Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Feignsgiving!

Family Memories: The year cousin Reginald was eaten by the turkey and we just had bread

  Wait, didn't you already have Thanksgiving? Yes, observant reader, I did (see "Happy Fakesgiving" post, August). That meal was delicious, but wasn't shared with anybody. Feignsgiving, on the other hand, will consist of my entire class getting together and having the traditional meal. We can all definitely use a breather.
  For the past couple of weeks, we've been going like Hell in all directions at once. All term we've had a huge variety of projects going on, but never to the level they're at right now.
  My schedule a lot of days doesn't get me free of class until 9:00. Then I typically stay up til the wee hours of the morning rehearsing or studying lines or music. I sleep a small bit, get up early, and study again until I have to go to class. Sometimes I study or rehearse during the 45 minute lunch break. Meals are typically wolfed down as quickly as possible- because of a lack of time, or because of having to do very physical work and not wanting to hurl. Sometimes I skip eating altogether to avoid food coma in a performance.
  I don't think I've ever had to memorize so many lines in such a short amount of time, and that's been taking up most of my study time. I really, really like playing Richard III, though. Incredible speeches.
  This last week I sang a whole song in character for the first time. It wasn't anything glamorous- I was a cockney garbageman. It went pretty well, and it was a fun number. Singing tends to still be a little tense for me sometimes, but I have gotten a lot of compliments on my voice; from teachers, and especially from my peers.
Speaking of singing, we have a Christmas concert coming up in a couple of weeks where the whole of LAMDA will be singing. The school will perform a piece togther, and then each class will sing a carol of their own. We've been rehearsing them for the last few weeks, and I think it sounds amazing. I'm anxious to hear the whole school together. Hopefully I'll be able to get some audio from that and share. Being one of very few tenors here, maybe you'll even be able to hear me. I learned last week that we will have actual royalty in attendance at this event!
  Then, it will be time for Christmas break. I'll be flying back to the states to see family and friends for a week. Can't wait. Meantime, I better get ready for this Thanksgiving gig. There's definitely a lot to be thankful for- a wonderful year of changes, adventures, and an incredible amount of support from friends and family. Thank you all for having my back. I fully intend to make you proud.


  1. Dude, you are going to literally have a royal audience! That is just so very cool...

  2. ...DC? DC? DC? :)

  3. No, my lovely, I'm afraid I'll only be in New Mexico this time.