Friday, May 29, 2009

It's officially here! :)

Hey guys!

Wow - it's really here. I'm officially the newest member of the Spring Awakening family! I finished my last of 3 rehearsals with Kim Grigsby yesterday. She's AMAZING - she never let me quit until I worked my hardest and gave her every emotion she wanted, even just in her living room. She literally made me get up on a chair and sing Totally Fucked with a microphone jumping up and down; I was afraid the apartment below us would call about noise control. We rehearsed for 3-4 hours every day, and I feel absolutely ready to be in that chair! I'm so physically and vocally tired from this past week, so I'm sort of saving my voice for my first performance in Louisville next week (FREAKING OUT!), even though it's going to be hard with prom tonight (haha).

I can't really describe the emotion that I feel right now. It's a mixture of happiness, bliss, anxiety, and - to quote the show - pure and certain joy. I still can't believe that this is really happening, but it's slowly starting to sink in. I'm so excited to start building these characters and exploring the differences between them, vocally and emotionally. I think that's what I like the most about being a swing; there are no limits. One day I'm playing Martha, and the next I'm playing Wendla - two totally different characters with completely different stories, emotions, and experiences. I will never get bored, that's for sure :)

Until next time - in Louisville, Kentucky!

Krista :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

One more week of normal!

Hey guys!

So, this is it. Tomorrow starts my last week in high school, and probably the last normal week of my life. Honestly, it's starting to sink in more and more, but I won't completely believe it until my rehearsals next week, maybe not even until my first performance! Anyway, my going away party was yesterday - so much fun! I literally had everyone I love in one room for 4 hours. It was at my favorite Italian restaurant, Scerbo's, and we just ate and talked and sang karaoke (which was a HUGE success since all my friends are ridiculously talented) all afternoon! At the end of my party, all of my friends got together and had me sit down by the karaoke machine, and they sang the graduation song by Vitamin C to me...I cried! And I got it on video, but you can hear me crying in the background haha.

Well, that's it for now. I suppose the next time I post on here will be when I'm an official member of the Spring Awakening family! Still weird saying that outloud. Until next time!

Krista :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rhode Island.

Hi guys :)

Sorry it took me so long to post about last weekend, this week has been CRAZY with my school choir and stuff. Anyway, visiting the cast last weekend was amazing! I got to RI around 4 and then met up with Anthony to go to their hotel. They were all so nice and really excited that I was there! A bunch of us went to Fire & Ice for dinner, and then I had another costume fitting with the wardrobe supervisor Eva in the theater, which was pretty cool! I tried on all of Claire's outfits (and actually all of them fit me perfectly!) I met a bunch of new people, and everyone was so nice, from the hair dresser and stage crew to the company manager and sound guys. I felt like I belonged there, which was an amazing feeling. After my costume fitting, I went out into the audience to see the show. This was actually a special moment in my Spring Awakening timeline, because it was the 10th time I was seeing the show! Well, they made my 10th time incredible. Every single one of them is disgustingly brilliant & talented; I literally started shaking during MWBM reprise thinking that I'm actually going to be up there in less than a month!(CRAZY, it's May 1st! where did April go??)

After the show, I met up with my mom who was sitting in the nosebleed section (I got a separate ticket so I could be closer haha) and Anthony took us on a backstage tour, which was incredible. He took us on the stage and showed me a bunch of little things that I should know, like where the quick change booth is for when I'm on as Wendla and some other cool things :) I literally never wanted to leave that stage.

It's surreal that I only have 15 actual days left in high school, and that I start rehearsing at the end of the month! I have senioritis multiplied by 50, if you can imagine that. On top of learning 4 sets of lines, a crapload of different voice parts, and a massive amount of blocking, I have a research paper and a lit circle book/journal due at the end of the month and a cat practical in Anatomy. So honestly I have MORE than enough to keep my mind busy for the next 31 days, but in reality, this is all I think about.

Until next time!

Krista :)