day two.

Tomorrow I have lunch plans to try out the newly added sandwich counter at the Bodega. I've heard nothing but rave reviews, so I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't been out for lunch in awhile either, so I may just take the walk up there to really enjoying the outing and then swing by the theatre for a quick peak at the cast list.

Somewhere in there I need to pick up a baby shower gift for my co-worker's baby shower on Thursday. And I suppose I should also go grocery shopping so I can make new food for this weekend's final performances of "The Nerd" before the Loggers game Thursday evening.

Did I say busy? I'm wondering if it has any chance of slowing down. I guess time will tell on that one too!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Another Opening, Another Show

Tonight is the night. Hopefully all the actors will pull out their A-games to deliver one stellar show. However, I really think the stars will be the hens. They look so tasty and yet, not so much. That clear gloss on the outside is sure to leave a bad taste in your mouth. To tell the truth, I'm really looking forward to the opening night reception. It has been one stressful week and I don't foresee any rest until Sunday's Hot Tub Party. It will be a little strange because I don't think I have any people coming to see the show or former fellow actors who used to whoop it up with me at the old American Legion in Holmen. Times change, I guess. Maybe at the next opening of another show I'll have more luck. I've decided to audition for To Kill A Mockingbird at La Crosse Community Theatre. There is only one part available for someone of my age, but I figure I might as well give it a shot. I bet it will be one hell of a show.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nice Pair Of Hens

Actually, I have two and a half nice pair of hens. The little Styrofoam eggs with carved out legs attached covered in Paperclay actually look like little birds! So far they look like uncooked birds because I still need to paint them up all golden brown. It only has to look convincing from twenty feet, right? On another time-is-running-out note, I purchased some annual housewarming party supplies yesterday. I think I still have a few more decorations to pursue, but will feel much better knowing that everything is waiting at my house. There have been parties past where I have paid almost as much in shipping costs as the goods cost just to have them delivered at the last minute. My next order of business should be to start looking for a costume. Bette Middler? Rita Hayworth? I bet they both have a nice pair of hens.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tech Week

Nothing sends a chill down a theatre gal's spine like those words. If I were in the show this year, I may be thinking, "When are they going to memorize their lines? Why aren't they off book yet?" Luckily this year I won't be standing on stage relying on others to spit those lines out correctly. This year, my biggest concern is Cornish hens.

Can I really carve Cornish hens out of foam? How long will it take? When will I have time to buy the foam and what about carving them? Maybe the sock idea is the way to go. Stuff some socks, paint 'em up golden brown and be done with it. There is also a paper mache plan, but how do I make it? Will the birds look lumpy? I have exactly four evenings to figure it out.

Last night after rehearsal, I threw myself into my work by heading out to the bar to visit Blondy. I finished off a bottle of Jack Daniels and one of Jim Beam (with the help of one other theatre-friendly fellow) just so we could have the bottles for props. Today I'm calling around looking for unmarked shopping bags. I've bypassed the retail establishments now and gone right to the source. I have an email in to Schilling Paper company and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have what I'm looking for and will be willing to donate them. This is what tech week is all about.... tying up loose ends...and probably a lot more drinking.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Life In The Theatre

It has been quite the busy week at Holmen Community Theatre Central! I have Friday off work, so I need to have the program completed and submitted by Thursday. It is still half-empty with several sponsor ads still to be created by me.

I've been working on some publicity, which I was not aware I was in charge of. Apparently I'm the only one who cares if anybody goes to this show. The ads have started on the air and I've now gotten some pictures to send off to the newspaper.

I've been emailing out the performance postcard I made and hoping that the rest of the cast is as well.

I still have a few tricky props to gather. Today I'm working on getting blue prints for a hotel. I have this to say, theatre life is always interesting. You never know what you'll be doing next!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Remodel, White, And Blue Weekend

I decked the halls with loads of red, white, and blue for my (2nd Annual) 4th of July picnic. We expanded the guest list this year to include all of my family and I think that it should be an annual tradition. Summers tend to get so busy and it isn't often that we all get together. The kids (and Cindy) had a great time decorating my driveway with sidewalk chalk as the adults relaxed in the diminishing shade of the backyard sipping blueberry lemonade sangria. Saturday, thanks to the help of my brother and brother-in-law, I got my new bathroom flooring installed! It has been sitting in the guest room closet for at least six months just waiting for the right time. I still have a lot of work to do sealing the edges, reinstalling the baseboard and new quarter-round, removing a half-inch from my closet door, and reinstalling the closet door trim. I have Friday off this week, so hopefully I can get that all done before the big Catfishestival coming up this weekend in Tremp City!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Kick Off

I kicked off Riverfest today by enjoying lunch in the food tent. I had some delicious pasta dish from Ciatti's that was way too olive oily. Then I shared a strawberry shortcake from Quillin's with a co-worker. I have to say that angel food cake and strawberries is a fine dessert, just call it what it is. There was nothing shortcakey about it! However, it is a sweet, sweet treat if you're in the market for one.

I'm working on hooking up a volunteer group from the radio station to do some beer pouring down at the festival hopefully tomorrow. I'll have to bump some other plans, but I'm sure it will be worth it. I just need to convince people to join me! Today is my last day of work for the week and then I'm off to get ready for my big Fourth of July picnic and start hunting for props for the Holmen Community Theatre show "The Nerd." I still hope to get more festing in...It is going to be a busy weekend!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shadows Of The Night

Last night Peanut and I were walking with the shadows of the night. Peanut told me to take his leash it'd be alright. We surrendered all our dreams to the lightening bugs last night so they'll come true in the end.

Last night I stayed at work until about 7:30 completing some theatre work like making tickets, performance posters, emailable show posters, bio forms, and such. Looking at my calendar, I realized we needed to start selling tickets today! And my program deadline is only about a week and a half away! Where did the summer go?

By the time I got home at eight, Peanut was a hungry boy. I threw a load of clothes in the washer, watered my shrubs and new grass, and made myself some dinner. After all that, Peanut and I headed out for a walk about 9:30. There was a damp coolness to the air and with each step we encountered little lightening bugs to light our way. Occasionally the scent of citronella and campfire wafted up to me and I inhaled deeply. It was like a second-hand meditation of fire.

The evening reminded me of the long walks around my grandparent's camp site, Pioneer Park, as the other campers tended their fires, sang songs, and roasted marshmallows. In those days, most camp sites had little bug zappers and we were walking my grandparent's puppy. When I curled up in bed last night with my current read, The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, the weight of my blanket reminded me of those pretty pink rose-patterned blankets at Pioneer Park where I spent my summer vacation every year. The only thing missing was the sound of rain on the roof.


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