2017-12-16, 10:31 a.m.
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2. I went to the periodontist today. They really got on me about my blood pressure being "slightly" high and I ended up apologizing out the wazoo because god forbid I took an Excedrin this morning. Teh horrorz! Between that and the part where they measure my gums and say cryptic numbers...not fun. But the bad stuff ended eventually, I had a fun chat with the lady about dance and crafting, and I came out of it with a pretty good bill of health or at least I don't have to get surgery this year. Huzzah.
In the words of an anonymous Internet philosopher I read talking about going to the dentist once upon a time, "This gives me eight grownup points. Now back to poopie jokes."
3. Even though I did not see Star Wars Thursday or Friday and will probably not be doing it until Sunday, I wore the Princess Leia sweater today and people loved it. One guy said it made his day.
"If you're a real artist, do Gumbo." --Sarah
How much have I written about this whole audition thing yet that you guys have seen by now? I forget.
I asked the teacher about this whole "make up your own audition" thing and he mentioned that he wanted to put in some history and suggested the (infamous) Abigail Adams "men would be tyrants if they could" letter. I was all "PETTICOAT AFFAIR!!!!!" at him and scurried off to check this book out of the library again.
I created a monologue based on Margaret's autobiography. Here's the explanation of the whole thing:
The Petticoat Affair took place during the first two years of Andrew Jackson’s term, when his friends John Eaton and Margaret Timberlake got married only a few months after her husband died at sea. People assumed the two had been having an affair, and it became the social scandal of Washington once Jackson appointed Eaton as his Secretary of War. The ladies of Washington shunned Margaret and two years of crazy drama ensued. At one point a rumor spread that Margaret had even bragged to a doctor that she had miscarried Eaton’s baby. This is a monologue based off of Margaret’s autobiography, titled “The Autobiography of Peggy Eaton.”
And here's the monologue--dialogue pretty much as is except for some tweaks Melinda helped me with.
"Upon meeting Mr. Bradford, I said, to him, “I want to see your pastor, Dr. Ely.”
I have been having to memorize new lines every two weeks and man, I'm sick of memorizing lines by now....And while I enjoy the heck out of Margaret's angry/pompous dialogue (she dictated that book, so that is from the horse's mouth as to how she talked), some of those lines are super damn hard to say.
Oh, and for the record, I showed up for this audition in full Dickens Fair costume, complete with bonnet. Yes, I went Full Bonnet. Any comparison to "Full Boyle" on Brooklyn 99 is completely deliberate.
So I got there and 20 people auditioned tonight, I'm presuming maybe a similar number showed up for the first night of auditions on Thursday? Sam announced that tomorrow at the callbacks they'd do cold readings, have you do anything else you want to show off, be sure to show up in some kind of dance clothes you can move in, and they'll be figuring out in general what acts they want to put into the show, see what dance numbers they can get you into because it's a musical variety show, etc. It's okay to be a "volunteer" for the show, I do not have to enroll in a class again to do it. Huzzah to that.
"We don't know where the show is going." It's their fifth or sixth year doing it, auditions for this can be really personal, and "We try not to be crazy, but we're crazy." Yeah, sounds like I'd fit right in.
The audition acts went as follows:
("This is one show you don't have to worry about auditions," I heard someone say at this point.)
15. Then it was me, I'll get to me in a bit.
As for my audition, I was all, hey, if nobody else has it memorized, then I am getting out my notes for this. He didn't seem to be timing everyone's introduction to what they were doing, so I scrapped the shortened introduction I had written above and gave a longer one, then did the monologue. At least this way I wasn't tripping and choking over those lines!
After that, he said tomorrow we can bring something else if we want to do it briefly. S&S were going to talk after this and then decide on things.
I get the impression here, given the lack of callback cast listing or any general attitude of "not everyone is coming back here" being mentioned, that perhaps everyone gets into the show by default?
AND I AM DONE MEMORIZING LINES (for December, anyway), YOU GUYS!!!! I watched an episode of Supernatural when I got home without guilt! I listened to MOAR HAMILTON on the way home without guilt! My mind is my own again! My homework is done! Time to fuck off like the rest of the college kids after finals week!