I think I may have figured out one of the reasons my blog has been so quiet lately. I keep trying to hibernate.
Still, spring is in the air this week, and I think Punxatawny Phil may turn out to be right.
I am so glad I did the Candide performances. That was a very special experience — and, as a member of the seated chorus (we had a few stage moves, but were mostly there to create a fuller overall sound, to augment the smaller, more interactive chorus), I was in the unusual position of getting to sit onstage and watch the entire performance, start to finish. Six times, not counting rehearsals. And the show was so good — well-sung, well-acted, wickedly funny — that I could have happily done another half-dozen performances, at least. The seated chorus was a mix of students (some of whom gave every indication of having been “conscripted” into service) and community members pulled from the university’s town-and-gown choral ensemble. So, while many of the students didn’t seem to want to be there (or if they did, they kept quiet about it), the community members were all volunteers who wouldn’t have been there in the first place if they hadn’t wanted to be.
I hope there will be other opportunities to be a part of opera and musical theater productions at Shepherd. It was always part of my life plan that I would get involved in community theater, but as it turns out, this is the first show I’ve done in years. There was Love for Three Oranges at Temple in — 1991?! — and before that, I was Smitty in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying in — 1983??!! Okay, I’m going to stop calculating now.
The point is, I love doing this, and I need to do more of this.
I got a new smart phone this week; I was eligible for an upgrade, and finally got sick of the limitations and foibles of my Treo 800. The new phone is a Samsung Intercept, nothing too fancy or state-of-the-art, but a whole new world of coolness for me. Plus, it’s pink. 🙂 (For those of you who don’t care for pink — it’s a nice pink. Think Caribbean sunset, not Hello Kitty.)
And how are you?