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A little something to remember...

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says,
"I will try again tomorrow."

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Death of a dictator...


Saddam Hussein is dead. I, for one, am not a supporter of the death penalty for anyone. I think it's inhumane and barbaric. Furthermore, I don't feel like it's up to humans to decide when a person dies. For someone who commited crimes against humanity, I feel a much worse punishment would be to lock him in solitary confinement for the rest of his life. Lock him away so he can spend every moment of every day thinking about his life.

And really, in the day and age we live in now, do we really need to hang someone? Lethal injection would have to be a much easier death than hanging. And who are those masked men? Why do they look like they could jump into any WWF ring at a moments notice?

What I found astonishing was his attitude of 'no fear, I'll meet you in paradise' throughout his trial, etc. The machismo act of being above the law and fearless of dying. But, when it came down to execution time, I read that he was hanged with 'fear in his eyes.'

Now, I suppose we wait to see where the terrorists strike next. I'm sure some place will be attacked soon, and this will be added to the list of reasons to hate America even though the trial and execution was carried out by the new Iraqi government.

Friday, December 29, 2006

My two favorite sights at work...

These are the two things that greet me on my way to work each day.

I love the festive neon Stage Door sign! Doesn't it feel kind of retro?


This gun sign made me cringe a bit when I first saw it, but now it brings a smile to my face. We often joke about checking our guns at the door. Apparently people can carry concealed weapons in Minnesota. I'm curious why someone would need to tote a gun around. It's not like we need them to shoot an animal for dinner...just walk to Chipotle on the corner. Nevertheless, we see signs like this everywhere around the Twin Cities. Now, I find myself watching people a little more closely...you never know if the person shopping beside you at the Gap might have a shotgun in their back pocket.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Day at Dove Hill


I obtained a copy of the invitation posted on the callboard. Please note the food selection under the 'Evening Dinner' heading. Mashed potatoes aren't even listed.

The more I think about it, the more I'm able to laugh it off. While it seemed a major inconvenience on Christmas Day, I have to stop and be thankful that I at least had a place to go and food to eat.

It still doesn't excuse the blatant lack of hospitality by Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson though.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Mashed Potato Christmas

So, the cast of 'White Christmas' was invited to a mansion for Christmas Dinner today. We all got there expecting a grandiose occasion. Many of us dressed up to celebrate the day. We arrived at Dove Hill and were whisked inside to gaze at the many pretty things that none of us can afford. The bell was rung. 'Dinner' was served.

Martini mashers
- mashed potatoes with a meat or tomato topping, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, and sour cream.

Yes....that was dinner. We all thought it was a joke....we were, afterall, invited for Christmas dinner. We were given gifts, but in a white elephant style. Then we were sent upstairs to the ballroom to 'perform' for the hostess. She got a group picture, and that was all.

Insulted and amazed by such audacity we went and bought our Dreamgirls tickets. Christmas dinner consisted of chicken strips and French fries at Gameworks this year.

Clearly....money doesn't always buy class.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006

KILGO(RED)

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Rehearsal Day 3

We are breezing through the show. Today we staged Snow and reviewed choreography all day. By the end of tomorrow, every dance number in the show will be finished! We're working in record speed to get the show on its feet.

The ensemble got the morning off today, which wound up being a nice surprise. We were all able to sleep in, run errands, go to the gym, etc. I think we're all very excited to start putting the scenes together. For the first few days of rehearsal, the ensemble and principals work seperately, so it's always very exciting when the entire company comes together to begin the task of putting the show together.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rehearsal Day 2

The White Christmas blog is up and running.

What a day! The ensemble spent the entire day dancing. The atmosphere in the room was exciting as we dusted off the steps and brought I Love A Piano out of storage. If ever there was an aerobic tap number, this is it! It has to be though....it's the show-stopper that opens Act Two. I don't want to give away any surprises, but I promise you'll be tapping your toes right along with us!

This afternoon we put the Act One finale, Blue Skies, on it's feet. Not all the numbers in the show are tap numbers, but none will delight more than this homage to the 1930's and 40's movie musicals when dancers danced for the sheer joy of it.

Dancing for joy. That's exactly why we all wake up every morning. We dance because it makes us happy, and it makes you, the audience, happy. With all the chaos in the world these days, it's nice to be able to take a step back and do something that brings joy to the lives of others. It's that joy and happiness that drives us to wake up every morning and deal with aching muscles and tired feet, because we know the end result is worth it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

White Christmas Rehearsal Blog

So....I've been asked to keep a blog during rehearsals for White Christmas. The blog will be on the Ordway website, but I figure I'll post my writing here on my personal blog as well.


11/1/06:

Rehearsal. Day one. Started the day with a company meeting where we handled Equity (the Actors’ union) business. At 10:30, we joined the Detroit company for a meet ‘n’ greet, which our Producer, Kevin McCollum, said we should rename “White Christmas Reunion.” It certainly felt like a reunion. Seeing everyone from last year and reconnecting with fellow cast members was absolutely wonderful. Hard to believe that it’s been a year since I was invited into the White Christmas family. That’s what it feels like, a family.

At 11:00, we laced up our tap shoes to begin re-learning the opening number of the show, Let Yourself Go. Kelli Barclay, Randy Skinner’s amazing assistant, started rehearsal by letting us dance the big dance section in the number to see what we remembered. It was amazing…19 dancers who hadn’t danced this choreography in a year began dancing like we never stopped. Like riding a bicycle, it all came back. It took us an hour to get the number on it’s feet…staging, spacing, and all. Now we get to clean it and add the Randy Skinner style!

After lunch we began to put the notes and music back together. Our cast has a great blend and wonderful voices. Just like the choreography, the songs came back quickly as well.

I’m ecstatic to be performing this show again. We are all looking forward to bringing White Christmas to St. Paul. It will truly bring a smile to your face and warmth to your hearts this holiday season!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

incredible!

This made me cry. It's nice to see, in some parts of the world, people (children even) are so very accepting.

Monday, September 25, 2006

hatin' dayton

i'm stuck in dayton, oh in a downtown hotel with no mode of transportation. all my friends have plans today. there's no room for me in any cars that are going to various places. so....i'm by myself in this crappy city. ugh....i wanna scream. get me out of here.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Feeling a little drowsy...

Went to see 'The Drowsy Chaperone" final dress last night at the Marquis. This show is hilarious! The cast is superb. The best part is....this show isn't based on anything! It's a completely brand new show opening soon on Broadway! I truly hope New York audiences embrace this show.....it deserves a nice, long, healthy run!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Movin'

Well, I spent the day moving stuff from my apartment sublet to my new apartment. I'm moving in with my friend Jesse on the waaaaay upper west side of Manhattan. We've got a great apartment at 178th and Fort Washington Ave. Amazing view of the GWB from our rooftop. The movers come tomorrow to get all my things moved in.

I will FINALLY be able to play my piano again!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

It's Liza with a Z, not Lisa with an S...


Finally this amazing television special is being re-aired and released on DVD! I got the soundtrack when I was in high school, and have made two trips to the Museum of Television and Radio in NYC to view it. That's one of the only places you can go to watch Liza at her best!

I suggest everyone tune in when it airs and/or buy the DVD. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Friday, February 03, 2006

gentlemen prefer blondes

I just got back from seeing the tour of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. I would disagree....I actually prefer brown hair. My good friend Charles is in the cast, so I went to visit him. He was incredible in the show....even while recovering from a back injury. He sprained his back last week, so I got to see his first show back onstage.

I had to travel through Atlantic City to see the show. Who knew this place was such a pit? I expected something a little closer to Vegas, but clearly, Atlantic City isn't at all like Vegas. It was sad to see busloads of people (most of whom looked like they couldn't afford to be gambling) flocking to this city to blow tons of money in the hopes of winning big. I figure if you've got the money to blow, it's alright, but I have a problem with the average Americans blowing their savings in casinos.

Stepping off my soapbox now.

Friday, January 27, 2006

this week

This week has been one of the most emotional weeks of my life, full of highs and lows.

Auditions this week have been less than stellar. This is the most frustrating part of doing what I do. Feeling like you're going into the room and doing your absolute best and being cut starts to wear away at a person's confidence.

My mother met her goal weight with Weight Watchers yesterday!! I'm so proud of her for sticking to this weight loss goal she set for herself! She has lost 40 pounds in the last several few months. When she came to visit me in LA, she looked AMAZING!

My stepdad's birthday was yesterday! Happy Birthday, Jim!!!!

My brother has been dealing with a less than wonderful management team at work. I can't believe some of the stuff that goes on within a company. It sometimes makes you wonder how businesses actually make money being so poorly managed.

After a very frustrating apartment search, I think I've found a place to live. That's a major relief for me! Apartment hunting is one of the hardest, most frustrating things for a New Yorker.

I'm in the middle of looking for a job/jobs. Also a very frustrating part of living in New York. Trying to find a day job that pays enough to survive on is such a struggle.

It's amazing how quickly things change in life. Sometimes the things that make us happiest can make us feel lost and so alone.

My friend Peyton's mom, Beth, has been diagnosed with cancer. I'm asking for prayers for her from anyone who believes in the power of prayer.

Monday, January 16, 2006

George Bush's Big Joke

"President Bush hailed Martin Luther King Jr. Monday as one of the greatest Americans who ever lived, but said more must be done to ensure that his dream of equality becomes a reality."

More must be done like removing you and your bigot cronies from office. Equality means equal rights for ALL people, and to my knowledge you still support banning gay marriage.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

happy

I'm happier now than I have been in a looooooong loooooooong time! Things have happened in New York that have brought a huge smile to my face.