Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So fast, so far gone.


I'm tired, ya'll. Really tired.

I have to say, the more I spend time with her, the more I think Kelli and Greg are basically the representation of my entire generation right now, hah. She's just a girl trying to make shit better for herself and feels trapped by her circumstances. Sure, she has a job. Sure, she should be grateful because so many people are worse off. But, dammit...who said that you should just shut up and be happy with settling for what you can get? It sucks. We all know that it sucks but for some reason, people think we shouldn't talk about it. I never, ever want to come off as disingenuous or ungrateful, but I feel if you are unhappy with what you are doing, it would be a disservice to yourself to just accept it and never try to change it.

If Kelli is the rep, then"I'm Gone" (the duet Kelli sings with Greg) is the anthem. "Gone- like all good innocence and summer flings...a dandelion you blew a wish upon..." breaks my damn, nostalgic heart.

She sings the lines:

"My mama still works today, her 401K blown away. 
When she needs cash, she finds something to pawn. 
She'll probably never get the chance to see Paris, TX or Paris, France or
 life that's lived beyond her own front lawn...
But that ain't livin', that's just hanging on and I'm gone."

This whole phrase is terrifying. I'll probably never retire the way things are going now. But, that last line really gets me. Just getting by is no way to live. Constant wandering, stress, uncertainty. Unless, you know, you're into that sort of lifestyle. 

We were told from a young age that you go to school, go to college, get out, get married, buy a house, have kids and work until you retire (yikes). Welp. That "American dream" is pretty much dead unless you are lucky enough to win the lottery or land a rare full time job with benefits (both are pretty synonymous with each other at this point). The world...well, the US...isn't the way it used to be and we're all trying to figure it out. Our degrees are being used waiting tables and working hourly jobs. I think these characters are in the thick of this world and seeing how they all deal with it is really intriguing- both sad and fascinating.

Costumes are coming along! Almost done. Just a few things here and there. Everyone looks delightfully hoosier and ready for a truck contest.

This cast is super talented and hilarious to work with. Although this cast has been plagued with random illnesses and scheduling issues, everyone has a really big heart and I love being in the same production with them all. Sitz probe is always the next exciting element. I think right now with just the piano, we are all feeling like we are pushing for the effect. I believe this show definitely needs the full band for us to really get into it because know...the constant standing. Can't wait for Sunday! 

Next step TECH week...(already?!?!?!)

Ciao, honky-tonks. 


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