Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
If you are setting new goals for yourself,
be sure to put enjoyment of life at the top of the list.
-From Simple Wisdom by New Seasons Publications
Right on! And that's exactly what I intend to do with the remainder of my summer. I think I've mentioned before that I have absolutely nothing on tap until at least September. And while I was at first a little upset by this b/c it translated into failed auditions, I began to appreciate the thought of free time. I haven't had any of that since the fall.
So now I begin making the summer to-do list. I'm pretty much reiterating my list of 07 goals. While I've done pretty well crossing things off that list, there are still quite a few things remaining:
- Finish sealing kitchen tile
- Finish staining fence
- Finish cleaning out garage
- Finish cleaning out flowerbeds
- Finish travel scrapbook
- Clean out/reorganize closets
- Paint interior walls
And while I might not complete all of these before year's end, crossing anything off the list will be an accomplishment. Does this really seem to fit with "enjoyment of life?" Well sure...if you're A-R/O-C like I am. Will these things be on Derek's list of "fun things" to do for the summer? Heck no, but he'll have fun anyway...b/c I said he will!
Completely unrelated but flitting across my mind, 'tis time once again to tinker with my blood pressure medication. I went for my six-month check-up last week. My blood pressure was running low (100/68) and has been for a few months. While I've had no adverse symptoms, like dizziness or lightheadedness, my doctor wants me to cut my current dosage of atenolol/HCTZ in half and closely monitor my bp to see if it comes up some. I suppose my low bp could explain my recent fatigue. Though I've attributed it to a horrific allergy season, perhaps hypotension has been a contributor.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
You're a falling star, you're the get away car.
You're the line in the sand when I go too far.
You're the swimming pool on an August day.
And you're the perfect thing to say.
And you play your card, but it's kinda cute.
Ah, when you smile at me you know exactly what you do.
Baby don't pretend, that you don't know it's true.
Cause you can see it when I look at you.
And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you. You make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything.
You're a carousel, you're a wishing well,
And you light me up when you ring my bell.
You're a mystery, you're from outer space,
You're every minute of my everyday.
And I can't believe that I'm your man,
And I get to kiss you baby just because I can.
Whatever comes our way, we'll see it through,
And you know that's what our love can do.
So, La, La, La, La, La, La, La
So, La, La, La, La, La, La, La
So, La, La, La, La, La, La, La
So, La, La, La, La, La, La, La-Michael Buble
While I've had a relaxing week, Derek has been working his hiney off. He's worked late all but last night. But hey, we're not complaining. It's been a slow month. It's picked up so much that he may, once again, meet the requirements of one of the sales contests. This time he wins a $300 pair of sunglasses.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By Mark-Brian Sonna
Repertory Company Theatre of Richardson inaugurated their new space with what is perhaps one of the most difficult musicals to mount properly: A Secret Garden. While the story is simple--a girl is orphaned and taken to live in England, only to become ignored by all adults and finds solace and healing in a "Secret Garden" that not only transforms her but is able to also transform all those around her--the musical has a score that requires from most of the singers an operatic range, yet because it's a family musical it dare not enter into the realm of opera. The timeline of the story is confused in that not only do we have flashbacks but some of the characters from the past at times interact with characters in the present. The play demands a large scale set for there are numerous locales that must be taken into account. Lastly it requires an enormous cast, something most small theatres can't pull off effectively for they lack the talent pool.
So how did RCT do? Quite admirably.
The entire cast is absolutely solid in their musicianship. Jaw-droppingly-gorgeous voices abound. I cannot emphasize enough how talented this group is vocally, it was thrilling hearing them sing. On top of that, many are also very good actors. Standouts include Laura Alley as Lily with a liquid voice that is haunting and befitting of her character, Darin Fimple whose baritone voice projects a palpable tension and subdued rage found in his character Dr. Neville Craven, Loree Westbrooks as Martha the maid who delivers each sung note so honestly and makes the daunting score seem absolutely natural, and Elizabeth Evans as Mary Lennox, the lead who so completely inhabits her character that her singing was sublimely effortless. My only quibbles with the rest of the cast, and it may have been more of directing choice, versus a performer's choice, was that when they were getting ready to sing, we, as an audience, knew it. A musical such as this requires the performer to glide back and forth between speaking and singing, which the four mentioned above were able to do with great ease and they also never broke down the fourth wall. I wish the rest of the cast could have followed their example. This constant break between song and dialogue and the breaking down of a fourth wall may have been due to either a directorial choice of Debra Carter, or an oversight in direction since it was so inconsistent. When the performers stopped to sing to the audience instead of to each other the momentum of the drama would break, and the musical developed a concert-like feel, then, moments later the fourth wall would be back up, and the drama would continue. This flaw unfortunately diminished the overall emotional impact this musical is meant to create.
While the concept of the stage design was good, the lighting unfortunately cast too many awkward shadows, dark spots, and surprisingly intense bright spots, not always where they needed to be. Also since this is a period piece, plastic pots stood out amongst all the period-correct clothing. Kudos must be given to the choreographer Brittany Levrae for it was spot on.
Overall these quibbles are minor. The fact that RCT was able to pull together such a complex show, with such an amazing array of superb vocal talent in what is a very comfortable new theatre space, proves that RCT has become a major player in the North Texas Theatre scene. To inaugurate their new theatre space with such a solid show is a sign of good things to come.
The Secret Garden, book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon, runs through June 24, 2007. Details www.rcttheatre.com Box office #972-690-5029. Tickets $12- $20. Repertory Theatre Company is located at 650 N. Coit #2320, Richardson, TX 75080.
Mark-Brian Sonna is an independent theatre producer in the North Texas area, and is artistic director of MBS Productions.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
The new blog will be devoted to examples of my scrapbooking layouts and greeting cards. I'll do my best to post often.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Friday we dashed home to do some last-minute yardwork while the grass was dry and before more storms moved in Friday night. As you can see, I didn't get very far with such a short time to spare. While Derek complained that he was having to do yardwork on his birthday, he was very glad to have it done once he got up Saturday morning. Everything was super squishy again after the big overnight storms.
After a few hours in the yard, we hurriedly cleaned up to meet his parents for dinner at Nick & Sam's. Yum. What's better than starting the evening with caviar and ending with creme brulee? I've eaten at several steakhouses, and I have my favorites. But Nick & Sam's really took the cake. Mmmmmm. That's all I can say.
Saturday I got up relatively early and started working in the yard again. While I couldn't go back to finish the flowerbed I had started weeding on Friday (it was standing in water), I could get to the one across from it. Derek finally rolled out of bed and finished the little bit of yardwork he had left--thankfully, it was only weedeating. Then he helped me with the weeding. We managed to get that bed completely cleaned out. It was too wet to plant the lantana I bought for it, and we decided we wanted to redo all of the weed mat before we finish it anyway. With the sunshine this week, we just might be dry enough to try that this weekend. I moved on to the front flowerbeds, which weren't as bad but still needed attention. Then it was time to clean the back porch and patio in preparation for evening company. By about 2, I'd gotten everything done I could accomplish outside (or that I wanted to accomplish anyway--my back was screaming at me). So I got cleaned up and worked on tidying inside...and took a little siesta with the dog...it was a hard day's work, after all. Then the birthday party got underway. Our neighbor Dan played host to most of the block and a bunch of our friends. We had three grills going. And by the time it was all said and done, I think we cooked about two cows and five hundred chickens. It seemed like it anyway! I'm not sure what time the party officially ended--I had to leave early to get enough rest to sing two services on Sunday. I do know that a terrific time was had by all! Thanks, Dan, for everything!
Sunday, I sang two services and had a six-hour rehearsal. I believe Derek spent the day recovering.
And now...a new week begins. Just eleven days 'til show--guess what I'll be doing?!