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Robin Hood

Acting is, “Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” -Meisner 

Back in March I was cast as Robin Hood in the play, “Robin Hood.”

I had only been in two plays previous to this one so getting the lead was completely unbelievable for me. I didn’t know where to start, should I memorize my lines first or figure out the accent? Should I study the myth of Robin Hood or analyze the script? What about the fight scenes? I don’t even know what a parry is!

WHAT ABOUT MY HAIR?

I had a couple freak outs.

When I began to study my character and figure who he was, I realized that I’m a lot more like Robin than I had thought. He’s a leader, sarcastic, loyal, and incredibly handsome.

Qualities God has also given me.

Still, I had a long way to go.

1. I sound like a little girl.

2. I walk, stand, and sit like a girl.

3. I’m an American.

So I began working on deepening my voice, I watched my brothers and total male strangers…how they walked, stood, and sat. I studied the British (they’re just so much better than Americans, let’s be honest).

Robin Hood #1

Finally it was tech week and time to showcase what I had learned.

Now, I’m sure I still sounded kind of like a girl and my accent was….awful.

I made many mistakes: almost killed people during fight choreography, went out of character on stage, forgot my blocking and lines, I went totally diva on my directors and fellow cast members, and I’m sure many other things that I’m not even aware of!

But despite all my shortcomings, I became Robin Hood.

Robin Hood #5

The shows went so well. I could not have been more happy with how everything turned out! My fellow cast members have all been blessed with a talent and love for acting and it is so much more enjoyable to be around people who love what they do.

Before joining acting back in January I had not been in play for the last three years and coming back has brought to my memory exactly why I love acting. It’s the “oh I’m gonna HURL!” moment before the curtains open, the late nights scrubbing off make-up in the dressing room, the last bow with the entire cast, but mainly for me…It’s the people. You have a choice at the beginning of tech week, you have to decide if those people are going to become your best friends or the people you’d punch if you didn’t love Jesus.

I was lucky, the cast for Robin Hood are now some of my closest friends on earth.

Robin Hood #2 Robin Hood & SheriffRobin Hood & FriarRobin & Judy
This guy was with me through the whole show, giving me much needed tips on my character, helping with nerves, getting me pumped up before each show, and driving me everywhere I needed to be! I love ya Judah!

The Best of the Best:

The Best of the BestFull Cast

 

 

God put each and every actress, actor, director, producer, costumer, photographer in the exact place they needed to be and used them to his glory in the lives of the people they were around.

These two friends especially will be greatly missed. They have become good friends to me these past few months not only in the play but off stage as well. Go out and represent Arts Alive to the world lady friends!

Robin Hood & Will ScarlettRobin Hood & Maid Marian

 

Finally, all praise and credit goes to God for giving me the opportunity and ability to play Robin Hood.

Curtain Call

I can’t wait to see what He has in store next.

Hakuna Matata,

~Susanna

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Lego Exhibit

When I was little my brothers and I loved to build stuff with Lego’s. I can remember playing with them for hours and hey, we weren’t to shabby at building stuff either. Well that’s what I thought until this past Thursday.

We had the opportunity to visit a Lego Exhibit at our local arts council building and let’s just say….It was freaking incredible. I know that probably sounds um, weird. But hey, it’s true.

Reflection

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blackberry-9

These are just three of some pretty fantastic sculptures created by Nathan Sawaya and you can see the rest at his website:

http://brickartist.com <if the link doesn’t work, copy and paste. 😉

Check it out!

Did you say no?

Huh uh!

Noooottt acceptable.

But anyway, the whole experience was rather humbling. When I was little, every Lego creation I built was, THE BEST.  I was THE BEST. K? That was my thought process. My projects were actually, well, less than impressive.

Duck.

Lego Duck

Star Wars.

SO GOOD.<< Lil blurry, sooorrryy.

So, I was PRETty talented.

But Lego’s have their downside, there is no pain comparable to stepping on a Lego, barefoot.

Actually, is that really a downside, or a defense tactic?

Defense

Have a good night! And people, LOOK AT THE WEBSITE! You will not regret it.

Hakuna Matata!

Ciao Baby!

~Susanna

 

 


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Drawing

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Needless to say, I am not an artist.

I receive drawing books and quickly burn them, they are all the SAME!

They go like this,

Draw oval:

Oval

Draw small perfect circle:

drawing #2

Shade:

drawing #3

Wat8

Good news, I’m not the only one!

Glitter

Fan mail apparently, is not just a letter.

Huh. Improvement.

Harry

There are different kinds of drawing, for example:

Eyebrows

da brows

Tattoos

Test spelling and grammar BEFORE.

tat

Drawing lessons should be mandated.

Eh. I doin’ pretty good.

pdf631< that’s a mermaid for all you uncultured swine.

Have a good week, draw something for me! Just kidding. I do not want your drawings.

ron-swanson-

Hakuna Matata!

Ciao Baby!

~Susanna


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The Evolution of Music

Hello People!

The evolution of music the past few decades has been drastic and honestly a little pitiful…

We’ve gone from

This…                                                                                                         To this…

Bing crosby                                            Macklemore

This                                                                                                         To this….

Etta James  1964 Gilles Pétard Collection- DALLE                                           niki minja

This…                                                                                              To this….

julie andrews                                         Lady gaga

This…                                                                                        To this…

stevie wonder                                      Snoop dogg

And finally this….                                                              To this….

Micheal Jackson                                    Justin bieber

You could literally kill someone with that hat…

In the words of Victor Hugo, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent” ….apparently musicians just don’t have much to say anymore… 🙂 With the exception of country music of course. 🙂

Hakuna Matata!

Ciao Baby!

~Susanna


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Cheaper by the Dozen

Hey people!

I would like to invite you guys this weekend to Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio’s production of “Cheaper by the Dozen” a play based off the book by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth. My brother Judah and I are in it and we would love to see you there! The shows are Friday and Saturday night at 7:00PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM at the Paramount theater in Downtown Burlington. To reserve seats please call 336-222-TIXS…again we would LOVE to see you there!

cheaper by the dozen

photo by Kimberly Lunceford

Hakuna matata!

Ciao Baby!

~Susanna