Mary Poppins at EMS!

Hi VMT teens,

We are looking for volunteers to help out with hair /make-up and staff the
bake sale table at Mary Poppins this coming weekend at Edmunds Middle School
in Burlington.   If you can cover one of the shows- Friday or Saturday night
from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m.- please let me know.  EMS alumni especially
encouraged to come join us!! Community service hours gladly offered.

Thanks,

Lori

CONFETTI AND CRYING!!!

Linda’s post is actually older, and I completely forgot to post it before! However, I need to share this genius, so it’s throwback time 🙂

Confetti and Crying: Explosion In My Heart and My Harem Pants

Part 1: Really?!

The Moulin Rouge: a nightclub, a dance hall, a bordello, and a kick-ass teen show! For five weeks we journeyed to the underworld of turn of the century, post impressionist Paris. We discovered “the greatest thing you’ll ever learn”. A very powerful show. In this show I was one of Christian’s charming, tragically impoverished, yet oh so bohemian friends The Doctor(hello sexual ambiguity for 4 2/3 weeks)! That aside, I was told by Don that I was the explosives expert in the group. It was then I formed that I would be using them(the explosives) throughout the show(ummmmmm what?!?).So we can-caned our way through initial rehearsals, we then tangoed our way through tech, and it was opening night! So day before opening Don gives me a packet of confetti poppers and has me test them out. Great, they worked! Good to go.

Alright it’s opening night, Christian and Satine are singing (yay true love)! Oh no, Warner has a gun(alright time for the poppers, which have been conveniently put in my harem pants). Ok, I go down to grab them and they slide down my pants! Whatever, back to work! The show must go on!

So I na-na-na, freedom, beauty, truth, and love all the way to the end. Ok, matinée. Don says maybe I should use the poppers in ” Spectacular, Spectacular! ” since I’m not catching anything. We’re listing. Going into my pocket to get it. Good God, its stuck! Ok, no problemo, I wait till the end of the song. I get the popper, and it works(YAAAAAAAAAS)!

Ok, Saturday night, let’s go! Ok ” Spectacular, Spectacular!” The popper doesn’t  work! Alrighty then. Intermission, the source of the problem seemed to be the wrapping paper. I decide to remove it! Ok, the Persian army is about to go. I check my popper, (hmmm ok somehow the top is off but its pressurized so it’ll be fine). Ok, they’re back together, together forever, oh no gun! Ok “pop”! Wait what! Doesn’t go off. Ok again, nope. Alright time to move on! The canister of course falls out of my hand and rolls on the floor. Great show! I go downstairs to change despite the awesome comfort of the harem pants. I take them off, and what happens?! Confetti comes out! (Bro, what?) The “explosion” that was supposed to happen onstage, happened in my harem pants (are you kidding me?!)

Ok, last night! “Spectacular, Spectacular!” It doesn’t go off!!! Ok, this is the last time I’ll ever do this, it has to happen! Ok, screaming, gun, alright popper! POP! Yes, it happens! I did it, but in the wrong direction!! The confetti somehow goes behind us! How does that even happen?  Those poppers….

Part 2: The Greatest Thing…

“There was a boy…….” There was, but this is the story of a girl who couldn’t cry. Moulin Rouge goes from joyous, to angry, to confusing, to celebratory, then just ocean of tears. At the end of Moulin Rouge, Christian is utterly crushed and has lost all faith in love. Satine, however, realizes that love is what truly matters no matter what. He returns, they sing, it’s beautiful, love prevails! Then she drops down, coughing! Satine dies in his arms, imploring him to tell their story. When I first watched this movie and watched Satine die, I was shocked! I was astonished,gobsmacked, I was crushed! Despite the fact that you’re told in the first 3 minutes of the movie that she was going to die(in my defense I was 11, and that part went over my head). In our production, this beautiful and soul-crushing moment was acted to perfection by the stunningly gorgeous and otherworldly talented Jessie Mills and the equally awesome and super talented Peter Bowley. This moment was intense and sad, and left most of cast in tears except me for some reason. For some reason, I could not shed a single tear! “The Show Must Go On”, and the one line from ” Nature Boy” at the end brought me closer to tears. This was not to say I wasn’t feeling it, because that moment always felt too real. The same thing happened last year during “JCS”. After the death of Jesus, in this sad and intense moment I couldn’t do it, despite the sadness I felt. So the first 2 shows happen, nothing. So I decide let it go. If it happens great, if not, there are other ways to express grief other than tears. 3rd show passes. Last performance, Jessie is coughing and heaving and her head drops. I feel this rolling sensation in my body, and I feel my face contort, and I feel tears welling up in my eyes. I kid you not, when the lights go out and there is a single tear in my right eye. Seriously, I do not lie(I only speak the truth)! How could I not, it was such a powerful moment. So kids to wrap up, I think I’d like to include some Linda Lessons:

  1. If you HAVE to use poppers, make sure the wrapper is not in the way.
  2. Point the popper in the right direction
  3. Don’t force yourself to cry
  4. Tinkerbell is absinthe(strangely explains quite a bit)
  5. Never fall in love with a woman who sells herself, it always ends bad
  6. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return

Vive la vie bohème! A bientôt mes amis! 😘

A Message From Lori–

Hi all,
 
Calling all EMS and Hunt alums!!!  The annual 5th grade Drama Step-Up day is happening on Thursday the 26th at Hunt.  District 5th graders who are interested in drama are invited to see Hairspray at 4:00 p.m.  They will get a “back stage tour”, sit in a VIP seating area and, hopefully, hang out with graduates of EMS/Hunt drama.  If you would like to come welcome these future 6th graders,  please let me know.
 
Thanks,
 
Lori

Reconnecting with Connection

I know I’m late–I blame Singin’ in the Rain!

I wrote my very first blog post about connection, so this month I want to do something a little different to bring that theme back. I think that the members of the VMT community should come closer together by learning things about each other, so I asked a few people to help me out and share facts about themselves or about the organization that most of the VMT community is likely unaware of. First, I’ll list all the facts without the names, so that we can look at the list unimpeded and marvel at what a truly weird and spectacular family we are. Then I’ll list the facts and the people who shared them with me down below.

-I am currently teaching a three hour, once a week English class to non-English speaking Moroccan youth!

-My favorite four moments of the summer are the endings of each wagon tour show at the Charlotte Barn: the sun is setting, my campers are taking their bows to thunderous applause, my body is covered with paint and grime from a 12-hour camp day, and a delicious potluck is waiting inside the barn.

-Sometimes I take naps in the basement of my school.

-The first VMT show I saw was Annie at Edmunds Elementary School when I was five which was also the first play I had ever seen and from then on I knew I wanted to do theatre.

-I first starting working with Don when I was in first grade.

-Don always wants to add a rousing chorus of hallelujah to the end of each show.

-I want to be a doctor.

-The only concert I’ve ever been to was a Weird Al Yankovic concert

-Although I have been a vegetarian since I was 23 I have a very unimaginative diet and eat hummus almost every day, sometimes twice a day.

-I have 5 cats.

-I’ve donated my hair to lock of love twice.

-I have my motorcycle license.

-I secretly LOVE the feeling of a wet towel in my hands.

-I’m going to be in the golf team next trimester even though I’ve never played golf before.

-I have a giant fear of planes.

-My first musical ever was hairspray at 333.

-I do not only dream of musical theatre. I also have a major interest in marketing and graphic design. When I attend college I may minor in marketing. Graphic design is a passion of mine and I hope to pursue it in the future.

-I love to travel and I lived in Namibia (a country in Southern Africa) in kindergarten.

-I write original songs.

-Before Very Merry, I had never really had a real speaking part or gotten the chance to “take center stage”, as Don would put it.

-I wear hearing aids.

-I have never played soccer in my entire life, not even GBGSL. I’m the only girl I know that has not.

-Last spring I went on a trip to New York City, and I was given the amazing opportunity to sing on the stage at the Apollo Theatre for their board of directors and some of my classmates!

-I’ve always wanted to see Mount Rushmore in person.

-I am a dual citizen.

-I have an autoimmune disease that makes me prone to really bad anxiety. VMT helps me control it and gives me an outlet.

-I’m in to electronic music.

-I love to bake and decorate cakes! I would always try to copy the cakes made on the show Cake Boss.

-I am not really a bass.

-My parents really encouraged me to do my first show, Peter Pan. And I didn’t want to do it and I hated it. Towards the end of the show, I felt like being in shows and acting was the best thing a child could encounter. And ever since I loved it. And thanks to my parents, it’s all I do. I enjoy it. And love it.

-I’m afraid of butterflies. Like I have an irrational fear of them.

-I once did 13 shows in a year with VMT.

-Done believes that JCS is the best show VMT has ever done. Fact.

-I hate anything in my chocolate except for caramel.

-I am fantastic and humble.

-Whenever I step out of a taxi in New York, I sing the star-to-be section of NYC from Annie.

-I hate fun facts.

We’re a pretty cool group, aren’t we? Anyway, here are the names!

-I am currently teaching a three hour, once a week English class to non-English speaking Moroccan youth!    Katie Massell

-My favorite four moments of the summer are the endings of each wagon tour show at the Charlotte Barn: the sun is setting, my campers are taking their bows to thunderous applause, my body is covered with paint and grime from a 12-hour camp day, and a delicious potluck is waiting inside the barn.        Abby Massell

-Sometimes I take naps in the basement of my school.    Amelia Biancolo

-The first VMT show I saw was Annie at Edmunds Elementary School when I was five which was also the first play I had ever seen and from then on I knew I wanted to do theatre.     Sarah Montrol

-I first starting working with Don when I was in first grade.        Jordan Thrane

-Don always wants to add a rousing chorus of hallelujah to the end of each show.    Barbara Turnbull

-I want to be a doctor.    Sam Houlihan

-The only concert I’ve ever been to was a Weird Al Yankovic concert    Nathan Treadway

-Although I have been a vegetarian since I was 23 I have a very unimaginative diet and eat hummus almost every day, sometimes twice a day.     Don Wright

-I have 5 cats.        Pamela Kaye

-I’ve donated my hair to locks of love twice.     Sabrina Davis

-I have my motorcycle license.    Beckie Bull

-I secretly LOVE the feeling of a wet towel in my hands.          Phillip Gulick

-I’m going to be in the golf team next trimester even though I’ve never played golf before.        Mary Pat Morgan

-I have a giant fear of planes.    Libby Branch

-My first musical ever was hairspray at 333.    Jeffery Peterson

-I do not only dream of musical theatre. I also have a major interest in marketing and graphic design. When I attend college I may minor in marketing. Graphic design is a passion of mine and I hope to pursue it in the future.        Seth Jolles

-I love to travel and I lived in Namibia (a country in Southern Africa) in kindergarten.     Sarah VonDoepp

-I write original songs.        Katie Bedell

-Before Very Merry, I had never really had a real speaking part or gotten the chance to “take center stage”, as Don would put it.        Kat Turnbull

-I wear hearing aids.        Isaac Dodson

-I have never played soccer in my entire life, not even GBGSL. I’m the only girl I know that has not.         Isabelle Halpern

-Last spring I went on a trip to New York City, and I was given the amazing opportunity to sing on the stage at the Apollo Theatre for their board of directors and some of my classmates!    Jillian Kenny

-I’ve always wanted to see Mount Rushmore in person.    Marley Tipper

-I am a dual citizen.     Jess Rose Eileen Wolvington

-I have an autoimmune disease that makes me prone to really bad anxiety. VMT helps me control it and gives me an outlet.    Jessie Mills

-I’m in to electronic music.    Dylan

-I love to bake and decorate cakes! I would always try to copy the cakes made on the show Cake Boss.    Frankie Karnedy

-I am not really a bass.    Sam Lewis

-My parents really encouraged me to do my first show, Peter Pan. And I didn’t want to do it and I hated it. Towards the end of the show, I felt like being in shows and acting was the best thing a child could encounter. And ever since I loved it. And thanks to my parents, it’s all I do. I enjoy it. And love it.    Aquilas Lokossou

-I’m afraid of butterflies. Like I have an irrational fear of them.     Vicky Mier

-I once did 13 shows in a year with VMT.    Khaduha Bangoura

-Done believes that JCS is the best show VMT has ever done. Fact.     Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: Peter Bowley

-I hate anything in my chocolate except for caramel.    Linda Nenonene

-I am fantastic and humble.     Kailin Farrell

-Whenever I step out of a taxi in New York, I sing the star-to-be section of NYC from Annie.         Hadley Evans Nash

-I hate fun facts.    Becca Berlin

We’re fun, aren’t we 🙂

-Hadley

A Look into the Stats Page of the Blog

One of my favorite things to look at on this blog is the stats page. I can see how many people visited the blog each day, week, month or year. It shows me what pages they viewed, and what country they viewed it from. I remember the first time I saw a country other than the United States I was shocked, but now it occurs more and more frequently. So I thought I’d share a look into the stats page with all of you, just too see how far this blog reaches.

February isn’t over yet, but it has had the largest number of international views yet. How people from so far away found our blog and what they think of it is beyond me. It could be very merry members abroad studying or vacationing, but who really knows?

feb statsfeb stats2

Our best months (most views) have been November and September of 2014, both with 364 views.

nov stats

sept stats

 

If people are interested in this I may start posting a picture of the stats map at the end of each month, that way you can all see how well the blog has been doing. It’s a great feature to see the growth of this blog. I can’t wait to see where we go in the future. Maybe at the end of 2015 we can take a look at the whole year. For 2014 we had almost 1500 views, and the blog only started in August, so who knows where we’ll be come December of this year!

Victoria Mier