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Week 3: Internship, Phantom of the Opera, Festival, and The Smell of Chocolate

Well, week three is over and I am still alive and having a pretty good time. Lots of important things are coming up, so this one is going to be a little shorter than the rest.

MICHAEL CASSARA CASTING
We had a mixture of office time and sessions for the week. I was able to observe my first dance call which was incredible! It is always really cool to watch really, really good tap. Moving forward with momentum, the office is now starting to get more sessions and I am still keeping busy. I am working a lot on spreadsheets, sending emails/appointments, scanning, and doing more research on certain actors that Michael tells me to look at. Some of the most important lessons that keep coming up over and over again is to make sure your headshot looks like you, treat the readers and accompanist well, know what is important to have on a resume, and just be a human being. Yes, confident and professional, but be yourself and just be a human.  That last point was echoed a few times during our class's meeting with AEA, an amazing opportunity that needs to continue for our university.

THE FINAL PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Evan, Dana, Natalie, and I had the honor of watching our great friend, Jordan Donica, do his final performance as Raoul in Phantom of the Opera. Side note: Last row of the balcony is a great place to watch shows.  However, I have a feeling he will return to that show soon. Congrats to Jordan on an amazing run and for getting me to see Phantom of the Opera twice! 

FESTIVAL
I want to take a little bit of time to thank and congratulate everyone who was involved with Festival at Otterbein this past week. Of all the videos and photos I have seen, it looked incredible, beautiful, and inspiring. Student work is valid and incredibly beneficial and I am of the belief that we need to find a way to do more of it at Otterbein. I hope those conversations can be had by faculty, students, and alumni. 

WRITING LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW
I have been discovering more and more that I really love to write. I get a lot of satisfaction in creating things for other people. I think maybe I am starting to enjoy it more than acting. Who knows? It's a moment for me to really pick what I want to do with my time and I just naturally keep going back to writing in my notebook and sending it out to different people. Right now, I am looking at options for Not the Truth We Seek and More Than/Less Than. I spent an afternoon editing my website including the new  "Writer" tab, CHECK THAT OUT. I am currently in the process of finishing the first draft of my Distinction thesis and a new musical called at At the Barre... more on that later. 

A RANDOM ENCOUNTER WITH CHOCOLATE
Walking through Times Square last night with Ev, Schmackery's in tow, we didn't really know what to do. It was that awkward time where you don't want to go home, but you don't want to do anything. So we just walked and then found two interesting locations: Hershey's Chocolate World and M & M's World. I have now realized that there is such as thing as too much chocolate, but hey, the size of these stores and to see how far both brands reach into pop culture is awe-inspiring. 

SHOUTOUTS
Sally: Always worthy of a shoutout.
Coach: A great mentor. Thanks for coming out. 
Evan: My partner in crime and commonly referred to (by Michael) as my life partner. 
Ethan: Proud of you. Your work is beautiful.
Ben: Keep doing a great job with the troupe and your puppetry. 

Remember....keep kicking ass and be well.