Our pal Julia kicked ass as a blocker for the Black-eyed Susans in KC Roller Warriors' match tonight.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
- Calling out things members of your troupe do.
- Calling out things you've seen members of other troupes do.
Catching up is good. Catching up at the Drop--with goat cheese/fig/pistachio bruschetta involved--better. (Wow. John's hand looks more girly than you'd think. It is actually a lot more masculine-looking than this.)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
- The Clump: You've got more than a dozen members. Getting everyone in the frame means your face will dime-sized or smaller.
- The Church Youth Group: You are all wearing T-shirts. They match. Plus, you're making goofy faces.
- The Church Youth Group Clump: See above.
- The On Stage Shot: You are on stage. That is all.
- The Location Shot: You are not on stage.
- Up Against the Wall: You are standing against a wall. Typically a blank white office wall, but sometimes brick or stone or paneling.
- The Action Shot: You are in a scene, but you're not, because you can't really get a good shot in a scene. So you set one up and freeze it.
- The Studio Shot: You are lucky enough to be able to afford a decent photo, or you know a photographer.
- Say Cheese—simple and classic
- Wacky—'cuz it's improv!
- Super Serious—oh, the irony
- Bad-Ass—if we weren't improvisers, we'd be a band
- Candid—hey, is there a photographer here?
Monday, May 26, 2008
- I want to get stupid with my troupe before we get on stage—so warmups that take us to Goofyland make me the happiest.
- I also need to shrug off the need to be a grown-up and make reasonable, measured choices, so getting out of my comfort zone and letting down defenses helps put me in the right frame of mind.
- Figuring out my place in the group mind before we go on stage is helpful, so listening and focus games = good.
- Word-play and elimination-style games put me right up in my head. Rhyming and puns, Bippity-Bippity-Bop, that kind of stuff—YEOWCH. (But if it works for my team...then screw it. I'll have fun.)
- Here's a way to turn yourself into the person no one wants to play with: Bring your drama into the warmup. There's no room for negative energy before a show.
- And good grief, people who drink before a show make me nervous. And it's not because I'm a Girl Scout:
"Alcohol is classified as a depressant because it slows down the central nervous system, causing a decrease in motor coordination, reaction time and intellectual performance."Indifference to warm-ups strikes me as selfish and unprofessional. I've seen too many troupes who refuse to warm up do shows that don't kick in until the second act. I don't pay to watch a band do a soundcheck...or a football team do pre-game drills...so I expect to see a troupe hit the stage ready to go.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Every so often, I go through a phase where I'm the type of person who makes the bed. If I miss a day, it's over. But this week, I am a bed-maker and feeling surprisingly in control of my life.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Pete took Tantrum through another round of character workshops at our secret location in the central library. I love playing with these guys...tonight was playful (and disobedient and religious and
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Note to self: Number on bottom of cable modem is IMPORTANT. Next time your Airport is live but your network isn't working, TYPE IT INTO THE BOX. If you can remember how you got to that box...damn.
Also, yes...this may be a 365 photoblog project, because I'm going all in to this documenting every second of my tedious existence. But I refuse to start a whole new blog for it.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
- Initiating/Receiving: Prefer receiving (Introversion trait)—more reserved than outgoing, uncomfortable initiating social contacts, let others take the lead in introducing people to each other.
- Expressive: Off the charts E. First bullet: "Talk a lot!" Also: May sometimes wonder whether you've talked too much or said inappropriate or perhaps embarrassing things.
- Gregarious: Not as far off the charts, but on the E side—"Want to be asked to participate in activities, even if you're not really interested in them." Disturbing, accurate and hilarious.
- Active/Reflective: Between E and I—OK interacting or alone.
- Enthusiastic: Off the charts E. "Get bored without activity, so you make it happen and often engage others in the activity."