Oliver! Oliver!

So I had auditions for summer theater with the Hilliard Arts Council today for their production of Oliver!

The first show I did with them was Jekyll and Hyde, back in the summer of 2008 (I was a Red Rat Girl/Chorus member). J&H is one of my favorite shows, and getting to be in it was a fantastic experience. I missed last year’s show due to a lot of budget work at the Statehouse, but this year I was excited to audition.

I sang It’s a Fine Life—one of Nancy’s songs from Act I (The HAC folk don’t mind if you sing a song from the show.). I couldn’t really tell how it went—with the CI, what I hear is not always what other people hear. But I also read for Nancy with the man cast as Fagin (Phillip Wilson, a retired drama teacher from Ft. Hayes high school—he was GREAT!), and one of the men who wanted to read for Sykes. I really had fun with the reading and thought it went well.

After I sang and read, I got to leave—so I was done after about 45 minutes. I asked the Assistant Director when the cast would be posted—he said either tonight or tomorrow.

The cast list went out around 10 tonight—and I’m in the chorus! I’m excited about this because it will be a great cast. The first rehearsal is on Wednesday at Hilliard Davidson, where some of the smaller parts will be assigned.

The cast looks great—a lot of my friends from Jekyll and Hyde are in it with me—and I’m looking forward to working with the kids and learning a new show!

Here’s the info:

The Hilliard Arts Council presents Oliver! at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road, July 9-11. July 9 and 10 at 8:00 pm, and July 11 at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Kids 10 and under get in for $5!!!!

For more info, go to their website.

My first experience with “The Beautiful Game”

Just got back from the Crew/Galaxy game, which I attended w/ Bryan and his friend (our friend?) Dustin. First we went to dinner at Uno’s, then headed for Crew Stadium by the state fairgrounds.

The Crew lost, 2-0, but I still had a lot of fun. My oberservations:

  • It really is “a beautiful game”—the flow is incredible. It’s a lot like hockey in the ebb and flow and pacing. Playing for 90 minutes, without time-outs and very limited substitutions, is fascinating to watch.
  • Some guys played the entire 90+ minutes. Wow. That’s some skill right there. 
  • The refs seemed—odd. There’s one right on the field, often in the thick of the game. I wonder if anyone ever passes to him by mistake? The others run around on the sidelines and wave their yellow and red flags.
  • There are very, very few penalties in soccer. If this had been a hockey there would’ve been about 20 power plays. That was very new to me. But I guess it’s all about the continuity.
  • The Crew did score, but the goal didn’t count. Huh? I’m still not sure how that happened. Maybe the paper tomorrow will explain it? Either the ball goes in, or it…doesn’t. Right? What am I missing?
  • The crowd was great—pretty full, and I loved the clubs on the northeast end. They were awesome! Flags, colored smoke, songs…great, great fun.
  • One caveat—the Crew sets off LOUD fireworks and canons (or at least it sure sounded like a canon) when the team is being introduced. If you’ve got little kids, cover their ears! And if they don’t like loud noises, don’t bring them. There was a girl about 2 years old in front of us, and her parents only kept her there about 15 minutes because the fireworks scared her so much.
  • There were only two things I didn’t like: The fact that the ‘extra’ minutes weren’t on the scoreboard, so they just kept playing until a whistle blew (I like to know how much time is left), and the rally horns or game horns or whatever, that kids had. They were about $5 and sounded like a cross between bad alpine horns and Chewbacca. And they. were. LOUD. After about 30 minutes it got really, really old. Not something I can see any sane parent buying their children, unless it gets pitched post-game.

So, I enjoyed it, and I’d like to go again. The weather was perfect, and I too some pics that will be up tomorrow.

New experiences

Tonight I am doing something new—I am going to my first professional soccer game.

I don’t really understand soccer. I don’t understand the flags, the cards, the penalties. I don’t understand why the clock runs up, instead of down.

But tonight, I will try to understand. I’m going to the Columbus Crew v. LA Galaxy game with my brother and one of his friends. My brother enjoys Crew games. And maybe if I’m at a game, I’ll understand it better than when I watch it on Pub TV at Fado’s.

Game starts at 7:30 at Crew Stadium (north end of town). I will give a report post-game.