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Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jun 17, 2017 12:35 pm
by Ryadian
Ah, okay. I think the last time we were talking about it was about... yikes, about a year ago. Life goes by too fast. ;)) And thanks. :)


Shawna wrote:There are just some industries that it's a pain the butt to try to explain to anyone who doesn't work in them.


Agreed. I feel like my last three jobs have been like that. ;)) And my current one only exists because of bureaucracy, so... that makes it extra fun to explain. ;))

My mom, my sister's family, and I went on a 5K walk yesterday to raise money/awareness for a local charity, and... yikes. I am way more out of shape than I would've wanted to admit. ;)) I slept for 12 hours last night (yay weekends!) and I'm still tired. But, I am proud of myself that I at least finished - it was a path where you just turn around at the half-way point rather than make a complete loop, so we could have turned back if we really wanted to, but we stuck to it. ;))

*Debates taking her Chromebook outside and doing some writing* It's getting to be high 70's/early 80's, which is getting a bit warmer than I like, but then again, I want to take advantage before we're in the 90's.... ;))

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2017 12:13 pm
by You Will Find Me Bigger
*Interrupts Abe Lincoln's extended oratorio to bring you breaking news*

Hey guys, guess what? "Mortereve" has now been added to the Urban Dictionary! :-) This is its big break, a chance for Narniaweb to leave a permanent mark on the English language. Well, ok, maybe. ;)

Anyway, if you think it is a useful word that everyone should use, you can click on this link and upvote it to get more people to see it:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p ... d=11807138

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jul 22, 2017 4:46 am
by Sonny
Good mortereve to all! That's... That's... Just, wow! I've been an on-again-off-again member of NWeb since 2005, so that's kinda really awesome! Back when we had the Cup and Platter (I was the C&C Bagel Boy), then the chat room was a hot place to be... This brings back fond memories, when NWeb was a haven I needed to escape from my difficult home life. Thanks for letting us know, Willow!

How's life been, peeps? I'm in the middle of opera rehearsals. We doing Tosca by Puccini this year. I'm disappointed with how few sings the chorus has: only 3! We're on stage for less than 10 minutes in the whole opera! But I love the experience, so I'm still happy.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jul 25, 2017 12:44 pm
by Ryadian
*Waves to Willow and Sonny* :) Good mortereve to you! ;)

Oooh, definitely upvoted. ;)) It's such a useful word, I'm surprised it hasn't spread far off NarniaWeb. I haven't even seen any alternatives!

You know what they say about no such thing as small parts... but it's still fun to have a little more engagement when you're in a performance like that. ;)) But doing opera, that's really cool! :D How'd you get started doing that? When's your performance? I'll admit I know very little about opera, but the idea has always intrigued me. Are you performing it in the native language (I'm assuming Italian?) or is it translated at all?

I would say I haven't been up to a whole lot lately, except for the fact that I've been busy every weekend this month. ;)) It's more that there are close family friends where one of them is getting married, and another is having a baby, all within the next month, so I've had a few events taking up my calendar. ;)) This weekend, though, we're going on our yearly camping trip, which I'm really excited about. :D It looks like this might be the only one this year since we've all got busy schedules, so I'm hoping for nice weather and a really great trip. I might also try to convince my family to go back in early fall, but I suppose that depends on how well this one goes and whether or not our schedules settle down after this summer. ;))

Less than a month until the Eclipse! Wow, that's coming up fast. Not that I'm complaining, but I, uh... have a bit of a to-do list to finish before then. :ymblushing:
:P Including but not limited to a sewing project I decided to take up, because I'm insane. ;) (Note: I can't sew. Originally my mom was going to teach me as we went, but it's turning more into I help her sew it. ;)) I feel a little bad about it, but I'll find a way to make it up to her. :) )

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jul 26, 2017 2:27 pm
by Meltintalle
*there is a strange rustle as ears prick at the words 'sewing project' and a lurker surfaces from the depths* Ooooooooh! What are you making, Rya, can you say? :D

It's funny, because I just helped my sister with making a bunch of 18th century clothes for a living history demonstration at the county fair this week. Word to the wise, always give yourself more than two days to put together a complete outfit using only hand sewing. :p

Sonny wrote:I'm in the middle of opera rehearsals. We doing Tosca by Puccini this year.
That sounds really cool! Have you done opera before?

I also think 'mortereve' is a great invention that deserves a wider audience--pretty neat to see it on the urban dictionary.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Aug 05, 2017 3:28 am
by Sonny
Ryadian wrote:You know what they say about no such thing as small parts... but it's still fun to have a little more engagement when you're in a performance like that. ;)) But doing opera, that's really cool! :D How'd you get started doing that? When's your performance? I'll admit I know very little about opera, but the idea has always intrigued me. Are you performing it in the native language (I'm assuming Italian?) or is it translated at all?

Meltintalle wrote:That sounds really cool! Have you done opera before?


So it turns out that I have a larger role in Act III; I get to play a guard, and another guy and I open the act when the curtain rises. Makes me feel a little special. :P

I've been singing in choirs and choruses for many years, and I started acting in local community theater about 3 years ago. A couple years ago one of my chorus friends posted on Facebook that they needed more men for an opera they were doing. I messaged him to say I was interested, and he basically said "Here's the music; we'll see you at rehearsal!" So summer of 2015 I was in L'elisir d'amore (Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti. It was a lot of fun! It was honestly my first real experience with opera, and it was a great one. I was supposed to sing last year, but they lost my email address and they didn't get in contact with me till I'd already started another show which I was directing.

Yes, we sing in Italian. It's difficult to memorize because you either have to just memorize the sounds or learn the Italian to know what you're saying. And in this year's production of Tosca, the chorus is actually a church choir so we sing one song in Latin!

I'm getting really excited! Today is first tech, so we're moving to the stage for the first time. We open on Friday! We have two performances: Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The sets are spectacular, and the principals (leads) are absolutely fabulous. It's a real pleasure to get to work with a professional opera company. The lady singing the titular character Tosca is going on to perform the same role at the Metropolitan Opera this coming season!