I. Haven’t. Blogged. In. Ages. Excuse time!
I’ve been at YTU. That is my excuse. YTU, as I may have told you before, is this fantastically wonderful summer theater camp at out local university. There’s always a pre-teen session, in June, and a teen session, in July.
This year, I’m doing BOTH. And I have some pretty thrilling schedules.
In this session, you have one company, who you do plays with, and two electives.
Morning Elective: Stage Combat.
Afternoon Elective: Contemporary Musical Theater Dance Ensemble.
In teen session, there are A days and B days.
Company: Shakespeare. Again.
Morning Elective: Voice and Speech for Actors (this was a mandatory class).
Afternoon Elective: Glee Musical Theater.
Morning Elective: Acting for Film and TV.
Afternoon Elective: Stage Makeup.
YAAAAAY! So for the past week, I’ve been in pre-teen session, which lasts for two more weeks. I’ve been wanting to blog, but every single moment I haven’t been at YTU, from 3:30 in the afternoon until I go back in the morning, at 9:00 in the morning, all I’ve wanted to do is sleep and watch movies and read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, which I’m currently reading and is spectacularly hilarious.
Now it’s the weekend, so I have some relaxation time. Also, some time to practice my lines.
In Shakespeare company, we’re doing a sort of mashup of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. I got my parts yesterday, and it turns out I’m playing a Sargent, Mercutio, and King Lear, who has a guest appearance doing his “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks” speech. It’s gonna be a weird yet effing awesome play.
Our company’s teacher’s name is Ben. I saw him in a production of The Taming of the Shrew a while ago, so it still feels like he’s sorta famous, and he has the most hilarious facial hair ever. I miss my old Shakespeare teacher, Anna, who was either freaking awesome or freaking evil and scary depending on your perspective (most people thought she was scary and mean, but she ruled), but Ben is super cool, too.
We’ve learned an effload of stuff in Stage Combat so far, and on Monday we start learning some sword fighting stuff. Our teacher’s name is Joe and our assistant teacher’s name is Alejandro. Joe and Alejandro are both super nice and really good at stage combat. I’ll post a funny story about that class later.
Contemporary Musical Theater Dance Ensemble is so so so so fun. We’re learning four songs from Seussical the Musical, and we start choreographing on Monday, which is scary, because I’m bad at dancing, but it’ll be fun!
Our teacher, Steve, is sort of a psycho, but he’s really great. He’s trained in opera and he has a fantastic voice, and he REALLY! LIKES! YELLING!
In pre-teen YTU, every class has a teen aide, which is basically just a kid from teen session who helps the teachers. The teen aide for out company and Stage Combat is named Ally, and she’s so super awesome it’s not even funny. My musical theater class’s teen aide is named Katryna, and she’s currently probably one of my favorite teen aides.
On that note: the other day, Thea told Ally that she would make Ally a badge that says “Best Teen Aide Ever!” on it. Ally laughed and said thanks, and if we did that, she should do something nice for us.
Thusly, she came up with an idea. If we completed three or four challenges, she would come to YTU one day wearing a snuggie. All. Day. Snuggie all day.
The first challenge she gave us is to make an all-class music video to a song of our choice. And we are so going to do it.
Awesome: Glee, which I started watching, but please, no spoilers. Also, does anyone know where I can get the second half of season one and all of season two? That would be greatly appreciated.
Unawesome: I have a mosquito bite.