Busy Weekend

I will blog about that soon, but I will just say for now I was in Southern Illinois the entire weekend, or driving there or back.  Monday I had my usual busy day.  I tried to blog yesterday but the allergy pills I took for my headache just zonked me out.  I must say, for a new position with higher pay I certainly don’t feel those newfound funds.  I guess another $500 car bill last month and $300 for an eye doctor visit and contacts will do that.  That in addition to the medical insurance I finally purchased and the property tax bill I am trying to save for.  None of this will keep me away this weekend, or keep me from spending money, mind you!  I have plenty for that.

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So what has been going on?  Well, my boss has been taking some time off because her brother was critically injured in a motorcycle accident (or some sort of motorized scooter I’m told, as if that makes a difference.  Last I heard he was in a coma and they were going to take him off the pain medication to see if that would shock his system enough to wake him up.  Yikes.  In addition, her father was admitted to another hospital shortly after, though I forget why.  So I am covering for her as best I can as far as technical things go.  I was on the phone for awhile this morning trying to get a couple of our people in Florida up and running- this while training someone on the handheld computer who is back with us after leaving some months ago before his training was complete.  Oh, and I just learned today another employee of our company was involved in a motorcycle accident, and her father had a medical problem (a heart attack in his case) happen at the same time as well. 😯

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Now I have learned my brother is extremely upset about some damage to the classic Mustang sitting in our garage.  Apparently someone, probably me I suppose, put a ladder in the wrong place and some boxes just happened to fall on the ladder, causing it to fall on the car.  My brother was ranting on the phone yesterday and today with my mother.  One of the unfair things he brought into play were our Christian values, as if we were purposely trying to cover it up.  Really?  Christian values?  How about not making an idol of worldly possessions to a point where you yell at your mother for over a half-hour in three calls (which she had the grace to not just hang up on) and threaten to “disown us” if we don’t fix it?  My nephew, who is the actual owner of the car mind you, has made an assessment of his own that it can’t be fixed for less than many thousands of dollars due to the tiny dent (I couldn’t even find it) being in a bad spot.  He said he won’t make us pay for it, but I asked him to find out some time how much it really would be.  Lovely, we need our roof reshingled and new windows, but now we might have to pay to have a tiny dent fixed.

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So…  In more positive news, I have made an appointment to audition at our local professional theatre.  My day to go is June 12.  I need to get a new headshot done somewhere (hopefully they don’t cost too much) and I need to write a new résumé.  More importantly, I need to come up with a monologue.  I expect I will sing a selection from my usual song from the Secret Garden, Race you to the Top of the Morning, but I’m not sure about the monologue.  Someone has recommended I do something from Oliver! since I played Fagin a few years ago.  A site, musicaltheatreaudition.com, says I should not use an accent unless specifically asked to and I couldn’t imagine playing Fagin without one, so I don’t know.  I do know that since the song is dramatic the monologue should be comedic.  Many other tips involve knowing what one is actually trying out for, but I am trying out for an entire season, and one show is even listed as “unknown musical.”  The song and the monologue have to total no more than three minutes, so I have my work cut out for me- but at least I have a couple of weeks.  Any recommendations anyone?

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12 Responses to “Busy Weekend”

  1. mary911 Says:

    The Red Baron

    Snoopy: (on top of doghouse, speaking over music) Here’s the World One I flying ace high over France in his Sopwith Camel, searching for the infamous Red Baron! I must bring him down! Suddenly, anti-aircraft fire, ‘archie’ we used to called it, begins to burst beneath my plane. The Red Baron has spotted me. Nyahh, Nyahh, Nyahh! You can’t hit me! (aside) Actually, tough flying aces never say ‘Nyahh, Nyahh, Nyahh’. I just, ah…Drat this fog! It’s bad enough having to fight the Red Baron without having to fly in weather like this! All right, Red Baron! Where are you? You can’t hide forever! Ah, the sun has broken through…I can see the woods of Montsec below…and what’s that? It’s a Fokker triplane! Ha! I’ve got you this time, Red Baron (SFX: machine gun fire) Aaugh! He’s diving down out of the sun! He’s tricked me again! I’ve got to run! Come on Sopwith Camel, let’s go! Go, Camel, go! I can’t shake him! He’s riddling my plane with bullets! (SFX: machine gun fire) Curse you, Red Baron! Curse you and your kind! Curse the evil that causes all this unhappiness! (SFX: plane engine sputtering towards silence) Here’s the World War I flying ace back at the aerodrome in France, he is exhausted and yet he does not sleep, for one thought continues to burn in his mind…Someday, someday I’ll get you, Red Baron!

  2. mary911 Says:

    You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
    written by Clark Gesner, from the comic strip by Charles Schultz

    Charlie Brown: I think lunchtime is about the worst time of day for me. Always having to sit here alone. Of course, sometimes, mornings aren’t so pleasant either. Waking up and wondering if anyone would really miss me if I never got out of bed. Then there’s the night, too. Lying there and thinking about all the stupid things I’ve done during the day. And all those hours in between when I do all those stupid things. Well, lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me. Well, I guess I’d better see what I’ve got. Peanut butter. Some psychiatrists say that people who eat peanut butter sandwiches are lonely…I guess they’re right. And when you’re really lonely, the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. There’s that cute little red-headed girl eating her lunch over there. I wonder what she would do if I went over and asked her if I could sit and have lunch with her?…She’d probably laugh right in my face…it’s hard on a face when it gets laughed in. There’s an empty place next to her on the bench. There’s no reason why I couldn’t just go over and sit there. I could do that right now. All I have to do is stand up…I’m standing up!…I’m sitting down. I’m a coward. I’m so much of a coward, she wouldn’t even think of looking at me. She hardly ever does look at me. In fact, I can’t remember her ever looking at me. Why shouldn’t she look at me? Is there any reason in the world why she shouldn’t look at me? Is she so great, and I’m so small, that she can’t spare one little moment?…SHE’S LOOKING AT ME!! SHE’S LOOKING AT ME!! (he puts his lunchbag over his head.) …Lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me. If that little red-headed girl is looking at me with this stupid bag over my head she must think I’m the biggest fool alive. But, if she isn’t looking at me, then maybe I could take it off quickly and she’d never notice it. On the other hand…I can’t tell if she’s looking, until I take it off! Then again, if I never take it off I’ll never have to know if she was looking or not. On the other hand…it’s very hard to breathe in here. (he removes his sack) Whew! She’s not looking at me! I wonder why she never looks at me? Oh well, another lunch hour over with…only 2,863 to go.

  3. derek Says:

    Is those your monologue suggestions, Mary911? 🙂

    Thanks.

  4. mary911 Says:

    Was doing a little perusing, and thought these were good ones. Whatever you choose, good luck!!! I’m sure glad we don’t have to worry about going through a process like that….one of the few benefits of a small community theatre, i guess.

    I’m sorry about the whole stupid car thing. Maybe you or your mother should have charged rent to keep the car in your garage….and if they were that worried about it, they should have gotten it out of there. Sometimes people don’t think. Don’t let it get to you….I think Judge Judy would be on your side…. 😉

    Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!!!
    Mare

  5. derek Says:

    My nephew is actually unconcerned- it’s my brother who is raving mad about it. As for rent, I thought at first it was free, but apparently while my nephew and I are both paying for my mother’s health club membership and I considered it a gift, he considers it rent for the car.

    Thanks for the suggestions, and I will see you Saturday!

  6. mary911 Says:

    Could it be covered under your homeowner’s insurance?

  7. jamiahsh Says:

    First off… sorry to hear about all the drama. Hope everything works out.

    Second… HOW COOL! Break a leg! Hopefully, we will be making another trip West.

    Hope to see you SOMETIME this weekend. I work Saturday 12-9. UGH!

  8. derek Says:

    Good idea on the homeowner’s insurance- something to think about, but somehow I don’t see that as turning out to well. They would likely call it our fault for putting things in a position to cause the fall.

    I’m sure I’ll see you sometime, J- I’ll be there through Monday afternoon.

  9. justj Says:

    I had a wonderful monologue in “Dearly Departed” I was the preacher and the play had him doing a ‘radio’ bit at the end of act one. Great piece to get a lot of highs and lows on. I also remember a few good monologues from “Harvey”. 😉 I wouldn’t know anything about musicals… I’ll try to think of others

  10. derek Says:

    The monologue doesn’t have to be musical-related. In fact, only a few of their shows are musicals and one is Nunsense- no parts for me there!

  11. jamiahsh Says:

    Nunsense. I saw that show on my senior trip in high school at a dinner theatre. I was right by the stage and was constantly picked on or was it more my picking on the performers. I wasn’t aware that the show was interactive.

  12. taylhis Says:

    I have no suggestions for your monologue, but I bet Hubby does – I will run this by him and we can talk this weekend.
    As for your family… we can talk about that better in person too. You live in a land where false idols rule unfortunately (don’t we all to a degree, yuck), and I really admire you for not being influenced and for being one of the few voices of reason. I don’t understand how he used your Christianity against you… again, more to talk about this weekend. We can swap stories of family issues 🙂
    Looking forward to it!