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Opening night

Friday, December 03, 2010

I am in a play at the local community theatre. Tonight was opening night. We had 60 people or so watching us. They seemed to laugh at the right moments and seemed to really enjoy the play. I heard a person commenting that they liked the character (Bumble from Rudolph for you Christmas classic fans) that I help to move out on stage. He looks like a white polar bear.
I managed to say my line without a boo-boo! I was so happy when I did that. I think this may be a sign/hint that I can do a good job interview if I practice it like I did for the play. I used to be too uncomfortable to practice a job interview. I suspect that this play experience may help me to get better at role playing job interviews to learn how to blow away job interviewer. I was so giddy when I left the theatre this evening.
I think that may be enough gushing for one day. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 12/6/2010 10:07AM

    Bumble - What fun! I was a career consultant for a few years and we did mock interviews to prepare people for real interviews. Practice really helps!

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work rant and play stuff

Friday, December 03, 2010

i had a few customers who really annoyed me today. One was complaining about having trouble entering her PIN for debit, then complained about me not being able to find an ink pin to sign when she agreed to do credit instead of fussing with the computer. Then a customer behind her started to complain about her holding up the line complaining. She seemed to try to pick a fight with him until I called a second checker. I am guessing that she was having a very bad day. The lady with her just let her go and checked out with little comment of her own. She complained to my supervisor that she can't ever get through the line at my store without the cashier having an issue. It was the weirdest thing. I hope she has a better day tomorrow.
I blew my line last night at the play (preview night). I hope I don't blow it tonight (Opening night). I mean these people actually paid to watch us! Some of us are really good but I am a rank amateur. This is my first time of doing anything like this. I find it fun but I couldn't believe that I crashed and burned on a single sentence line.


reearsal whine

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Rehearsal was rather bad yesterday. A lot of the kids didn't make their entrance on a scene due to the volume level in the room that they are assigned to. They had a five minute intermission and failed to be back for the start of the next Act (or second section of the play). It felt weird to be trying to sing Carol of the Bells with half the cast not there. Also one person jumped some lines. So we missed one of the most memorable lines from the story: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I was like something was wrong. I couldn't put my finger on it until the lady who jumped the line mentioned jumping a line. So, I read the lines and found it. We cracked up laughing.
I think we are suffering from a severe case of boredom. "Do I have to do this again?"
I suspect that having an audience will get us back to how we were performing it in the past two or three run throughs.


Almost time for an audience

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I am finding rehearsal boring now. I am having to find little challenges like smile when I say my introduction and try to look more natural to keep my focus. I had fun trying to make my face reflect the emotions of the story during the Grinch scene last night too. I like when I get bored in rehearsals because it means that I have done it enough to be able to do it when very nervous.
We have a scene where a big polar bear like thing dances. I think the audience will crack up when they see that one. I love the idea of helping to make people laugh. I work a cash register at work and love to make my customers laugh. I think of anything more fun than making someone laugh and enjoy themselves. I think I am going to want to kiss everyone for giving me the pleasure of getting to help make people laugh. I kind of wish the guy who made the bumble could take a bow after the scene of him dancing. He made such a cute creature!
Tomorrow, we will have preview night. We will have an audience of our family, friends etc to perform in front of. I can't wait to hear them laughing with us. I wonder if I will need to hide in the dressing room to do a happy dance. emoticon

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JIVEGRANDMA 12/1/2010 3:12PM

    Good Luck with your preview night. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun.

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Play practice

Friday, November 26, 2010

I am off from rehearsals for four days. Preview night is December 2nd and opening night is December 3rd. I made a tape of me singing the songs in the play. Since I can't read music, I sang with a recording that had music and singing. I am listening to my recording now. I might let you know what I think of it in a little bit....
Silent night: naselly if that is a word. I seem to be matching the singer. I think this would sound nicer if I could hit a slightly higher note with less nasel sound.
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch: I don't need to sing this one much and the version that I found on-line doesn't match our play version. We must have cut some of it. I stick out in this song but I feel comfortable in the rehearsals with everyone else singing.
Carol of the Bells: AAAAA! I have trouble keeping up with the singing and can't always hear the Soprano section singing from where I am standing on stage. I can sing through all of the parts that the whole group sings if I try really hard. If you can't guess, I fell behind on the tape and keep jumping in too soon for the final dong. I lose the melody on the "ding, ding,dong, dong that is there song" part. Why is that song so freaking fast? How does one sing at a high note and sing fast at the same time? I tend to run out of wind faster when I hit higher notes. It takes more air to produce the sound. Grrr.
My one line: I sound naselly but it sounds okay to me. i can hear my voice go up and down. So, it doesn't sound monotone or bored to me. I am concerned that I am having trouble smiling while saying the line or looking somewhat natural at that time. I think I probably looked as stiff as a board when I said it last time in rehearsals.


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