Congratulations to my wonderful cast members and production staff of Miracle on 34th Street!
I remember as a kid, going out to see the Nutcracker, on such a wonderful December day as this, and the memory and experience had always stuck with me. After seeing that show I had always felt the pull of fate, much like the moon on the ocean, to do a Christmas play.
Fortunately, the theater stars aligned and Miracle on 34th was my chance. From my audition where I stuffed a pillow in my button down shirt, to the “hell-week” where we were working out the kinks (big and small). All of these will no doubt have cherished moments with the wonderful people in my cast. In my opinion; getting to know and build the foundations of friendship.
Those wonderful people, that I am now happy to call friends, are amazing human beings as well as actors. Indeed community theater fosters a loving and passionate community. Every night of performances they impressed me with their talent and passion. This show would be nothing without all of you and all of the talents that they brought to it.
With more than 3 sold out shows, let that be a testament to all of the hard work. Not only that but you created something amazing.
I will miss all of you. And I want to wish you all of the best and a very merry Christmas.
As always its not goodbye its see you later.
You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.
In a previous post I mentioned including and excluding people from our lives, and I have reached an impasse.
There’s someone in my life that I feel I have no other choice but to let go. It’s a sad commentary indeed, but when you can no longer trust your instincts, your emotional response, than what have you to go off of other than your logic?
It seems a big callous to use purely logic in regards to relationships, because logic excludes understanding to a certain extent.
Let me put it to you this way: when someone is emotional unavailable, for the most part, opens up and shares their inner most thoughts, and feels rejected. The emotions would seemingly have betrayed the person it was meant to aid in the first place. A feeling of betrayal, undoubtedly, leads to a sense of distrust, and that’s why the purely logical mind takes command. That’s when we reach the aforementioned impasse.
There is a young lady that I am very fond of that I’ve had to let go. Essentially I poured myself out to hear on more than one occasion, and that is highly unusual for me. I consider it almost a symbol of high-esteem when I grant access to those innermost thoughts. Afterwards I was left without a word, and left to simmer in my own emotional turmoil. It’s a disgusting thing to feel as if you’ve been emptied out into a broken cup. The end result is the emptiness and a bizarre loneliness. I’m sure you, my wonderful readers, have felt a similar distress.
You expect other people to leave you dangling with your body tossed to the wind, but never one you consider a close friend, and one above the squabbled mass of faces in your life.
I do make my decisions carefully, and I chose to make the one that would be the hardest cross to bear. I do feel as if I could make things work, but the lingering scar will remain and poison what remains. Also, I am afraid that if I don’t make this decision that I will fall again. And I also feel like somehow both parties involved will suffer. I accept my part in this and my inaccessible nature, but the dear Lord knows that I tried.
I suppose there will be one less heartache, but one more lingering and painful memory.
At the age of eight I saw my very first musical, The Sound of Music, and immediately I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a part of the theatrical arts. I have thoroughly enjoyed acting, whether playing three different roles in You Can’t Take It With You or playing the lead role as Emily in Our Town. Though I love acting, I am also intrigued by all aspects of theatrical productions, so I do promotional and studio photography; fashion and costuming design; and I teach and do stage make-up including special effects make-up: wounds, bruises, and of course, zombies. My latest foray is screenplay writing. (Wait for it…)
I have always enjoyed being a part of something truly amazing, and for the past several years with my parents and some of my brothers we have enjoyed acting, directing and producing shows with two local theater troops. This has lead us to meet many kindred spirits who are anxious to take their experiences and talents to the next level of skill. Thus, I started Talented Amateur A Freelance Production Company, designed to provide amateur artists and craftsmen various mediums (street theater, stage and film) in which to learn and practice their theatrical interests and skills.
So here’s the ‘it’ I asked you to wait for… for the past 10 months I have been writing (and rewriting) my first screenplay… The King of Skulls. This is not a horror film (no zombies), but a medieval fantasy love story. As in life, all good stories begin with the lure of the unknown; a couple cross plots; plenty of reasons to laugh and cry; loveable and despicable characters who grapple with trust or cause betrayal; and a surprise ending … and who doesn’t love a good surprise ending? We’ve have third party critiques, open read-throughs, all responding with the emotions and enthusiasm we were hoping for… our final seal of approval.
We are confident that we have a script worthy for production and submission to film festivals. We are currently in the “Hold your breath and cross your fingers stage”, as we move on to story boarding, solidifying set designs and gathering props, as well as finding our site locations, completing our costuming designs, preparing for late July auditions and filming this fall. But of course, in order to make this happen, we realize the need for financial assistance.
I would like to ask you to consider supporting what looks to be a full length film. It would mean the world to me and to our many volunteers if we could produce this work. Our goal is to raise $20,000.
All funds will go towards the production. No one will receive a penny. I realize that this is a great deal to ask during difficult economic times, but every little bit helps. What you can and are willing to give is very much appreciated… especially your prayers (a priceless gift we certainly value). If you are unable to help at this time but know someone or a group of people who might be interested, I would appreciate you passing a copy of this letter and the enclosed items for them to see. Our commitment to you will be to return all funds if we don’t reach our goal, and we’ll return all unused funds (prorated) if all funds are not consumed.
Auditions will be held in late July, so we would need a reply as soon as you are able. Please returned your Talented Ametuers c/o 225 Pinnacle Ct., Warrenton, Va. 20186. Our deadline is 30, July, 2014.
Please believe how much I appreciate your consideration in helping me take this next step in my journey. Thank you!
Nicole G. Loope
Screenwriter The King Of Skulls