For today’s challenge I am taking a topic from the Disney list. It asks to pick your favorite character. I don’t think its as easy as that. I love all things Disney but that’s not why I think this is hard. I love to watch Disney movies because they are easy and happy and take you to a world outside of your everyday life. Sometimes you just have a sucky day. Those are the days that you just need a little fluff. While enjoying those fluff movies you start to relate to those characters. So instead of just picking one that is close to my heart I will categorize a little. Side Note: Everyone knows Ariel is my favorite. Forever and Always. But I wanted to talk about something different than just my fav mermaid.
First on my list is my favorite sidekick, Ray. As someone from Louisiana I love the Princess and the Frog. I love that it is so familiar and so true to my real life story that it makes me want to watch it over and over again. Even though I think Tiana is a great princess my favorite character from the movie is the ever positive lovable lighting bug. He’s a problem solver. He’s a good listener. He’s a great friend. He reminds me of so many people I know who would take the shirt off of the their back to give to someone else. The love and sacrifice he shows to the others characters makes him one of my all time favorites.
Next on my list is my favorite Pixar character, Wall-E. This is a character that doesn’t even really talk but I love him. Wall-E shows you how to love. You don’t have to say it. You can show it. He protects Eve from the rain, he sings for her, and he puts himself in harms way for her. Its not even a romantic thing when it comes to Wall-E. For a tiny garbage robot he sure shows you how you should behave as a human.
Lastly its my favorite underrated character. POWERLINE. I personally think that the Goofy Movie is one of the best things Disney has done. Powerline doesn’t have to have some crazy great story line because he has the voice. Sure there are great songs in the Disney cannon that are classic but if I want to jam out this is legit my go to. My husband rolls his eyes and laughs every time this comes on in the car. Powerline is my jam.
I will be the first to admit that I have been the worst blogger ever created as of late. I had the best time blogging last summer while I was doing Little Mermaid and for some reason life happened and I just couldn’t push myself to blog. I’ve tried to get back into the swing of the things. I’ve created over 50 draft titles but every time I look at them I don’t feel inspired. Since I like to use this as a stress relief I didn’t want to invest time in it if my heart wasn’t there. So instead I have found some challenges of things that my heart loves…movies, music and Disney. I have decided to get myself excited about writing again I am going to combine 3 challenges to make me happy to post again.
So here we go Day 1.
Movie Challenge: Last Movie You Watched
The last movie I watched was Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. I waited to watch this one until it came out on DVD because I just wasn’t sure if I was going to like. I love the world of Harry Potter so much and after reading the Cursed Child and being a little disappointed I didn’t want that feeling with this too. Luckily I didn’t feel that disappointment when I finished this movie. I thought the acting was amazing especially Eddy Redmayne. It still felt like the Harry Potter world but it has its own character to it. I like the era its set in. I loved the fashion of the time period. I love the New York characters. I wish they would have ventured into the magic a little more but with several sequels coming out I think they can do that. I give this one 4 stars!
Music Challenge: A Song From Your Childhood
If you are going to have me pick a song from my childhood it has to be something from a show I loved as a child. When I was little there was a show called Sharon, Lois and Bramm. I can not tell you anything about them except that they sang a song with and elephant. They finished every show with the same song and it had little hand motions that went along with it. If I hear this it automatically takes me back to sitting in the living room at my Mawmaws with no pants hamming it up.
Check out the video of the song and see if you remember too!
Disney Challenge: Favorite Movie
There can be no question what my favorite Disney movie is. Nothing will ever compare to the love I have for Ariel. I dreamed of being a mermaid. I cried when I got to play one on stage. I still think Prince Eric is the most handsome cartoon there ever was. I still wish that Terry had proposed to me with Kiss the Girl playing in the background. For me there is literally nothing better.
Now that I’ve had time to process that this amazing adventure is officially over its time to close out this chapter of blogging. I’ve learned so many things from this experience. Some of the things I will carry with me are:
- Get a good dresser! If you have multiple quick changes in a show a good dresser is the key to your success. Ms Marie was AMAZING! Especially when the two of us teamed up with Sydnee to get things accomplished I was not stressing about if I could get to places on time.
- Wearing jazz shoes for 3 months will kill your feet, your back, and your ankles. They are basically walking barefoot with a small piece of leather between you and the ground and a heel that digs into your foot. So make sure to ice those ankles and wear supportive shoes when you can.
- Being silly can make even the worst day better. A good game of heads up in the green room, a funny costume or wig swap or even just a good snapchat photo session can pick up the mood among the cast.
- There is gonna be a little bit of drama but that’s ok. Sometime a diva moment will happen. Sometimes cast mates will butt heads. Sometimes you wanna throw something when you can’t find your eyelash glue. But it will all be ok. We would not be in theater business if we didn’t like a little drama.
- Be prepared! Think of every single possible thing you would need and add it to your bag. I was thankful for the many articles and pin boards I read before setting up my dressing room. I had scissors, meds, clear nail polish, extra bobby pins, q-tips and so many other things that were helpful to not just me but my friends around me.
Most importantly take the time to get to know people you are working with. These are your people. You all are there for the same reason…you love theater! Why else would you subject yourself to months of rehearsal and no social life. Its for the joy you get to see on a tiny child’s face when they meet a mermaid. Its for the 6 part harmony that can bring an audience to its feet. Its for the high fives after nailing a really hard dance. These people are there for you. They share your struggle and there is so much to learn from them. Nothing is more fun than a room full of girls ranging in ages from middle schoolers to seasoned pros all singing Whitney Houston in harmony. I love those people!
I will be starting a new theater adventure in a few weeks therefore I will be starting a new series of blogs but I do have to say how very special this has been.
Some days you just need some words of encouragement. I’m not sure if its a desire to be young again or if I’m young at heart but I tend to relate to things geared towards children more so than the seriousness of adult things. For example I love children’s literature. It doesn’t matter if its a classic book like the Wizard of Oz or if its young adult novels like the Hunger Games. A character and story I have always loved is Winnie the Pooh. No matter what he can always make me feel better. It doesn’t matter if its reading the books, watching the movies or finding his words of advice. Today I could use some of that positive Pooh thinking so I thought I’d share some of his wisdom with you.
When I finished high school I won a leadership trip to Washington DC for two weeks. While we were there we took the Myers Briggs personality test. When I was 18 years old I was an INFJ. 11 years later and after taking the quiz again I am still and INFJ. Take the test here.
You can be a combination of the following when taking the test.
Its a little weird but my personality seems to fit my letters to a T.
While sitting in the green room during shows we some how stumbled upon the topic of the test. It was interesting to see how others test results compared to my own. I was not surprised to find that I was one of the only introverts in the room. I would imagine that most introverts aren’t very interested in being on the stage.
Because we are in a Disney themed show we are all of course Disney obsessed. Somehow the test came up in conversation mixed with Disney characters. We have spent several shows googling and pinteresting Disney characters that match our personality. It is great fun. You can look up more than just Disney characters. While having discussions in my office we’ve found matching characters for Grey’s Anatomy, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games. Disney is my favorite though. According to most things I seem to have the personality of Pocahontas and I’m cool with that.
If you are looking for something to do with co-workers to learn who to work best as a team this test is definitely the way to go. Its interesting for sure.
We have finally made it to the home stretch of rehearsals. All that is left is dress rehearsals and a preview and then its opening night! Before all this can happen though there is the crazy of tech.
Saturday was a very long day of basically doing nothing…well at least for me. The tech crew however was working like crazy people to get through hugely technical show. There are tons of scene changes from a giant ship in the water to scuttle and his birds on their perch. Then there is the underwater kingdom and the one on land. There are giant chairs and shells and beds moving around in the wings and backstage. Its craziness!
Sunday though definitely took up for the sitting and waiting on Saturday. We saw a lot of our costumes for the first times. We had costume malfunctions and re fittings. We tried out makeup for the first time. We tried on wigs for the first time. We had so many things thrown at us and the dressing room is only so big. I’ve also got some crazy quick changes going on. Did I mention that my dressing room is upstairs? Yea so running off stage in big poofy dresses and heels made for an interesting night. If I don’t lose 20 pounds doing this show I would be surprised.
We were supposed to end the evening at 10pm. Then it was 11pm. Then it was lets just power through until we are done. We stopped a little after midnight. We weren’t able to get through the whole show.And I learned nothing is more defeating than running up stairs to do a quick change and finding out that we are stopping for the night after killing yourself to get said quick change done. All that said though I’m having the time of my life. It was my birthday and everyone sang for me and sweet Lauren brought me a birthday gift and balloons. This experience is more than just putting on a show. This is making bonds with so many amazing people that I’m so incredibly grateful for. Hopefully the rest of the week runs smoothly. And hopefully I can find some time to sleep before opening night.
I haven’t been able to post lately because my life has pretty much been consumed by Mermaid. This is not a bad thing….its just a tiring thing. The show opened last week but before you can open there is tech. Otherwise know as hell with better lighting.
So much crazy happens within a few days time. Sets are painted and moved. Some new prop is added everyday. For our preview night poor Ariel didn’t even have thingamabobs to sing about. Costumes were changed and added to. I personally went through a round of wig combinations before we figured out what worked. Plus adding the insane technical elements to this show proved to be a bit overwhelming. There are rows of bubbles flying in and out, giant boats moving backstage and people flying through the air you have to look out for.
As the week progressed we got to preview night with all of our friends and family. There was so much love in the room. Even if the show wasn’t perfect, for them it was. I got really emotional at the end of the show. It was a dream come true finally. I had made it onto the stage at Theater Baton Rouge after years of trying. Its not Broadway but for me its basically the same. I have tried very hard to find my place in this world. I thought I had found it and then got knocked down by life and had to try again. Finding myself in this place with these people has been an experience that words just can not describe. I have never been surrounded by so much love and support. It really does something to be surrounded by positive energy.
So far we have done 6 shows, some harder to do than others but all amazing. I’ve learned quickly that a good audience can mean the difference between an good night and a bad one. I’ve also learned to get out of the tech crews way or they will run you over. It also really stinks to not be able to talk at all backstage when all of the mics are hot. All in all though I wouldn’t have it any other way. The original run of the show is SOLD OUT. There has also been an extension added that is selling pretty fast too! I’m so happy to live the mermaid life and can’t wait to see what else is in store.
I’ve been sort of down since we had to put down my poor puppy a few weeks ago so I haven’t really felt much like blogging. I did remind myself today though that I use this as a positive outlet. So since its been a very long week full or rehearsal and walking pneumonia, I thought this might cheer me up.
We are officially off book! We are doing run throughs of acts and last night we did the whole show. Today we get to have designer run through which I am excited about. I’ve been trying very hard to raise my confidence and skills because let me tell you I’ve got some seriously talented sisters. They make me want to do better and try harder. So tonight when some new faces are in the audience I’m hoping I get a laugh or two which will make me feel a little better.
I’ve learned new things being at a bigger theater. For one I didn’t realize that turn table rehearsal was so important. Seriously. I had never walked on the stage at TBR until this summer and I didn’t even realize there was a turntable there. Its been an interesting experience riding along waiting for cues and lines. Its also been an adjustment moving from the much smaller social room to the stage. Its more room and you have to know what lane you are in and you have to know where the wings cover up things. Try doing that and remembering you lines and notes and dance moves on a Wednesday night when you have barely slept all week, are sick and haven’t eaten all day. But the amazing thing about it all is I don’t care. I’m excited to go to the theater every single day. I may be sleepy or hungry but I will never complain about this experience. This has been my dream for so long. I am savoring it all.
I am especially loving the time I get to spend with my other cast members. I am usually a very introverted person but everyone is so kind and welcoming you can’t be like that. I love laughing with my mersisters. I love talking to the youngins about silly things. I love being clueless about notes with my alto buddies. I love talking drag race with my guys. This has been everything I’ve dreamed of and more and we aren’t even to the good part yet.
So if you are in the Baton Rouge area in June come and see us! You can get your tickets here: http://theatrebr.org/disneys-mermaid.html
And take a look at these amazing cast mates of mine.
Sunday night was a choreography rehearsal. I am not in the big dance crew so I wasn’t called until later. When I walked into the studio the ensemble members were all over the floor looking completely exhausted. I thought to myself if that’s what we are in for I’m about to be in trouble. Since I was early I worked with some of my Mersisters on our dance while the others finished up.
Finally it was our turn to join the group. The Mersisters are jellyfish in this number. We had a good time pretending like our jellyfish were doing a Mardi Gras Second Line since they are on some sort of stick we pretended to hold the whole time. I was happy that I got a little featured jellyfish part with another one of my sisters. I don’t feel confident in my acting but dancing I got so I’m glad I’m able to show that. The music is just as fun as the movie version but better because its longer with a long dance break. I was in awe of my fellow cast mates and how they learned so much in such a short period of time. This for sure is a high energy number. I left feeling like I had taken a Zumba class and my sore muscles this morning are proving that it basically was one.
We are just starting on week 3 of rehearsals and we are already done with the first act! Its insane to me how much faster community theater can move as opposed to my high school experience. There is no way on this earth we would have finished a 5 minute song in a 3 hour rehearsal with very little break time. They would have boycotted the show lol. That being said I’m so glad to be spending my evenings with such talented people. I can’t wait to watch the first act run through so I can see what everyone else has been doing in rehearsal. Hopefully I don’t forget my 3 lines. I feel like its almost harder to remember those than to learn 30 lines.
I can’t wait for everyone to be able to see the hard work we are putting into this production. Until then here is a video of the Broadway version to get you excited! Show starts in 1 month and 8 days!!!
Watch Under the Sea with this link