Monday, November 23, 2009

Bye Bye Birdie, another possible path?

I was recently part of a great production of "Bye, Bye Birdie." This was an interesting experience for me, because it didn't involve even once that I perform on stage. My very close friend, Melanie, is the teacher at Box Elder High School and about a month ago asked if I could do some photography and design her posters for their musical. So I went in and took pics of the girls and came up with what turned out to be an incredibly adorable poster. Which I can say...actually even shocked me at how well it turned out. I love when I shock myself with what I am able to do.

As the show went on, I was spending more and more time at the school helping Melanie out. I designed their t-shirts, I designed some buttons the girls would wear saying, "The future Mrs. Conrad Birdie." We also decided on the set to look a certain way. Then we decided to use some of my photography on it. I also designed some phenomenal hanging posters in the auditorium that were 12'x4' and looked phenomenal! I helped with the costumes, I helped McKenzie with her hair and make up and loved every moment of it!

One of my favorite things about this experience was watching this kids put on their play. I've always loved putting on a show and there's nothing like an opening night, but to watch these kids put on THEIR show, was...touching. I understand why Melanie does what she does and I understand why she loved us and loves all her kids so much. There were kids in that show that didn't have any other outlet in their life. And being on that stage meant the world to them. They glowed and smiled and loved every second of being in that show. Melanie doesn't turn down one student when they audition for a show. Everyone gets a chance. You don't see any coaches doing that. And you don't actually see a lot of teachers do that either.
When those kids had their big first opening number on opening night, I got a little emotional. I was SO proud of them! I had watched them work so hard and give SO much. The seniors were doing their final musical and they were performing in the middle school, because their auditorium was being renovated. They had rehearsed in the blazing heat and the freezing cold. They hadn't complained once! If that had been MY senior year, we all would have been whining like crazy. We were whining because we had to do Joseph.
Anyway, so here are some of my photography from the show. I hope you enjoy the pictures as I had fun working with these kids and thinking that possibly...I should go to school to become a drama teacher.
Jordan was the adorable Conrad Birdie. Had to work with this kid to get him to understand he was a star that girls were in love with, but by opening night his "honestly sincere" was so phenomenal I couldn't help but cheer louder than anyone!

These are the banners I designed to hang in the auditorium! They were adorable, set the best mood as audience members walked in. They loved them and kept asking where Mel got them.

Kinda gives you an idea of how huge they were! Completely larger than life. And they looked so awesome!

We used my photography on the set! I came up with the idea for the grid with the "mod" squares. And like any Melanie production the set was Platforms and blocks. There were also adorable panels that would roll on and be used for background or telephone booths.

And here are some of my favorite photos we took to put on the set, plus a few more. This show was amazing and fun. I wish I could use words to express how wonderful it was to be apart of it! I am now designing for Midsummer's Night. And I it's going to be wonderful! I can't wait.

It was just amazing to get to work with Mel on a different level. I've always been one of her students, one of her cast members, her costume designer, etc. But to help her put so much into this show was so fantastic. I really learned to love it so much and I learned to love the kids in this show. There were kids in this show that this was the greatest thing they had ever done in their lives!

Friday, November 13, 2009

How does your garden grow?

Mary Mary Quite Contrary! How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockel shells. And pretty maids all in a row!

I never claimed to be a great gardener. I just love flowers. LOVE flowers. And our little garden areas in front of our house have been showing a sad need for some tender lovins. They've become a beautiful green lush WEED garden. Ugh. And I knew that if I wanted flowers in the spring I had to do something about it. So I dug up the gardening area in front of our porch and then the area in between the window wells in front of our house. removed all the crap and seperated the tulip bulbs I planted forever ago.

I've been so busy though I haven't had any time to do it. But it was supposed to snow this week, so I, I'd better do this or come spring we're going to have a beautiful healthy garden of ugly weeds again!

Shawn drove up from Salt Lake to help me. We spent all afternoon digging up the flower bed, getting rid of the rocky soil and the weeds and breaking up the dirt. We then bought bulbs, plotted out how we were going to display them. At this point it was dark outside, so we got my dad's work lamps and kept digging.

The next morning, I still wanted some bulbs in the other part of the yard, so I woke up really early just to try to beat the rain and snow. (for it was the day so the forecasters said!)
Mom bought me dirt and I continued to break up the wonderful soil we have in our weedy gardens! As I was finishing up, finally, the rain started to fall. I literally barely made it. Also, my bulbs were half off, because it was so late in the season. I love when my procrastination pays off! :)

This is after I pulled out the weeds, turned the soil and removed tons of rocks. This area was completely over run by weeds and crab looking grass and leaves.

Alright! Much better, soil turned in, bulbs planted, and watered! Bring it on!

Once again, this part of the garden was over run by weeds! Gross weeds! And lots of spiders. But we got it all dug up, added new bulbs, new soil, and topped it with peet moss (not shown.) Now I just have to wait for summer for some of these:
Got tons of tulips! Red! Yellow giants! Red and orange! Pink! Deep purple! I got lots of different kinds, but my favorite are the "impressionistic tulips." Which look like what you'd find in Monet's painting of the tulips! They're just so gorgeous!
And some of these:

Above are Narcissi! They are planted for me and Chad! (If you don't know why that's funny, read here:

And some of these! THEY ARE SO GORGEOUS! And these! I can't wait for spring! I'll definitely take pictures when everything is in bloom! Mom says there's no end to my creative genius. I say jack of all trades, master of none! I just love to dabble in everything!
Can't wait to see what spring brings in our pretty little garden.
Oh and it still hasn't snowed. Maybe I'll have time to add some in the backyard...hmmm...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

And the rest of the costume!

I posted pics of my hat for Halloween, So Here is the rest of my costume! I had fun at the party at Bella's even if I was really sick! :( First picture is at Bella's. I'm looking for Waldo. But I wore the hat to work in but Only wore a black shirt and jeans, because I wasn't going ot attempt to work in my big dress.

So this is the final product. I love how it turned out. I was really worried it wouldn't turn out as well as I wanted, but I ended up being really pleased. The only party I got invited to was at Bella's, and even though I was sick, I HAD to go so I could wear my costume at least once!

Me with Cottam women. I Love this picture of me!

We did a fear factor. I'll eat anything, but keeping it down is the real problem. My gag reflex is NOT as tough as I thought it would be.


Am I going to lose it? Am i? (I just like this pic becaue you can see my cool gloves.)

Me and Alicia, the hippie!

Anita the dark woman, Me, the witch, and Maree, zorro's woman.

Erica and Aaron had a fantastic costume! They were cave people and Ammon was a monkey, but here's a full length pic of my dress.

Me and Maree! We're awesome.

I'm already excited about next year. I already know what I'm going to be. But it's a secret!