3.4.15 | Turn It Off – The Book Of Mormon Cast

Stand-out Lyric/s – Turn it off like a light switch / Just go, click / It’s a cool little Mormon trick / We do it all the time / When you’re feeling certain feelings / That just don’t seem right / Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light

So last night, I went to go see The Book of Mormon. It has been such a long time since I’ve seen anything in a theatre and to see a touring show was quite the treat! I went into Book of Mormon with not a clue of what it was about or anything at all. The ONLY thing I knew, was that the creators of South Park had made this musical. That got me excited for some comedy for sure!
I walked out absolutely loving this show! It was great! Just the right mix of tongue-in-cheek comedy with a sense of sincerity as well. I went with two of my girlfriends and we all had a blast. After the show, I had a burst of energy and could not stop singing Turn It Off, a song that was in the show. I felt the urge to perform again, and to get on a stage. Of course I know I’d have to find something that I’m interested in, and then audition, and then get on the stage. But that night just being a goof in my room with my fiancé looking on and giggling at me was enough. It just made me happy! So I decided that I at least have to see 2 touring shows every year. Just to remind why I love performing and why it became such a big part of my life.
When the cast had ended the show, the girl who played Nabulungi, spoke about her experience being on tour and performing the show every night and it almost made me well up. I remember being a part of a theatre community and how strong they were. Yes, they might have been a little clique -y but all in all, I always came out with some of the best friends and memories.
It was a great night being one with the theatre again and I can not wait to go back.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

2.18.15 | Marian, The Librarian – Music Man (Musical)

Stand-out Lyric/s – But when I try in here to tell you, dear  / I love you madly, madly,  / Madam Librarian…Marian!

I had a mini flashback today. A flashback of when I went to Community College in Kansas. I remembered life being so simple and care-free. While I was in good ole Iola, Kansas for college, I would wake up at 4:45 for Cheerleading practice at 5, then start classes at 8, go to Dance practice at 3, eat dinner, and go to Theatre rehearsal from 7-11. Afterwards, I would try to get in some homework as well. It’s safe to say, I stayed pretty busy.
My favorite part of the day, had to be when I went to Theatre rehearsal. My first musical I did in Iola, was The Music Man. To be honest, I had heard of the show, but didn’t really care for it. I was cast as a River City teen dancer! There was a group of us all cast as that part and it was the best group I could’ve asked for and I made lasting friendships in that group. I thought of the song “Shepoopi” from The Music Man and all of the memories came flooding back. I remember this song especially because it was one of the bigger dance numbers that we did. I also remember suffering a mild concussion from one of the other dancers hitting me on the head. Thinking of that, makes me smile and laugh a little.
I miss being in that little town, and making memories there. There wasn’t too much to do in the town but you learned how to make your own fun. I had never had to do that in my life before so it was challenging in the beginning, but that town changed my thinking on a lot of things.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly