I’m going to rant about the weather for a second. COLD!
In all seriousness, though, I’m in the middle of Pearson for my Thursday office hours – Oral Communication Fellow for the win – as I write this/go on Buzzfeed (Anyone need help with a speech? A presentation? Not today? Okay…) and it is FREEZING right now.
NOTE: This is only the second day I’ve dealt with an empty office since officially starting up my Oral Communication Fellow hours. So, this whole “being alone” thing is actually somewhat rare for me.
But back to the current temperature: for the reader’s benefit, below is a selfie, taken while typing this blog, in my winter coat, huddling by my laptop.
Some in-between fall weather would be perfectly copacetic. Delaware seems to be all about extremes, though: it’s either warmer than usual or below average, with no middle ground. I heard on the news that it’s about ten degrees below normal today – not okay. Rant complete.
So, the point of this particular blog is not actually the frigidness of the outside air, but instead, theater! Insert applause here.
I wanted to be an actress when I was younger, and a small part of me still clings to that dream. I was the four-year-old who volunteered to be the “star” of her preschool Christmas pageant. My mom still has the home video – in wonderfully outdated VCR form – to prove it. (I sang “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” by myself as all the other preschool children behind me played the other reindeer. There are no words.)
So far, I’ve acted some in college. My favorite role to date would have to be a witch – specifically Witch #2 – in Macbeth during the spring semester of my freshman year. I got to pretend that I was possessed and insane, and got to say (part of) the infamous “Double double toil and trouble” speech. My face was even on a poster!
Anyway, it was a ridiculously fun role…and, thinking about it, Macbeth is an appropriate topic considering the rapidly-approaching witches/ghosts/ghouls holiday.
Speaking of E-52 (See what I did there?), there’s a student-run show in Pearson this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.! (I’m doing the hair and makeup for the production.)
Disclaimer: this is where the shameless plug part of this blog gets really shameless.
E-52 is putting on A Streetcar Named Desire this weekend! It’s that classic Tennessee Williams play where one of the main characters yells, “STELLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAA!” a lot. I explained this to my roommate in the exact same way when asked for a description of the show, and the whole “Stella” thing didn’t ring a bell for her. So, don’t worry if you don’t get the reference. To provide a more detailed account, as an audience member you will experience the following: comedic Southern drawls; actors eating real chicken wings onstage; poker games with a character named Pablo; and, oh, yeah, serious dramatic themes that will potentially make you cry at the play’s conclusion.
To wrap things up, recommendations from this post include: visiting the Oral Communication Fellows if you need help with a speech/presentation and seeing A Streetcar Named Desire this weekend.
This public service announcement has been brought to you by Hair & Makeup Artist, Theater Aficionado, and Public Speaking Tutor Caitlyn Goodhue.