June 21, 2017

Being Famous

It is always interesting to me to ask the kids I teach what they think is important. I can remember teaching one group that all said they wanted to be singers and actors, but not a one of them wanted to read, memorize anything or have to even stand up! I decided that that particular group really wasn’t interested in theatre and had issues I felt ill equipped to handle. I decided I was not a good fit with that group. I always ask kids what their theatre experience has been, what......

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June 18, 2017

Doubt

I always take time out of every acting class to sit and talk with the kids. Sometimes I tell them stories, sometimes I ask their opinions, sometimes I teach a lesson about the history of theatre. The kids just want to play silly games or rehearse and we do a lot of that. I feel I have to try to teach them something every time we meet. One question I almost always ask is- Do you think theatre is important? Being kids, their answers always revolve around how it is important to......

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June 14, 2017

What Do You Do?

A harmless and simple question to be sure. The other day I was finishing up an appointment with my husband when the lady who was working with us asked me, ” And what do you do?” I always have to stop and say, “What DO I do?” By now you would have thought I’d have come up with a set response that I can whip out, but I haven’t. As someone who can spin anything into a positive, you would think I could answer a common question like this in a moment.......

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June 12, 2017

Naughty Marietta

Right as the 1940’s became the 1950’s, my mother was a teenager in Puerto Rico. Her early life, as she told it to me, sounded idyllic. Always warm days, dressing up for parties, walking with friends to school, and every Saturday paying a nickel to see a movie matinee. Back then the movies were accompanied by a newsreel and a cartoon. On special Saturdays there would be a double feature. My mother’s favorite movies were musical and she loved the films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The romance, the music, the......

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June 07, 2017

Trends

Although I am too old to follow trends blindly, I do try to keep up with what is going on in the world of politics and pop culture. I have lived long enough to know what I should and shouldn’t wear and what works best for me as far as what to eat and what products to use, but I still try to keep up with innovations and advances. I’ve never been one to jump on a “fad” diet- I eat fresh food in moderate portions. Whatever the latest thing to avoid......

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