"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~T.S. Eliot

"You were once wild here, don't let them tame you!" ~Isadora Duncan

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." ~Andre Gide

"Follow your bliss!" ~J. Campbell ... and my folks!

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." ~Andy Warhol

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela

"...open and expanding like an unfinished book..." ~Quote from a friend, Travis Judd

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela

"The capacity to be puzzled is ... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science." ~Erich Fromm

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." ~Mae West

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." ~Augusto Boal

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"Pure Poe" is over...what's next?

"Pure Poe" ended on the 28th. The entire tour went really well! Met some really great theatre folks here in the capital district, had a great time, and hope to work with Cap Rep again in the future!!!

And now ... my Drama Kids classes continue, of course! :)

And, it's time to really get going with "Circus Olympus", the GCS MS play. Gotta plan auditions for next week, gotta get the rehearsal schedule - dates at least - sorted out, gotta officially purchase the rights for the show (ASAP on that'a'one), and gotta get started on the masks I'm going to use within the show! :)

Woot woot! I love going from one gig to the next, let's hope life continues on this path.

Ohhhhh, and I've gotta figure out what my December GCS HS Drama Club 24 Hour round is going to be. AND I'm going to see how much it would cost to rent, for one event, the GE Theatre at Proctors to see if I can get my 24 Hours Around The World round done. Cross your fingers.

Ok, and that is all...for the moment.

Nope, I lied, this is that last thing ... I'm also going to join TCG for a years trial, it will allow me onto the site to job search and a years subscription to American Theatre Magazine. Sweet!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DK Teacher Bio

For my Drama Kids job my boss made a news letter for the parents that gave some bio-style info of the teachers. This is the bio I gave:

Miss Maggie is an International Theatre Director, Equity Stage Manager and Drama Teacher. Much of her recent work, theatrically speaking, has been with kids of all ages. She spent this past summer out on the West Coast working as a Drama Teacher with Stone Soup Theatre in Seattle, WA as well as directing “Disney’s Aristocrats Kids” and “Into The Woods Jr.” (and teaching) kids in Bremerton, WA who were taking part in a two week summer camp. In the Capital District area, along with her fabulous Drama Kids Teaching position, she has directed the past two shows at Greenville Middle School, “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “The Wizard of Oz”, and is gearing up for this years production of “Circus Olympus”. And has also had the good fortune to stage manage a tour - going into schools in the Capital District - of “Pure Poe” with Capital Repertory Theatre’s ‘On The Go’ series. Miss Maggie has spent the past fourteen years working in, and studying, theatre around the world. Her skills and training have taken her to Bali, Scotland, Austria, Russia, England, Romania and to several U.S. States. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Essex in London.

The day after the newsletter went out I was in one of my Thursday night classes and one of the Mom's gave me a nice compliment regarding my bio. She said she hadn't realized all the stuff I'd done etc...and thought it was really great! :) That's nice.

One Week Down

The first week of the Pure Poe tour is over, and it went really well. One week down, one to go! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

No Sleep!

Ok, that's NOt entirely true ... but get this schedule ...

Up at 5am to leave the house at 6am to leave the theatre at 7am for a 10am show in Vermont (we arrive 90 minutes prior to the show for set up time etc...) ... a few hours in the middle of the day were free ... then 4:10pm call for a 6pm show ... arrival back home at 8:45pm - HOLY MOLY DUDE!


Up at 4:30 to leave the house at 5:30 to leave the theatre at 6:30 for a 9am show in Queensbury, NY.


Snack and then bed. You heard me!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Show Vortex

So I am super busy with this On The Go show, "Pure Poe", with Cap Rep and have pretty much been sucked into the Show Vortex!

I only have Sunday's off, and due to the 45minute drive to and then again from work every day, means really long days. There's no place for me to go when I have a few hours off between some "morning" bit of work and then the "evening" bit of work, what this means ... I'm out of the house stupid early and getting back really pretty late. Now, it's not undoable, clearly, as I've been doing it. But it does make for 'almost instant crashing' on the couch or in bed when I get home ... and thus, the lack of blog posts I've NOt done over the past few days. (Is that even a semi accurate sentence? Probably NOt.) I also "fear" that this will likely be a continuing theme for the rest of this month. So ... yeah ... we'll see.

Anyhoo...the tour officially opened last night, and the first show, despite a few prop glitches, went really well. The talk back at the end of the show yielded some pretty good questions, and there was even a Mom who came up to the actor after the talk back to say how much she and her kids loved it. That the boys, who were all middle school age, started out sitting behind their parents and had to come next to them for the scary factor of "Pure Poe". :) And that they paid attention really well, well better than they do for other things, so GOOD!!! :o)

In other news ... I've got NOthing. Hahahaha.....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Long days make early nights!

Working a "9-5" and trying to balance an evening part time job and driving the 45 minutes to and from home ... well, it's exhausting, and I've not even done all that much with the part time job recently. Though, the "9-5'er" does have me doing some "site visit" recon - making sure I know where the locations the tour is going are, that they've got the appropriate place for us to perform and all that ... and many of these visits have had to be prior to our rehearsal start day. Factor in the travel from my home to the location and back to the theatre, and all before 9:30am, so that I still have time to set up for rehearsal ... sigh ... I am pooped! It's 9pm and YES, I am going to bed now! Well ok, I'm typing "right" now, but you get my drift.

NO, nothing interesting in this post, it's function is really so that I've posted something on the day ... it is a 365 days of me blog ... NO?!?!?!?!

Sigh...that is all for now.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I got NOthing! Ha ha ha!
Rehearsals are going well ... we start the tour "officially" this Friday, well we're going to the Troy Night Out and doing one part of the show ... so the next day is our "official" first whole show performance! :)
Und zat is all for now!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Working on a Holiday!

Well, today is the first holiday in a LONG time that I have had to work, even if it is only a minor holiday! Happy Columbus Day All!!!

And, well, let's see ... all jobs have their ups and downs ... super sucks when you're sitting in the midst of one of the downs ... but I have faith that by tomorrow morning all will have righted itself in the world of happy worker bee me - and if NOt, than I'm totally going to fake it! So there!!! Muwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaa...

And ... I've really gotta get my butt in gear, or at least going, for the G'ville MS play. We're going to have auditions in a few weeks, and before that can happen I need to get a synopsis of the show out for the kiddos to read (and perhaps their English or History teachers to read to them) so they know what the show is. It's not a well known fairy tale like I have done the past two years ... it's Greek Myths, totally kidded out!

Anyhoo...I suppose that is all for the moment.

Suppose also that I should begin to look for things to apply for that would begin in the February or later time frame ... oh job hunting ... sigh ... ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


PS...this blog is so NOt following the title ... or its original conceptive idea ... I guess it doesn't really matter, right?!

Clowns and Apple Picking

Today's theatricality took the form of apple picking ... at a farm where you can pet / feed some animals ... at a farm whose Kendall apples had been soooooo thoroughly picked over that you need to extend an apple picking pole (or your niece up above your head) to reach them. Then we found the other apples, Macintosh's I think (or, well, super tasty apples at any rate). These trees were smaller somehow, and yet, they had WAY more apples on them - and at heights where said nieces could pick apples without having to be hoisted up in the air! Super fun!!!

Then, once home and after some playing around the yard ... we busted out the face paint and Aunt Gittybug The Clown created two new little clowns. P donned her clown name from last Christmas when I painted her like a clown for the first time, of Doo Da, and T decided upon "Ooo aaaah" (yes, like the sound a monkey makes)! Then P painted my face too ... good times!!!

And that is all, theatrically speaking.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


I know this is normal in any job - any profession - to have "love hate" feelings about elements of it...but one of the things I find hard about the field of theatre, sometimes, is that of the weekend / holiday schedule. It's hard not to be able to spend a lazy Columbus Day weekend Saturday with my nieces (and other family members) when I have to go to work instead. Not that I am begrudging the job I've got, I am not ... but it's not your typical work day, so ... ya get my point I'm sure.

Anyhoo, I'm, as I've said for the past two posts, exhausted!

DRAT and I've not yet called a friend back who called ... and she asked me a theatre question to boot ... but now I'm sitting in a room above my two sleeping nieces, and the floors are not exactly thick so I won't be calling her back right now. MUST REMEMBER TO DO IT TOMORROW!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Yada yada...

This that and the other thing.
See yesterday's post.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fourteen Hour Days

Fourteen hour days shouldn't exist - strike that - fourteen hour WORK days shouldn't exist, UNLESS from the moment the day begins until the day ends, you don't have to travel anywhere! Ha!!!

Rehearsals going well. We've got an expo tomorrow night that we're performing an excerpt from the show for, that will be fun! :)

Drama Kidding - parent observations today, they went really well!

Sleepy me = bed time ... gotta be up early enough to do a site visit tomorrow morning before going to the theatre, then figure out how we're packing up the van, and exactly what costume bits need to travel with us ... then rehearsal ... then break ... then expo set up ... then break or something ... then expo ... then strike and bring everything back to Cap Rep and unload the van. Phew!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Rehearsals going well! :o)
All things Edgar Allen Poe.
Am I the first person to see Poe ... Poetry? Not likely ... ha ha ha

Monday, October 3, 2011

And already I'm a day behind ... what?

Right so yesterday was my day off and as you can see from the fact that there is no October 2nd posting ... well ... I TOOK THE DAY ENTIRELY OFF!!!!!!!! Boy was I tired, I literally did nothing all day long. Weeeeeee!!! :o) It was great.

It's also great to be so busy, especially since it's all theatre related! Oh yeah.

Rehearsals still going well.
Drama Kidding going well - and doing it when I can around my SM job.
Found out I've already got two kids who've signed up for the December 24 Hour project at the HS in G'ville. :)
And getting going (slowly now) with the MS Play.

Ok, and that ... for the moment is that!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oktober Fest

For me it's a fest of theatre ... mostly, ha ha ha!
Rehearsal's going really well.
And I'm looking forward to sleeping until I can't sleep any more tomorrow morning - or say 9am!!! :)

And that's all she wrote for today folks.

Happy Welcome October and Fall (it was chilly today)!