So today is my birthday! Can't believe I'm already 19. I certainly don't feel it(around my peers at college, I sometimes feel like an innocent 12 year old, but I'm quite okay with that), but there it is. Not long now before I'm 20. Also, I've made it this far without dating anyone! WAHOO! (and I don't plan on dating til I'm out of college- don't have time for all the drama that comes with it).
Since I like to do fun posts on my birthday, I thought I'd share some photos of me in various acting roles over the years :)(I'll even include some dance related ones! :)).
Me in my first dance recital outfit(for ballet). :) I started when I was four and turned five before the recital. It was my first time ever on stage and I loved it! Definitely wanted to do it again! :)
Me in my second ballet costume. Those pink gloves would turn your fingers white(because they were cutting off the circulation) if you wore them the way you were supposed to in the dance, so I ended up leaving the edge parts off unless I was going on stage.
My third year of dance and the first year I started tap(why are we wearing fish net panty hose O_O?)
The ballet outfit is based around a genie(we did the song "I Dream of Genie") and my mom basically had to sew the entire thing together -_-. It did look cool, though! :)
Me in my first play! :) It was with the traveling group "Missoula Children's Theater" and this year we did "Little Red Riding Hood". Since I was still a little kid, I got the part of one of the Racoon's. I had wanted to be Little Red, of course, but now I realize I was too young.
Paper doll ballet outfit! :)
My second tap outfit. I am a punk rocker, or something XD
Me in "The Frog Prince" as a Venus Fly Trap. I was the leader of the Venus Fly Traps and I was the only one of the kids to have a line! :D
Me in "The Arabian Nights". I was one of the sisters in the last story we did.
This year in ballet, I got to be in the opening number! :) I remember being really excited about it since we were the youngest class to ever get to do it.
Me in my last year of tap.
Me in "Snow White". This year I was a Skunk in the group of "Friendly Forest Animals". I remember being disappointed that I wasn't one of the Forest creatures(who were cool and creepy), but I had fun anyway.
Me as Mary in Church(for the Christmas play).
Me in my last year of dance. I was very happy to finally get to wear a tutu in ballet.
Me in my first year(and only year) of jazz. I loved jazz(it was a lot fun)! :) Can't believe I wore that outfit though XD(I wouldn't wear it now).
Me in "The Jungle Book". This was the first time I ever got a script in a Missoula Children's Theater play, which was a lot of fun! :) It was one of my biggest roles up to that fun and I was so happy to have been given such a good role! :)
Me in "Robin Hood" where I was a Forester. Now that I'm older, I wish I could have been in Robin Hood's Merry Band.
Me in Prep Choir.
I found out that a group of homeschoolers were putting together a movie of Cinderella and I definitely wanted to be involved! :) I ended up getting to be one of the girls who played Cinderella(we had several; I was the one who went to the ball) I also played one of the step sisters(her name was Lulu Lolly XD).
Me dancing with the Prince(I found that so awkward at the time XD)
Me as the Step Sister.
Me in choir
I started up Irish Dance in my tween years. I did it for around a year and loved it! :D A lot of fun!
After I stopped taking ballet/tap/jazz, I started up band with a local homeschool group. I played the Clarinet :)
Since I was in choir, I was lucky enough to get the chance to sing backstage in the opera Sister Angelica/Maria(I forget) at my town's University. They had wanted some children to sing with the adults in the back(for the end), so our choir teacher said we could. Annoyingly, she didn't teach us how to sing the song(which was in Italian and Latin) but thankfully, someone who knew the language was in town, so she helped us out.
Me in "The Little Mermaid". I was one of the Sea Scouts who also got to be the dragon/a soldier in one of the scenes(where we try to attack the town; we had the more fun role, unlike the guards who run away screaming). This was definitely a fun role! :)
Me in Concert Choir
When I was 10/11, I found out about a Children's Theater in the area that put on pretty good plays. I was excited, so I signed up quickly for it. The play we were doing that fall was "Sleepy Hollow". I got the part of the Ghost Pirate(as well as one of the towns people). I wish I could have had a bigger role, but it was still a fun role(except for that stupid mask -_-).
That winter(I had turned 11 by then) we did the play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" which is based on a book I really liked. I was so happy to be cast as one of Herdman children! :)(since that was what I was hoping for!). I played the oldest of the children, Ralph Herdman(a boy).
Me fighting the girl who played my sister, Imogene(I kind of got caught up in the moment and knocked her to the ground...).
I really make a good boy...:)
I was lucky enough at 12 to be cast in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"(which was a homeschool production). I was cast as the oldest Pevensie, Peter(High King!), which was just so awesome! :D I've been a fan of Narnia since I was seven, so getting to be in Narnia, and play one of the children, was just such a dream come true! :D
Preparing to rush into battle.
My favorite pic of the fight! :D So cool! :) I had a lot of fun during practice of the battle scene- me and the girl playing Edmond got bored, so when we were supposed to yell "Peter!" "Edmond!" we did it all in slow motion, being all dramatic, which was quite funny XD.
"Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen of Narnia" (in order- Lucy(my sister), Susan, Edmond, and Peter(ME!) ).
I am both king-
and a Knight! :)
While I was doing the homschool Narnia play, I was also involved in my town's children's theater's production of "Through the Looking Glass". I received the part of "The Red Queen" which is probably the biggest part I've ever had(I had around 94 lines!) and I had a blast doing this show! :)
When I was around 11, I started playing piano(sorry that this is slightly out of order).
My next Missoula production was "Jack in the Beanstalk" where I played the circus Ringmaster. I had fun with the show, but I was made fun of for wearing a fake mustache :(
I returned with the homeschool group for the last time(with that group, at least), to do the play "A Christmas Carol". I was cast as one of the narrators(called Peppermint). I had fun with the show, but the show didn't go so well when we performed :/
In the Children's theater, our next performance was the Broadway show "Into the Woods". I was cast in the role of Jack's Mother. While I wish I could have had a bigger role, I really had fun with this show and, looking back at a video, my acting was actually pretty good :)
I made a lot of people laugh during this scene XD.
"get up you worthless son!"
The spring I was thirteen, we did the play "Godspell", which is based on the book of Matthew in the Bible. I had SO MUCH FUN with this show! It's amazing, is beautiful, and has so many good, religious songs in it! :) Yet, it really can be enjoyed by anyone, which is nice :).
And, as I said before, the music is SO STUNNING! :D Love it! :D
The fun thing about the play is that everyone is pretty much equal in roles. I had a solo (which was "Learn Your Lessons Well") as well as several parts in the various parables we showed. I was even Peter in a sense(since I tried to attack Judas).
Me preparing to attack Judas.
In my last year doing Missoula Children's Theater, we did the play "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast" and I was cast as the older version of the youngest of Beauty's sister(Little Zo). I had a really fun tantrum throwing scene that had people recognizing me a year or so later. Lots of fun! :)
At fourteen(thirteen at first), my town's Children's theater did the awesome musical "Suessical", where I played one of the Wickersham Brothers. This was probably one of my favorite shows ever, since I had such a fun time playing the role, as well as the cast.
Plus, I looked badass XD
The next play I did at children's theater, was "Beauty and the Beast" where I played Madame D'Argue, as well as several other extras.
Me drinking alcohol XD(not really, it's empty. I was pretending to be drunk, though).
Me in "Thirteen". This is probably one of THE worst shows I've ever been involved in. The play was just too inappropriate and I couldn't relate to it at all(plus, it insulted geeks :P)
Me in college when everyone else is talking about inappropriate stuff XD (I was pretty much playing myself here- when the kids in the song were talking about these characters doing 'the kiss', I yelled "ewww!" XD )
When I was fifteen, I heard that the local community theater was doing the musical "Annie". Since it was a show I'd always wanted to do, I immediately auditioned. I was cast in the role of Pepper, who I had such a great time playing. In fact, this is probably my favorite production I've ever been involved in. We had adults playing adults and kids playing kids, which made the whole story more realistic. I really enjoyed getting to flesh out Pepper as a character and I think people really saw that. Also, people who had been to Broadway(and worked there) said we were as good as Broadway!(OH YEAH! :D).
Pepper with her baby doll.
When I was seventeen, I heard about another homeschool group doing the play "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and since I hadn't done a play in a year, I auditioned and got the role of Mrs. Stanely. It was a very different role than what I normally played, so it was a bit difficult, but I ended up pulling it off very well! :)
I look like a fangirl(or, well, me when I'm excited about something) here XD
I auditioned for the third time at the local community theater(didn't get in the second play I tried out for) and got the role of Lane in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest". Even though it was a pretty small role, I enjoyed my experience. Plus, it gave me some more visibility.
For some reason, people kept commenting on my thin figure. O_O(people thought I should eat more).
The actor playing Algernon was really talented. Had fun working with him.
This wasn't in the play, just me being funny for an official shot.
And now for my most recent show, Les Miserables! :D This is definitely another favorite! :D As you probably know from my post on it, I was a Barricade woman, a lovely lady, crash cart victim, factory girl, and a beggar. Basically, I was so, so honored to actually get to take part in pretty much my favorite musical. I am so blessed and lucky to get that chance.
Excited for what is to come in the future! :D Hopefully there will be many more fun roles to enjoy (in TV, movies, theater, animated, etc) :D
Also, I did also do a film acting class where we made a movie(which I didn't include since I don't currently have a picture for it).
Now for some fun tags.
Dark Chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic):
"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson- a very good book that discusses a very terrible topic. Definitely recommended for older readers
The Fruits Basket Manga are like that(it gets darker later on, but it's still pretty light)
Well, I am reading "The Blood of Olympus", but I'm really excited about it! :D
All of Jude Watson's Star Wars books! :) They make me so happy! :D Same with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Young Jedi Knights/Junior Jedi Knights, and Wild Space. Also, Yoda: Dark Rendezvous and Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus.Wafer-less Kit-Kat (a book that surprised you):
The Harry Potter books, Secrets of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith novelization, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and Speaker for the Dead.
Snickers (a book you're going nuts about):
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit/The Silmarillion, all the good Star Wars books, Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus, currently! :D
Hot Chocolate with Mini Marshmallows (a book you turn to for comfort):
Any of Jude Watson's Star Wars books.
A Box of Chocolates (a series you feel has something for everyone):
Jedi Apprentice series! :D