Ahhhh, tech week. Ask anyone who has ever been in theater, and they will cringe at those two words. It’s the week before you open. There are lights and costumes and props and microphones and people all in places there never were before. And you weren’t totally confident in your memorization of lines as it was, and now adding on all these pieces?? Yeah. It’s a little rough.
Tech week is stressful, and in community theater, it’s even more fickle. Our lines and our harmonies vanished into thin air. Half of the microphones don’t work…
We have new props, like this twisted-pinterested Bat Baby…
There is general confusion, hubbub, and mess…
Yes you may notice this does not look like a theater. That’s because it’s not – it’s a local office building. But we are in the beginning phase of transforming it…All this and we open on Saturday. So much fun and so little sleep!!
And if you’re in Columbus, PLEASE come see Bat Boy: The Musical so all of this is not in vain!!! :)
I’ve been wanting to go to a Picnic with the Pops event ever since I moved to Columbus, and recently I finally made it happen!
I happen to be the President of my alma mater’s local chapter (mostly because I needed friends when I moved here, and starting a chapter seemed like a good idea). The school wants us to hold one educational or cultural event each year, so we had the grand idea to have a music professor visit us. And it happens that my favorite professor from college is a music professor, and was the biggest mentor and cheerleader for our musical theater group. He also happens to be world-renowned in the academic musical theater world…so who better to bring to Ohio? Oh, and he also happens to be originally from just outside of Columbus.
We had a nice little crew of 16 alumni and friends attend, with an amazing catered dinner. I HIGHLY recommend the whole table and catering thing! See everyone in the back who had to arrive early just to get a decent lawn seat? Yeah…not us!
Pink Martini was seriously awesome. Their lead singer, China Forbes, was the epitome of style, grace, and smooth jazz. She seemed sooooo effortless and so comfortable sharing her talents with us. It was seriously so awesome. Their music is incredibly eclectic, and they tied stories in to many of their pieces.
All in all, the whole Picnic with the Pops experience proved more than entertaining, and Pink Martini is possibly my new favorite music group. I would see them again in a heartbeat!!
We had such a fun trip to Jamaica with our friends John and Lindsey! Things have been a little crazy since we got back, so it’s taken me until now to get organized with my photos. Here’s a little snapshot of our trip…
Do not call, do not write, do not try to reach me…
BECAUSE I AM ON A BEACH.
Or possibly at the pool…
HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK, Y’ALL!!
It was a great weekend in Nashville, except that it RAINED on the night of the 4th, so we didn’t get to watch fireworks from our secret spot like we had planned. MAJOR BUMMER.
But I spent the 3rd with these two little ladies (and also I had to catch a glimpse of my flag dress from Red Dress Boutique)…
And that night, me and the hubs gave a shout out to my hometown, with each of us wearing our Wisconsin shirts:
The hubs had to work during the day, so I headed to a family cookout (with his fam!), and had a great time catching up with everyone: Me and the lovely ladies had to get a photo – two cousins-in-law and a sister-in law:And I just have to show off the adorable back of the OTHER dress I bought from Red Dress Boutique:
And finally, my adorable nephew Jack, because he is the most photogenic kid I know:
This is PRETTY MUCH my favorite holiday. I mean, it’s obviously tied with Christmas, because nothing can beat Christmas, but THE FOURTH OF JULY. OH man…how I love it. Please take a few minutes to browse through my past 4ths, and you may understand why…
It’s always a little bittersweet when I can’t get back to my hometown for this classic American holiday, but this year, I’m heading to Nashville to be with my hubster and his family and our friends there, like these guys, who joined us in Wisconsin last year!
This will probably be a relatively low key weekend, but I will be sure to take some photos to share with you next week. Safe travels wherever you may go!!
When the hubs and I had been dating a few months, he drove me over an hour and a half, out to the middle of no where, through total boonies, SUPPOSEDLY to go to a CONCERT and I thought to myself places like this do not have concerts OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE.
But then he pulled up to the Cumberland Caverns, and told me about Bluegrass Underground. There were cars and people and signage, and I felt much better about the whole ordeal.
You can read about that first experience here.
Recently, we went back, and brought a few friends with us.
You guys – it is even more beautiful than I remember! It is NOT a comfy spot to sit for a concert, but it’s worth it for the ambiance. The caverns stay a balmy 57 degrees all year round – I would relate it to going to a hockey game. You’re chilly, but you’re okay. I sipped on apple cider, and all was right in the world.
Also, the artist was really fun. A unique cellist, with an amazing voice, Ben Sollee was entertaining and relatable. Here is a photo from my iPhone, which is about a million times worse than my friend’s amazing samsung photo:
If you are ever in Tennessee, like bluegrass music, and are willing to take a bit of a drive to the middle of nowhere, then I HIGHLY recommend it. Nothing compares!