Thursday, July 14, 2011

It all ends tonight

In a matter of hours, I will be watching the final Harry Potter movie. This is a very big deal.

Bedecked in my green tie and white collared shirt, It's strange to think that this all started when I was six in 1997. Harry Potter has become an almost sixth sense thing where all of my memories have some Harry Potter referenced item. Some of the favorites involve it.

When the first movie came out, I was in fourth grade. My whole class was very into it and we all decided to cast one another in different characters in the movie. Of course we had multiple Harrys, Hermoines, and Rons. We would reenact scenes from the movie during lunch or whenever we had a break. That same year, all of the kids had read the fourth book and did book reports on it.

Now, ten years later, some of us might be going to the midnight premiere and some it may have been a one time thing. It's so strange that Harry Potter has managed to exist for so long and how much things have changed since the first book came out.

We have gone through three presidents, entered a war, seen the economy boom and fail, experienced new technology, watched countries fall apart from natural diastors and war, seen the death of one of the large terrorists of the 1990s, and experienced climate change.

More personally we've graduated middle school and high school, become adults, experienced pain and excitement, and most importantly found a way to decide who we are. Harry potter has been there for all for this.

As JK Rowling said, "Weather you come back by page or screen, Hogwarts will always welcome you home."

Now here's to my childhood, May Harry Potter always be The Boy That Lived.

Let the tears ensue.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Another Opening, Another Show

The 2011-2012 season has been announced at Catholic University!!

I'm dying. Here is the list of plays and their dates:

By Molière
Translated by Richard Wilbur
October 13th – 16th

The Language of Infinity
By Rachel K Barclay (MFA Playwright)
November 17th – 20th

In REP (February 16th – 26th)

Alien Invader
By Frank DiSalvo Jr (MFA Playwright)

The Mystery Plays
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
April 19th – 22nd

I mean, The Crucible!!! I've wanted to be in that play since I was a sophomore in high school when I first read it. When I found out, I began screaming so loud that I'm sure the neighbors thought that I was being murdered.

Now I just need to get working on my audition items and I still don't know what they want so I have a little leeway with that.

Now I'm super excited to go back to Catholic for next year. Especially because I'm taking a class about Molière!

Today is a great day. Except for the fact that I almost made myself sick with the exercising I tried today. Not a great confidence booster.

Enjoy our day!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

As the years go by, our friendship will never die

Hey everyone!

Happy belated fourth of July! My family went and enjoyed the wonderful beauty of Lake Tahoe (which translates as "big water". Original, isn't it?)for the holiday weekend. I got to spend a lot of time with my four year old cousin Maura Rose (who I call Rosie). Hanging with her and my job at the theater camp got me to thinking about my childhood versus theirs.

For example, last week at camp, the younger kids (who can be a total nightmare sometimes) were doing Toy Story as their mini-musical. All of the kids knew what it was and were vaguely familiar with most of the movies. For me, the whole week was like a throw-back to childhood. I am basically the same age as Andy was and grew up with the movies. I cried my eyes out in the last one because it spoke to exactly how I was feeling about college. Most of these kids will never feel that way about Toy Story but will find this feeling in something else. Another movie/ book series I feel this way about is Harry Potter. As would be expected.

Another thing that completely throws me is when some of the kids tell me about how they have iPods and email and yet they haven't even entered fifth grade. Technology is so much more advanced then it was even five years ago. Case in point would be when I found my old elementary school computer games. When I tried to replay them again yesterday, the software was too old to be used. That depressed me. I remember pining for a Walkman when entering fifth grade because that was the "cool" new technology. Now I rarely use CDs.

At the same time, I am far too young to be entering the old grandpa, "kids these days" rant because I really haven't seen anything. Maybe I just feel this way because I've always been like an old grandpa with my choice in music and movies and clothes.

But things can still be the same. Rosie marvels over the amazing The Sound of Music the same way I did and plays with dolls (named Rose's Baby, nothing else) the way I did. The kids at camp still crave to be in the now like I did with this one last wonderful thing from my childhood: