Archive for May 2010

next season

May 28, 2010

The ACTC Theatre banquet is tonight, which means next season’s theatre schedule will be announced tonight.  The programming committee has done a pretty good job so far of keeping next season’s shows pretty quiet, although there are some rumors.  Of course when I started hearing speculation almost two months ago, I couldn’t help but put in my two cents.  While the rumors I heard were completely plausible – and one or two are very likely – I believe mine are a whole lot more fun, even if none of those rumors ever took flight.  Here are some of my favorite suggestions:

Starlight Express – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tale of a toy train come to life.  This one might be plausible if it weren’t for the fact that the actors are supposed to perform wearing roller skates.

Rent – Jonathan Larson’s rock opera about the life of several artists struggling to survive in New York City’s slums over the course of a year.  The subjects of homosexuality, drug use and AIDS are just what’s needed to bring in the crowds in eastern Kentucky.

Les Miserables – Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil, and Herbert Kretzmer wrote Les Mis based on the Victor Hugo novel of revolutionaries in France in the early 1800s.  While it is an exciting show and would certainly draw a crowd, it would be nearly impossible to put together a cast large enough to pull it off, not to mention the insane cost of building the sets and getting props for the barricade scene alone.

The Producers – Mel Brooks’ tale of two Broadway producers striving to get rich by creating a musical so bad it has to fail.  This show could actually be performed, but the kicker was my suggestion that we would get Matthew Broderick to reprise his role as Leo Bloom for our performances.

Twilight: The Musical – As a revenue boost, this show would bring in the teenage girls night after night after night.  It could probably even run a third weekend in this town.  If only show existed – and Twilight had a better story.

Avenue Q, Jr. – Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s Avenue Q is the story of people and monsters, mostly in their early 20s, living about 11 blocks farther into Alphabet City in New York than those folks from Rent.  The show includes a cast largely comprised of puppets and songs about homosexuality, having loud sex, racism, life having no purpose, pornography, and enjoying the suffering of others.  What could be more likely than that to offend the fine folk of eastern Kentucky?  The only thing I could think of was to have it performed by children – thus, Avenue Q, Jr.

Tonight I’ll find out if next season’s shows will include roller skates, vampires or singing puppets, and I’ll be sure to let you all know.  In the meantime, what other shows should I have suggested?

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Stars*

May 28, 2010

I spent much of the day at work today not working.  *GASP*  Instead, once I finished what I needed to do for an afternoon appointment, I set about cleaning and organizing.  *GASP*  I haven’t had much time this year to do little things like organize, and I don’t actually have time now, but it was just too bad to keep overlooking.  Well, there was that, and I had to give up my network connection for half the day for someone else to use.  I can’t get much done without access to the files on my boss’s computer.  So I cleaned.  I cleaned my computer desk, which is where I do most of my work.  I managed to double my available work space there.  I cleaned the top of my desk.  It’s about half clutter free and it turns out that the top is actually made of wood and not some particleboard-like mixture of paper and file folders.  I cleaned my desk drawers.

It turns out I had WAY more napkins than I could ever use, so I tossed a bunch.  I also found many things that I had completely forgotten about sitting on or in my desk and computer desk.  There were receipts – lots of receipts – some of which had offers and coupons, which had expired.  In some cases, last year.  Now I won’t get those free wings from BW3.    I found letters of which the contents were so dated that it was time to toss them.  I found a couple of things that are finally getting near time to do something about them.  I found Mentos and Texas Pete hot sauce.  I discovered that I have seven phone directories in my office.  It’s probably time to toss a few of them.  I found programs from Copacabana, which closed a month and a half ago, and Tick Tick BOOM, which I saw the week we closed Copa.  There were 10 month old Session minutes and a directory for the Ironton Council for the Arts.  There was even a quart of motor oil under my desk!  Who knew?

Now the trash is tossed.  There is a six-inch pile of papers to be shredded.  There is order.  There is still a huge stack of “stuff” on one of my chairs.  There are new light bulbs around the office.  There is a feeling that I control my workspace instead of it controlling me.  There is dust everywhere that needs to be vacuumed as soon as possible.  It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn good for half a day’s work!

*Excerpt of a song from Les Miserables

Stars
In your multitude
Scarce to be counted
Filling the darkness
With order and light.

Finally something gets done about updating my blog page!

May 20, 2010

If you look to the left – No.  My left; your right.  Remember, I’m living inside your computer. – you’ll notice that there are suddenly real links under the Blogroll!!!  I know!  How exciting is that!?!?!  Let me introduce you all in alphabetical order, because that’s how WordPress rolls:

Adventures of the White Queen is by and about a good friend of mine from college.  She’s sweet, smart, sexy, funny and totally intimidating.  I’m also pretty sure that the sudden influx of my plethora of readers won’t diminish her anonymity too much.

Jenn Francesca is a published author and real-life friend of mine.  She’s also something of a spiritual adviser to me and funny to boot.  You’ve probably not heard of her before, but her third book was just released recently and I highly recommend it if you’re into romance/comedy.

Finally – because this has been such a long list/post – is Melanie’s Philosophies.  Melanie and I were friends in band together in high school.  (I hope it’s not too embarrassing for her to have me tell everyone she was a band geek!)  She’s new to blogging and doesn’t even know that I’m blog-stalking her yet, so don’t scare her away!

I also want to give a shout out to Tall Red Amanda.  You may not be blogging anymore but you are still loved no less.

Okay.  That’s it.  No go do something productive while I stare out at you from behind your screen!

Election Day

May 18, 2010

Today was election day.  I did my civic duty by looking up whatever information I could find on the internet about the candidates then going to vote.  What I could find was limited.  It was pretty easy to get information for two of the senate candidates.  One is currently the Commonwealth’s secretary of state.  The other is the son of Ron Paul, who ran for president two years ago.  All I could read about the others is that they are Christians and believe the country needs to turn back to God.  I never could find anything about the candidates running for the other position on the ballot aside from a blurb in the newspaper saying that they had filed to run.  With that in mind, I voted for the one I had met a couple years ago.  I don’t remember disliking him for any particular reason.

The voting itself is what I am intending to talk about though.  Before today, I had only voted on two different voting machines in my life – as well as filling as absentee ballots.  Both were electronic with lights beside the person you had said you wanted to vote for, and both machines allowed you to go back and change your vote if you realized you marked the wrong person – or just changed your mind because you remembered something about one of them.  Today, I expected to use one of those machines.  (The precinct still had one of the ones from a decade ago in case one of the others malfunctions.)

Instead when I walked in and signed my name on the registry, I was handed a paper ballot.  I was instructed to go behind a screen and fill in the bubbles with a black pen.  At this point, I started thinking that this: A) seems like a step back in preventing vote counting errors and B) feels like high school all over again.  As much as I like so many people from high school, I don’t want to be back in it – as a student at least.  I finished filling in my bubbles quickly because I had only two to fill in and took the sheet to a little black box.

I’m sure this box is a scanner.  It made scanner-like sounds when I put my ballot in it and after it went all the way through, a little flag popped up on a screen and said “Thank you for voting.”  While I’m sure it was a scanner, it looked much more like a paper shredder.  I’m hoping my vote actually gets counted instead of composted.

While voting, I also thought back to my days of filling out those forms in school.  I remember being told to fill it in completely with a No. 2 pencil.  The reason, I was told, is because the scanners can’t pick up on ink or crayon or wite-out pen.  I also remember being told that if I went outside the lines, the machine could register it as filling in a different bubble or two bubbles.  I even remember finding out that was true and having to get a grade changed a time or two.  Has Scantron technology really improved so much that we want to use it for voting?  I have my doubts.  In fact, I think I might actually prefer the ballots to be hand-counted.  Oh, well.  I did my civic duty today and can sleep well tonight.