The road not taken… // 10th February 2011 // 2 notes
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I learned of this poem when I was in high school the day before my first State Choral Competition. It has stuck with me ever since and today I was reminded of it again. I’m changing my major today for the last time. Vocal Performance wasn’t for me so I thought I would try Music Education. Over the past 6 months, I have realized that even that is still not where my heart lies. Yes, I want to teach, but not this way. I’m going to graduate Furman (hopefully, lol) with a BA in Music with emphasis in Theatre. I’m going to continue to add to my resume and hopefully build one strong enough to get into a fine Musical Theatre Program. Musical Theatre production is where my heart truly lies and through Sweeney Todd and my faculty advisers, I have finally figured this out. I’m taking my own advice and seizing this opportunity. So…per the usual…
Precious Rubies and Disney Princesses // 7th February 2011 // 1 note
So I haven’t really updated this as much as I have wanted to over the past month and a half. That’s definitely my fault. Sweeney sapped every bit of time and energy I had and then some. But the payout was beyond amazing. I still can’t get over the fact that we pulled that show off. The epitome of Musical Theatre, Sondheim’s baby, Sweeney Todd. It went off without a hitch and blew Greenville away. Students and friends came from all over the country to see it and they went home raving about it. Pauper Players has now made a firm foundation on the map of the US and I intend to make it even stronger next year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my beautiful, talented, and amazing Co-Director, Katie Pollock. She and I basically ate, slept, breathed, and sh*t Sondheim together since October. It was he best experience of my life so far and I was so fortunate to be able to share it with her. I love you, Katie!
Wednesday, we meet to discuss preparations for our Spring Cabaret, which is going to be Disney Themed this year. I will hopefully be performing a song from The Little Mermaid: Poor Unfortunate Souls by Ursala. It should prove to be another awesome Cabaret and I can’t wait for it to get underway.
It’s going to be an interesting term, that’s for sure. I have to meet with the Ed department on Thursday and try to fight to be an Ed Major. Apparently, since I can’t retain facts and dates, they don’t think I am capable of being one. I beg to differ. But we shall see…I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m off to bed soon though. I have Ed hours in the morning with the most adorable 3 year olds with disabilities. These have been my favorite Ed hours yet.
Beach Boys and Body Shots // 7th January 2011
So this has been one hell of a Christmas Break. It’s coming to a close and I can honestly say that it has been the best break ever. It started out with some good quality (if you can call it that) family time with Christmas. I worked Christmas Eve at the store and that sucked royally of course. Christmas was great; the food was awesome and I got what I needed/wanted as well. The true Christmas present began on the 28th.
A close friend, Andy, and I went down about 550 miles to Orlando, Florida to visit two of our dearly missed friends who graduated last year: Emily and Andrew. I can’t get over how much I have missed them since they have left Furman. The 6 days we spent with them and Emily’s family were some of the best days of my life. We did everything fun that Emily and Andrew could think of and then some. We went to some of the best restaurants in Orlando and went to the best theme park ever. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was the best theme park experience of my life. It was better than I ever could have imagined. The Three Broomsticks was a great dinner experience and the Butterbeer was beyond delicious. I now have a full Slytherin Robe outfit to go with it and I can say that it was a great purchase. After Orlando, we all went the Emily’s beach house and fished, celebrated new years, and cooked. It was the best vacation of my life. End. Of. Story.
Now we are wrapping up the week known as Camp Sweeney. We have been building the set and it’s going great. It’s almost complete. All we have to do now is basically move it to McAlister and put it together! Sweeney is going to be EPIC! I can’t wait.
I also can’t forget the best Christmas Present of the year: A Handmade Baton with maple shaft and african purple heart bulb. I will definitely be using it to conduct Sweeney Todd. :)
Now…to get back to the party and watch my great friends be idiots…until next time!
Oh…and you would have to be at this “gathering” to understand the “Body Shots” ;)
Putting Things in Perspective // 22nd December 2010 // 1 note
Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Winter Solstice.
I just got home from a long but fun day. I saw one of my closest friends ever get married today. It wasn’t the big extravagant wedding she had originally planned but it was amazing none the less. I saw some good friends and made some new ones. I was so glad that I got to be a part of today.
I won’t get to see her for a while because she is moving to the base in Virginia. Her new husband is being deployed to Afghanistan for a year next month. We will all miss him. When I hugged her for the last time today, I didn’t want it to end. I’ll miss her so much and it just won’t be Furman without her. I Love you, Veronica!! <3
On the way back from Florence, Hartsville, and Columbia, I got to thinking…I’ll be done with Furman in 3 more terms. It is almost time for me to start thinking about what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I’ve discovered that there are three fields that I could go into and be happy: Teaching, Directing, or Performing. I have no idea which I am destined to be in, but I do know that I would be completely happy with either one. This next term and summer will be very important as I start thinking about applying to Grad schools.
For right now though, I must live in the now and not put too much thought into the future. Sweeney Todd is just over a month away and there is so much work to be done on it. I can’t wait for this show. It’s going to be amazing and I’ll get to share it with so many of my friends.
I’m going to try to post at least once a week. If I miss a week, get over it (not that many will follow this anyways but on the off chance someone does…lol).
I’m leaving for Florida with one of my best friends next week so I will probably post next while I am down there. Merry Christmas!!