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A Whole New Musical: Aladdin at the 5th

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the world premiere, opening night performance of Disney’s new stage musical based on the animated film Aladdin. It’s the first time I’ve been able to see one of the first-run musicals at the 5th Avenue Theatre here in Seattle – they actually have a long history of launching shows to Broadway (Shrek, Catch Me if You Can, and Memphis to name a few recent projects.) Now, the soundtrack to Aladdin was one of my first-ever CDs that I owned. It came out right in that sweet spot in the mid-90s while I…

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A Cloudy Day in Space

Last night was the second of six performances in our run of “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, a Star Trek original series-themed improv show. When we go to the audience for suggestions, the one that tends to be most impactful is the suggestion of a thing for the alien planet to worship. Last night, as luck would have it, the deity suggestion was “Eminem”. Now, by the time our redshirt is getting the suggestions, we’re all backstage. No computers, no phones – it’s one of the things that makes improv so hard, the likelihood you’ll be asked to deal…

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Life in the Theatre: “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

In an earlier post, The Secret Starfleet, I went into detail about my experience on this production and what it started revealing about others around me. Now, we’re just a few days from opening night. At our Tuesday rehearsal last week, I laughed so hard that my abs hurt afterwards. I’ve seen Kirk fighting a leprechaun, been a native on the planet of the LOLcats, possessed by a fertility goddess. Each night, we’ll get several suggestions: a planet name, an object of worship, and perhaps a third suggestion – and using those concepts we’ll weave an original story. We’re now…

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This Trailer Not Yet Rated

On Friday night, I had the pleasure of visiting a theatre in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district that specializes in classic films and features in-theatre beverage and dinner service. I’d never been there before, but my boyfriend brought to my attention the fact that they were hosting a Muppet Movie singalong. Beer + Muppets + singing? Couldn’t get there fast enough. Now, clearly they were expecting a younger-than-normal crowd, since the movie started at 7PM. Early for a normal Friday night movie. (The 9PM was Meet the Feebles.) And sure enough, there was a nontrivial minority of theatre patrons who were…

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The Iron Maiden

Yesterday, I went in for a monthly phlebotomy (ie bloodletting) as ordered by my doctor. You see, I have a genetic condition called Hereditary Hemachromatosis, which was diagnosed in 2008. (It surfaced about 30 years earlier than normal for women). My “treatment” is to go to the blood center and donate blood, sometimes more frequently than is typically allowed without a prescription. Hemachromatosis is essentially the opposite of anemia. Your body absorbs iron too well – which may sound awesome to anemics, but iron can only leave your body in blood, and as it builds up in organs it can…

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