Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blog's Out For Summer!


This is my 180th post from the Blue Moon Grille in about a year and a half. A school year is 180 days, and I have taken this fact as a sign that it's time for the Grille to shut down for vacation. I'm not done blogging, certainly, but I'm thinking of eventually developing a blog about a more specific topic. For awhile, though, I'm not going to do anything in the blogosphere, I guess. Thanks for reading and occasionally reacting. I've had a lot of fun. I hope that those who have read "The Blue Moon Grille" have had fun, too.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

No Time to Say Hello Good-bye. . .

I am happily busy with "THE GIRL WHO LOVED ROMANCE NOVELS", and so this rapid posting will once more advertise SUMMERPLAY with two photos of the cast. At the top, Sarah Baidel as Ashley is looking particularly motherly. The object of her concern is her sorority sister and BFF, the girl in the title of the play, Jess Arden, who is played by Kayla Haynes. In the second photo, Kyle Stevens as Tim reveals his secret crush to Jess. Watching is Sarah Guzman, who plays Jess's sister Juliet.

"THE GIRL. . .," the comic story of a college junior who falls for two guys on the same morning, plays this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Chittenango High School's beautifully air-conditioned auditorium. Tickets are $5 with a $20 per family limit.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Fine Group of (SUMMER)PLAYERS!

Last Thursday, after our SUMMERPLAY rehearsal, I fell into a funk. I couldn't sleep, in fact, worrying about how much we hadn't yet accomplished, who our tech people would be, were we staying close to budget, would the air conditioning be on in the auditorium, and such. Around 2:00 A.M., I metaphorically slapped myself around a little bit and reminded myself that the key word in SUMMERPLAY is "play." And especially, when it's in the "SUMMER," it's supposed to be fun!! Which it has been every single rehearsal, for all of us, I think!

Last night, about a week after my funk, most of our problems are solved. I told my players last night about my sleepless few hours, urging them not to fall into any "angst" traps as I had almost fallen into. I also told them how much I loved them and loved working with them. After all, most of them are SUMMERPLAY veterans and have "played" for years, and those who are newbies are SUMMERPLAY family members, already. And we are a close group.

We will work hard these next few days on our "PLAY!" Work on play? Sort of an oxymoron or a contradiction, at the least. As rehearsals continue and roll into performances next week, if we smile and laugh like we did last night, and still accomplish so much, what a joy it will be!