Ahh, Alamosa. You tiny town that not all can handle, but I have learned to overcome,  and to face you everyday and entertain myself!

This weekend was a lax one, but still full of fun! Friday evening ended up being a fun excursion to Walmart for all the necessities: cookie dough, cupcakes and gatorade before joining the gang back at the apartment for some good ole Invader Zim! Yes, college only brings out the best in you!

Saturday evening ended up being quite entertaining! A slow morning filled with the utter realization that homework was just not an option! I therefore, neglected my laundry, washed my car, and watched some season six of “The Office” with friends while entertainingly watching some of them try to master some guitar cords. The night did continue to get pretty entertaining as some buddies and myself ventured to Milagros Coffee Shop for some Open Mic Night! It was entertaining, hilarious, chai tea-tastic and ended with more venturing to the other side of town for some Scattergories in a house full of us college kids!

(One of the guitarists at Open Mic Night)

I am now attempting homework, which is to say in the least, very difficult, because all I am thinking about is my awesome dinner-date later this evening with Justin and David. Maybe I’ll do homework after that… :)

Ugh and it’s Daylight Savings, which I’ve spaced ALL day, however I am happy to gain an extra hour to my life!

Well, until next time and I leave you with this quote:

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life… as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” -Booker T. Washington

Kaitlyn …

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So one thing I’ve become accustomed to being a member of ‘the arts’ since I was a freshman in high school is that not enough emphasis is given to the arts and those who are involved. Let’s digress a bit and look at one of the number one ranking shows on television right now, Glee. It’s first pilot episode grossed over 9 million viewers. Now what is so enticing about this hit-tv comedy-drama? Okay, it has good looking actors, catty high school problems, heated relationships and much more, but it also is focused around the arts. The idea of a club in schools where youths can sing and dance and express themselves while also breaking stereotypes is a huge reason as to why Glee is so popular today.

The arts today are so crucial to youth development, sports and academics can only add so much to one’s personal growth. Studies have shown that youths who incorporate and participate in arts and sports together have better grades, more social stamina and better chances of scholarships for college.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that it is frustrating when such emphasis goes towards sports alone and leaves programs centered around the arts to dwindle into non-existence.

Well, I guess not all has failed yet here at Adams State, Two Rooms closed today and our student-directed shows: The Sextet are premiering in two weeks! I cannot wait, these six short steamy, bloody, comical, dramatic and downright freaky shows are going to be a big hit!

Well, I’m off to support the academic part of me, while of course listening to show tunes!

Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote (lyrics actually) that in my own way represents the arts to me:

“I’m alive I’m alive
I am so alive
climb on my back
and we both can fly….
I’m alive I’m alive and I’ll never die”       -Next to Normal (Musical)

Check out this amazing song:

Kaitlyn…

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The title to the blog is the title of an amazing song from Next to Normal, a heart-stopping beautiful musical I was fortunate enough to see in New York this summer. It won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2009 Best Original Score and 2009 Best Leading Actress at the Tony’s. Not only did I put the song as the title to my blog because it is an amazing song of a girl being compared to her dead brother that she will never live up to, but because it has had some relevancy to my life lately. Being a theatre major and going into the theatre world, you can be literally invisible. It’s a tough world out there and you have to go into it knowing you’re going to be rejected over and over and over, your heart will be broken, you will cry, you will try to change your appearance,you’ll be
told you’re not good enough and still, somehow you stick with this intense art form because, well, you love it and there’s nothing else you’d rather do. You end up becoming the character you are onstage when you’re offstage, you have hardly anytime to eat and when you do, you eat anything, you write notes about your play and character in your school class notes, you listen to lyrics from musicals and they totally and completely represent your life and you find yourself doing anything to succeed in this art.

“Superboy and the Invisible Girl
Son of Steel and Daughter of Air
He’s a hero, a lover, a prince
She’s not there…”

Coming back to school and into the world of theatre has been exciting, despite my somewhat harrowing and depressing yet utterly realistic paragraph above. I got cast as the lead in “Two Rooms” which will premiere October 2nd. I am so excited! Apart from the play however, I am slowly starting to realize what I need to do to be successful in theatre and prepare for the theatre competition we go to in February, yes already planning and it’s months away! I hope this year brings exciting new experiences and I cannot wait for all that is ahead in the theatre!

Well, Until Next Time and when I camn elaborate more on the first few weeks of school thus far!

And I leave you with this quote:

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

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Well, I am here at camp in Pennsylvania for the summer. So far, it’s intimidating, I’m new and there are returning counselors who already know the place and how everything works…I had a break-down the other day and called my mom crying telling her I wanted to go home, she told me to stick it out and it’ll get better. I sure hope so.

 I’m at pre-camp right now, that’s the before camp work time. There are about 40 of us and we clean up camp before the campers arrive. It is hard! We’re mowing, raking, painting, scraping paint off buildings etc. We work all day and then we’re exhausted at night.

I do like being here and meeting the internationals! I worked all day with Duran and James, two boys from South Africa. I am going to start a Counselor of the Week with my blogs where I talk a bit about some of the international and even national staff here, I cannot wait!

Another thing that’s awesome, is the camp itself! There is a huge lake for swimming, water skiing etc., circus training (flying on trapezes and juggling etc) a theatre dept (OF COURSE!) a huge outdoor ropes course and so much more! I cannot wait for camp to start!

Sorry they were no photos yet, the computer wouldn’t let me load them :(

Well, Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote:

“Life’s not about fitting in, but standing out”

Kaitlyn….

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One of the nice things about Finals Week is all the fun stuff on campus that is free!

This week in the on-campus apartments, we had doughnuts and milk Monday night, smores Tuesday night, last night was Late Night Breakfast, tonight is coloring night, and tomorrow night is cinnamon rolls! All of these are great study-breakers and help give you that extra boost of sugar to finish studying!

The Late Night Breakfast is always a big hit, they serve pancakes, hashbrowns, sausage, biscuits and gravy and your choice of juice, milk or soda! It is always packed and there’s always a band playing during the whole thing. I ate so much food last night, I waddled back to my apartment…

Here’s a group of us theatre majors at the Late Night Breakfast! YUM!

Well, I have about 6 papers to finish before 5 p.m. …..it’s 2  p.m. right now….ugh

Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote:

“I play the harmonica. The only way I can play is if I get my car going really fast, and stick it out the window.” ~Steven Wright

Kaitlyn…

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So Our Town ended yesterday afternoon, I’m not too sad to see it end, I get my evenings back now!

It was fun, but I’m ready to move on to tonight: 1st Amendment Theatre: An Evening of Banned and Censored Plays!

We have scenes from Children’s Hour, Spring Awakening, Angels in America and Phaedra’s Love. They all include controversial topics such as rape, homosexuality, teenage pregnancy, incest, oral sex and much more. There’s male and female nudity, adult language and much more as well. I am so EXCITED! I directed Spring Awakening, my directing debut!!! We’re expecting a big crowd. If I can, I’ll get some not-risque photos up in another blog!

Last night was fun wrapping up Our Town, us crazy theatre majors got some pick-up games of kickball, hackey sack and soccer going, it was fun.

Playing soccer on front of Richardson Hall.

Well, I’m off to study for one of my finals tomorrow!!

Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote:

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done. “ ~George Carlin

Kaitlyn….

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Ugh, so because of the shoes I have to wear for Our Town, which have no arch support, my right arch went into excruciating pain today during the matinee…it sucked.

The assistant stage manager and I had to tape nylon to my foot to add some arch to it, and that barely helped. Otherwise, things have been going well during the shows, three down and five more to go! Then…finals week and packing…ugh…

Some of our actors backstage in the dressing room during the show.

Well, I know the blog was short, but I have a paper due and all of next week to schedule…

Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote:

“UDFGONER hernheinrh eilngh/elrhn inerhinehindkbln”  (My current state of mind)

Kaitlyn….

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HAHA! So, I had to write a blog real quick! I’m in the Computer Lab, not working on my paper due at midnight, and there is this guy and girl behind me talking so loudly about how she wanted to get with him but he seemed liked a poopey-head and her friend said not to, and how he was all into her and was just messin’ around the first time they met and whatnot. OMG! This is hilarious! They are talking so loudly and everyone can hear what they’re saying! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t even answer my phone in the Computer Labs because it’s rude and everyone can hear what you say, the acoustics in here are wonderful! Well, I had to share!

HAHA! The Guy and Girl in White Shirts Next to each other….Gotta Love Them!

Oh!!!!! Also, Water-Gun Mafia Wars started today in the theatre department. We split into three mafia families and we can spray each other with water guns to kill each other, but while following certain rules like: no shooting indoors, not while in route to theatre rehearsals, if you get hit you have to call your Don (GodFather, head Mafia Family Member) and ask to get revived before your attacker gets ahold of them. It’ so fun! I have a hit man after me, so I’m overly cautious! Wish me Luck!!! I will survive for my Mafia Family! Go Team Vodka Cannoli de Lovitt!

Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote:

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  ~Jim Davis

Kaitlyn….

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One of the difficult things you have to go through in college is missing family. My family is five hours away! Which has made my driving tolerance shoot through the roof, but it still sucks to drive ten hours round trip just to be home for a day and a half.

I want to go home this weekend. Free laundry, food and getting to see everyone is awesome. Unfortunately, I might not be able to because I want to leave Friday afternoon, but I have observations to do for my ED class and rehearsal which goes til 10 P.M. I would have to leave early Saturday morning, leave Sunday afternoon and for what?

Ugh…I miss my mommy!!!

Me and my Mom at a high school wrestling match…

Until Next Time and I leave you with this quote:

“I like to stand near ATM machines and when somebody types in their pin number, I go “I got it!” and then run away.” -Demetri Martin

Kaitlyn….

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OMG! I hate allergies! I have been so miserable for the last week! These are definitely the worst I have ever had…it makes me nervous for summer at camp…my mom is swearing by an allergy shot…I don’t think they’ll help though. Anyone out there ever had an allergy shot? Let me know if they work!

Well, Our Town rehearsals are…okay. They’re draining since I cry every night during the dramatic third scene. I cannot believe we open in like two and half weeks! I’ve included some photos from the latest rehearsals! Enjoy!

Here’s David and Jacob practicing the “morning of the wedding” scene.

I caught Brittney eating and looking over her lines! :)

Well, Until Next Time and I leave with this quote:

Those who admire the massive, rigid bone structures of dinosaurs should remember that jellyfish still enjoy their very secure ecological niche

Kaitlyn….ugh where’s the Allegra D???

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