Monday, February 25, 2008
Opening day of the opera was yesterday. Considering my intense headache and congestion, it went pretty well. Since I can't breathe through my nose, I was having to breathe much more often in my aria, and each breath was pretty big and gaspy......oh well.....We performed in the Napa Opera House. The theater is tiny, but it's beautiful and easy to sing in.
It was totally renovated a couple of years ago, so the dressing rooms are comfortable, spacious and numerous. The men all had to share one, since there are far fewer of them, but the women were divided up, with no more than 3 or 4 in each. The green room was comfy as well, and stocked with hot water, tea bags, coffee and fruit.
It was a very satisfactory performing experience. I only wish the audience had been more receptive. It was an awfully geriatric crowd, and many weren't laughing at the jokes. One woman in the 4th row slept through the whole thing......
I did have an adventure as I tried to leave, though. It rained yesterday, and I forgot to turn off my headlights when I arrived at the theater...4.5 hours later, when I got in the car, it wouldn't start! Oops......We keep jumper cables in the trunk, though, so I was able to grab another cast member with a car and get it started.
I was home in time to watch most of the Oscars. I was really happy for Diablo Cody, who won best original screenplay for Juno, but I wished that it had been recognized more. It always seems that to win Oscars, you have to create some heavy, overly dramatic, overly grandiose kind of movie. Yes, I liked No Country for Old Men, but I really don't think that the acting was all that special.....oh well.....
I just about died of envy when I saw Helen Mirren's dress. I thought a lot of the fashion was nice, but all too similar. Then she walked out and took my breath away.
Amazing, right? I seem to remember the dress she wore last year as being pretty incredible, too. Plus she's an amazing actress and seems (in interviews at least) to be intelligent and funny and generally awesome.
...oh, am I drooling again?.....I'll try to stop, but it's just so preeeettttyyy......