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I can do this…for life March 29, 2009

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Today was a great day! 

I was able to sleep in a bit and then grab a large cup of coffee and finish my paper. It was a very productive morning. It began to rain around lunch time, which put a bit of a damper on things. However, it was ok because I headed over to the high school with two of my good guy friends to see our friend Courtney as Belle in Beauty and The Beast!

Courtney was amazing! The show was great for a high school production. The set and costumes were unbelievable. I really enjoyed the show. The best part about the show was the kids. There were a ton of little princesses in the audience. They were dressed from head to toe or just wearing crowns. It was really sweet. They were cheering and clapping. Sure it was a little annoying but it was cute. Perhaps I was able to deal with it because of my time in Disney. Over all, it was a nice sunday afternoon.

I realized something as I was watching the show. Something that I think is really important. I love to perform. I love the idea of making an audience feel something when they watch actors on stage. I know that in someway, I need to work or be involved in theater after I leave school. I think it would be awesome to work as a drama teacher in a high school or work with community theater. However, I need to do it. It’s a huge part of my life! I don’t know who I would be or what I would be without theater.

So that’s how I know. I can do this. I can do theater….for life.

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Reflections On Rainbow Fish March 22, 2009

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If you follow me on Twitter, are friends with me on Facebook, or are just a close friend, you know that I have been working hard on the Penn State Thespians’ Children Show: Rainbow Fish. It was the first time I was ever a lead role in a show. I had a lot of responsibility.

How I came to be Rainbow Fish is a funny story. I told it to the cast for the first time today at Ceremonies (our celebration at the end of a show run which happens in both Main Stage and Children’s Show). When I audition for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Thespians Main Stage Spring Musical, I thought I banked it. My singing audition was so-so but I hit every move in the dancing audition. I was extremely disappointed when I was not on the cast list. I would have loved for this to be my senior show. Sometimes I feel invisible in this group and it’s frustrating. Children’s Show auditions were the following Monday night and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do the show.

Upon talking to my friend and I realized how badly I wanted to perform this semester. Jokingly I said, “I’m going to walk into that audition and come out with Rainbow Fish.” I went to the audition and I did my best and more but still wasn’t expecting much. You sort of get that way after a few auditions where the casts end up the same as the show before.

You can imagine my surprise when I received an email from the stage manager with the cast. Surly this meant that I received a small role. Low and behold my name was on the top of the list right next to Rainbow Fish. I was shocked and very very excited. For the past month I have been rehearsing every day with an amazing cast and a great crew to make one beautiful Children’s show! This past week we had a performance on Thursday and two performances today. The gang did a great job! The show was a hit! The kids LOVED it!

For this to be my last show, I can honestly say, I am going out with a bang. This was the perfect way to end my 4 years with the Penn State Thespians. It has been a blast.  However, the process as a whole wasn’t easy. Whenever you perform you are going to run into problems with either your cast or your crew. The crew was amazing and, for the most part, the cast was too. There were people who were very hard to work with. People I disagreed with on many levels and who’s attitude I simply disagree with. When you commit to a show, you commit to every rehearsal, you commit to your cast and to your crew. It makes it very hard to rehearse when you are the only fish at rehearsal. Now there was never a time where I was the only fish, and I understand people have exams and other things, but I was on stage the whole show and never was able to do work at rehearsal. My work load piled up and I was stressed, but I showed up to every single rehearsal and stayed as long as was asked of me, with the exception of once, when I had a presentation to give and we stopped 5 minutes early. I don’t understand why people don’t respect Children’s Theater.

I can tell you that being able to perform for kids is the best thing in the entire world. You get to see their eyes grow wide, their smiles touch their ears, hear them giggle, and watch them as you simply blow their minds. Everything you are doing amazes them, or most of them. They really believe in what you are doing on stage. They believe that you are that character. It’s AMAZING! It’s a true form of theater. It’s so rare and so pure. The great thing about Children’s Show is that you have the ability to be so creative. You have the opportunity to act and think like a child again. Because in order to reach children, you have to be a child at heart. You need to believe in everything and let your inner child shine through. It’s a freeing opportunity. 

So for those of you interested in Children’s Theater or theater in general, remember the reason why you are preforming. Are you really going to be dedicated to the show or are you doing it just to do something? Do you really believe in what you are performing? It’s worth examining.

 

What Are You Doing? March 17, 2009

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Youth Reaching Out.

I was inspired today. I am usually inspired by at least one thing each day but I was seriously drawn and I had to write about this. I guess when you do it as a part of everyday life, you don’t notice how big of a difference it is making. So it hit me today, kids today have some wonderful role models.

Did You Know:

~One in every 330 Americans will develop cancer by the age of 20. On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

~ 963 million people across the world are hungry.

~ Every year, between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats enter US Shelters.

There are countless statistics the show how this world is in need.

Did you know:

You can help?

Every year since I have been at Penn State University and for every year following I will participate in and donate to, THON. THON is a 46 hour dance marathon for children with pediatric cancer and the search for a cure. STudents work hard year round to make sure that this event goes off without a hitch and that we do as much as we can to help take the pain of a sick child away for just a few days. To learn more go to: http://www.THON.org

Since I was a sophomore in High School I have been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you think something as small as sharing your life with someone will not make a difference, you are VERY wrong. I have watched kids grow so much and see how they can be amazing people even if they come from less amazing backgrounds. 1 hour a week can make a difference. Check them out at: http://www.bbbs.org

What inspired me to write this today is a video that Selena Gomez put on her You Tube page. J.T. Austin and her traveled to Puerto Rico because they had found out about an island where tons of dogs were being left basically to die. You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u3zsBZ5sv4&feature=channel_page

You can also visit the website Islanddog.org to learn more about the Island, and how you can help or adopt a dog.

The Jonas Brothers have their website , Change For Children, (www.Changeforchildren.org) which offers others to donate to one of four causes the Brothers have chosen. One cause the Brothers strongly support is the cause for Juvenile Diabetes. This stems from Nick Jonas’ personal relationship to the disease. 

There are countless numbers of way to donate and to make a difference in the world around you. If you are a student, look up different organizations at your school. You may find that there are clubs like ProLife Club, S.A.D.D, Community Service Teams, and others. Better yet, grab a group of friends and join or create a group together.

If you are an adult, ask your company if they are part of any organizations or charities that you can be involved with.  If they aren’t involved in anything, ask if you can head something up.

When I look back on my life, I realize how lucky I have been to live the life I have lived. I love sharing my life with those around me. I love being able to make a difference in the lives of others, even if it is handing over old clothes to the Salvation Army or putting leftovers into an aluminum try and taking it to a homeless shelter. There is SO MUCH we can do! 

When I look at young people today like Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, and countless others who have taken their money and given it away or taken time out of their lives to do something that will make a difference, I think what good role models kids have today. 

My message to you. DO SOMETHING! No matter how small, you have the power to make a difference.  So what are you waiting for?!? Take that old sweater that has been collecting dust in your closet and head over to the Salvation Army, someone is bound to make good use of it!

 

Am I Marketable? March 13, 2009

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I’m not going to lie:

As my college graduation nears in this dreadful economy I often ask myself if I will be able to find a job upon graduation. I seem to have a good resume, I have an idea of what I want to do in the working world and I have been told I have a great personality. I am hard working and tend to love most of the things that I do. I also love people! 

So am I marketable?

I believe so. 

What makes me marketable? Just about everything!

The most important thing that makes me marketable is personality. I am hardworking, independent and a team player, I love learning new things and trying new things, I am a people person and for the most part, I am happy. I believe in building relationships with people. I love life. I think it’s beautiful and while I don’t know exactly what I want to do, I know what I want to try.

I worked for Disney. I LOVE Disney. I think it’s a great company to work for. Aside from learning that your boss can be your friend, I learned great work ethic  and amazing customer service. I learned how much fun it can be doing something that you love and how happy you can be in the working world. Sure, it was hard. It had it’s ups and downs, so does life. 

I’m a Social! I just recently got into social networking BIG time! I am on Twitter and I am addicted to Twitter. I love talking with people and learning from them. In fact, one of my friends showed me an awesome website to help me build my own website (not one on iWeb haha). It’s great! 

I love to think outside the box. I sort of learned the from Disney too. Always find new ways to make your day and the guest experience different and fun! I love being creative. I like to write fiction, play pretend, draw, and come up with new ideas. It may take me a while and i may need some inspiration, but I love being creative!

 I like to organize, read, and write. I love talking to people and smiling. 

I have one goal in life: to make people smile.

So it may take some work. I will need to search high and low. I will need to talk to a lot of people. 

I will find the job that is right for me. I may have to take a job or two that I hate. I may have to go and learn new things. But I will do what I love to do!

So if you are graduating or in college and asking yourself if you are marketable…think of your assets. You may find yourself more marketable than you think!

 

Much Needed Break March 7, 2009

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Today I started Spring Break. Actually, I started last night, but Tai Chi class is for credit so technically I had one class this morning.

So I headed home after class around 9 am. Stopped for my Grande Non-Fat Caramel Macchiato and hit the road. It’s about 2.5 hrs from school to home and with tunes like Jonas Brothers, Finding Nemo The Musical, Matt Nathanson, and Tyalor Swift. Oh, and some HSM3 to sing along to! I had a grand old time.

I finally got home and unpacked everything. Mom came by and we went to lunch with an old friend. Then I headed over to the dentist (after brushing my teeth of course). However, the dentist was less than thrilling. I have 4 cavities that needed to be filled. Of course they only got to two. After 5 numb needles, I was still not enough to make me not feel the pain. I have to go back. I HATE THE DENTIST! sigh.

I really needed this break. I have been swamped with work and trying to find a job is just crazy. I can excited to relax, causally catch up on work and job search without the extra school stress. I’m glad that the weather is going to be nice at least for the weekend. Since my plans to go back to Disney fell through, this is nice. I wish I was going to Disney, but I can’t so there’s no use crying over it. I am glad that I can spend time with my family and maybe a few of my friends.

I promise to write about something interesting in the coming days of relazation.

 

The S.O.S dance in 3D!! March 3, 2009

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So I have been busy and stressed to say the very least. Life has been a little crazy. So I’ll try to give a rundown of important things as fast as I can!

Friday: JONAS BROTHERS 3D!!!! Had to drive to Altoona. Got a speeding ticket. It was a little depressing. But it was super fun! Being able to see Kevin do his S.O.S. dance in 3D was CLASSIC! Love the dance K-Train! Yeah so Katie and I like chilled and relaxed and had a blast with only 10 ppl in the theater….but the line for the next show was CRAZY!

Also Friday night I spent time with my cousin who was up here visiting a friend. We all had dinner and it was great! Saturday I saw them again for breakfast. Then I came back here and WORKED WORKED WORKED on my papers ALLLLLLL DAY! I didn’t get much done on the papers, but I did make a study guide for my exam that was on Monday.

Saturday night I had my Semi Formal for the PSU THespians… it was ok. Not like the others I have been to.

Sunday I went to Starbucks and the Library and spent the ENTIRE (seriously) ENTIRE day working on my papers. I got 3 pages of each paper done! I really wish teachers wouldn’t cram everything in around Spring Break.

The stress is almost gone now. I am writing the last two pages of the Big paper due on Thursday right now. I will hopefully finish that today and be able to do a bibliography for it tomorrow. my other papers aren’t due until Friday so I have plenty of time to finish them. I only have to write 2 pgs double spaced for them. 

With Rainbowfish rehearsals and all the drama surrounding our club right now, things are a little bit crazy. Hopefully things will get better soon!

SPRING BREAK is in a few days!!! I can’t wait to go home!