Archive for March, 2012

Auditioned for the musical ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

It was the second audition I’ve gone to for a Clio Cast & Crew play, and, as was the case the first time, it was fun.

I read for three parts in this play set in about 200 B.C.: Senex, Hero and one of the Proteans (not “protein” or someone who is pro-teen). IF I were to get one of those parts, I’d love to play Senex. The part I read suggested he was arrogant, and since I’m not really arrogant, that’s why I’d like to play him.

We also danced two brief numbers: one where we acted like pistons going up and down and the second dance…sheesh, I’ve forgotten the name of it already.

Then, at the end of the audition, I sang a song to demonstrate my, um, vocal range (they told me I’m somewhere around tenor and baritone). And I sang this song:

Note: I sang the song love, but this was recorded the night before in my bathroom.

The play looks like it’ll be a lot of fun, so if I get word in a few days that I got a part, I would be very excited. If not, I see what else I can do for Clio Cast & Crew and audition for the next play.

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Took a yoga class tonight

Ten years ago, I did a feature story about a new yoga class at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. I was intrigued and wanted very much to try it.

Tonight, in Clio, Mich., at the public library, I got the chance.

I arrived a tad late due to having to get photos of a basketball game 10 miles away in Birch Run. It was a small class, about seven other people, all women.

Monkey and corpse are the only two names of poses I can remember. Others required lots of balance. Others demonstrated I have the flexibility of a granite statue, which is to say none. It was amazing how many could reach their feet and put their palms on the floor. For me, it was a reminder that I need to lose 100 pounds.

One thing I learned is that yoga classes end with the instructor saying “Namaste”.  She encouraged us to come to the next three classes, which I fully intend to do.

The only thing I didn’t like about the class was the teacher had the lights off (we had illumination from the sunset and from the opened doors that let in the hall lights). It made it a challenge at times to see the poses the teacher was doing.

Do I plan to go again? Yes, although I’ll probably be sore very soon.

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