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Monday, September 29, 2008

Now What?

I haven't heard, but I can safely assume that the newly painted Tremplo homestead has received it's house guest with open arms. There may be more painting in my future in Trempealeau, but I would think we should let the guest get acclimated before turning the house upside down again.

So, last night getting ready for bed, I was thinking about what I could occupy my time with today. I have another job that I want to apply for, so here I am at my sister's house, using her internet for over an hour now and still have not made it to the website to apply. I am, however, all caught up on my Facebook Wordscraper. I also have graphic design work to do yet today. Bat Boy: The Musical is coming up fast for The Muse Theatre and they need posters. I have a sneaking suspicion that designing these posters is going to put me in the Halloween mood. I'm afraid to flip that switch, because after it has been flipped, it is just going to be a waiting game!

I've been feeling super nostalgic lately and I'm sure that is part of leaving half of your life behind in favor of a new one. I can say that there is a lot to look forward to in my future. Girls night will most likely be spent at Craft Beer night at Oktoberfest with a gyro in hand (god willin'). Our annual girlie weekend is going to be spent in the woods close to home this year. This year we will actually be roughing it! I can hardly wait. The bonus of being close to home will be having visitors that otherwise wouldn't be able to make the trip. I can almost smell the campfire now!

October also brings with it the changing leaves, the crisp fall air, and apple crisp...just a few of my favorite things! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Freighthouse dining experience for my birthday and can almost taste the steak and shrimp now. Finally, October also brings my favorite holiday...Halloween. I love this time of year! What a perfect time for new beginnings.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Moving On

On Sunday I left To Kill A Mockingbird behind in a blaze of glory. A few of us cast members hit the bars after strike. We decided we needed something fun to do to close out the show, so we created a Hay List--things we wanted to do before hitting the hay for the night. The list included: Finding an Alabama state quarter Finding someone who had seen the show Finding someone who knew who had written To Kill A Mockingbird Finding a black man who would allow us to call him Tom Robinson and buying him a drink Among others.... It also included rules like I had to take a drink every time I put on lip gloss (My cast mates must have noticed I have a problem) and each time someone said "hay." We also planned to hit up ten bars in our quest. I'm not quite sure if we made that goal or if we gave up. I know Top Shots was our seventh stop because Blondy told me so. After a morning to recover, I can safely say that I've moved on. This week is full of painting activities in Tremp City. Then what?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Musings

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about The Muse Theatre. My friend is starting a theatre in an old renovated church. She has been working on this for a few years, but I saw it for the first time about a week ago. There is still a lot of renovating to be done, but she is holding her first auditions tomorrow for Bat Boy: The Musical. She has asked me to do posters and programs and such for the theatre and I'm very excited to be able to get paid to do what I love to do while helping her out with her new endeavor. I see nothing but opportunities there. The mission statement is simply: To Inspire. Mission accomplished. If you're on Facebook, you can join The Muse Theatre group and be informed of upcoming auditions, shows, and general information about the theatre. I hope you will be inspired too.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pause

All of a sudden, everything happens at once. Why is that? This week I began some freelance design work for a new theatre in town. It was all stuff that had to be done right away of course. Auditions for The Muse Theatre's first show are scheduled for next Tuesday. I'm looking forward to a long career supporting the theatre.

I have also been hired to do some painting for a friend of mine. This is also a project under considerable deadline because it needs to be completed for a house guest coming at the end of the month. I wish I could get that City of La Crosse application back and change the painting experience answer from "not professionally" to "heck yes!"

Early this week I also auditioned for La Crosse Community Theatre's next show Something's Afoot. As it turns out, there are call backs tonight. Since I will be in a To Kill A Mockingbird performance, my director (who is also the next show's director) plans to pull me aside. I'm not quite sure what that means, but for some reason, I feel like I need to learn a joke.

This morning we performed To Kill A Mockingbird for area high school students. They were one of the most receptive audiences we've had yet. At that moment in the show when this group of kids actually got it and stood up, it made me proud to do what I do. We have a unique opportunity to affect people, young and old. I love live theatre.

As we prepared for our 9am show this morning in the green room, we as actors discussed the thing most people probably discussed today. The thing that most people will take a moment to pause and reflect upon today. Where were you seven years ago?

Monday, September 1, 2008

On The Road Again

Since I have some spare time, a friend convinced me to take a road trip. We had been talking about it all summer long, but we finally made our way down to Spring Green to check out Taliesen. It was well worth it. I've seen a few programs about Taliesen and Frank Lloyd Wright designs, but nothing quite compares to standing in the house and looking out at the picturesque hillside. Everything is designed so perfectly it really is quite amazing. At this point and time, they are jacking up the floor beneath the bedrooms in order to level off the house. The rooms are gutted and will be restored to Frank's original designs. I think I will have to return there in a few years to see the progress. All in all, a fabulous getaway for a day.

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