Richard III

May 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm (Concord, Rants, School, Theater, UR)

Last night, I went to the high school’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Richard III, my sister’s last play in high school!  So sad!  The play was held outside, in much the same manner as Shakespeare on the Common, in that you brought your own chairs, and snacks and whatnot, along with plenty of bundling to stay warm!  The play started at 7:30 and lasted until a little after 10:30.  And this was the short version.

Overall, the play was quite well done.  The director (who is also leaving this year) chose to set it in medieval Japan, with accompanying taiko drums – which were amazing!  I definitely think the taiko drums were my favorite part of the show – and they really enhanced the experience.  I loved the way they worked with the battle scenes, as well as the choreography of the battles.  If I were ever to be in some sort of directoral capacity, it would certainly be something to file away for future use.  I would attempt to describe it here, but it would totally pale in comparison.

The actors, overall, did great!  It’s astonishing to think of the number of lines the lead had to memorize – and he did really well (we barely noticed the skips that S told us about later 😛 )!  They also had a 6(?) year old kid reciting Shakespeare!

Watching the shows at my high school is always kind of bittersweet for me.  I love the shows, and they are always so well done!  And then I start comparing it to my college.  And I am saddened.  My high school is half the size of my college – actually, not even half!  And yet we do half the shows they do – and not necessarily at the same level!  I mean, I don’t want to knock UR’s program, as it is wonderful, but I can’t help comparing.  I know I’m being a bit harsh, but I feel like there’s a disconnect here.  I feel like the theater dept should maybe do some more outreach and get more people involved in the shows, showing that you don’t have to be a theater major – or even minor – to participate.  And something else.  I don’t know.  I’m just kind of ranting right now.  But it seems a shame that even with the awesome people that we do have at UR, we aren’t using them to their full potential.  And I know that college has a lot of requirements that high school doesn’t, such as the level of academics, but I feel like something is missing.  And it’s such a shame.

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Huzzah!

May 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm (Uncategorized)

My Kindle has been shipped! From the lovely state of Kentucky! So it should be here before the week is out! Knock on wood!

:does happy dance:

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Summer!

May 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm (Summer)

I’ve been home for just under a week, and am loving it!  I have yet to see any of my friends, however, though that will be rectified tomorrow evening.  On the other hand, I have accomplished far more in the past week than in both of my last two college summers combined (or at least, that’s what it feels like).  I have cleaned out my closet, weeding out all clothes and shoes that I have not worn in forever.  I have made progress on the organization of the rest of my closet/room.  I have initiated a plan to get more desk space in my office room, as well as a new ribbon for my typewriter!  I do not, however, have a plan to get more shelf space, and the library book sale is a mere two and a half weeks away!  Not that a lack of shelf space has ever stopped me before, of course… Anyway, back to my list: I have acquired an old card catalog from the library, and plan to use it to organize all my office supplies.  I have an actual plan to organize all my school papers instead of keeping them in random boxes and files all over my floor.  AND I have started my summer research!  Talk about a feeling of accomplishment!  Well, I should probably wait until everything is completely organized (which shall take at least a few more days, unfortunately, and at least one trip to Staples, fortunately 😀 ) to say that.  But still.  It’s a start!  Oh, and I’ve had my first sunburn of the summer, which has healed to a lovely base tan, but it still needs a lot of work.  Which I am perfectly willing to put in!

Speaking of burns, in other news, my mother was attempting to boil some chicken for chicken salad earlier today, and went outside to garden a bit.  And boiled all the water into evaporation and burned the pot.  I smelled the smoke/nastiness in my room.  Two floors removed from the kitchen. Running downstairs to see if I could stop it, I discover the kitchen and dining room are filled with smoke.  My mom had already removed the offending pot to the garden and hosed it down.  It is now four hours later, and the kitchen and basement still smell of it.  The rest of the house would smell the same, except that it is a fortunately beautiful day, and we were able to open all the windows in the house.  Welcome home!

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