Welcome to Urinetown (The Musical)

It’s always strange when a play comes to an end.

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Getting into costume – Mrs. O Henry.

There’s always the immediate sensation of ‘well..what now?’. Urinetown has been such a big part of my life for the last two months. Every day I found myself at our theatre, singing, dancing and immersing myself into the wonderful cast of people I now consider my family. So when I found myself bidding goodbye to everyone (possibly the last time I’ll ever see some of our graduating seniors, or freshman who will move on to different things than the theatre), it was with both heavy heart.

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Act One Finale – Bobby Strong.

I’m so proud of the work that I’ve done during my time in Urinetown. Not least because it was one of the most physically challenging plays I’ve done. A quick change really earns it’s name when you have to race down to the voms and change into a completely new outfit and then burst back onto stage – all in 80 seconds. It wasn’t just the consistent racing to the bottom of the theatre though – for the first time I was selected to be a lead dancer, something I took on with no small amount of doubt and derision. After all, it was mostly a funny joke – that I was the one chosen to dance, with my bum knees and lack of experience . However I’m proud to say that every performance I gave it my all and held my own, even while sweating beneath a ski mask (which I am NOT sorry to say goodbye to)

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Cop Song with Officers Lockstock & Barrel.

Urinetown was quite possibly the funnest show I’ve ever been involved in, and I couldn’t be happier that it was my first department stage production. It’s constantly a shock and source of inspiration to me how talented the people around me are. One poor cast member actually sprained a foot halfway during our run – and gained standing applause for performing every dance on crutches!

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Act One Finale – Little Sally, Mrs. O. Henry, Doctor Billeaux

There are always times when I doubt why I want to go into the theatre. Rehearsals are long and grueling, directors can be nitpicky, it’s very easy to feel discouraged when you receive a small part. However, all my doubts always wash away when I get up onto stage. There is nothing in the world like being a part of a production – creating your own world and sharing it with complete strangers. It’s a rush unlike anything else. And when I look around- at my wonderful castmates, at my friends sitting in the audience to support me, at the complete strangers there to listen to our story – then I realize there is nothing else I would rather be doing.

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From rehearsals…

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To showtime!

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Privilege to Pee – Penelope Pennywise.

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Follow Your Heart – Hope Cladwell and Bobby Strong.

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This is Urinetown!

Ah well, life moves on, and smacks you in the face with all the responsibilities you’ve been avoiding. It’s time to choose a major, time to figure out housing for next year. While Urinetown may be over, there are always more projects, more creativity to be found and explored. Urinetown, it’s been a privilege.

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LONDON: Alexander McQueen, Bend It Like Beckham, and Tea

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Overlooking the Victoria & Albert.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share photos from my most recent trip to London. It was just incredible – full of wonderful theatre outings, fashion exhibitions and lots and lots of walking around. London is one of those places where everywhere is an adventure. Nothing ever really disappoints.

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Wouldn’t it be a dream to live here?

Mom and I (cheekily) snuck off to London without my father. It was wonderful just being able to walk around the city with her. I think as I get older and older, the more my mom is becoming one of my best friends. We certainly had a fantastic time, just the two of us.

Beautiful where ever we went.

Beautiful no matter where we went.

Literally the day we landed we both rushed off the the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty certainly lived up to all the hype. It was such a dream getting to see his art in real life – and art it is. It is such a sad thing that we lost such a talented and creative designer. Every single piece of his in the exhibition was just breathtaking. I’m sorry for the photo dump but it was too hard to choose one…

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We both had pretty terrible jet lag, but it’s ok because our apartment was the cutest place ever! Coming back for a restorative cup of tea has never been so nice.

It was small, but perfectly sized for the two of us!

It was small, but perfectly sized for the two of us!

Funnily enough, I think the two places Mom and I spent the most time at was the V&A. Can you blame us? There was another exhibition just about shoes! And of course, the wonderful history and cultural opportunities. It’s strange, but I think that european museums and art places have some of the best cafeteria food I’ve eaten – it surely beats american food by a long shot.

The National Portrait Gallery - one of the few days it was cloudy.

The National Portrait Gallery – one of the few days it was cloudy.

Apart from visiting the museum, we also did a lot of walking. Lots and lots of walking. Not something to complain about though – apart from a few brief spots of rain, the weather was beautiful.

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The view of the London Eye from the park.

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Having huge envy over how green London was…

Of course, an aspiring actress can’t visit London without catching a few West End productions. It’s something I look forward to every time we go to a big city like New York or London. The opportunity to see some of the best theatre in the world – and my gosh, the pickings this time around were incredible. Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet…the list could go on. I think I could happily just spend a week there living and breathing the theatre. As it was, the two shows that Mom and I picked are significantly off our regular theatre path.

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Bend It Like Beckham – the musical! Was one of the most surprising and entertaining things I think we saw on our trip to Europe. Of course, I’m a huge fan of the movie, but I actually think I liked the musical better. The music, the girls kicking butt…what’s not to love? It was just so much fun to watch all these incredible ladies running across the stage and singing about how they were worth it. Probably the highest amount of females I’ve ever seen on the stage alone together. And the Bollywood theatre mixes were the catchiest thing ever. So yes, I did boogie my way down the aisle after the show ended.

The beautiful ceiling of Westminster

The beautiful ceiling of Westminster – probably the most traditional sightseeing we did.

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Hey Ladies…how you doing?

The other show we saw was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I don’t think we could have chosen a more different play to go see. But it was such an incredible production. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show that brilliantly staged. Let’s just say this – there were times when I gasped, when I cried, and when I was on the edge of my seat. It’s hard to make an audience member do that. The cast were just superb, and the lead – who plays a young boy with autism – was one of the most talented actors I think I’ve ever seen.

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Eventually my dad came to join us…ruining our ladies trip…

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I’m just kidding Dad (I love you!)

My parents are the cutest. Also, I wasn’t sure how to assure you guys that we drank tea – but believe me. We drank a lot of tea.