Friday, April 3, 2015

Musical Theatre Junkie

When I first started high school I told my mother that I wanted to step out of my shell and be who I really wanted to be. We had moved while I was in middle school and I was painfully shy. I signed up for the acting class that year and was forever changed. Haha cheesy, but true.

My mom always told me to find something I love to do and then find a way to get paid to do it, so I did. I got a degree in theater and speech education. I use it to substitute for high school and middle school now, which is kind of a bummer, but it lets me be home with Miss K most of the time.

Phantom of the Opera look for a class.

Some nights, like tonight, I miss the stage so much it hurts. I love the feeling of family that comes when you're working with a cast. I love the creativity of becoming someone else. I love the dancing. I love the music. I love the way theaters smell. I love the adrenaline that comes with performing. I love it all. Costumes, singing, makeup - HEAVEN.

I also torture myself by watching T.V. shows like "Smash". Have you guys seen it? The second season is kind of bleh, but the first one is wonderful. I've read reviews from theater professionals that say it isn't very good or realistic. I don't care. I've never had alcohol before, but I imagine it's a teensy bit like being an alcoholic. Some people have very refined tastes - they like certain kinds of wine and do tastings and things. And then there are the full-blown, can't-go-a-day-without alcoholics and it doesn't matter if the alcohol is good. I'm like that with musical theater. I don't care how original it is or how good it is. I just have to have it. (Except for "Glee". I just can't get on top of that one for some reason.) Musical theater is showing up in my dreams to slowly torture me.

Sigh... I have no solution for this ache right now (I don't know how to get involved with theater with a 1 year-old). So instead, please enjoy these outfit pieces inspired by "Smash" and my obsession.

1. This swing dress has sleeves and comes in three basic colors. A perfect Marilyn option if you want to cover a little more skin than the sex icon.

2. Karen Cartwright wears these cropped leather blazers between rehearsals.

3. She usually pairs that jacket with a feminine scarf like this one.

4. I love her ankle boots. They always make her look extra tall. Maybe I should try a pair without a heel.

5. Last but not least, you just can't do "Smash" style without a truly Marilyn Monroe dress like this one. You can stage your own air vent scene for your husband.

The ache continues. What are you passionate about?


  1. A lot of cities have Children's Theatre's...perhaps you can volunteer with one? The one near me puts on shows for children with adult actors..every year my students and I go on a field trip for the Monster Mash Halloween show, they take children's Halloween stories and poems and bring them to life. It's so much fun! Just a thought on a way to get back to the stage and include your child :) Hope you find a way to merge your passions!

  2. That is a great idea!! You know, I've worked with children's theaters before. I don't know why I didn't think of this. Haha thank you!