Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"No change of heart... A change in me"

Couldn't resist the awful title... Sorry y'all... Well, I've been home for three days now, and Salt Lake is everything I remember it to be (Almost).  I think the main difference isn't the mountains or the people or my house or car or family.  The biggest difference here is me.  Being back in a place that has changed so little is making me realize how much being away at school has changed me as a person.  I've been able to see almost all of my closest friends since I've been back (Talk about a lot of coffee dates), and I still love them all so much.  I'm glad things haven't changed THAT much.  I know that being away at school has not necessarily made me a better or worse person.  I'm still the same person that I was before, just more confident in who I am, and more able to express myself.  Being at a school where I'm consistently working for my dream has made me so much more focused and I think has put a lot of things in perspective for me.  I'm also finding out that talking about nothing but musical theater related things for so long has made me forget how to have normal conversation... 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Flying High

... Literally.  Thanks to Delta, I'm getting free WiFi 30,000 feet above the ground.  Also, because I'm on a plane going home!  I've said it before and I'll say it again... I never thought I'd miss Salt Lake City so much.  Having such an amazing experience at the BoCo this semester has torn my heart in two.  I love my family and friends back home in Utah, but I'm also obsessed with my 2014 family in Boston.  I think this break will be good for everyone, and I'm already looking forward to coming back to school with "refreshed January hearts".  Thanks to my acting teacher, Doug Lockwood for that phrase.  Having a weekend after finals before everyone went home was amazing.  I had such a great time getting to know people even more.  Thursday was our last final (Musical Theater), and to celebrate the end of the most stressful couple of weeks, Core One decided to go out to P.F. Chang's for dinner.  Probably my favorite part of dinner was when we "reinforced" something about the semester or about our core.  "Reinforce" is something that we do at the end of every acting class at school, and helps us to finalize our thoughts about the class, and let everyone know something that we took from it.  So we went around the table and reinforced something about our core.  I don't remember exactly what everyone said, but I just remember being so shocked at what an amazing group of people my core is.  I'm so blessed to be around such talented, good-hearted people every single day.  Then on Friday, I got my room cleaned and my suitcase packed, ready to go home, and got to see the Boston Gay Men's Chorus with some of my classmates.  Our Musical Theater teacher is a member of the chorus and his husband is the Music Director, so we went to support him and finish the break off right.  From there, I took a short nap, said goodbyes, and headed to the airport with Gavin, Zoe, and Mikhail.  The rest is history.  Also, I'm cutting this post short. Looking at this screen is giving me a headache.  SEE YOU SOON, SALT LAKE!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DONE! ...Almost

Yeah, right.  I wish I was done.  BUT, huge progress has been made over the last few days regarding BOCO FINALS WEEK 2010.  On Monday I had my History of Musical Theater final exam due, a Liberal Arts paper about dating Plato's Symposium using aggression and altruism in Ancient Greek culture and art due, an actor critique from Twelfth Night for my acting class due, and my Movement for the Actor Anatomy final exam.  Needless to say, I did basically nothing but write those papers all weekend. Finals week has begun!  I had a joint acting class/monologue extravaganza with another core Monday morning, followed by our last History of Musical Theater class where we turned in our final exams and played Musical Theater History TABOO (Which my team - TEAM ETHEL - totally won.)  Tomorrow I have my evaluation meeting with the acting faculty and my piano final, then my Musical Theater final on Thursday afternoon... Then I'm DONE with finals!  There is light at the end of this black hole.  But honestly, I complain about the amount of work we've had to do for finals week, but I really wouldn't have it any other way.  Whenever I get too stressed, I just stop and think about what I'm stressing about.  I mean... To have a final exam on tap dancing? Piano? Acting?  I'm SO lucky to be at this school.  I mean, I can't wait to go home, but I don't know what I'm going to do, not being able to see all of the amazing people here for a MONTH.  I can't wait to go home and see all of the people who have been great friends to me, even though I live on the opposite side of the country now.  This move away was exactly what I needed, but it'll be so refreshing to come back home. 

But.... Focusing on my time left here in Boston before Christmas.  Everyone always says that finals week is the best week of the year here, and I see why.  The week before finals is CRAZY INSANE, but actual finals week isn't bad at all. Most of our finals are during the morning and then we just have the rest of the day to ourselves.  I've been catching up with people here who I haven't been able to see as much because of class schedules or whatever, and it's been so nice.  So far I've found that I can have a conversation with any single person in the class.  We all just hang out with whoever is free.  No cliques, we all just love each other.  We really are the 2014 Family.  

Friday, December 10, 2010

The End of the Beginning

Well, it's been an entire semester here at the BoCo. So hard to believe. First of all, a quick catch-up on things since the last Grickies. My friend Gavin and I went to New York for Thanksgiving break and stayed with his good friend from home, Jarvis. We had SO much fun. Got to see some good theater, did some shopping, and SLEPT IN. That was refreshing. We got to see Next to Normal again, A Little Night Music, and Angels in America: Perestroika. We got to meet the cast of Angels after the show. Most of them were so nice and chatted with us for a bit. It's always so exciting for me to meet people who are living my dream. Check out my Facebook album, Thanksgiving in NYC for all the rest of the pictures :)

Since Thanksgiving,  time has gone by even more quickly than the rest of this year has. I can't believe it's already the end of the semester. Today was the last day of classes, now we just have a few more finals next week and it's time to go home! One assignment that all of the Musical Theater majors have is a self-evaluation. We answer a few questions about our progress and what has changed so far this year and send our responses to our three acting teachers and have a meeting about our progress. It was really difficult to think back on specifically what kind of progress I've made because I'm such a different person now. This school has changed so many things about me that I'd been working to change for years in just one semester. Without getting too much more sappy, I just want to say that this school is definitely where I'm meant to be. I'm so thrilled with the progress I'm making, both personally and artistically. Not gonna lie though, I'm so ready for a break! I CANNOT WAIT to see everyone back home. Never thought I'd miss Salt Lake City so much. Seven more days, Utah! Get ready for the best Christmas ever :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Target, Movie Theaters, The Mall, HOME

How can these things make me miss home so much? Me and the girls went to Target this afternoon to stock up on necessities and after leaving the store, I just wanted to hop in my car and drive home instead of walking/taking public transit back to campus. I miss my car SO much. I find that it's things like movie theaters and the mall that make me miss home the most, just because it's familiar. Only 33 days until semester break and I couldn't be more ready to see my friends and family and CITY again. How is it possible that I miss UTAH? It's because it's home, and no matter what, I'm going to love it.

It's been a really great weekend at the BoCo so far. I spent Friday night at my girl Carman's apartment with Jonathan and Evan, both loves of my life, then yesterday Francesca's mom took the Core 1 girls out to lunch at Sonsie on Newbury Street. After that, I did some shopping at The Prudential and this adorable consignment shop called Second Time Around. Then a whole group of MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PEOPLE went out to Cheesecake Factory for Beka's birthday before Grickies (big parties for musical theater majors). I didn't go to this Grickies, but had a blast getting some of the girls ready. I'm obsessed with curling everyone's hair. I ended up spending some time with Rachel and Gavin, and finished the night off talking with Jonathan. Overall, it's been a much-needed relaxing weekend. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NYC, Scottsboro Boys

SO one of the best things about going to school in Boston is that New York is really accessible. The student government here at the BoCo planned a New York trip for the students. We got a bus ride to and from the city and a show ticket for just $20. MORE than worth it. People could either see La Cage Aux Folles or The Scottsboro Boys, and thanks to my main girl, Francesca Ferrari, I got to see Scottsboro. We got into the city at around noon after a four hour bus ride and had a few hours to explore before our 3:00 show. Obviously a photo shoot in Times Square was necessary...

Love of my life, Francesca Ferrari

G(a)linda and Elphaba? 

Girls sitting on the hand

My girl, Malari. We will do Side Show one day.

So now, Scottsboro Boys. Absolutely one of the most amazing pieces of theater I've ever seen. We were actually really surprised to find a protest happening outside the theater. People were standing outside chanting "Scottsboro Boys ain't no minstrel show, Shut them down, They got to go!" The thing is, though, Scottsboro Boys actually is a minstrel show. It tells the story of the Scottsboro Boys in the style of a minstrel show. We've learned a lot about minstrelsy and blackface and that kind of stuff in History of Musical Theater this semester, so it was such a good experience to be able to see an accurate representation of what the minstrel shows actually looked like. The people protesting were saying that the show's racist, but that's absolutely not the point. They told the story in the style of a minstrel show for a reason and it was extremely powerful and shocking. It was only the second broadway show I've ever seen and I couldn't think of a better one. The moral of the story: GO SEE THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.

Here's the video of the protest:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A New Start

Those select... ten(?) who follow my blog will notice that I did a bit of revamping! I was finding myself bored with the idea of rambling about my "life" and decided to take this blog in a more focused direction. Also, I wanted to get rid of posts that happened during a really strange time in my life that is now the PAST. I'm not ignoring the past, but this blog is about the new and improved me who goes to The Boston Conservatory! This blog is going to be all about my time here and will be a chance for me to reflect and sort things out that happen in my life and hopefully will be entertaining to some degree. Not my main concern. 

So I guess first order of business is to play catch up on my time so far at the BoCo. It's been a busy semester here so far! I've been here for 70 days now. (Many thanks to the countdown application on my MacBook.) It's almost midterm and I'm seeing so much growth from myself, both personally and artistically. As a lot of people know, I went to a performing arts high school for junior and senior years, but I never noticed this much progress in such a short time, and here's the conclusion I've come up with. First of all, EVERYONE here at the BoCo is extremely lucky to be here and they know it. It's so refreshing to be surrounded by such amazing artists all the time. People are so dedicated to their studies here, and I think that promotes artistic growth for sure. Also, the school's curriculum is amazing. Everything I learn in one class can be applied in some other class. The things I'm learning in Voice for the Actor helps my dance classes, or my voice lessons help me in Acting. I think part of the battle is learning to make those connections and applying them. A brilliant professor can talk at you all they want, but until you PERSONALLY start making connections and using the information, it's just words floating around a classroom.

Possibly one of my favorite things about the Boston Conservatory's musical theater program is the diversity of people and talent. Especially in my class, we have a really good blend of prominent dancers, actors, and singers. I also love the fact that our class is bigger than many of the other top tier programs. I know Carnegie and U Mich and CCM accept fewer people per year, but I'm getting the opportunity to work with not just 18 to 24 individuals for all four years, but all 50 or so people. Every single one of those 50 people have something different that I can learn from them, so I'm really excited to get to know the other people in my class. Obviously right now I mostly associate with my core of 15 people, who I ADORE. I'm learning so much from all of them, and I love watching everyone make progress. It's hard to believe that we've only been here for two months. 

43 days until winter break! I never thought I'd miss Salt Lake City so much. I'm starting to understand everyone's fascination with home. It's been really interesting to see who my true friends are. It's been hard to keep in touch with everyone as much as I'd like, but my besties know who they are and they know I'm thinking about them!