Sunday, April 6, 2014

Project Perform Post 20

Hello everyone!!

I just wanted to share that I have officially finished writing all of my letters! I'm very excited about it. So let me just recap my project for you:

185 is the number of days it's been since my first blog post
20 is the number of blog posts I've written
19 is the number of shows I have written letters to
4 is the number of responses I've received

I'm so happy with the progress of this project. Sure, I would've loved to received more responses but I'm just glad I got any at all.

Since I've finished all of my letters, I guess you're wondering what's left for me to blog about. Well, I don't think I've mentioned this, but my teacher got my school approved to host a TEDx event. If you don't know what TEDx is, it's an event where people speak about events/projects they've done and what they've learned from them. So at the end of the year, when we all have to present our projects for a grade, 15 (I think) students are going to get chosen to speak at the TEDx event, which is super cool. I really really want to speak at it, and I've already started working on my speech.

Also, I've been thinking about how much support I've gotten for this project. I have over 700 pageviews and 11 comments (which probably doesn't sound like a lot, but still!) and I'm so grateful that other people besides me find my project interesting. I talk a lot about how much I love theatre and how I want to pursue it, but I realized that none of you have ever heard me sing. So, I thought I'd share this video with you.

Here's me singing Once More I Can See from Wonderland, which I sang at our fall concert for choir and in Europe. Please excuse the hair, it's for choir *cringe*

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Project Perform Post 19

Hello everyone!!

It's been a little while since I've blogged, mostly because I didn't have to write a blog post last week, which is good considering how busy I was! Last weekend my choir competed at a show choir competition in Norwell, Indiana. In addition to competing with my choir, I also had the privilege of competing as a soloist. Out of the six soloists my choir director sent to compete, I was the only sophomore. I sang Back to Before from Ragtime, and if I had a video to show you I would post one but I don't think anyone recorded it. The only reason I share this with you is because this project has really pushed me to put myself out there, which has really paid off. I don't know if I shared this, but I also had the honor of singing solos on our Europe trip. I had the opportunity to have an individual solo in our show choir performance; I sang Once More I Can See from Wonderland. So, I guess I could say that a lot of the opportunities I've had this year have rooted from this project. 

Speaking of my project, I got a letter from Newsies on Thursday night! This was a little weird because I didn't put my address in the letter, which means they went out of their way to contact me at home! Here's what it said:

I mean I don't know about you but I was too distracted by the P.S. of that letter to focus on anything else. You heard it hear folks, I might be getting a response from Corey Cott (if I do get a response, I will find a way to blog through my tears of joy). Also, I don't think I'm going to resend my letters to Newsies, it's not worth it.

Last week I wrote 3 letters!! I know, I'm surprised too. I wrote letters to the casts of Once, Phantom of the Opera and Pippin. So, fingers crossed I hear something back. 

Well that's all I have for this week, thanks for reading! 


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Project Perform Post 18


So I wasn't going to blog until Sunday, but I have to share what just happened! I just got the nicest response from a swing at Motown and I'm just so happy about it. Here is what he said:

I am overjoyed with how personable and helpful this guy was! I literally can't stop smiling.

Well, that's all I have to blog about for this weekend. I've been working on a research paper for English and therefore have not done any work on my project. :( However, I have decided that I will have all letters written and sent out by the end of March. I hope to stick to that deadline.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Project Perform Post 17

Happy Friday! 

So this week, my teacher gave us a topic to write our blog post on. He asked us to write the pros and cons of 20 Time, so here it is:

Cons: Honestly, there aren't too many negative things I have to say about this project. I think the only thing I dislike is how often we have to blog. I think updating every week on this project is unnecessary. At the beginning of this project especially, I didn't have enough progress to record weekly. Most of my blog posts were less than 10 sentences and I just didn't feel the need to write about my project. But other than that, I'm very happy with this project. 

Pros: This project has turned out better than I thought it would. I am very content with all the progress. However, this project has also benefitted me in other ways. I was motivated to gain experience and knowledge in musical theatre prior to this project, but now I'm even more so motivated to get myself out there. This project has also reinforced my love for musical theatre. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but I'm very proud of my passion for musical theatre. 

And believe it or not, but I wrote two letters this week!! I'm very proud of myself. These ones were to Motown and Newsies. I may or may not have included a P.S. in the Newsies letter talking about how much I love Corey Cott (the lead in Newsies). Oops.

Well that's all I've got for this week. Thanks for reading! 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Project Perform Post 16


So, as you know from my last post, I was in Europe this past week! I had the time of my life. I got to do plenty of cool things, but I thought I'd just tell you about my musical theatre experiences while I was there. 

The last day we were in London, Monday, was an unforgettable day. In the morning, we went to Pinneapple Studios and got a private workshop from Matt Krzan, the dance captain from Book of Mormon. Now, you might recall me saying that Gavin Creel was going to do this workshop for us. However, Gavin had been sick the previous week, and because he wanted to be in tip top health to perform in the show we went to go see, Matt did the workshop instead. He taught us two numbers from Book of Mormon: Man Up and Two By Two. I pushed myself to the front and worked my butt off. It was an incredible experience. 

That night, we went to go see Book of Mormon. Here is a picture of the marquee:

and here is a picture of the curtain before the show started:

The show was unbelievably good. I wish I could describe in detail how awesome it was, but I guess you'll have to go see the show yourself to understand! 

Now here comes the cool part. The choreographer of our choir knew Gavin Creel personally, and somehow got us to go backstage after the show. We got to go on the stage where the set is!! I would've gotten pictures, but Gavin asked us not to because pictures of the set are not allowed on the internet. Two other cast members, Alexia Khadime (Nabulungi) and Jared Gertner (Elder Cunningham), came to hang out with us too. They just had a casual Q&A session with us, and I wish I could tell you that they offered advice during the Q&A, but they didn't. They mostly just talked about personal experiences. Here's a picture from that night:

And while we're on the topic of Jared Gertner, I have another small story for you. Okay, so, background information: I watch this web series called Submissions Only, which is a show by about living as an actor in New York. It's hilarious and I would highly recommend it. Anyway, Jared Gertner plays a main character in this series. I was fully planning on telling him personally how much I love him in Submissions Only, but I barely had an opportunity to talk to him alone so I never got the chance. However, this happened:

Needless to say, I basically had a seizure in my hotel bed when I woke up to find that. If you don't believe me, ask my roommate. 

The whole trip was incredible and I'm slightly sad to be home. It was a week filled with wonderful experiences, as you can see.

Thanks for reading!!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Project Perform Post 15

Hello everyone!!

You'll be so proud of me when I say this, but I finally wrote a letter this weekend!! After taking an unplanned hiatus from writing letters, I finally sat down and wrote one. This letter is to the cast of Matilda, and I'm going to send it today. 

Okay, so I have some exciting news, although it's not completely related to this project. On Valentine's Day, I am leaving with my choir to go to London and Paris for a week! Super exciting, I'm bouncing off the walls just thinking about it. Why am I telling you this? Because I get to do something that will benefit my project! While we're in London, my choir gets a private 2 1/2 hour workshop with Gavin Creel!! Gavin Creel originated the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Mille and he is current playing Elder Price in The Book of Mormon on the West End. So essentially, for 2 1/2 hours, I'll be getting advice from a broadway star!!! I'm really looking forward to this, and I will share what he says in my next blog post, when I get back! 

Thanks so much for reading, and I'll write when I get back!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Project Perform Post 14

Hello everyone!! 

Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been super busy with show choir! Anyway, I wanted to share another response I got:

I promise I will start writing more letters as soon as I get the chance!!

Thanks for your patience!