Friday, June 26, 2015

Words from the Stage Manager

Some people have no idea what goes on behind the stage.  We have weeks of extra rehearsals where we give up our time to watch the numbers run and mark and run and mark.  Last minute runs to get props, fix costumes that should have been fixed already and countless arguments.

Some of us take off our regular jobs to make sure you have lights, sound and open curtain.  We don't get paid to do this and we don't get to enjoy the show. We see their backs and half listen because we are calling cues, fixing costumes or hunting down missing cast members.  I don't remember the last time I really saw my kid perform.

Sometimes we do get to be the first to hug them when they get off stage after nailing that lift or jump. Sometimes, we do get to wipe away the tears during rehearsals when they land wrong and it hurts.

And sometimes I yell.

So people who come to the show, and think the  rules of NO FOOD OR DRINKS in the Auditorium  or NO ONE BACKSTAGE doesn't apply to them..  or if you think me telling your child to stop playing with the props is wrong...  Stop.  Just Stop.  If you want to help then be here at every rehearsal.  Get your kid's costumes  fixed.  Make sure they are EARLY not late for rehearsal. Help us clean up after the show.  VOLUNTEER!!!

Then you will see what it takes to put on a show.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Throw back Thursday

This is pretty much how I feel today.  

That's wonderful and all but

enough already!  All that has been on the news this week is the transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner.  Gender Reassignment

She (I'll use the pronoun She has that's how she identifies herself) had the means to do what she felt was right.  Great, Wonderful.  Not everyone has that chance.  I know a lot of people who identify themselves as the opposite gender to which they were born.  Genetics is screwy sometimes and the brain and body got all mixed it.  It happens.  It's happened for years.

Did Chaz Bono get the same "glorification" news coverage?  Nope.  Lana Wachowski? nope.  They supported others quietly and were sometimes ridiculed by the media.  It's all because of the name and family and a need to be liked.  This is why I don't watch TV anymore.

Here's my take.  YOU ARE A PERSON!

If you were born a girl and identify as a boy, great.  If you were born a boy and identify as a girl, great.

Let me know what you want to be called and I will do just that.  It doesn't change what I think of you as a PERSON.  I will support you.  And I will still call you friend.

I have said what I had to say and it's no longer a topic for me.  Moving on... let's have coffee.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Randomness just 'cause

There is just too much going on to make a clear and concise thought.  Work, kid's dance stuff, hobby, home, general crappiness.  Getting old sucks sometimes.  So I give you a photo montage.  Deal. 

Me working.. talking to clients on the phone and snuggling with my Wonder Woman bear.  Don't judge. You'd snuggle too. 

Stage Manager for the kid's performance.  Pro : I get a headset  Con:  I don't get to see the show.  ever

My Hostas and Bleeding hearts.  I love me my Hostas.  I planted them once (ok, twice - thanks mom) and they are taking over.  I think they are aliens and planning world domination. 

I remember when this was a "strong" cider.  Not so much any more.  Tasty. 

Look.. i have a halo.  I am an Airport Angel..  stuck at JFK for 15 hrs. 

Our cat who thinks she's a dog.  No joke.  She begs.