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As everyone and their mother knows, the long anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault In Our Stars hit theatres this weekend. I had the utmost pleasure of seeing it tonight, and I really must say, wow. This movie was probably one of the only book to film adaptations I have ever seen. I think the only negative thing I have to say about this movie is I didn’t really like how the movie didn’t end with the famous quote, “I do, Augustus. I do.” It ended with, “Okay.”  Yes, “Okay.” was perfect for me, and I honestly was in tears too heavily to really care at that point. It hit me as I was walking out of the theatre.

 

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This movie made me so thankful for mine and my family’s health. On the way home from the movie, a great conversation about others’ struggles was had and I realized that I really haven’t been through all that much loss. I lost my great grandmother this past January, but that was really the first time I’ve had to deal with a loss of someone close to me, and honestly I wasn’t even that close with her. And TFIOS, being about cancer, of course made me think about the adamant line of cancer in both sides of my family. It’s a scary thing to think about.

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Our lives can change so quickly. In the blink of an eye, the person we love the most can leave us without any kind of a warning. In ThFault In Our Stars, the novel’s female protagonist, Hazel, rereads a book called An Imperial Affliction over and over again. The book deals with a girl named Anna living with and eventually dying of cancer. The book has an abrupt end. It literally ends in the middle of a sentence. Isn’t that how life is? We can be at the beginning of our sentence, in the middle of our sentence, or nearing the end of the sentence, but inevitably as a whole, our sentences are interrupted abruptly by death. John Green loads metaphors into this novel, and I feel like the ending of his fictional novel within The Fault In Our Stars, is one of the most plain to see yet overlooked metaphors of the novel.

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As you all know, this blog is tied together with music. Music scores from films have always been a fancy of mine, and this one did not disappoint. All throughout the movie, I was like “This song?!” I hadn’t listened to this soundtrack fully through yet until tonight. I’d only listened to the song Ed Sheeran wrote for it, entitled “All of the Stars”, appropriately. This song played during the end credits, and I must be honest here, I was bawling. My heart swells every time I hear this song honestly.

The next song that really caught my attention was by one of my favorite artists, Birdy. I believe she has two songs on the album, but her song “Not About Angels” played at one of the most (if not, THE most) tragic moments of the film. The piano is so clean and so beautiful, and it really is just an A+ use of music. I think Birdy is kind of underestimated and I feel like with this push into the spotlight onto this album, people will start to really recognize this young girl’s overflowing amount of talent.

Overall, these two songs were the feature stand-out songs of the album. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of it was absolutely amazing. Tom Odell, Kodaline, and Jake Bugg were also featured, and trust me, no one disappointed.

I was so proud of this cast, and I can’t imagine how John Green himself must feel right now. I’m not going to lie, when I first heard the announcement of the cast, I was very iffy, but I can safely say I was proved wrong of any and every doubt that ever crossed my mind. I couldn’t have seen anyone else embodying the roles of Hazel Grace and Gus like Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did. I mean, Ansel practically screams Augustus as himself. This film was filled with all the right amounts of drama, comedy, and the all-too-familiar John Green tragedy, and I cannot wait to read the book over and over again, and eventually see the film again.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I HIGHLY recommend you go see it. (Fair warning: bring a tissue….or a towel. You WILL need it.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” (Annie)

If you know me personally, you know that it takes very little to make me smile. I’m currently sitting in computer class, and I just needed something to make me smile, so I started humming this song, and I looked this up, and bam, my mood has increased by about 50%. I love this musical, and I have always wanted to play Annie. Although, now, my chances don’t look so great. But hey, Mrs. Hannigan….or Lily…or Grace..OR..”Rising Star” in the song “NYC”. Hm. 🙂
So! If you aren’t in the best of moods today, I highly suggest you listen to this song because remember…you are never fully dressed without a smile.
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A List of Characters I Feel I Could Play Very (Very) Well

Hi, my name is Anna and I am addicted to Broadway musicals.
This is what I will say when my husband (or cat) sends me to Broadway musical therapy.
There is literally nothing I love more than Broadway.
I have about four New Year’s resolutions:
1. Eat healthier.
2. Learn more musicals.
3. NOT TAKE ONE EXAM AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER. I JUST….CAN’T.

Okay, so I guess I only have three resolutions.
Anyway, winter break is winding down, and I have been very bored for the past week. I have been enjoying my new iPad mini and I have been listening to a loooot of musicals on my Spotify app. (I never realized how hilarious Avenue Q was)
Listening to so many musicals have just made me think about how many parts I think I could play. So, I have also put together a little list, and I am going to share with you!

1. Eponine from Les Miserables
Sigh. If you read down my blog, you will discover that recently I auditioned for this part, got a callback, thought I did great, and didn’t get the part. Eponine will always be my number 1 dream role, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be this time around. Hopefully I will get another chance. If not, I will continue playing this part seven days a week, in the shower. Boom.

2. Fantine from Les Miserables
This is another LM character, and she is a bit older than Eponine. I feel like an older version of myself could play this part. I have loved “I Dreamed A Dream” since my mother played it for me while I was in the womb. (I first sang it when I was six)

3. Nancy from Olilver!</em
This part is definitely one of my favorites. There is nothing I don’t love about Nancy, really. She is a tragic character, and to me, tragic characters are the best characters. Seriously, “As Long As He Needs Me” is my jam.

4. Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde
DCS PLEEEEEEEEASE DO BONNIE AND CLYDE BEFORE I LEAVE FOR COLLEGE. There is a certain person I want to play my Clyde, and let me just say, we. would. be. perfect. “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad” and “How ‘Bout A Dance” are such wonderful songs, and I JUST LOVE THE WHOLE MUSICAL.

5. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
BATB was my first show at DCS, and the woman that played Belle, my friend Christie, was PHENOMENAL. She’s playing Cosette in the upcoming production of Les Mis, and she is just so inspiring to me. Such a nice lady. I used to sing Belle’s parts (well, everyone’s parts) when I would watch the BATB movie, and this part….means so much to me.

That is my top five! I have a few more e.g., Velma Kelly, Madame Thenardier, Amber from Hairspray, Cinderella, and Gavroche. Yeah…..Gavroche has always been one of my dream roles. I have to crush my own dream…maybe I will play Gavroche in another life.

‘Ow do ya do? My name’s Anna!

Post tomorrow 🙂

Change

Today is January 3, 2014.
That is honestly so weird to think about. It seems like just yesterday I was diving head first into my sophomore year of high school.
SO much has changed, and while I was thinking about what this post was going to be about and I realized that I knew exactly what it was going to be about: change.
Change is inevitable. From the moment you outgrow Pull-Ups, to when you start wearing a bra, to getting your driver’s license, you are constantly changing.
I realized today, while at lunch with my best friend and my sister, just how much things are going to change in the next two years of my life.
My best friend, Raksha, is really smart. There is a school in Columbus, Mississippi called the Mississippi School of Math and Science (MSMS), and she is applying. My other really good friend, Ashley is, too. We three have this picture we like to call the “trad pic”. Basically, it was only for this year we took this picture. It was just anytime we went anywhere, really, we would take a picture in this same pose. Our last football game (we are on the dance team) it was pretty bittersweet, thinking, I had plans to be co-captains with Raksha our junior year and then move up our senior year and now, sophomore year, I’m losing my two best friends and this is the last time I’ll ever dance on the same team as them. I thought I would have so much more time.
We were talking today at lunch about next year, how much things would change for…everyone. I started to think about who I would hang out with next year, because for the past three years, those two have been by my side practically all the time.
Without thinking, I said, “Oh, I’ll just hang out with Ashley and Krupa!”
Raksha and Gracie’s (Gracie is my sister) faces dropped and I didn’t realize what I had said until Raksha just said, “Ashley…”
My face dropped and I felt my heart sink. It honestly felt like I’d been hit in the stomach and the breath had been knocked right out of me.
Well, damn. Scratch that idea, I guess. I was really zoned out the rest of the lunch after that happened. Next year was the only thing on my mind. Sure, I have “good friends”, but besides Ashley and Raksha, I have no one I could fully be myself around. I don’t have anyone I fully trust.
Anyway, them leaving next year is kind of a mini preparation for senior year. I guess I just have to grow up and start getting used to the change around me.
Starting basically now, things are going to start being thrown at my face, at surprisingly high speeds, too.
I sit here now as a sophomore in high school and when I start to think about where I will go to college in just two short years, I want to cry and curl up in a ball and go back to being ten years old.
But, that isn’ t how it works.
I have to grow up. I have to…change. I have to leave home. And, as much as I say I hate this place and my school, it is all I have ever known. But, if I want to be a famous actress, leaving the Mississippi Delta is kind of crucial.
If you did not know, I have my sights set on Broadway. I know it is far fetched and odds are, I will never make it, but there’s a voice inside me that tells me that I really need to try my hardest.
I’ve started to look at colleges that offer good musical theatre programs, and a lot of the best ones are….up north. It’s scary to think about that in just two years, I could be moving off to Pittsburgh. But, the dreamer in me takes the fear away and says “Hey, you’re so many miles closer to the Big Apple”.
Change is coming, and it’s inevitable. You can’t be scared of changing, of growing up, because life doesn’t stop for anyone. If you wait too long, you’ll look up and you’ll be 32, broke, and stuck. I don’t want to be like. I don’t want to feel like I missed out because I was too afraid of growing some balls and embracing the change.
All in all, it is never too late to change your life. If you are still in high school like me, you’ll make it out alive, and as scary as it can be, the change you fear so much, won’t seem so bad ten years from now.
As much as I will miss seeing my two best friends every day at school, I will always be calling them on the phone and driving to Columbus to see them. It hurts now, but…it will get better.

Breaking The News

Well. I found out today that I did not get the part of Eponine. :/ I don’t have much thought process right now. Goodnight. ❤

Well, guys. Tomorrow is the big callback. I did my usual routine tonight and I feel so ready. I feel confident in myself. Be thinking about me tomorrow. I love you all. ❤ 

Trending Tuesday: “Midnight Memories”-One Direction

Fangirl moment! AH!
Just released yesterday, the British boyband, One Direction, AKA the biggest boyband, is at #1 on the iTunes charts in over 10 countries!
And allow me to speak for millions of teen girls, this album is GREAT.
The boys had said earlier in the year that this album would have a more mature sound, but I don’t think any Directioners thought it would sound like THIS.
I’m definitely going to be doing an album review on this gem soon, so keep an eye for it.
Also, 1D released tour dates for their North American leg of the Where We Are 2014 tour today, and they’re coming to New Orleans, Louisiana, which is like…ohmygoodnessihavetogomomcanwego
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Check this one out!
Write tomorrow!
Anna

Motivation Monday: “I’m A Star”-Scott Alan

I GOT A CALLBACK! For Eponine AND Cosette! AH! I am super pumped. Callbacks are in exactly a week, and I am going to practice until I can’t anymore. I’m kind of focusing more on Eponine, because I don’t have the voice for Cosette (yet) and I don’t know, my main focus is going to be Eponine.
This song today is an awesome song! Very motivational because YOU are a star 🙂

Show Tune Sunday: “Eponine’s Errand” (Les Mis West End Cast 2011)

Hi, all. I have been out of town (and internet connection!) for the past few days so I haven’t been able to do any blogging! I’m still patiently (not patiently at all) awaiting word on Les Mis callbacks. Not much else exciting is going on in my life right now. I’m just constantly watching Les Mis and listening to it. I’m kind of obsessed. It’s just amazing.

I’ll write tomorrow! Sorry this post was so short. Just kind of filler until the real action starts 🙂

Les Mis: Audition Day

Well! Guys, today has definitely been an emotional roller coaster for me. In the end, it all turned out to be fine and dandy, but I had a rough time getting there. (That’s life.)

6:30 a.m. 

I woke up to the sound of my alarm blaring “I’m The Greatest Star” from Funny Girl. I shot out of bed and was fine until I almost fell over from dizziness. I tried to swallow, and that is when I felt it. A sore throat. I ran to the kitchen and got some water. I tried not to panic, remembering my big audition that was just over 12 hours away. Breathe. I drank the water, ran back to my room, threw my clothes on, and was out the door in about fifteen minutes. I had a cup of hot chocolate and two water bottles with me. My plan for the day was to keep hydrated as much as I possibly could. My motto was “if you aren’t peeing every hour you aren’t drinking enough fluids”. Trust me, I drank plenty of water. 

9:15 

I was still drinking water, but I was starting to feel weird. I tried to sleep during study hall, but I never could get comfortable. What’s comfortable about a wooden desk? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

10:45 

It’s not getting any better. All honestly, it’s only getting worse. What was happening? 

11:30 

I was sitting in class, crying. Everything hurt. Absolutely everything. I don’t like going back and remembering it. It’s not a fun memory. The day was slowly ticking on…

12:20 

I had to leave class. I had to get out of there. I ran to the bathroom and closed the door behind me. I leaned against the door of the stall and cried. It was only shortly after that I got truly sick, and that my friend and old coach came in to check on me. She went to the office and told them to call my dad. Would I still be able to audition? 

1:40 

I had just gotten home when I broke down in the real tears. My dad had told me I wasn’t auditioning. I knew in my heart I was going to, but the thought of how hard I had been working towards this part and to have it just torn away like that made my cry even harder. I quickly fell asleep from crying so hard. 

4:50

I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go. I asked my dad if he would take. I tried to sound as sincere as I could. I didn’t want to seem like I had an attitude. I had to go. Thank God he said yes. I thanked him and hurried off to get ready. I had just over an hour ago. 

7:00 

I literally just sang “On My Own” the best I have ever sang it before. I think it was enough, honestly. I wasn’t nervous at all. Just like I had known it would, the nerves faded just as my number was called. I was beyond happy. 

Now, let me just say. I did do the hot bath remedy thing last night. I think I just psyched myself out today. My mom swears I pulled a “Donny Osmond”. Pssh. I totally did. Sigh. But alas, I think my audition went pretty well. We will be having callbacks after Thanksgiving, so I hope I get one. 

Ah, it was so surreal. Actually audition for Eponine. 

This play is going to be amazing. With what I saw today, we are going to have a super incredibly talented cast. I can’t wait to see how everything plays out. 🙂 

Wish me luck!

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