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Tina Fey...

Showed up to rehearsal for Chicago today at Kent State University’s professional theatre, Porthouse Theatre…in Kent, Ohio. WHAT!? Why was she there?? Well, she happens to be a donor to our new facilities at the school and is friends with the artistic director AND her husband is a KSU alum. Good shit, right?!

I wish I had been there to see her! So jealous. I would have been all:

And she would have been there all:

and

And then when she left everyone in the room would have been all:

and

Just sayin’

It has been a long, long summer.

Things have changed so much for me these past few months.

I have had the experience of a lifetime working with the wonderful people at Porthouse this year and have made some connections that I know I will not be forgetting anytime soon. I ended up doing the jobs of two different managers and running a crew of 6 (later 7), instead of just 3. Oh, my! But things went well and the first two weeks prepping went quickly and very nicely. We had our company picnic…and that’s where I first hung out with Grace. I don’t think I’ve ever connected with someone so quickly…ever. Her and I hit it off right away, and that’s where my doubt started.

The next weekend, Chicago opened to great acclaim! Not that I got to see/be around for much of it, though. After the Opening night recpeption, I had my car accident, much of which I can’t remember anymore because of some memory loss due to a rather large concussion. I woke up and didn’t know who to call first. For whatever reason, Grace was my first call, then my Parents, then Anne. I can’t explain why, but it’s how it went. Grace had left about 10 minutes before I did and was the one with me that night until my parents came.

Three days later she dropped off homemade cookies, a signed card from the entire cast and crew of the show, and plenty of dollar store activities to keep my “occupied”. For the record-that week I was bored as all hell, but I colored the shit out of my Kung Fu Panda coloring book and did my Avengers puzzle like 3 times haha.

The next couple of weeks are kind of a blur. Lot’s of catching up with work, managing, and keeping my head above water with all of the family issues going on around me. During this time I threw myself into work and withdrew myself from everything else. There were three constants in my life: my dog, my Porthouse Family, and me. When I get stressed or something huge happens in my life, I tend to withdraw from everything else in the world and just work. I doubted my relationship because I found myself being okay with not talking to her every day and keeping talks short. I don’t know where it happened between working 60some hours a week, the family drama, and the stress…but I was not really in my relationship anymore. Long story short there, we decided to take a break with the whole dating thing about 3 weeks ago…and we haven’t talked much since, really.

I have come to realize that I am not the same person I was before the accident and that I was just content with where I was in life. I now know what I want to do. I want to act and manage. I love what I do. In the spring I will be going to Kent State to intern as the asst. managing director at the theatre, auditioning for Ragitme, and living my life.

I can’t wait to get this new chapter in my life started.

Reasons I know I'm working at the right place this summer:
  1. The people on staff are WONDERFUL
  2. The theatre is beautiful, outdoors, situated on a National Park, and I get to manage all of the facilities and the concessions areas
  3. My bosses are the most kick ass people I’ve worked with in a long time. The trust me enough after only knowing me and my work for one summer to give me a very large position in a professional theatre
  4. My one boss is friends with Tina fucking Fey, who randomly stopped by rehearsal for Chicago today…in KENT, OHIO. WTF!?