2023-02-02 - 11:25 p.m.
The DC Helen Hayes for theater awards came out and it is very interesting as I don't go to the theater that often ( I mean overall!) but last year I DID go more often than in prior years , as I had the Kennedy Center season tix ( thanks to the Christmas Gift of cash from my Dad I used to purchase that, and thank's to The Artist's Way that encouraged me to plan an Artist Date regularly!)
I think had I not been working on The Artist Way I would not have bought those season tix. It would have felt too extravagant.
AND it was SO WORTH IT.
SO the shows I picked to see are the ones nominated for awards.
The best show I saw all year however was this incredible play called Blue Door.
My DC guy brought me as he is friends with the producer and it was such a treat to be able to go see that.
Honestly that was an absolute highlight. I mean of the year for me, of all the night's out.
OK going to bed now!
Another beautiful day. Saw one of my oldest friends here who I have not seen in a while!!! She was literally one of the first friends I made. I in fact was friends with her BEFORE I even became friends with my bestie here. I babysat her daughter who was friends with mine when they went to an after school program, so that she could go play this really important concert of her original compositions.
I used to go out on Friday nights to hear her and her husband play at an Italian restaraunt. He in an amazing violinist that played for a time with the Cincinatti Orchestra, one of the finest in the U.S.
They were in a quartet together and fell in love and became a duo instead- ditching the other two ( who they had played with for years prior.)
Gives me hope actually! HELL She is about 12 years older.
There is hope I could find a soul mate like her later in life....see....
I love her and her new hubby. He is truly wonderful.
So it was such a joy to spend time with them both today after I got off work (after the early shift filling in at the retirement community 7-2).
We met at the thrift store, where the other friend of hers ( the incredibly talented designer) had just finished up teaching his class to the high school students; and the three of us- she , he and I just had a blast shopping. She found some fab shoes and I found wonderful boots!
So I got two pairs- for $34.
They are perfect for one of the characters I am playing in the show. I want to put them on at the end of the scene. We do the run through of dress rehearsal tomorrow so damn I shoud have gone right to bed.
I made coffee for my friends who came by my house with me after the thrift shopping for a bit. Then my friend had to go teach a music lesson and I had to go volunteer at the art org rehearsal anyway so they left. I cooked nice dinner and went off to help out with the arts org. ( Just to have a board member's presence in event any issues arose)
OMG I was so overjoyed watching their rehearsal tonight. The bitchy woman was not there and it reminded me of WHY I stuck around despite her , as it was so amazing to watch these folks rehearsing. I even was struck at how marvelous to have first seen the current director as well as music director about 10 years ago. I mean 10 years ago the director was a participant and was IN the shows! About 10 years ago, there current music director was also playing music for the shows and was a student studying music therapy
when I felt like I WATCHED them grow up and grow into these incredible artists and teachers that they are today! They are just wonderful ladies as people too. I mean really , really special caring ladies who bring so much to the kids who are in this program, and the SKILLS They are teaching the kids are remarkable. The DISCIPLINE- oh as they mean business and the kids have such respect for them. I mean there is a rule NO electronics in rehearsal. You come to work and learn and get the part right. I watched 25 kids get on a stage SILENTLY And enter into the space of the blocking the director taught them. I mean this show is not until March, this is early in rehearsals and the kids have progressed so much in the past couple weeks since I last saw them. ( I skipped going last week), yet it was already powerful to watch the empty stage, then the curtain open to reveal 25 actors on it. ( When they were SO Quiet gathering!)
A Beautiful Day. - 2023-02-05
Finally - 2023-02-03
I am emotionally drained after this week. It was really pretty unexpected to be honest. BUT GOOD - 2023-02-03
I have to leave so not late. But read kids poem and took in each word this time. I didn't plan to. It was like a shock. Like I read one poem for the first time. Awakened to let it in. Somehow it was time. - 2023-02-03
Now ready for bed. Was about to sleep and teared up thinking how beautiful this is to have someone do something so thoughtful and just beautiful for me. - 2023-02-02