Mistakes and Magic

Last night was opening night for Peter Pan! It went good, for the most part. Some things were great, and others didn’t go exactly as planned. I will explain all. First, the bad:

About an hour before the show started we found out our Tiger Lily had been in an accident. As far as I know, she’s fine, she just hurt her arm so she couldn’t perform. One of the cast members had to do a last-minute fill-in. Also, in the chaos of a fight scene just before the second act, a girl may or may not have broken her nose. I don’t know the details of what happened, since I was not onstage at the time. Aside from those things, the show went well. There were a few small mishaps and mistakes, but those are present in most performances.

Now for the good parts of the show. There is something about opening night that makes the actors a little more excited and energetic than normal. Having a real audience in front of you fills you with elation, as well as a small amount of nervous terror. Some of the performers were outstanding, they did much better than they did when they were in rehearsal because they had an audience to react to. The flying was also amazing. (Yes, I did just say flying. We had people flying onstage, which looked really cool. That’s where the “magic” bit comes in.) The energy level was spectacular, and I felt a real surge of camaraderie within the cast. Afterwards, we were all very relieved to have completed our first show without messing up too badly.

I’ll probably think of more things I wanted to say later, but for now, I’ll sign of with some bad pirate jokes. The show is full of ’em.

What’s a pirate’s favorite sock?
Arrrrgyle!

Why couldn’t the pirate go to the movie?
Because it was rated arrrr!

Why is corn so cheap for pirates?
Because it’s a buck an ear.

Why didn’t the pirate go to the store?
Because it was too farrrr!

What do pirates wear in the wintertime?
Scarrrves!

Why do pirates have a hard time learning their alphabet?
Because they’ve spent so many years at sea!

How did the pirate cross the road?
In his carrrr!

Those jokes practically write themselves. Well, if you ever find yourself in need of a bad pirate joke, now you know where to get one.

A Thousand Things

I know, I know. It has been well over a week since I posted here. I’m busy with what seems like a thousand things, hence the title. I couldn’t think of what to post today, so here’s a life update about why I’m so busy:

I am an actress. I have been acting for a long time, and enjoy it thoroughly. Usually. Currently I am playing a mermaid, dancer, and wolf in a production of Peter Pan. We are in our very last week of rehearsals, known as “tech week” to performers. Tech week traditionally contains the longest and most tedious rehearsals. Rehearsal times this week are not as bad as they have been in the past, they’re only three and a half hours a night, but tiring nonetheless. Our first performance is Friday, and I’m a little nervous that we won’t be ready on time, but then, I feel that way about all of my performances.

School is also keeping me very busy. In my acting class, I need to have my lines memorized for an eight page scene by Monday at the latest. I also have to find a one minute monologue by Friday. And of course there’s homework, homework, and more homework. It could be worse. A couple of weeks ago I had a six page paper due.

That concludes my life update for today. So, wish me luck, or, as we say in the theater world, tell me to “break a leg”. I’m off to rehearsal.

On the Bright Side

When life gets you down, it can be very easy to sink into a deep well of sadness. This past week has been very stressful for me, and the coming week will be too. It helps to look on the bright side of things, although this can be difficult. To keep myself optimistic, I have come up with a list of things that brighten my day, or anyone’s day in general. Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter most. Here are just a few of the little things that make life a bit brighter:

-Food
-Popping bubble wrap
-Slidding across wood floors in your socks
-Ordinary acts of kindness
-Your favorite song playing on the radio
-Unexpected compliments
-Fuzzy slippers
-Fluffy hats
-Glittery stuff
-The smell of spring air just before a rain
-Ribbons
-New books
-Old books
-Fabric scraps
-Fancy paper
-Art supplies
-Candy
-A day off
-Witty remarks
-New erasers
-Good authors
-Sugar cubes
-A gift
-A hug from someone you love
-An idea for a new novel
-The people who matter most
-Movie night
-Finding something lost
-Little surprises
-A helping hand
-Catching raindrops with your tongue
-Splashing in puddles
-Singing in the rain
-Dancing
-Stargazing
-Campfires
-Silly dreams
-The sun sparkling on water
-Moonlight
-The smell of cookies baking

That’s all I could think of off the top of my head. Some of them apply to me, and some to people in general. There are so many things we take for granted, especially the little things. I take these and many other things for granted. I take it for granted that these things will always be here to brighten my day. Probably I always will. But for now, I’m glad for these things. I will treasure them while I can. I hope you will do the same for the little things that matter in your life.