One Thousand Thanks: 1066 – 1076. The Cast of Narnia – Part Three

Entering into the wardrobe of Narnia

Entering into the wardrobe of Narnia

After taking a few days away from the show, I already miss it although there is also a sense of relief and closure. Thus, here is my final list of thanks to the wonderful people who made Narnia happen.

1066. Nathan: Director – He had a great vision for the play. Instead of being cutesy or overly extravagant, the show was a mix of magical, simple, and earthy. I really respected his way of helping us to tell the story, no matter what part we played.  Continue reading

One Thousand Thanks: 1055 – 1065. The Cast of Narnia – Part Two

Cast as Narnian coats

Paul, Katie, and I are dressed as coats for Narnia.

Here is a continuation of my list of thanks for my wonderful cast of Narnia. Today, we have our last two shows which is very bittersweet. Choosing to do this show was difficult at times, but I am certainly glad that I stayed strong and stuck with it even in the stressful, depressing moments. These people are much of the reason why I did so.

1055. Abby: Fenris– You are so incredibly amazing! Honestly, I want to spend every day being with you because you have such a kind heart, hilarious sense of humor, and creative outlook. Hopefully, I do not annoy you too much by being your little evil buddy. You make being a crulie in Narnia fun!  Continue reading

One Thousand Thanks: 1044 – 1054. The Cast of Narnia – Part One

Me as a dryad in Narnia

I am a dryad in Narnia.

Normally, I write a note to each member of shows that I am in, but lately my time for anything extra has vanished swiftly. Thus, I decided to make this post the first of two parts thanking all of the amazing people who were in or helped with Narnia.

1044. Ben: Aslan/Father Christmas/Professor Diggory – Your majestic voice, huge smile, and warm personality made you perfect for this role. However, you are even more than a great actor; you are a magnificent person. Thank you for taking the time to listen and laugh with me even about silly things. The fact that you show care for everyone is so beautiful!

 

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One Thousand Thanks: 1033 – 1043. Narnia

Me as a dryad in Narnia

I am a dryad in Narnia.

Lately, my loneliness and fear of the future has been growing. However, I am trying to stay grounded in reality. There are so many wonderful friends that I have and so much support from numerous people.

Thus, being thankful instead of miserable is a wise decision. Some days, taking the time to even do that seems pointless and impossible. However, we need to count our blessings even at the darkest of moments. There is always a light that can be found.

So, here is a list of thanksgiving for the play Narnia, which I am in right now. This story has enchanted, haunted, depressed, and overjoyed me at different points in life. Now, I will honor what I love about it.

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Listaliciousness: Allergy-Free Plants, Themed Weddings, and Twitter Birthday Surprises

Ready for this weeks links? These are full of hope with the coming of spring, flowers, weddings, and babies. Funny how most of them seem to fit into that mood and category.

Before the list, however, I wanted to let you know that I feel bad about how moody I’ve been. Perhaps you haven’t noticed it, but maybe you did. This past week was difficult. Maybe this one will be simpler. If not, I will try to respond with more grace and optomisim than I have been lately. Thank you all for your support. That is one thing that I can count on even when the rest of my life melts into a gooey mess.

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How Do You Respond to That?

Looking in the Mirror

How do you respond to certain comments especially when they make you question your worth?

Preparing for my audition for being a Disney character or performing tomorrow has been very stressful. Although excited, I am terrified. After all, the other girls will be thinner, prettier, more talented, and sweeter than me. That keeps repeating in my head.

Hearing the responses of my friends and family to this big event has been both helpful and disheartening.  Most people have given me great encouragement. Others promise to pray or think about me. Even my coworkers warnings about safety or horror stories all come out of a place of being helpful.

Still, I do not want to get my hopes to high. After all, this program will be amazing even if I am not a character. Sure, that is part of my dream, but I will love working attractions too. There is not a loss just because I am not cast as a princess. That is what I keep trying to remember.

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One Thousand Thanks: 988 – 994. Powerful Plays

Boys in The Yellow Boat

Most of the boys who were in The Yellow Boat with me last spring

In my playwriting class, we have to not only study how to write a show by reading but also by seeing. If you are interested in any part of theater, viewing other performances is extremely helpful.

However, you will sometimes find a show that really disturbs you. That happened to me tonight. Other people might be compelled by the show or love it. Even so, you are allowed to find it troubling or uninteresting. For example, A Street Car Named Desire left me sickened. When the woman loses her heritage and sanity at the end – after being molested by her sister’s husband – I was furious. Other people love that show; I cannot stand it, and that is fine.

However, there are many wonderful, inspiring shows that you can be in or see. Here are some of the ones that I am most thankful for on this Thankfulness Thursday.

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Opening Night Jitters and Joys

Hailie, Graham, and Anna Rose in a scene

The scene that takes place in a Italian museum

Our play is officially off to an amazing start! After our two performances, all of us actors were drained but mostly joyous to be in such a life-changing show. Plus, our audiences were responsive and receptive despite the provoking topics and artistic nature of our performances.

Now that we are opened, I can divulge a bit more about this show. It centered on creativity, art, and faith. However, so many different aspects were touched in the show that few people (if anyone) expected. In fact, we actors had no idea what direction the play was going for a while.

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Anna Rose and the Wonderful, Busy, Totally Good Day

Little muddy boy yelling happily in the rain

Some days are just great. Mario seems to be yelling that.

Activities crammed into this day, but I am left feeling very blessed and refreshed. Sure, exhaustion has crept in by now. However, my overall mood has risen throughout the day instead of sunken.

First of all, I had three doctor appointments. All were uneventful although a bit nerve-wracking. Most difficult mentally and emotionally, my bone scan to look for osteoporosis happened. It ended up being far less frightening or overwhelming than I had expected. The result still seems momentous. That will simply need to be addressed when I have the information.

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One Thousand Thanks: 755 – 765. Powerful Plays and Challenging Characters

The Yellow Boat cast

The Yellow Boat cast

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I auditioned for two different plays. One was Oliver! and the other is called Theater on Purpose. Although part of me wanted to do the musical, doing the second one was so appealing. The students work together to write a play on an important issue, research it, and then travel to schools and churches to perform it. How amazing is that?

Last year, the director stated how much he liked me but did not cast me. It was really difficult and rather saddening. Thus, I tried not to get my hopes up when auditioning. He remembered me, which was positive, and seemed excited to see me again. However, I was unsure what he thought about my audition.

“You have something really special,” he remarked before I left.

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