The Heights of Heaven

Hi all,

I took too long to post something.  I just found out about the deaths of a colleague and a family friend.  James Peppers, who directed me in The Music Man with The New Blue Parrot Productions back in 2005, died last Thursday.  He had had several health problems but he wasn’t very old.  James was a beloved fixture of the Portland area theatre scene and a really talented guy.  He was a really good person and I am deeply sad that he died.  I can’t stand losing people I know.

I am in the midst of auditions for the major companies in Phoenix.  I auditioned for the Southwest Shakespeare Company and it went great.  The artistic director and I had met the Saturday before last when I was volunteering for the Souvenir Sales for one of their performances of Anthony and Cleopatra.  I saw the first half of the show and then left after my volunteer duties were finished because I had become ill.  (I still have that darn cold.)  Anyway, we had a nice conversation about people we know at ACT and Drama Studio London.  He was great to audition for.  I auditioned for a staged reading series yesterday at the Herberger Theatre Center.  It went well but I had to pay $3 for parking.  I’ll be auditioning there again since the Arizona Jewish Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, and Childsplay Theatre are holding auditions together.  So I’ll audition for three theatres at once.  I audition for the Phoenix Theatre this Sunday and for the Arizona Theatre Company on Tuesday, May 17.

I’ve been on assignment as an Instructional Aide Substitute for Special Education for the last two weeks and my current assignment goes until May 27.  I am sworn to secrecy on details about the work but the best part is getting off before 4pm and 2pm on Fridays.  But enough about that.

I have a full pass to the Phoenix Comic Con so I hope to get to enjoy that.  And I’m still sick so I badly want to get better because I’m suffering a lot.

I saw the Thor movie.  It was so awesome and so were the effects.  Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth, who is so hot he actually looks like a god.  My cousin was an extra in the movie.  I remember they had a breakdown for extras and you had to be SAG; otherwise, I would have signed up.  I never thought much of Thor the character from the comics being a staunch X-Men fan.  I got to hang out at Gotham Comics in Mesa near the Southwest Shakespeare Company after my audition and I met a role-playing group that would be happy to have me.  It sounds interesting but I want to check it out thoroughly first.  I got a CD of music from the Final Fantasy VII game Advent Children.

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