May 1, 2011


I can't believe I haven't written in a whole week! That is absurd to me. Lots of exciting and busy things have been happening this week though, so there is a lot to catch up on.

First of all, I had the honor of being the Assistant Director for a local production. Erie Opera Theatre just presented Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss this weekend, and we were all very busy getting everything ready for opening night!

It was such a great opportunity to see professional quality soloist singers working, even if they maybe hadn't chosen to go into a performing career. I got to learn a ton about staging and directing and met tons of new people.

Second of all, my family came down for the weekend to see me perform in my show (more on that later), so I wanted to kind of spruce up the apartment for them. Other than just cleaning it, I feel like the white walls need more on them, so my friend Meghan and I did a little project.

I bought these frames a couple weeks ago from the Salvation Army. I love that they are gold, and they were only $4 for all three! At the time I didn't really know what to do with them, but I knew that for that price I needed to get them.

Rather than trying to fill them, we decided to just take everything out of the frames and hang them on the wall plain. It gives a good contrast to the white walls and we can continue to add more as we thrift them. Here is the final product:

I know that there being only three is kind of lame, but I love that they are in a cluster, and we will collect them as we can find them. Rome wasn't built in a day, you know. And I love how the shine of the gold leaf sparkles off the weird mirror wall. (Oh, and those flowers were stolen by a bush on the side of the street).

Finally the most recent event this week was that my Opera Workshop class had it's final performance yesterday! It was called "Opera 1, 2, 3 GO!," and was a compilation of solos, duets and trios from famous operas.

I was so excited that my whole family could all come down and see me perform. Most of them haven't heard me sing in about three years! Literally both sets of grandparents, an aunt, parents, two siblings and of course my wonderful and supportive boyfriend.

I performed as Madama Butterfly in the duet "Il cannone del porto/ tutti i fior" (better known as the flower duet) from Madama Butterfly by Giaccomo Puccini. My lovely friend Marie sang the role of Suzuki. If you like opera, even a little bit, go listen to Madama Butterfly. It seriously has wonderful and haunting Asian inspired melodies. And the story is beautiful too.

Opera Workshop is seriously my favorite class ever, because we are such a crazy family. We all support and love each other in our own silly opera singing way. It's so much fun. I love these people, and I am going to miss the graduating seniors so much!

I can't imagine a better group of people to learn and grow all together. I am so glad (and kind of relieved) that the show went well, and so grateful that so many people that I love came to see it. I can't wait to get on the stage again!

And just a side note: the countdown is at 18 days till I am officially done with my junior year of college!!

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