Krissie: Fun

Can’t find the photo but it’ll turn up — my first attempt at Eulalie’s hairstyle.  My hair is now long enough that I can screw it up into a topknot, with the added advantage that when I let it down it looks glorious.  Tomorrow’s a real burn-out — choreography/staging from 3:30 to 9 with an hour break for dinner.   I got so tired on Friday my brain shut off, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do the role.  Tomorrow should tell the tale.  It’s actually an easy role, so if I physically can’t do it it shouldn’t be that difficult for someone to take my place.

Except I’m absolutely meant for this role.  I know Eulalie so well — she isn’t me, but she has a lot in common with me.  I see her as a cross between Lucy in “Peanuts” and Margaret Dumont from the Marx Brothers’ movies.  She has a marvelously high opinion of herself ( like moi) but absolutely no sense of humor, particularly about herself (unlike moi).  And I love her, and sympathize with her, and know her heart.

So I’m going to do it if there’s any way I can.  Because for some reason it’s just so much damned fun.  I sat around listening to the first read through and it was just a series of delights.  We’ve lucked out and got a marvelous Winthrop (the little boy) and Marian is Marla Schlafel, last year’s Maria and a Tony nominee, and Harold Hill is so good I’m in awe.  It’s just such a treat to be doing.  Not sure if I’d be having as much fun if it weren’t a musical — we’re also doing Our Town and I don’t think I’d be having nearly as good a time.

I hope there’ll be something I can do next year.  The thing is, I don’t want to be in competition for a role.  I don’t like competitiveness — it’s not good for me.  So I’m hoping they’ll have a part in mind for me next year, as they did this year.  Though not every play has such an easy, juicy part.

I imagine I’ll sail through the anniversary of my mother’s death (or get through it fairly well).  I’ll probably get weepy some time in October or so when I don’t expect it — that’s the way these things work.

It even looks as if the rains will come to a stop.

I don’t understand why people like to be competitive.  The other am/dram (amateur dramatics, as Mini-me called them) group around here is a very closed, clique-ish group, and since this town has always been closed and clique-ish I don’t need to attempt to join another group like that.

Best moment so far — when someone sets a firecracker off beneath Eulalie’s skirts and swoons into her husband’s arms claiming “George, I’ve been shot.”

Unfortunately the Mayor is about 85 and weighs about 130 pounds soaking wet.  When I threw myself into his arms he staggered back, and I nearly squashed him like a bug.  Let’s hope I don’t crippled him before the run is through.

Photos as soon as possible.  It really is going to be glorious, and I won’t worry about next year until it comes.  After all, even just singing in the chorus makes me happy.
So, choreography tomorrow.  Too much time on my feet on a hot, muggy day.

It’ll be glorious.  If it doesn’t kill me first.

I’m putting this under “Making things” since it’s part of random creativity.  I’m getting anxious to write as well,

So while many of you will travel to Atlanta and do the publisher dance, I will be doing the “Shipoopi” and having the time of my life.


25 thoughts on “Krissie: Fun

  1. “Having the time of my life” – well then, that’s the best, innit?

    If we can greet life with enthusiasm then we’ve a chance at not stagnating. Glad you’re doing this with such “sparkle” in your written voice.

  2. Reb says:

    It’s great to hear you sounding so happy about this. I’m sure next year will work out, esp if you make sure the organisers know how keen you are.

  3. Kieran says:

    You’re absolutely meant to do theater. It gives you such energy and happiness!! Go, Krissie!

    About the cliquish am/dram crowd…IMO, they’re selfish. They want the good parts for themselves and hate sharing. Both sides of my family are theater people, so I know how decimated people get when they don’t get the part they want, and it’s understandable. We all have dreams, and we all have some ego. But these cliquish theater groups take ego to the extreme.

    My worst audition was my first, when I sang “Bill” from SHOWBOAT. I could belt it out at home, but I bombed big-time, so badly that the piano player shot me pitying looks. I ran all the way home in an attempt to escape my embarrassment. I was 18, and I was very upset that I wasn’t a star just like my mother. She played Fanny Brice and Aldonza and all those juicy musical roles in local theater.

  4. You are a terrific Eulalie, Krissie. Never doubt your ability to do this role. You’ll do it with style, panache, and absolute wonderfulness.

  5. Carol says:

    This cracked me up, “When I threw myself into his arms he staggered back, and I nearly squashed him like a bug.” – See more at:

    You do sound like you are having fun. It’s all about having fun now, Krissie.

    Well, that is my take on life at my age. Letting go of all the extraneous stuff gives it no more power in my life. Onward.

    I see you as a Viking Queen, sword in the air, a force to be reckoned with as you glide forward, having fun, of course.

  6. Jen Wyatt says:

    I’m so glad for you! You deserve to have fun. Always.

    To the Refabbers who’ll be in Atlanta next week: I want to see you! I’ll be coming to the literacy autographing night since I’m not in the conference. Apart from Robena, who’ll be signing books? I’m so excited I can’t stand it!

  7. You were born to play Eulalie, baby, and it will indeed be glorious! How I wish I could be there to see it!

    I’m missing Atlanta this year–the budget just didn’t permit it what with all the renovations to the house. I”ll miss meeting all my friends from ReFab in person, but I hope everyone has a ball! Toast me, okay? 😉

  8. I love this, you sound so happy and free, even with the grueling schedule.

    Maybe you can sink to your knees gracefully and let the mayor catch you under the arms? But good for him for showing up at 85, too.

  9. It sounds like you are having so much fun! I’m very glad for you. You are going to rock this role. And I’m sure you and the Mayor will work out how you can swoon without “squashing him like a bug”. 😀

  10. Jill says:

    I like the sound of you having fun ! Next year what about Sister Act ? Your part would be Sister Mary Lazarus played by Mary Wickes.

    From the grand old school of wisecracking, loud and lanky Mary Wickes had few peers while forging a career as a salty scene-stealer. Her abrupt, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor made her a consistent audience favorite on every medium for over six decades. She was particularly adroit in film parts that chided the super rich or exceptionally pious, and was a major chastiser in generation-gap comedies

  11. Lola says:

    Go Krissie! Sounds like so much fun.

    Today is National No Bra day so everyone go out and celebrate it in style.

  12. Go Go Krissie! You’re perfect for Eulalie – I bet you swoon most marvelously! Ditto to Jenny’s suggestion. Hugs and FGBVs and love to all!

  13. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the summer, Krissie! I hope you enjoy every minute! Take plenty of water to rehearsal, as dehydration can sap your energy worse than all the physical requirements of the role.

    Our local community theater is also performing Music Man this summer. Mandy is on stage crew — she loves to be part of the theater world, but is more comfortable behind the scenes than on stage.

  14. I know it must be tiring, but it also sounds like you’re enjoying yourself. Got a good laugh out of you swooning into the arms of the small, elderly, mayor. I’m sure you two will figure something out.

    Just continue to have fun. Okay?

  15. Lynda says:

    Forgive my ignorance, but it’s been years since I’ve actually seen MM. Is the name pronounced “YOU-luh-lee” or is it “you-LAY-lee”?

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