Well, I'm back from my school's production of the Wiz, which was incredible. Probably the only thing that could compare is the production from three years ago of Seussical, but this was really a bit more fun because all the parts were filled by seniors (of course) and I'm a senior now (sometime that still catches me off guard). There were a ton of awesome performances, as usual of Strath Haven theater, and it was super emotional at the end because it was closing night and all the seniors had to say goodbye. The one thing I can think of that also made it really awesome was that the director ( who is our awesome choral director) decided to base all of the characters on real life musicians. The did costuming, hair, makeup all based on this, but to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't have known this if they didn't have a poster outside showing a pic of each character next to their musicians. Still, this combined with the great actors and all the other great things made the show really amazing. So here's what they did:
Dorothy- Gwen Stefani
Tinman - Tom Waits
Scarecrow - Keith Richards
Lion - Lil' John
Glinda - Mary J. Blige
Wicked Witch of the West - Amy Lee (Yeah, that was just a little bit exciting....)
Monkey - Elvis
The Wiz - Prince
This last one was absolutely perfect, amazingness!
So that was really fun, and it was also very refreshing to come home and not have to work about doing homework. At some point, I will have to get back to work on my Independent Study, but other than that, I'm really quite carefree.
I'm currently getting really pumped for the Oscars. The countdown clock on the website currently says 1 hour, 28 minutes. Luckily, I have dinner in between which should make the time go faster. After having been so starved for entertainment by the writer's strike, and as this is the first year I'm really into fashion, I'm super excited. I'll definitely make a post in the next couple of days with my thoughts on the red carpet. It all seems like a big party to celebrate the end of the strike. Another thing that's really nice is they have printable ballots on the website. Let me real quick take a look at who's nominated. Luckily, they also have a feature where you can sort the nominations by movie. I'm not going to make predictions, because I don't like most of the kinds of movies that get nominated, but I will highlight some of my interests
Across the Universe is up for Costume Design, which is really exciting because after having watched it five or so times now, I really love it
Atonement is up for a lot, which I'm not going to bother to list, but it includes Best Picture, which it won at the BAFTA's. I still haven't seen it, which I should totally rectify, but I still feel very connected to it. Also Saoirse Ronan is up for Best Supporting Actress, which is incredible. She's going to be playing Susie in the Lovely Bones, and even though Sebold said she wanted an unknown in the role, it means that this girl must be a good actress which is exciting. I'm not in love with her look, but 40's England is very different from 70's PA. I've meaning to make a post about the Lovely Bones, I'll have to get around to that soon.
Juno!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: I loved it, but I also loved How To Deal. I didn't think there was that much of a difference (Juno was def. better, but still). This is awesome, and so makes me want to see it again. Yay for Orange TicTacs! It's up for 4 biggies:
Best Picture (which it probably won't win)
Best Actress (which is, as I've heard, not possible, but Ellen Page is my girl)
Best Original Screenplay (Which it sooooo has to win)
Persepolis should win for Animated Screenplay, because its a very important piece of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pirates is up for Makeup and Visual Effects, which were the only things that were fully developed in that movie. I still haven't seen it a second time, but I was confused out of my freaking mind the first time.