Dream of the Dolphin
Confessions of a Post-Graduate Pity Whore
Into the Woods...I went to see the Randolph Academy's performance of Into the Woods at the Bathurst Theatre with Chris on Wednesday (I really want to see the one in Stratford, but as I am sorely lacking in transportation, this is not likely). But I was pleasantly surprised. Oh, there were shaky spots (the one problem with being in a choir with a director like Geoff is it's REALLY hard to shut your inner choir geek up when you get back to the real world), and some odd interpretive dance bits so the dance students had something to do, but it was, on the whole, excellent.
Of course, there was the problem of the hole in the wall blowing frigid exhaust fumes on us (we moved across the theatre during intermission), and the extreme theatre geek beside us during Act 1 (extreme theatre geeks are the theatrical equivalent of extreme sci-fi geeks. You know of whom I speak. Fortunately, Chris and I know how to deal with both). He kept going on about how "most people really enjoy Act One" with Chris being all "no, don't spoil it, la-la-la-la-la...". Which I just found funny. I used to feel that way about the play. When I was ten. I have since grown up, and now appreciate the show for what it is (that being one of my favourite musicals of all time). And I have to give the actors their due -- Sondheim is really frelling hard to sing (imagine having to perform when your cue to come in is two seconds of silence -- this happens often in Into the Woods), and they all did extremely well.
There were two casts (being an excess of female performers at the school, all the female roles are doubled), and I'm very interested in seeing Cast 2 perform on Saturday at 2. Anyone else game?
( 3:15 PM ) Sarah Jane ~
Nice Thing to Hear in the Morning..."Good morning, Sarah, this is [name I'm not sure I'm allowed to give out] calling from Loreena McKennitt's record label Quinlan Road..."
Yeah. So a few days ago, I got an e-mail from Loreena McKennitt to the southern Ontario residents of her mailing list, asking who'd be interested in attending a rehearsal at an undisclosed location in Toronto before she and her band fly off to Edmonton. Of course, she got several hundred responses. They picked twenty-five names.
I'm a very happy girl right now.
( 10:19 AM ) Sarah Jane ~
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Poking Head Out of the SandYes, yes, I know, I know. Life has been nuts. So, without further ado, my top ten list of things that have happened to me since the last entry (in no particular real order):
Now, onward to session 3 of Summer Club, Into the Woods, possibly Enter the Haggis, renfaire, and several writing deadlines. In the next two months or so. Whee!
P.S. -- Could anyone who watches Stargate Atlantis and who knows what I'm talking about (and, of course, who feels like doing it) please make me a "Crap Indeed" icon? Please?
( 3:28 PM ) Sarah Jane ~
Friday, July 01, 2005
Wacky Fun...So the reason I haven't been on in a while is I've been frantically planning curriculum for my Naturequest class at the ROM, which begins next week, and frantically replanning as we find that what seemed simple (large plastic jars) are, in point of fact, impossible to find. Oy.
But the big event last weekend was the launch of Fantastic Companions at Bakka, and again at Book Expo Canada the next day. And it was so much fun!
The launch, as it was, went swimmingly (though I got very suspicious when I heard fellow-author John, at the second signing table, say, loudly, "oh, you're Sarah's father!") But I'm told he kept his comments fairly sane. There was also some oohing over my window display, which almost (but not quite) made me prouder than the book. I mean, I'm reasonably confident by this point that my writing doesn't suck, but I'm not quite as confident about my interior design skills, despite my lofty ambitions. :o) But it truly was a joy, and there are plenty of signed copies if anyone wants to order one. And I'm still occasional staff (I lost my regular weekday, as happens at an independent store when they need to cut corners, but I'm still doing events and windows and things), so if you'd like it personalized, just let them know.
Book Expo was also fabulous. Heather, our illustrator, was there as well, and I got a lovely sketch of Variel in my book. Whee! And I got seated next to John this time, as opposed to across the room, which basically meant that I didn't stop laughing the whole time. The laughter continued as we, only slightly tipsy, made our way to East Side Mario's for dinner (joined by my sibling, who was in the city
As, incidentally, I love my city. Pride has a somewhat different meaning for me, as wandering around last week and seeing all the rainbow flags prominently displayed in the windows around town (including Bakka's), I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride in my city. I really do love Toronto.
And speaking of love, I watched a really neat film on quantum physics called "What the (Bleep) do we know?", and there was one particular section on how we affect the world around us. In one experiment, they brought a large number of people from around the world to Washington to meditate for long periods of time, and found a 25% reduction in violent crime.
And in the same section, they discussed the work of Masaru Emoto, who discovered that different messages create different patterns in water crystals, and presented it as evidence that thoughts affect reality.
Now, I'm not saying anything regarding the scientific validity of these studies because I haven't had a chance to read up on them, but I do agree very much with the sentiment. And I don't think we tell each other often enough how special we really are. So if you e-mail me with "Nice Thing" in your subject line, I'll e-mail you back with something nice I think about you but wouldn't necessarily ever think to tell you. Maybe even two. :o)
( 1:36 PM ) Sarah Jane ~