Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ugly Sweater Contest Details

The moment you have all been waiting for is here!
Happy Ugly Sweater Week!!! 

To make this week worth your while I want to hold a contest for who has the ugliest sweater!! The top photos will be posted on my blog at the end of the week and anyone will be able to vote on who has the ugliest sweater!! The winner will not only receive the title of Ugly Sweater Champion- but also a small prize will come with the amazing title!

How Do I submit??
1. Take a photo of you in your ugliest sweater!
2. Upload that photo to your computer
3. Email me your photo with a short description with your full name!
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4. I will post all photo submissions on my blog, and votes will pour in!!
5. Receive the prize for Ugliest Sweater!



Will Wheaton
He is sporting a Bo-Bo the clown sweater, 
which frightened 17 small children and 3 grown men.
 This sweater is the perfect mix of terrifying and disgusting, 
adding up to Hideous!

Hopefully this inspires you to go for the "gold," and pull out your ugliest sweaters! Good luck to everyone!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Magic Flute- On and Off Stage

This year at school our Opera is The Magic Flute. I am playing the part of the First Lady, and really loving it! The show is this weekend Friday and Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:30- and FREE!

I was really excited for dress rehearsals to start and couldn't wait to find out about hair and makeup for my part! Our director's instructions came out something like "Dark intense makeup, and really crazy hair- the bigger the better." These abstract directions were enough for me to figure something out, but the other girls playing the Ladies and Queen didn't really have an idea of how to execute it- so I decided to take charge of makeup and hair for those parts. Slowly throughout the week more and more people kept asking me about hair and makeup advice and voila- I am now acting as the hair and makeup designer for the show. It's pretty exciting and I really love it. Some of the cast was just fine figuring stuff out on their own and I just used some guided instructions for those without as clear of a vision. However, the Ladies and Queen makeup, along with some ideas for the spirits and Papagena have basically been my baby this past week. I have spent so much time looking for hair and makeup inspiration it has gotten a bit crazy! 
Either way- anytime I do anything I give it my absolute all- so I wanted to share with you all the hard work I am putting into this show's makeup/hair design! 

Here are my inspiration collages for the Queen and her Ladies-
Each board represents a different character- the hair styles, makeup, and colors act as inspiration for the design itself! 

The Queen:
Black and Silver eye makeup
Strong Dark Brows
Crazy "mohawk" of teased hair

First Lady:
Long teased out hair with tons of curls with some volume on top
Greens on the eyes to contrast a red dress

Second Lady:
Short dark teased out hair, bump in the center
Blue eye color  to contrast gold dress

Third Lady:
Enormous Beehive, but more teasing
Purple and Pink on the eyes for her blue dress 

This is only one aspect of the planning I have put into this, check out my Opera Inspiration Pinboard on Pinterest to see MANY inspiring photos for these parts and more!

After the show is over I will be posting the results of the designs- 
I would post some now but don't want to spoil it for those planning on attending!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Costumes

 Happy Halloween from the Scooby Doo Gang!
 We had so much fun making our costumes from thrift store finds,
and wore them proudly to class all day!
 Alex- Shaggy and Sydney- Scooby
 Me- Daphne
 Sarah- Velma
 Derek- Fred
 The gang "getting hollered at by a grumpy man"
 Daphne taking care of business
Oh No! Not again!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Musical Inspiration

So today in masterclass I heard Daniela sing a lovely rendition of "Mein herr marquis" from J. Strauss's Fledermaus and it made me wish I had a lighter more flexible soprano voice. I started complaining to Sarah how none of my music is light and playful like that, it's all so dramatic! And Sarah complained the opposite, that she never sang dramatic sounding things. Later today when I was practicing my music I realized again how lovely it is. Here are some inspirational videos for "bigger soprano voices" :) Je Dis, Morgen!, and several of the hermit songs will be on my senior recital, and "Songs My Mother Taught Me" is just a wonderful piece I stumbled on today while watching videos. The Ride of the Valkyries is a glorious scene by Wagner, with an amazing set and the epitome of celebrating big soprano voices. Happy viewing!

"Je Dis", Michela's Aria from Carmen- Bizet

"Morgen!"- Richard Strauss

Hermit Songs: "Sea Snatch, Promiscutiy, Monk and His Cat, Praises to God, and Desire for Hermitage"- Samuel Barber

"Ride of the Valkyries"- Wagner

(Stumbled across this tonight, absolutely stunning!)
"Songs my Mother Taught Me"-Dvořák