Kate's Ramblings

A day-to-day insight to the world of the struggling artist... live vicariously!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thank God Tomorrow is Friday...

It's been a rough day(s).

Yesterday, for example: Flat tire (fortunately, in my driveway) Long rehearsal for Harvey, work with nothing to do... as usual, Parent meeting for Anything Goes, got home to discover my computer had crashed... Cried for an hour.

Today, I'm just exhausted. I had to get up early to work on Choreography for Heaven Hop, and it has to be really good 'cause it's Shannon's number. I was supposed to do it last night, but was too busy trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with my computer. Now, I'm at work, again with nothing to do.

Bright spot of my day: Byron Jones' debut CD www.redfont.com I NEED THIS!

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Come on people...!

If you're going to leave anonymous comments on my weblog, at least read the entire thing before jumping to conclusions. Maria, thank you for taking the time to talk to me about it and clear things up, but your husband was not so kind. So, again, rest assured I have NO FEELINGS FOR HIM. He seems confused about that.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


I haven't gushed about Brian in a while.

He is more wonderful then ever and I can't believe how lucky I am, almost six months later, to still have him in my life. Prior to meeting Brian, I had had some pretty bad luck in the romance department, but as soon as I met him everything was alright. I'll never forget sitting in Zelda rehearsal my first day, watching the rest of the cast work on choreography, and only noticing Brian. He left before I was able to say hello at the end, but I went right home to figure out how many scenes I had with him.

Things have not been easy for us, and there will be more hard times ahead, but we're in it together. I am unbelievably blessed...

Monday, January 17, 2005

D'oh!!!!!!!! (thank you, Homer)

I am easily the biggest moron in the history of the world. So I got a traffic ticket in November. I decided to go to court to deal with it that way. They sent the letter with my date, and I wrote in my calendar "1/17 1:15 - Court." So this morning I sped home from state college to get ready for court, I found my paper telling me where I needed to go and I look at the date and it says "January 12, 2005." AAAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH I guess I didn't need that $75 anyhow....

Oh yes, other news. Shannon is pissed at me again. She didn't get the role she wanted. I honestly had nothing to do with it. And it's a fact of this business that she better get used to. if I were her I'd be glad I got a prinicpal role instead fo being cast in the ensemble, or not cast at all. She gets angry when people say she only gets roles because of me or mom, and then she acts like she expects me to get her the role she wants. You can't have it both ways. again, anyhow...

So I guess I'm going to get in the shower and head to work on time today... Maybe I'll hit up a dance class tonight.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Harry's coming to Broadway!!!!!!!

I forgot to mention... Harry Connick Jr. (my future husband) is playing Sid Sorokin in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game which is going to open in November. I have got to get into that cast!!!!! My first NYC show was Pajama Game so maybe it's a sign that my first Broadway show will be that one too.... one can only hope....!!

So much to do...

Two updates in one week... how exciting.

Anything Goes auditions begin tonight. I'm a little bit nervous, as I've never choreographed anything before. However, I spent last night coming up with 8/8's of movement and 6/8's of tap and I hope it's not too hard. Although, I do seem to remember Ciara's Oz combo being pretty difficult.

I also applied for a ft job in the city. It's an amazing opportunity to work at the Skirball Performing Arts Center at NYU (the largest PA center south of Times Square). Thinking long and hard about it, I'm not sure how I could pass it up. It pays well enough for me to live in the city and be comfortable, it also comes with the perks of being part of a university - health center, gym, entertainment, voice lessons... So maybe it will be back to NY afterall.

Spent the weekend in the city. It was a really delightful weeekend. Brian and I got in about 1pm and had plenty of time to hang out and relax before heading in to Manhattan for my 4pm audition. My audition was good. I felt really good about it. I haven't been nervous in quite sometime, but this was my first audition in a while and it was a monologue audition on top of it. Afterward we met up with Ben and Mike to deliver a christmas gift of my 8th grade woodshop project clock. Mike started collecting clocks and hanging them in their kitchen. Most of them are pretty awful (my fav is one of the Last Supper) and my mother and I thought of my homemade clock. They loved it.

As I've said before, spending time with Benjamin is one of my favorite things to do. I really got a double dose because I was with Brian and Ben. I felt so good, I even drank a little!

Bizarrely enough, Ben lives down the street from our stage manager from Emma and Company, Tara. So of course we had to stop in and see Tara for a bit. It was truly a trip down memory lane!

Brian and I tried to go to Serendipity, but not thinking about it, it was a Saturday night and the place was extremely busy. I thought I overheard someone say it was 2 hour wait. We'll have to go on a weeknight sometime. We walked from there (60th and Lex) all the way to Times Square looking for someplace to get dessert. I was hoping to find a Cosi, but alas we had to settle for overpriced ice cream at TGIFridays.

Sunday, I was up early to go to the North Shore EPA. I didn't get seen, but I did leave my picture and resume and I got to hang out with some of the younger NYU kids who were there. They filled me in on all the gossip. It sounds like things are going well for everyone there.

Brian and I went for brunch at my favorite brunch place Sotto Voce. It's a tiny little restaurant in Park Slope Brooklyn. I wanted Brian to experience a "NY Brunch" because it's pretty awesome. I think he'll agree! We did a little shopping at Capezio and the Drama Book Shop and then it was off to Brian's audition. His first New York Audition!!!!! He said he did okay. I'm sure he was great. While we were there, I was reading one of my Zelda books and the guy sitting next to me said that while he was in London he saw a musical about the Fitzgeralds. I asked him about it... hahahah. It was, of course, the evil Beautiful and the Damned. We talked briefly about the various musical versions. It was very interesting to meet someone who had seen it.

After the audition. We headed back to Brooklyn and then back to State College. Oh, did I mention that Brian moved out of the Frat House? HALLELUIA!!!!!!!

So that's all for now. Just kinda rolling along...

Friday, January 07, 2005

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry

Many apologies to any regualr readers out there. I've been horribly delinquent about updating my weblog. Really, aside from just being overwhelmed by life I have no good excuse...

December was nuts.

I was sick. Almost the whole month. I won't go into the details, but after Christmas I went to the hospital, got some good drugs, and now I'm fine. Yay, drugs. Yay, Brian who put up with it. Yay, Mom and Brian who took care of me.

Also made it to New York twice. First was up with mom and the girls (Shannon, Julia, Laura) and Brian. Shannon auditioned for (and got into) the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). We saw the Radio City show (I hated it). And just generally wandered around. Second time was supposed to be with Shannon, however, misunderstandings and hurt feelings, and other bad sister stuff meant that Brian and I went by ourselves. We pretty much bummed around the city and just relaxed. It was like a mini-vacation. I really needed it.

Christmas was nice. Spent Christmas Eve with my Mom and Charlie. There was no midnight church service this year,which was dissapointing. However, we went to the 7pm service. Rachel Silbaugh and I did our yearly catch up. Christmas morning was spent at Mom's, then Dad's, and then Brian's. It was really nice to spend some quality time with Brian's family. Unfortunately, I was very ill Christmas afternoon.

New Year's Eve was certainly an adventure. Brian and I went to Philly to visit with some of his friends. We were out till two and then couldn't get a cab to get home. (Philly's public transit leaves little to be desired). There were 7 of us altogether, so of course we split up. Brian and I sucked it up and walked toward Jimmy's apartment. Eventually we got a cab. Everyone else stayed closer to downtown and had to wait forever... they ended up taking the bus back. New Years day was spent sleeping in and then we went to King of Prussia on our way home. I've never been there before, so that was cool.

In between holidays and sickness, i've still been rehearsing for Harvey. It's going surprisingly well. I only have one cast member I'm worried about not getting it together before we open. But other then that it's going to be a good little show.

I had a very Zelda Christmas. There always seems to be a theme to my gifts each year. This year was definately Zelda. I got several of the books I had asked for. Brian surprised me with a copy of Zelda's book Save the Last Waltz which has been out of print for about 40 years. My brothers each got me Legend of Zelda tshirts. One I particularly like says "Don't make me go Zelda on you."

Ok Colette, I'm ready to do it again. let's go... :-)

In other more recent news: I'm choreographing my first show. It's a little exciting, a little scary. I'm doing Anything Goes for the high school. yeah. Tap. Ciara thinks I can do it. Ok then, I guess I can. MMwwaahhhhhh. I'm also doing publicity again. But I've got that under control.

Really wanted to go to Seasame Street Live auditions today. Unfortunately, at my job, where I never have anything to do, I have a ton that I ahve to do today. grrrr. This is the first time work has kept me from an audition. Maybe I can get in and get stuff done and then go. We'll see. Tomorrow Bri and I head back to New York for Texas Shakespeare Auditions. I'm also going to try to get into North Shore Auditions on Sunday. Might get to say hello to my pal Greg.