Despite the prettiness, though, I'm ready for spring. I'm tired of having to need either pockets or gloves every time I go outside.
All-State was yesterday. I just woke up, so I'm not quite able to organize my thoughts into coherent paragraphs. So:
All-State in Bullet Points
- My third and last All-State. Lots of fun, even being sleep-deprived and hungry. I heard a lot of: "This All-State felt really short" yesterday.
- Sleep deprivation and hunger makes me a generally less pleasant person to be around. In only months, I'll be heading off to college, and yet I'm still not much different than a baby or toddler.
- I watched a lot of improv and found myself disappointed. Too many scenes fell back on jokes about sex and pooping. I've got no problem with sex and pooping jokes, but like the judge (thankfully!) said: "It's hard to do five minutes of that."
- Joanna and Pichler performed a great scene yesterday. This is not home-school pride talking; I can say with certainty that there was no performance like their scene yesterday.
- This has nothing to do with All-State: I was reading a journal about making a show at Second City. One revue wrote and choreographed a song about cell phones. If an audience member's phone rang during the show, the actors would stop whatever they were doing onstage and break into the cell phone song. Music would follow accordingly. How awesome is that?
- On nit-picky judges: if nit-picky comments are all they've got to say, then it means they're probably struggling to find big things for you to fix. Though it can be a bit frustrating to hear nothing from the judge but "step using your right foot rather than your left", it means you've got a grasp on what you're doing.
- I had the chance to watch Fairfield's Terra Incognita: The Atlas of Suffering four times (3 in rehearsal). Fantastic stuff. What especially floored me was their use of corporeal mime - a style in which you actually are inanimate objects. But anyway, four times may seem like a lot, but for that mime, it wasn't. It's like a good movie: multiple viewings bring new discoveries.
- And as always, a fantastic performance by The Taking of Our Nation. I love it for its innovative storytelling and so-fluid-they're-nearly-transparent transitions. The room choice, though, was a shame. The people in the back rows deserved to have the same experience as those in the front.
- I was surprised to hear that The Sea Monster didn't get the banner for Choral Reading. I have no doubt in calling it my all-time favorite choral reading.
- I wish they videotaped the banner-winning All State performances and put them all on one DVD. It'd be a lot of fun to watch.
- The group mime judges are so much fun to watch. I would love to see them perform some time.
- I'm very proud of my fellow and God wept at Nagasaki members. There was some fantastic cathartic energy going on.
- And lastly: congratulations to Valley as a whole.
- Seniors: it's been fun.
- Underclasssmen: keep having fun.
- Coaches: thank you for everything.