June 7, 2009

Busy Me

I've been writing my butt off for the U.S. portfolio, so I don't really have a full post in me. Instead, you can have a few messed up quotes from last year's theater homework. First is my writing about Beauty and the Beast, which I only viewed from the pit orchestra, where I was playing. However, I was still required to write a lengthy analysis of the production.
The first question, required a summary. I wrote most of it, then added "At that point, the show segues into 40 pages of constant music. I was unable to see much else until right at the end, when Belle tells the beast she loves him, and the spell is broken, reverting him and the others to their natural forms."
  • "In my corner, I could only really hear strings, the drum set, and the louder brass notes. However, I could tell that we improved greatly during the rehearsal process, and complemented the actors by the end of it. However, we could have been quieter." (this is a reference to the brass section in particular, who enjoyed blowing my eardrums when I sat over there)
  • "The spotlights on the speaking characters on the wraparound that caused sun spots on my eyes if I happened to look up were undoubtably bright enough to draw the audiences attention."
  • "The pit orchestra was often unconcentrated" (we had too much pulp, apparently)
  • In response to a question asking who I admired in the production. "As a member of the pit, I saw very little of the actors or the technicians. However, I did admire some my fellow pit people. The one I was able to see the most was Harry, the keyboard II, who sat directly in front of me. I admired how focused he was. He talked very little, instead concentrating on his music. When my keyboard was unplugged by an overzealous cellist, and I accidently flipped off his trying to turn it back on, he managed to continue playing and not get lost, unlike me, who missed the entirety of Be Our Guest trying to catch up."
  • "My least favorite moment in the play was in the Gaston reprise. I had to play octave As with my right hand extremely quietly, while staying on tempo. Unfortunately, my amp was far about 6 feet away from me, and I couldn’t hear myself. This made it immensely difficult to stay on the same tempo as the bases, who were right next to me, and I ended up not playing the As at all."
  • "The fog during the transformation smelled bad."

From Romeo and Juliet, which I wrote a second paper on, later in the year, I leave you with one quote

"Forming styrofoam bricks using a cheese grater is surprisingly time consuming."

15 comments:

Jillian Elise said...

never thought of photoshop as an art form?! I'm a little insulted.. the world IS art! photoshop just comes with the never ending growth of technogolgy. there's also Indesign, Illustrator CS editions, flash (making movies or short films).. haven't you ever heard of the competitive career field of GRAPHIC DESIGNERS. photoshop is our life. advertisements in magazines? mostly done with some type of Adobe Software. I know for a fact Apple? Itunes, ipods.. there advertisements are done with a verryyy educated staff of graphic designers that definitely use photoshop. (I'm really not that insulted, just shocked).

Hope my work shows you a glimpse of what's really out there--wait.. check out this site- a classmate from college teamed up with friends and built this.

digitalflow.org

enjoy!
-Jillian Elise

vicky/bruney said...

AAAAAAAAHHHH!!!! return of the Debrahs TEA!!!!

Tea said...

I dunno about a debrah. Jillian doesn't have any bare-chested photos up, for instance, and gretchen pulled her into this when she started following her blog.

vicky/bruney said...

Ohhhhh...well, I take back my previous post then...Guess what? I FINISHED MY PORTFOLIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, the writing part, but, the designing part is the best part (that was like 3 'parts' in one sentence...) how's yours coming>

Gretchen said...

nice bruney
you should check out jillian's blog. the designs are actually realllyyy cool.

tea:
in your first bullet point, you repeat however as a sentance starter twice in a row which is a little weird.
the second quote "the spotlights..." i think you should take out the 'that' after wraparound.
love the unconcentrated and the styrofoam bricks :)

vicky/bruney said...

woah....someone has some serious photoshop skills...those are really good!!! (better than anything we produced last year in computer class right gretch? remember our shoe project?)

Gretchen said...

haha, best shoe project ever!!!

our menues were pretty snazzy too

oh, remember our newspaper ads?

vicky/bruney said...

hahahahaha...the classified ads were the funniest things EVER!!! remember they were for like "used toilet paper" and "iguana pet sitting job" and my menu was sooooo lame, I just copied Olive Garden and put it in word...maybe Jillian should've helped me :) (good to know she's not another Debrah!)

Gretchen said...

bruney, morning, library, tomorrow, nurse

yes?

vicky/bruney said...

no...you know that my free is first period on mondays...? geez gretch...it's been a full year!!!! but I'll find you after italian and we can walk reallllllyyy slowly to gym...

by the way...i think that my scrambled word is the best yet: ingboop

Gretchen said...

i'm walking down from bio, we can meet near the nurse's office

Tea said...

on a totally unrelated not- Vicky, I'm actually citing blog posts in my portfolio. I copied and pasted a couple of them to prove that I think about things outside of class.

vicky/bruney said...

hahahaha...Will Mrs. Opmin find out who her online persona is?

Jillian Elise said...

Thanks so much about my work! : )

Tea:
Seriously with your blogs. you need to write a novel. I swear the way you write is better than some books I've read. You'll be the next best-selling young adult novel. (and make lots of $).

even if it is about high school drama..

you'll be surprised by how many other young girls like you would relate to your life. (I know this because I've tutored high school kids for certain subjects).
I was a semi-overachiever in high school and an overachiever in college. {it may be sad that a college graduate is reading your posts but I'm telling you, you have natural writing skills you could jump from (what are you in? 11th grade? 16? whatever).. to a second year college level class and most likely Ace it. }

-Jillian Elise.
p.s. I will leave you alone now though if it really bothers your friends.

Tea said...

Jillian: Thank you very very much. Writing a novel is definitely on my list of "cool things I'd like to do someday, if I ever manage to have time..."