3.22.2010

West Side Story

It's the Sharks vs. the Jets.  "Womb to Tomb!"  "Sperm to Worm!"


I had a busy week!  Our community theatre performed the musical, West Side Story.  It's a racy tale of teenage angst, sex, and death accompanied by jazzy music, dancing, and singing. So much fun!  The performances were actually very well done.  There's surprisingly a lot of talent in our little area.  I was impressed!   

I was invited to play my violin in the pit orchestra.  Because rehearsals were every Sunday during church the entire month leading up to performance week, I was unable to attend practice until dress-rehearsals began last Monday night.  My reputation preceded me and I was placed right smack in the front as the concert master.  Oh.  Pressure!  That meant I had three days to learn over a hundred pages of music.  And West Side Story isn't exactly easy stuff to play either.  But I thrive under pressure.  I absolutely loved the challenge!  We had five performances between Thursday night and Sunday.  Fortunately, each performance was better than the last, both on stage and in the pit.  I went from playing about 90% of the material to missing only a few measures here and there.  I wish performances could've gone on for another week.  I really can't describe how much I truly enjoy playing my violin.  If I could get paid to sit in an orchestra pit, I'd become a workaholic!  Plus, there's just a spirit of comradery that makes a person happy when an entire community comes together, works hard, and pulls off something so well.  On top of that, I got to meet a bunch of really cool people.  I can't wait until next year!

35 Weeks


They say black is a slimming color.  However, no amount of black can hide this baby belly of mine!  My bulging tummy attracted a lot of attention. People tell me my pregnancy looks almost fake; like I just stuck a basketball under my shirt.  All I know is that this baby is definitely real and he will probably come out singing, "Mariaaa!"  He kicked up a storm during the loud pieces.  That was fun too.

5 comments:

  1. I love West Side Story. "anita's gonna get her kicks tonighhhhhhhht". You look really cute pregnant. I cant believe you are like a month away. Good luck with everything. You will be a great mom.

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  2. I wish I knew how to play the violin. I guess I'll just have to settle for learning the piano. It's great that you're getting out and playing in different groups.

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  3. How fun! You look so dang cute too!

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  4. Oh, I'm jealous! I'm jealous that you got to play in a musical (they're my favorite!), and I'm jealous of your amazing talent- learning all that music that fast! You're beautiful too!

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  5. You are totally gorgeous! I really love those pictures. Hope you are feeling great! I'm excited to see pictures of your little baby soon!

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