School: Love econ, but I got a horrible grade on the last huge test so now I really need to rock this next one out of the park so I can hope to get a B. Or even pass the class, really, because right now I'm not... and I can't express how much that bothers me, since I should be rocking this class so hard it's forgotten its name. So I'm studying for the next Huge Econ test, which happens to be... the day before RENT opens. Thanks, prof.

Calculus scares me. I try not to think about it. Luckily, the next Huge Calculus test isn't until a week after RENT opens, so I have time to panic for that one.

Only four more weeks of Chinese and then I'm done with the Grinnell Chinese Department forever. HUZZAH!

Shakespeare continues to be awesome. Thought-provoking class that requires little to no effort or preparation on my part. GOLD.

Personal Life: Got a boyfriend. His name is Kyle, and he's wonderful, but we're long-distance because he lives in California and goes to school in Oregon. Anyway, he's not really a huge talker, so he doesn't contact me as much as I would like, which bothers me just a bit. I might bring it up to him later. I don't think it's anything personal, but I don't want it to be a symptom of something bigger, so I might bring it up.

Nanowrimo: Totally falling by the wayside until RENT is over. I've got a little over 2,000 words so far, which is horrible, but I'm going to word sprint it to the end in the last couple of weeks. I've got all Thanksgiving break, right? Right. >.> I'll make it work. My pride will not suffer me to not win NaNo this year -- I'm the ML for Grinnell, for chrissake, I've got to finish!


COOL STUFF I'VE DONE LATELY: There's a girl who sits next to me in Calculus named Sally, who is a total sweetheart and I adore. Well, I've got "Bad Wolf" written on my pencil pouch, and one day I brought it out and put it on the table in preparation for class, like I always do, and Sally gives this huge gasp. "Bad Wolf!" and my ears perk up and I'm like, "Doctor Who?" and she says, "I've been obsessed with it all weekend, I started watching it last Saturday and I can't stop. I've watched the past two seasons in three days." and I said, "What episode are you on?" AND SHE SAID, "I'M ABOUT TO WATCH THE SEASON TWO FINALE."

YOU GUYS. [ profile] zombres, you will surely appreciate this. I discovered a DW fan, and a huge Rose/Doctor shipper, JUST BEFORE DOOMSDAY. IN THAT PERILOUS TIME JUST BEFORE YOUR SHIPPER'S INNOCENCE AND YOUR SOUL IS DAMAGED FOREVER. I wibbled for her inside, knowing what was in store.

(BTW, about an hour after Caclulus class ended, she texted me saying "I cried. A lot." I LOVE THIS GIRL)

So now we've been marathoning DW once a week since then, and she loves Donna and Rose and is sort of meh about Martha, which is wonderful. That DW time is sustaining me. <3
SO. There's this club at Grinnell called GIMP (Grinnell Independent Musical Productions), where students produce their own musicals for the fun and entertainment of the Grinnell Community. This club exists because the theater and music departments here, for some strange and unexplained reason, detest musicals. GIMP has been known as rather slapdash, ho-hum, paper-and-string productions that produce musicals nobody has ever heard of.

Long story short....

I somehow got into my head to direct RENT this fall.

Despite all my Calculus, Chinese, Econ Statistics course, and Shakespeare class, I decided this sounded like a fun idea. >.<

But here's the thing: I really want GIMP to be something special. I believe that musicals are a powerful combination of two very beautiful art forms (theater and music) that should be explored and enjoyed. I want GIMP to be a real force on campus, something that people want to do and want to see. I want to do shows that people can be proud to say they were in, and a big-name show like RENT is just the way to do it. It's got a lot of mainstream recognition, thanks to the movie, and a soundtrack that many people are already familiar with because of its mainstream appeal. ALSO, since it's a rock opera, if you know the music, you know 90% of the show. The rest is just blocking.

Costumes: easy. Plainclothes. Aside from Angel's sexy santa outfit and Mark's signature scarf, cast can wear pretty much whatever.

Sets: easy. A table and some chairs are all that's necessary.

Lighting: easy. Lights On. Lights Off.

Music: A regular band: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard. We could do it with only a keyboard.

I'm not looking for Tony-Award-Winning. I'm just looking for big and proud. Luckily, I've put together a great cast who seems really excited about being in the show, and are much more talented than I had anticipated! ^_^


(Also happening are my econ classes, which are interesting even though sometimes daunting, my chinese class that kicks my ass on a daily basis, and calculus which I liked for a week before I realized that it was IMPOSSIBLE.)




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