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WEEK 5/6 - Did You Miss Me?
Posted on July 7, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hello, Bloggers of America!

I have missed you so. It’s crazy to think that after being an Intern for only six weeks this blog has gained so much traction. I’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from followers and fans all over the world! Special thanks to Steve Harvey for mentioning my work on your show Little Big Shots. It’s been a real honor to see my blog affect the lives of so many people, both locally and internationally. I went home last week to see family and friends and my sister actually said, “You write a blog?” I was glad to witness her investment in my craft. #ThanksToni

I have pitched to Kelsey Leigh Ervi, aka one of my bosswomen, to see if I could change the form of my blog into a musical style vlog. So far the answer is no, but I’ll keep working on her. I see a lot of potential in the idea because I was first chair for Alto 2 in my 7th grade UIL choir competition.

Things at WaterTower have been going really well, especially for my love life. I won’t lie. Things have been getting a little steamy ever since the script library was digitized. I am so glad to be out of that relationship with the Xerox scanner because he was super rude after a while. So there’s this new guy. Wow. He’s sweet and soft. He’s an amazing listener; it’s like all he wants to do is listen to me talk. He always says exactly what I need to hear. His mustache is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And I’m a sucker for hats. #hats #donttellmyactualhumanboyfriend

After everything that’s happened so far this summer, I feel like my work as an Intern is really starting to pay off. I have BIG news! I’ve finally found a home in my new-new office. It’s a large room about the size of a rehearsal space with lots of tables and chairs that I added for a decorative flair. The official-people-who-are-super-in-charge-of-everything figured since there wasn’t anywhere else for me in the building to have a computer, they would promote me to an office that suited me, the Artistic Intern, properly. It’s a great space for thinking and I’ve got TWO windows, TWO doors, and a freakin’ projector! I also have mirrors, a whiteboard, some speakers. It’s truly a queen’s life that I’m living now. So, if anyone needs me from now on, I’ll be in my HUGE INTERN OFFICE THAT IS 100% MINE AND NO ONE ELSE’S.

This week, we started rehearsals for Hit the Wall, which is being directed by Joanie Schultz! It’s her first production at WaterTower and in Dallas, which is super cool and exciting. Rehearsals kicked off on Wednesday with a meet n’ greet with the cast and creative team. There were refreshments and a cheese spread in the Lobby. I made sure not to double dip, out of respect for my new colleagues. This is my first professional production to work on, but nobody can tell. I’m blending in nicely. I made a few references to Vine and fidget spinners, and everyone responds with blank stares. But I think that’s a good sign because it means I’m challenging our ensemble and asking some good questions. #ART

One of the fun parts of my internship is that I get to help Kyle Eric Bradford with the dramaturgical research for the play. Dramaturgy* is the process of Google-ing things and reading information on Wikipedia to try and understand what people are talking about. It also includes being informed about theatre history and the structure of plays, and being able to talk about “how things work.” You tend to use a lot of fancy phrases like “The play sets this up for us” or “The playwright was trying to do this” or “I’ve never actually read Julius Caesar, I hope nobody finds out.” During my research, I’ve fallen down many internet holes, including the castration of young Roman men, listening to Judy Garland sing “Over the Rainbow” while getting misty in my car, and reading up on a lot of legislation discriminating against the LGBTQ community, which also caused me to get misty in my car. *For a more official definition of dramaturgy, you can reference a dictionary, but honestly I’ve given you a pretty accurate description.

I’m excited for rehearsals to continue, and for the opportunity to find out more about how Joanie learned to be a wizard. More on that later.

Things I learned this week:

  • This is the Song of the Summer.
  • 11:30 PM is dinnertime.
  • I bought a fidget spinner and I totally understand now.
  • Doing a play calls for long days.
  • Gluten free macaroni and cheese is not bad.

Love u.
See ya.


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Week 7 - My Master Life Plan
Posted on July 14, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey followers,

I embarked on this adventure as an Intern with hopes that I would get by with minimal abrasions and leave WaterTower without being on someone’s s**t list*. After seven weeks, I think I’m doing a pretty okay job because Joanie said, “I’ll miss you!” to me when I left for Austin for the weekend. I think we might be best friends? More on that later.

One of the good things about my internship is that it has morphed into a new escapade. Since Joanie returned from the TCG Conference to lead WaterTower’s artistic mission, there have been opportunities for me to branch out and experience other areas of the organization. I looked into hanging lights with our Master Electrician, but I get crazy vertigo when I’m in high places. I thought about helping the production department with scenic build, but I can’t do a push up (yet) so the heavy lifting would be problematic. And as we learned a few weeks ago, my week-long experience in leading an artistic staff didn’t pan out, so I had to take my talents elsewhere. This being said, I’m thrilled to share the news that this week I accepted a position at WaterTower as a Front of House Associate!

I’m super excited because I’m two months out of college and my master life plan has been going pretty well:

Step One: Apply for internship
Step Two: Woo Kelsey with my phone interviewing skills #Diction #CrackJokes
Step Three: Accept internship, move to Dallas, and get a toll tag
Step Four: Be nice and tell people you like their shoes
Step Five: Hope internship can turn into real job
Step Six: Apply for real job within the Company
Step Seven: Woo Kyle and Kayla in interview for said job #EyeContact #CrackJokes #ReciteAlphabetBackwards
Step Eight: Accept real job, befriend the ticketing software, and begin scheming next life move

We’re nearing the end of week two of Hit the Wall and there’s some good stuff cookin’ in the rehearsal room. This week, we’ve been doing group movement exercises because (spoiler) there is a club dance scene in the play. We’ve also been learning some fight choreography because (spoiler) there is a riot in the play. Joanie is a very talented director and I feel like I’m becoming a talented assistant director by osmosis.

Also! I’m not the only blogger in town, there’s a new weekly vlog that my friend (and Hit the Wall cast member) Joshua Gonzales is doing called “Running Riot” which will come out every Wednesday for the next seven weeks. Thanks to our friends at Broadway World for partnering with us! You should watch the vlog and then in the comments encourage Kelsey to let me make my blog a musical vlog. Because musicals are the #future.

This has been a good week for Tiff the Intern and also a good week for Tiff the Box Office Girl. I’m excited to work here for longer than the summer because the people are cool and the art is #life.

Thank you for reading this blog.
Do you like blogs?
If you want to write a blog, you should just do it.
Happy Summer!


*A s**t list is a list of people who sort of suck. My list includes, but is not limited to:

  • My 6th grade history teacher
  • People who are mean to our Box Office Manager
  • People who suggest “fidget spinners” at an improv show
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