Wicked: 4 Broadway to Real-Life Lessons

Last night my family went to see the touring production of Wicked at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. If you have never been to the Majestic, it truly is, well, majestic! (Seriously. Check out the photos on their site!) The theatre is housed in a historic brick building in the middle of downtown San Antonio, a marble and glass ticket box greeting guests. ...more

It's all about the theatre darling

This week had a theatrical bent.   Apart from the run of the mill theatrics of.. ...more

All the World is a Stage

I love the theatre. My first (only) professional role was in the 5th grade at the Barn Dinner Theatre. I played Ngana, the daughter of Emile de Becque in South Pacific. to this day, I can sing every single word of every single song of that show. It was my DREAM to play Nellie Forbush at some point but it never happened....more

Mother's Day

“Contrary to popular belief, Mother's Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed w ...more
I think that law could be coming for some of our more populated beaches too. Sad, because I love ...more

Blonde Ambition

January is a time of reflection. A time to look at our life and our waistlines and make decisions about what needs changing. Or maybe just appreciating. So that being said, let me take a moment to appreciate a whole new year.This year will be different from last year. Last year was chemo and surgeries and trying to keep my head down and get through it all. This year is all about climbing out of last year, and figuring out how to move forward. It's like frisking yourself and figuring out....  ...more

Nov 14: First the Gin and Pool, Then the Audition

As I sit here in my office waiting for students to bring me their final portfolios, I’m preparing for an audition early this evening,  studying my lines and music for Scrooge because we’re supposed to be off-book this week, and writing my NaBloPoMo blog post just in case I don’t get home in time tonight to write it.  That’s a long first sentence, but it’s not as long as I expect this day will be. I’ll leave here late this afternoon with two bags full of portfolios, each potentially holding three revised papers to grade....more

Thank You For The Music: The 65th Annual Tony Awards

After the 65th Annual Tony Awards, I know this much is true: Neil Patrick Harris outgeniuses Doogie Howser, Whoopi Goldberg's right that any of her films can and will become a musical, Harry Potter is an awesome dancer, and Cole Porter just makes the world a better place....more

50 Years of the RSC

When Peter Hall was appointed Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1960, one of his first efforts to accomplish his goal of “expressing Shakespeare’s intentions in terms that modern audiences could understand”, was to change the name and identity of the organisation: The title Royal Shakespeare Company helps us…it’s got everything in it except God! And it is a good commercial title, but it also has an enormous danger. It makes us sound antique, square, institutional, conservative, traditional...We are none of these things. We want to run a popular theatre....more

It's amazing what we can learn about ourselves.

So my husband got a gig playing guitar with a local theater company doing a production of "Repo! The Genetic Opera." It came at a really good time for him because he was just finishing up the Wharf to Wharf and the only thing on the horizon music wise for him was another round of Christmas music. Long story short, I got a part in the play as part of the ensemble/chorus.  I was really scared to to audition and even more petrified to actually get on the stage in front of people.  Over the last couple of weeks I have come to realize a few things about myself....more