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WEEK 12 - The End of an Era
Posted on August 18, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey Followers,

You heard it here first: Today is the last day of my internship at WaterTower. It’s been a good run, but I think it’s time for the baby to fly out of the nest. Time to “walk the plank” as the pirates say. I overheard Joanie and Kelsey saying I was getting “fired” this week, but I think they just don’t understand that when my internship is over, I just leave. Classic Joanie and Kelsey, always trying to find some big dramatic way to end things (i.e. Kelsey poisoning Joanie with guac, Joanie “coming back” to WaterTower and kicking me out of my office.)

The good news about being “fired” from my internship is that Joanie and Kelsey are taking me to dinner, and said I could keep hanging around if I wanted to. I love working for and learning from Joanie and Kelsey. They’re both really smart, and they both sing their sentences sometimes. They’ve had me read lots of great plays, allowed me to meet a bunch of new people, and given me some insider knowledge* about the DFW theatre scene.

Not only have I learned a lot about theatre from my internship and my mentors, but this summer I’ve learned life things as well. Fresh out of college and seeking direction, this summer has been eye-opening in my hunt for trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I got to assist with the casting process for some great plays. I got to assistant direct on my first professional production. I took improv classes over at Alternative Comedy Theatre (ACT) with some awesome teachers. I made lots of new Facebook friends, and some REAL LIFE friends too! AND I wrote this strange little blog to document my weeks as an intern.

During my last week here, I’ve been working on a project similar to those in the past: updating our actor database! I’ve been entering information for all of the actors who auditioned for Hit the Wall, Season Generals, Pride and Prejudice, and Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, as well as compiling a list of actors to call in for some of the shows later in the 2017-2018 Season. This week we also had a meeting to discuss some potential Intersections ideas for Pride and Prejudice. I’m really pushing for a regency dance party (but more on that later).

OMG! The best part of the week was last Sunday when we had a pool party at Joanie’s house! I love a good party, and I made the sangria, so be sure to check out the food blog I’m starting next week for “22 Sweet Summer Recipes!” #foreverablogger

Now that my internship is over, this means the blog must come to an end as well. I’ll miss the blog. We truly became friends.

Things I learned this summer:

  • In order to be a good intern, listen a lot and generally just work hard.
  • Theatre is magic. There’s nothing a little age makeup can’t fix.
  • Viewpoints is a great way to build an ensemble.
  • As a director, sometimes it’s good to ask more questions than to give straight answers.
  • Stipends are motivating.
  • I got a mosquito bite ON MY NECK this morning – not something I learned, but I wanted to tell the bloggers about it.
  • Theatre people are weird and interesting everywhere you go.
  • Sending an email can’t hurt, it’s worth asking.
  • You can’t please everyone, and someone is ALWAYS going to have an opinion about what you do.
  • This is the song of the summer.
  • This is also the song of the summer.
  • This is the summer of Kesha.
  • Confirmed: Joanie is allergic to guacamole.
  • Joanie “doesn’t get it” that in Texas, we dip our pizza in ranch dressing.
  • Everyone in the office likes chocolate.

Bye.
Miss you already.
Last Blog Ever.
Ever Ever.
Goodbye Cruel World.
Goodbye My Almost Lover.
Bye for real.

Bye.

Xoxo,
Tiffany

*Want to know more insider secrets? Call now and for three easy payments of $19.99, I can tell you ALL about the scandal! The terror! And the secret relationships of DFW!!! (I see you Garrett Storms and Kelsey Leigh Ervi. #madeforeachother)

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WEEK 11 - A Blog Less Sad Than The News
Posted on August 13, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey Bloggers.

This week as an Intern has been interesting. This week as an American has also been interesting, but more on that later.

We finally got rid of the roof smell in the office hallway that made us all high so that was a #win. This week, I’ve been working on scanning through the DFW Theatre Facebook page looking for actors that we can invite to audition for some of our upcoming shows! It’s very interesting to go through Facebook as a casting tool. But, I guess if I’m doing it then somewhere someone else is doing it too. My tips and tricks for actors on having a good Facebook profile are:

  1. List that you are an actor.
  2. Your headshot is your profile picture.
  3. Share actor-y things like articles and reviews about theatre so all of your Facebook friends know that you LOVE theatre.
  4. Also, feel free to share old production photos from that one time you were in Sweeney Todd. Or a YouTube video of you singing “CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS” from Little Women (those are sure signs you’re an actor).

Speaking of Christopher Columbus — I get the chance to AD my other boss lady! I will be the Assistant Director for WaterTower’s production of The Last Five Years next summer, which Kelsey is directing! Though I wont be an intern anymore, I will still be an assistant which is a great place to be! I’m very excited to continue assisting around Dallas, and spreading holiday cheer year-round. So, if you need an Assistant Director, or a new friend, I am available for both of those things*.

We just finished week three of Hit the Wall here at WaterTower and it is sparking some great conversation! We’ve loved hearing people ask awesome questions in our post-show discussions. We have a fearless staff and group of artists who have made some really wonderful theatre, and we’re glad that people are talking about it!

It’s lovely and beautiful to see people who are impacted by this play and want to have conversations about inclusiveness and diversity, as well as empathy and kindness. With all the horrible stuff happening in the news, it feels necessary to hear messages of love, and to have conversations that encourage listening to one another. In Hit the Wall, the characters talk about the fear of nuclear war, the fight for equality among people, and the desire to be themselves and love who they want to love. Hmm…

Glad those things got solved the first go around.

~Theatre is magic~

In other news, Joanie is having a party at her house and I am making #sangria. I am very excited about this #sangria, and that Joanie invited me over to her house. Her friend, Heather, is here from Chicago and we’ve been getting to know each other over the past couple of days. The “third tier friend” interview process has been great. I’m on Round 7. I don’t want to speak too soon, but the three of us might be starting a Girl Band or “passé” of some sorts soon. Potential band names include:

“HEATHER and JOANIE and another girl”
“Texas Girls”
“Chicago Spice and Everything Nice”
“Tiff and the Trick or Treats”
“Where’s Joanie?”

Anyway, I’ve had a few strangers come up to the Box Office while I’ve been working and tell me I look like Fiona from Shameless, and a few people asked for my autograph.

That’s not true, but it’s my blog and I can DO WHAT I WANT.

Thanks for reading.
Hope your week is better than the news.
Please be nice to people.
Hugs and Kisses.
XOXO.

-Tiffany

*For my resume, or list of favorite snacks feel free to contact me directly.

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WEEK 10 - A Birthday Blog
Posted on August 4, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

Hey followers, I think I’m high.

I’m writing this blog post from Barnes and Noble because we got fumed-out of the office. They are fixing the roof of the building WaterTower operates out of (shout out to the Addison Theatre Centre), and throughout the entire week it’s smelled like poison in the offices. When it rains, the roof of the building does this cutesy thing where it leaks and drips water into our rehearsal space. It’s nice if you’re parched, but not great for everything else. So we appreciate the fixing of the roof and look forward to the smell going away.

Fortunately, it doesn’t smell like death and despair in the front of the building where our patrons congregate. It’s all concentrated in the back office hallways where the magic* happens. So, breathe deeply, WTT Staff, or leave the building immediately.

This week has been so freakin’ cool! Yeah yeah uh-huh uh-huh. I’m a week into my real job as a Front of House Associate and I haven’t destroyed the Company yet! #winning One of the perks of being an employee and an intern at the same time is that I have this blog to talk to my friends (internet friends…blog readers…strangers with laptops and smart phones) about what my real job is like. While I’ve been training on my real job, Kayla Freeman, our Box Office Manager has been so patient with me. Sometimes she tells me, “You’re such a gem, but the line is long so move over and let me do the computer.” #kaylasaveslives

The other good news is that this week Hit the Wall has been good. And by good I mean freakin’ awesome. Did you see the review in The Dallas Morning News? I think we might be killing it right now. #ilovetheatre

The experience of assistant directing the show and getting to know all these new people was amazing. And the cookies that people kept buying the actors were really good too!

Speaking of cookies…today is my birthday. Woo! I am 22 today and I think that is a good age because now that I’m not 21 anymore my grown up friends will hopefully let me hangout with them more. I’m always “the baby” because I was the last one to drive, the last one to drink, and now the last one to groove to Taylor Swift’s hit song “22.” Today I really do feel 22 because I’m at work answering phone calls and helping people buy tickets. #adultish

Tonight after the performance of Hit the Wall (and every Friday for the rest of the run) is Local Band Night as part of our new Intersections program! We are so excited to feature local bands in our space, and we are also excited (and by “we” I mean me) because it’s my birthday party. Now, nowhere does it officially say that it is my birthday party…but if I declare it in this blog then it is true. Isn’t that how the internet works these days? So, YOU (internet friend…reader of this blog…fellow American) are invited to my birthday-party-concert-featuring-MERCURY ROCKET-that-is-totally-for-me tonight after Hit the Wall. And while you’re at it, call the Box Office and buy tickets to Hit the Wall too! #hitthewallWTT

You can wish me a happy birthday if you’d like, but if you sing to me I expect it to be in Italian. My whole childhood I grew up going to Carrabba’s Italian Grill for my birthday and they’d sing to me in Italian. #highexpectations

Things I learned this week:

  • Inhaling poison is not great for your life span.
  • Joanie’s real friends are in town from #thesecondcity and will potentially be interviewing me for the role of “Third Tier Friend.”
  • I’m thankful for Facebook because it reminds people to wish you a happy birthday.
  • Kesha’s song “Woman” is still a #JAM

TTYL
HBD2ME
HBD2YOU
Thanks for reading.
Lots of hugs and kisses.
Miss you already.

Xoxo
-The Birthday Girl (Tiffany)

*Disclaimer: There is no real magic that happens in the theatre. Unfortunately, we do not have a magician on staff. However, Joanie is still potentially a wizard, but more on that later.

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