30 Day Opera Challenge Day 2: Favorite Male Aria

Yeah, More Verdi!

It just makes me happy.

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Doctor, Doctor…

Just for fun…I am going to list all the docs I currently have.

Dr. K: transplant pulmonology

Dr. R: cardiology

Dr. B: dermatology

Dr. H: plastic surgery (for removing Overachieving Freckles found by Dr. B)

Dr. S: OB/GYN

Dr. O: PCP (because I have to have one. I only see him like once a year….poor guy to have to deal with all the paper that gets sent to him for my file)

Dr. T: Eyes

Dr. H 2: Dentist

Dr. R (another one): Endocrinology

Random surgeons, for whatever. 🙂

Used to have a neurologist, too. Then I stopped having seizures and we got to x him off.

Basically, people like me keep the health care system busy. 🙂 heh.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook–June 27, 2011

Outside my window…it is breezy, sunny and warm. Swimming may be in my future tonight.

I am thinking…that I am glad I have tonight off for rehearsal, because it’s full steam ahead tomorrow until show opens (we do get the Fourth off, however). This is the fun part—but also the sleep-deprived part. 🙂

I am thankful for…my parents.

From the kitchen…stirfry later this week, pasta (because when we start run throughs, carbs are my friend), stuffed peppers.

I am wearing…an asymmetrical hemline skirt from J. Jill; a dark pink camisole top, also from J.Jill

I am creating…I have an idea for another short story. I also submitted an essay to the Real Simple essay contest last week. Fingers crossed.

I am readingP&P. Also thinking about starting The Forgotten Garden—I have a preview on my Nook that I need to check out.

I am hoping…for great, fantastic, wonderful rehearsals.

In the CD player…Rag-Time. Nothing else. :)(Well, OK, a bit of Love Never Dies for variety)

Around the House…winnowing of the bookshelves and DVDs for moving…packing….

A few of my favorite things…good movies and music; swimming

A few plans for the rest of the week…uh, rehearsal. T: Act I. W: Act II. Th.: Act I. Friday: Act II. Saturday: Tech Week Begins. Sunday: Music Tech.

Weekend Rewind XII

Friday: Dinner w/ the parental units. Re-read The English Patient, watched a bit of Inception (before the Blu-Ray player started being silly and I took that as a cue to go to bed.)Also! Went to look at townhouses and found one I like, so that’s a plus.

Saturday: Rehearsal—costume notes, running some music, running blocking for “Til We Reach That Day” and the Opening sequence. Now that the scaffolding’s up, the blocking gets tweaked to fit the space and now we actually have a scaffolding to climb. 🙂 Parents came to see townhouse and we discussed moving logistics, etc. Also went to a graduation party for a friend of the family’s (and mine—I love this family) and had some yummy Chinese food. 🙂

Came home, watched the rest of Inception.

And the Pirates won. 🙂

Sunday: Mass (Corpus Christi), then rehearsal—blocking “Look What You’ve Done”, and running “Crime of the Century” to review blocking/choreography.  Dinner with parents and then back home for a swim (yay! Pool!), and watching Tangled.

(And if you’re coming to see the show…here’s a list of numbers I’m in, in case you’re curious. These all entail singing, not just standing around on stage.

ACT I

Opening (Ragtime)

Crime of the Century

Ellis Island Sequence/Success

The Night That Goldman Spoke At Union Square

Lawrence, Mass. Sequence

‘Til We Reach That Day (Act I finale)


ACT II

Coalhouse Demands (Act II opener)

Back to Before (Actually, I’m offstage,oohing. Lovely. :-D)

Look What You’ve Done

Epilogue/Finale—“Wheels of a Dream”

Just an FYI if you’re a family member (ahem, Dad) and want to know how much you have to pay attention to. :-P)

Rules for Actors

I’m not satisfied with just linking (below). I’m gonna give you the whole thing. Avec comments. 🙂

Foreword to the Code
“A part of the great tradition of the theatre is the code of ethics which belong to every worker in the theatre. This code is not a superstition, nor a dogma, nor a ritual which is enforced by tribunals; it is an attitude toward your vocation, your fellow workers, your audiences and yourself. It is a kind of self-discipline which does not rob you of your invaluable individualism.
“Those of you who have been in show business know the full connotation of these precepts. Those of you who are new to show business will soon learn. The Circle Players, since its founding in 1945, has always striven to stand for the finest in theatre, and it will continue to do so. Therefore, it is with the sincere purpose of continued dedication to the great traditions of the theatre that these items are here presented.”

The “rules” follow:

1. I shall never miss a performance.
2. I shall play every performance with energy, enthusiasm and to the best of my ability regardless of size of audience, personal illness, bad weather, accident, or even death in my family. (I would just like to say I’ve done a performance with a HR of like 170. No excuses people! :-P)
3. I shall forego all social activities which interfere with rehearsals or any other scheduled work at the theatre, and I shall always be on time. (That means: YOU CANNOT TAKE YOUR VACAY DURING TECH WEEK)
4. I shall never make a curtain late by my failure to be ready on time.
5. I shall never miss an entrance.
6. I shall never leave the theatre building or the stage area until I have completed my performance, unless I am specifically excused by the stage manager; curtain calls are a part of the show.
7. I shall not let the comments of friends, relatives or critics change any phase of my work without proper consultation; I shall not change lines, business, lights, properties, settings or costumes or any phase of the production without consultation with and permission of my director or producer or their agents, and I shall inform all people concerned.
8. I shall forego the gratification of my ego for the demands of the play.
9. I shall remember my business is to create illusion; therefore, I shall not break the illusion by appearing in costume and makeup off-stage or outside the theatre. (even if people want to see your awesome costume.)
10. I shall accept my director’s and producer’s advice and counsel in the spirit in which it is given, for they can see the production as a whole and my work from the front.
11. I shall never “put on an act” while viewing other artists’ work as a member of an audience, nor shall I make caustic criticism from jealousy or for the sake of being smart.
12. I shall respect the play and the playwright and, remembering that “a work of art is not a work of art until it is finished,” I shall not condemn a play while it is in rehearsal.
13. I shall not spread rumor or gossip which is malicious and tends to reflect discredit on my show, the theatre, or any personnel connected with them-either to people inside or outside the group.
14. Since I respect the theatre in which I work, I shall do my best to keep it looking clean, orderly and attractive regardless of whether I am specifically assigned to such work or not.
15. I shall handle stage properties and costumes with care for I know they are part of the tools of my trade and are a vital part of the physical production. (AKA: Do not mess with the props. :-P)
16. I shall follow rules of courtesy, deportment and common decency applicable in all walks of life (and especially in a business in close contact with the public) when I am in the theatre, and I shall observe the rules and regulations of any specific theatre where I work.
17. I shall never lose my enthusiasm for theatre because of disappointments. (AMEN!)
In addition, the document continued:
“I understand that membership in the Circle Theatre entitles me to the privilege of working, when I am so assigned, in any of the phases of a production, including: props, lights, sound, construction, house management, box office, publicity and stage managing-as well as acting. I realize it is possible I may not be cast in a part for many months, but I will not allow this to dampen my enthusiasm or desire to work, since I realize without my willingness to do all other phases of theatre work, there would be no theatre for me to act in.”

Theater is awesome. I love it. And a lot of you reading this probably do, too. And like anything awesome, there are rules. So live and learn and love them, if you don’t already! Theater is a group effort!