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WEEK 5/6 - Did You Miss Me?
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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