On the day after my last final, I was e-mailed by and auditioned for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival for their 2008 season. "But Melissa," I hear you say (I don't really, but in a perfect world where everyone asked the right questions to further a story, this is what you would say), "didn't you quit acting to become a music student?"
Why yes, I did. And as I have reported on this blog, the degree has been going splendidly. However, the roles in question were Juliet, and Marina in Pericles.
Aaaaaand I got them. Both of them.
So now I have to defer the spring semester of 2008 in favor of a four-month fulltime theatre gig. That's not ideal, but I'll be playing Juliet and Marina in a big city in a single season with a fantastic rep company (Matt and I saw The Taming of the Shrew there after my first callback audition, and it was top-notch). I couldn't turn that opportunity down unless I were in some kind of horrible accident that severed all four of my limbs and mangled my face.
I'm so happy. I need to find an Ashtanga yoga class or something to binge on for the next seven months. I'm going to need every ounce of strength and fitness and stamina I can muster.
- I Chat, Therefore I Am... - cute examples of AI chatbots.
- William Gibson is speaking at the Philadelphia Library. I am going to see Gibson in the flesh!
- The Male Condition - fascinating article about autism spectrum disorder as a sort of "hyper-maleness."
- Cat-cam. I want very, very much to do this to Moonlight, who spends almost all her time outdoors.