My Weekend

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Grease WAS the word and now it’s all over and done with.

Little 50's girl - Grease

The Girl had the best time ever! She’s had fun with shows before but this time, she was in the older group and got to hang with the teens. This made it fun for a lot of reasons but as part of the older group, you just get to do more on stage.

Grease - Cheerleader

Here she is donning the iconic Rydell cheer uniform.

Beauty School Dropout

And here she is as a Beauty School Dropout. That scene was so much fun and she got to be in the show with her very good friend, as seen above.

This was the first time we’ve done a summer show. The pace was a little slower, which I liked and there were only four shows this time around but overall, it was a  lot of fun. I am still completely exhausted though. The Girl? She seems fine!

I never did get around to posting a Sunday Salon and there is no food in my house but we are all pretty happy given it’s Monday and all. Next show? Annie and The Teen decided to do it after all so both kids will be in that one this February. Rehearsals begin in September.

Now, coffee and lots of it.

Recovery

Oliver 2014

The Cast of Oliver

We survived! What a busy week. We are still trying to return to a normal routine and The Girl seems to be coming down with a tiny cold but with so little sleep and then going right into track season. she’s toughing it out. They don’t have school on Friday or Monday so I am hoping they can catch-up on lost sleep then.

Overall, the week went well. The shows were amazing and everyone was great. I had a lot of fun backstage but if I had to compare this show to others they’ve done. this one seemed to go a little smoother. It’s so hard to do these shows when they are in school but somehow we managed. I was perfectly fine all weekend but by Monday, when it was all said and done I felt like collapsing into a heap! I just cannot keep my eyes open. I can’t imagine how the kids feel.

The Girl and Teen - Oliver 2014

The lighting backstage is either pitch black or too darn bright and with them running all over crazy, I have to catch photos when I can. This one is out of focus AND overexposed but since they were never together on stage, I had to grab what I could. Oliver is a great show. Lots of good songs and dance numbers and it’s not everyday that your kid gets to play a murderer. The Girl was in a special dance group and The Teen played Bill Sykes, killer of prostitute Nancy.

I recorded the death scene but I don’t think I can post it due to royalty issues but every time he threw himself off that bridge my heart stopped just a little bit. This was a difficult part for him because he likes to be liked by everyone and when it came time to give autographs, no one wanted his because he was the killer!

Nancy, Bill (The Teen), Fagin and Dodger

Nancy, Bill (The Teen), Fagin and Dodger at intermission.

It’s a difficult week of eating in the car, doing make-up in public restrooms and trying to wrangle pony tails while going through the drive-thru. It’s crazy! We are all a little torn about not doing the next show, The Wizard of Oz. Rehearsals start at the end of this month but with everything the kids are doing, we’ve decided to sit this one out and return in the fall for Annie. The Teen can focus on his grades and this other show he is in, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Girl can focus on track.

Me? I get my Mondays and Wednesdays back. Sort of. I will be sitting at track practice but I can read or walk or stare at the sky if I want to.

I hope you are all well. I was not able to keep up with blog reading and probably won’t be able to catch-up until this weekend but I am thinking of you all.

The Sunday Salon: Overwhelmed

Oliver

This weekend, is the calm before the storm. I got up this morning to prepare goodies for the Super Bowl but in the back of my mind, I am thinking about the week of hell that is coming up, otherwise known as production week. Oliver is a tough show to do. It’s bleak but it has some amazing songs and it’s not everyday that your kid plays a murderer or is part of a gang of pick-pockets.

We’ll get through it. We always do. My son has been involved with this company since he was seven and he is now almost sixteen. My daughter, since the age of four. But production week would be so much easier if I didn’t have to work. With the double casting and in some cases, triple casting, the call times are all over the map. You have to really pay attention to the schedule and between my two kids, getting them fed and getting myself fed, since I am also back stage, can be a real challenge. Plus, they are still in school, so there is homework and studying that won’t be done since they will both have late nights ahead of them.

But, BIG but, it’s goes by quickly. By next Monday, we will all be breathing a big sign of relief.

Sunday Salon

As for today, I’ve prepped all the Super Bowl food for the oven. I just need to time the cooking just right so I can take the stuff over while it’s still warm. I can’t wait to just sit down and relax!

What am I reading?

I am reading Orefo by Richard Powers. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Science and art collide and I am finding myself fascinated by it all. I am also reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and I am loving it.

What am I cooking?

I made a ginormous tray of Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas with cream sauce. I also wrapped little smokies with bacon and will sprinkle with brown sugar before I cook them up. I also made these Philly Cheesesteak pockets. I must have been starving when I planned all this stuff. It’s not like there’s going to be a big group of people there today but I guess it’s better to have too much than too little. Plus, The Teen can plow through a buffet like it’s nobody’s business so it’s best that I keep the food coming.

What am I watching?

Nothing, at the moment. The Girl has Gilligan’s Island on. I used to love that show but man, I cannot stand it now! Of course we’ll be watching the Super Bowl later and I will be recording the Puppy Bowl. I am a huge Seinfeld fan and Jerry Seinfeld and the gang have been having secret meetings lately. He said, that the meetings have nothing to do with the Super Bowl, but I am secretly hoping for a mini-Seinfeld reunion during today’s game. We shall see.

What do you have planned for today?

The Sunday Salon: Homecoming Weekend (Recovery)

Sunday Salon

Today, I come to you with a crushing headache. It WAS a horrible sore throat after the game on Friday but that seems to have passed quietly away. However, I did manage to work the dance last night without any problems. It was busy and crazy but in a totally fun way. I like to help out when I can.

I got home by 11:45pm but The Teen, who is on tech for ASB had to stay to take down all of the equipment. Dances are not like they were back in the day. They are now these elaborate productions complete with lasers and, movies (yes, movies!) and a host of other technical elements. The set-up took over a day and a half and it took him until 2am to break it all down.

Who can sleep when your kid is out at that hour? Not me and definitely not The Hub so we forced ourselves to stay up until the director brought him home. We slept until nearly 10am today! I still feel tired though.

BTW, have you seen the way teens dance these days? Very interesting.

What’s up this week? Auditions for Oliver and The Girl is actually going for Oliver. Yep. If she gets it, she has to cut her hair (gulp). The Teen is trying out for Fagin and Bill Sikes. Auditions are this Tuesday and Wednesday and callbacks are next week. And of course callbacks conflict with the concert my son is in. Being this busy is a blessing in a lot of ways but it’s also a curse. I know I will miss it but man, it’s hard to wrap my brain around it sometimes.

What am I reading?

Last week I complained that Bellman and Black had no ghosts and now This House is Haunted almost seems to have too many. I am halfway through and it doesn’t quite feel genuine to me, but I am giving it the benefit of the doubt for now.

What am I cooking?

Not a thing. My head hurts so much right now that I am actually forced to put my book down. So, we are about to order Chinese take-out. Perhaps some spice will burn whatever the heck I have, right out of my head.

What am I watching?

Ugh. The Girl is watching Spongebob right now and the noise… ugh, the noise..,please make it stop! I feel like crawling into bed to watch some I Love Lucy. In fact, I may do that right after dinner.

Beauty and the Beast: In Pictures

Followers of this blog know that last week was an interesting week for me. It was production week for Beauty and the Beast and both of my kids were in it plus I volunteer as a prop wrangler backstage and let me tell you, it’s a tough week to get through. Lots of late nights, lots of odd meals eaten when you aren’t quite hungry, lots of post-show trips through burger joints and for me, lots of bruises! Until we have it all down for the actual shows, getting run over by a set change is not uncommon, nor is running into things!

So, here it is in pictures. These pictures are from all over. I took some. Many were posted on Facebook. Since I was backstage and working, I was limited on what I could capture but I hope you enjoy them. By the way, notice The Boy’s smile. No braces! He got them off right before the show.

The Girl as a Villager

My Little Village Girl

The Girl as a Fancy Napkin

My Dancing Napkin

The Girl with Belle

The Girl with Belle

The Boy as Lumiere along with Cogsworth

The Boy as Lumiere, along with Cogsworth (after the show)

The Girl and I with Lumiere and Cogsworth

The Girl and I with Lumiere and Cogsworth

Limiere (Autographs_

Lumiere signing programs

Post-Show Meet-Ups

Post-Show Meet-Ups

Madame (The Wardrobe)

Madame (The Wardrobe)

Gaston

Gaston

A mix of both casts, after the show.

A mix of both casts on the last night.

Maurice and Lumiere

Maurice and Lumiere

Cogsworth, Belle and Lumiere

Cogsworth, Belle and Lumiere (Taken by Crystal Moore)

Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Lumiere (Taken by Crystal Moore)

Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Lumiere (Taken by Crystal Moore)

Lumiere and a fellow cast member

Lumiere and a fellow cast member (Taken by Crystal Moore)

I have more, but you get the idea. Big costumes, 300 kids, a wonderful venue and sold out shows. It was a smashing success.

Wednesday, already?

Lumiere - Beauty and the Beast

I know, I know. What a horrible shot. The lighting is not the best backstage and my phone takes horrible pictures but that’s The Boy practicing with his Lumiere hands/torches. Not in full costume yet, but the show is coming along and hopefully between now and the actual shows The Boy will grow some muscles because those torches are heavy. Wait, is it Wednesday already? Yes, I do believe it is and tonight is the first full dress rehearsal for Beauty and the Beast.

The costumes, the sets, the talent… it’s all amazing. I am having a hard time getting a shot of The Girl as she enters from stage left this time around and I am usually on stage right, but I will try to snap of photo of her tomorrow during her dress rehearsal.

Cogsworth and Lumiere

I am exhausted! These late nights and then having to get up so early to come to work is a total burn-out. It’s very tiring for the performers as well but they are young! They typically spring back and since school is out for this show, they can sleep-in for the most part.

We have a full run-thru tonight. Another one tomorrow and then the shows begin Friday morning with the summer field trip performance. I get to see the show (for real) Saturday afternoon. Come Sunday night I will be a useless noodle!

Reading? I haven’t done much since my time is not my own right now but I am deep into Breakfast of Champions and let me tell you, it’s a little bit offensive. I don’t think I have ever read Vonnegut before but he’s a little different. That’s all I’ll say for now. Have you read any of his books?

Beauty and the Beast: Production Week Has Begun!

SC Performing Arts Center

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (ESCAPE)

See that theater? It’s empty at the moment but come Friday, it will be filled with ticket holders!

The Boy is doing a promo for a radio show today at 11:30 a.m.! Hopefully he’ll get to sing a little bit as Lumiere. I am going to attempt to listen live. We’ll see how that goes.

Tonight is a long night in the theater but everyone is looking forward to the show. If you don’t see me around here too much this week, this is why. Between work and working backstage, time will be limited but I will try to pop-in to say “Hi!”

Beauty and the Beast 2013
As a mom I worry about all sorts of stuff but hopefully this week will go smoothly and The Girl won’t break her leg for real at her roller skating field trip this Wednesday. Cross your fingers! She narrowly escaped an eye injury when a kite clipped her in the eye right before headshots. She is an injury magnet so if you could think good thoughts for both of them this week, I’d appreciate it.

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