Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
What should I say about you in this post.
This was probably the first few pictures we took together back in Malaysia when you accompanied me to Laundry with Daniel before I left for US. That means, this picture was more than 2 years old?
I wouldn't say that we've been through a lot together, nor would I deny the luxury of having you listen to my emo days, and giving me encouragement when I feel low.
Hah. My first clubbing experience in Malaysia after being in US for a year was accompanied by non other than the queen of parties herself (back in the day)
I feel so fortunate to share all of our first experiences together.
Yeah girl, you brighten up my rainy days and although I sound like a total lesbo right now, I am so grateful that I've met you and that you're always there giving me updated gossips.
I wish you all the best in you dreams and visions in life, especially being a rock star because you're totally one right now.
Thank you for all you contributed into my life, filling up my happy bowl to the brim.
Happy 21st Birthday Cheryl Lim.
Enjoy your adulthood honey, and party hard.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
As most of you would know, I have spent 2 weeks living in Saugatuck for the show.
Here are the few of the gazillion high-lights of my life captured on camera.
*I guess, I wouldn't be blogging much, I'll just let the pictures do the talking.*
This is the garden right outside the theatre that I perform in every night.
Part of Kalamazoo river.
A scenery that calms the soul
Us three, Chelsea, Emily and I in costumes during the preview night.
During rehearsals we would be given an hour break for lunch.
Most of the time we would pack our own sandwiches from home (because it is darn expensive to eat out everyday) or buy something small from the cafe close by, lay on the grass, and enjoy the sunshine.
Here's the deck by the river.
Sweet and peaceful.
Welcome to THE Mansion that I have been bunking in for two weeks.
Looks like a hotel no?
Here's the spring that runs down the lake. It has been tested and it is safe and chemical free to drink.
I wanted to have that as my blog header because the Star Structure was so significantly awesome. But I guess, I was just to lazy to go the whole nine yards to change, and get someone to snap the perfect picture for me.
But can you imagine? This was located in our backyard with a whole lot of other artistic statues and etc.
The beach behind the house.
Livin' like a rockstar no?
Us three again, doing Western Michigan University's Theatre Program proud :)
We were star gazing that night till 3 in the morning.
That was when I saw all those magnificent shooting stars falling from the dark starry sky.
James, Cassandra, Paul and I during the Opening Night reception.
A must for a camwhore picture.
Jeanie (my new found Asian friend), Chelsea, and I :)
An after party of a random night sometime last week when Cassandra and Adam made the most random but yet tasty combination of Nachos, Salsa, Beans, and Mexican Dip.
Adam, Cassandra, Chelsea, and Jeffrey during one of our after show chill.
Paul and I
We visited the beach during one of the extremely windy days. It was extremely COLD!
Check out the shape of the clouds.
Cassandra enjoying the breeze.
What could be better? The sun, the sea, and amazing people.
A shot that I thought was pretty cute.
One of our wild night parties with Kamakazi Shots.
We had the traditional summer Barbeque by the pool with some of the family members of the cast and crew of the show.
*Look at how big my bruise is, and yet I still have no idea how it landed on my thigh.
White picket fences which I absolutely adore.
The Dunes, one of our favorite night spots, also known as the gay bar.
My mystery bruise, 'accessorized' by Chelsea's artistic touch.
One of the few random things that we did after the show was the Ouija Board Game.
I wouldn't necessarily say that it is a game because it involves the supernatural.
Truthfully, I was extremely skeptical about these voodoo things. Not only because I think it is over-rated, and because I grew up in the environment of people telling me no to get myself involved in stuff like that (eg. church).
Despite all the negative feelings I had about it, everyone else was into trying it out so I stayed and witnessed the game.
I can't say what exactly happened that night because no one would believe me, but it is definitely something that you would have to see to believe.
Till then, one more week of show.
I don't want this to end!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Word of the day:
ser⋅en⋅dip⋅i⋅ty /ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪti/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]Use serendipity in a Sentence
|1.||an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.|
|2.||good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.|
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Theatre review: Talented cast gives "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" energy, laugh, heart
by Derek Emerson | The Grand Rapids Press Saturday August 15, 2009, 7:28 AM
Delbridge Langdon Jr. | The Grand Rapids Press
SAUGATUCK--In a spelling bee there is supposed to be just one champion, but everyone left Mason Street Warehouse's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" feeling like a winner.
This fast paced musical has energy, laughs, and heart, a surefire way to spell success. Set in the school gym the audience watches six young contestants and even four audience members try to spell their way to a $200 savings bond.
The audience participants were good sports, but could not spell the tougher words thrown at them. But the six cast members bring with them not only a love of spelling, but a range of preteen angst representing a range of emotions.
There is the overweight science nerd with a "rare mucus membrane disorder" who spells with his magic foot. The reigning champion and boy scout who is brought down by a hormonal issue right in the middle of the contest. The overachieving girl who speaks six languages, takes over the piano from the band, but "sleeps just three hours per night."
What ties them all together is a love for words, spelling, and their isolation from much of the world. They bring with them their own unique ways of spelling the words. One talks to herself, another writes on her arm, and one claims to not know how to spell until he blurts out letters
as if possessed. But somehow, they all spell.
The humor only slows down as some of the songs hit the heart of the problems. Olive Ostrovsky (Chelsea Morgan) longs to see her mother (Sarah Dacey Charles) return from India since her father (James Earl Jones II) takes his anger at her mother out on her. Their moving and exceptionally well sung "I Love You Song" shows that all these kids really want is to be
loved for who they are.
Therein lays the theme of the show. It is not about winning, but enjoying who you are and whatever you choose to do. The overachieving Marcy Park (Sue-Yenn Ng) celebrates her decision to lose on purpose and enjoy the freedom of not always being the best.
The cast is solid throughout and they shift roles from child to parent effortlessly and smoothly. In addition to the six students you have spelling bee coordinator, the vice principal who reads the words, and Mitch Mahoney, a parolee completing community service as the "comfort counselor,"
handing out hugs and juice boxes to the kids after they are eliminated from the bee.
All of them are strong singers with a good sense of comic timing. Their chorus numbers are full and usually a lot of fun, especially "Pandmonium." Sarah Dacey Charles has a voice which often takes the company numbers to the next level and excels as the adult focus of the musical.
Director Kurt Stamm keeps the one act play moving quickly and the production never lags. This is great theatre which should spell h-i-t for Mason Street Warehouse.
4 OUT OF 4 STARS
Time: 105 minutes with no intermission
See it: 8 p.m Aug. 19-22, 25-29; 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 and 23; 2 p.m.
on Aug. 30 at Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400
Tickets: $25-38 at (269) 857-4898 or mastonstreetwarehouse.tix.com
Since the intense rehearsals and tech days, we have been up and soaring for our shows and no doubt, living the life.
Thanks to the host family who opened their house for us poor actors, I now live in a basement of a beautiful mansion.
9am: Off to the Gym
11am: Lay out in the pool right outside the house (part of mansion)
12pm: Continue falling asleep under the sun or
Explore the beach right behind the mansion that we are living on or
Chat about everything under the sun with the uber friendly hosts or
Yoga Session or
Explore the quaint little town of Saugatuck eating ice-cream.
6pm: Get to the theatre and prepare physically and mentally for the show
8pm: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee starts.
10pm: Chill with cast members either in a bar, a gay club, or on the beach counting stars.
Living the life? Yes.
Makes me dread the ending of Summer.