Month Long Challenge

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



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.


Mermaid Chronicles: Meet the Sisters

One of the best parts of being in this show is getting to know my cast mates and making new friends.  Although I absolutely love and adore everyone, the people I spend the most time with and are the closest to are my sisters.  They are all super special to me.  We range in ages from 19 to 32.  This doesn’t seem to matter at all.  I’ve spent time with each of them individually and they are some of the finest ladies I know.  Sydnee is the most caring person, even if she wouldn’t admit it, who gives me the best suggestions on musicals to listen to.  Anna is so incredibly sweet and I can’t wait to work with her on another show when this one is done.  Emily is such a hardworking individual, I really admire her.  Sarah has the most amazing voice and I feel like I am better at everything I do on stage just because I’m standing next to her.  My two old lady buddies Holly and Jamie have made this experience worth every second.  I love sitting around gossiping with them or getting crazy looks while we are out at whole foods.  I love sharing peanut butter pretzels and starting the cool spot in the back of the theater.  All of these girls will forever hold a special place in my heart.  I will miss them terribly after this last week of shows is done.

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Mermaid Chronicles: Under the Sea

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

Mermaid Chronicles: FEARS!!!

With the first days of rehearsal fast approaching I am starting to feel the fear creep up.  What in the world was I thinking?  Why would I ever as a chubby 29 year old think I can go run around like a Disney character?  Can you tell I’m starting to freak out?!?!

This is more of a self esteem thing I think than anything.  All I’ve gotten from the few people I’ve gotten to know at the theatre so far is super positive feedback.  That doesn’t stop me from thinking I will suddenly forget how to sing and/or dance.  It also doesn’t stop me from thinking I will forget the only 5 lines I have in the show.  It also doesn’t stop me from thinking I will botch my little solos in the Mersisters songs and say my name is Aquata instead of Atina or something.

Sunday will be the beginning of a 2 month journey that I have been waiting a very long time for.  I only hope I can rise to the occasion.  I’m hoping that I was meant to be on stage sometimes instead of just behind the scenes.  Say a little prayer for me peeps.  Cause this is getting real.