Pop

No knitting content today, I’ve done no knitting worth mentioning due to finals and the stress therein, I can’t zen to the point where the endless stockinette of my sock or the equally endless k3p1 rib of my sweater make sense. I’ve been reading a lot f WoT so my sidebar is now 2 books out of date but I don’t feel like changing it (because finals stress has led to major reading jags that leave whole books in their wake). But tonight I want to talk about something I don;t normally talk about here.
I do talk about school but it tends towards the classes I don’t like (I enjoy complaining) but I almost never talk about the classes I do, or I guess because they are all done now, classes I did like. I’m an English/Theater major with a big interest in Musical Theater. And this semester I started my English major (you need to take certain classes before you can do the other stuff) and took acting for the lyric stage and voice lessons. My voice and Lyric finals were both today; I. NAILED. THEM. At least according to the reactions I got I did, I personally don’t really remember what it is I did to do so well (I have an inkling but my superstitious theater background won’t let me jinx it) but the reaction was overwhelming. I’m in total shock. My friends told me I stole the showcase tonight. Me! I stole a show! I would never have expected it, ever! I have hope now, maybe I can actually make something of this theater thing after all. The main source of my burst of confidence takes a bit of background so allow me to make a lengthy explanation.
Last weekend on day 1 PWF (pre wool fest, my new calendar system dates everything pre and post wool fest) I auditioned for Once Upon a Mattress, I did as well as I usually do and Mom thinks I’ll get a named role (BIG step forward). On the way back we were discussing the girl who would be replacing my sister as Lady Larkin (my sister got a better role at a better theater) and Mom was saying the difference was that when my sister was on stage she “popped” there was something about her that made her stand out. I knew what she meant (I did, after all, see Patti LuPone as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd) and agreed that my sister pops onstage. Well tonight I’m doing my duet and it goes well, I can tell that much, we got big laughs and in general got such a positive feeling. Afterwards I started to get an inkling (I like that word tonight) of what I’d done. Everyone genuinely talked about how good I was. My friend Cams said I stole the show (I’m starting to cry a bit here) and my acting teacher, who has never before this song given me all that positive of a review said I popped . I never, ever thought I would hear those words said about me. I feel so unbelievably grateful to whatever made tonight happen. If it was the insane amount of rehearsing I did with Anne (my wonderful duet partner and on my own or just karma repaying the horrible luck I’ve had for the last week and a half or God or something else entirely I’m just thankful and I feel blessed and wonderful. I popped, can you believe it? I can’t.

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