My Debut in the Orlando Fringe Festival

I had been hoping for a chance to perform in the Orlando Fringe Festival- definitely a bucket list kind of performance! A lot of cities have a Fringe Festival; basically groups will perform brand new, usually off-the-wall shows in a myriad of designated locations throughout the city. I actually was invited to a part of the Fringe Festival in the spring of 2017, but I had to turn them down. I was in a wedding as a bridesmaid for the entirety of the second weekend, and that’s…you know, ever so slightly important.

In February of 2017, I performed in a premiere of a short play called Welcome to Intercourse. It’s a super cute play and I loved the role I played so much. Well, the author of the play wrote three more short plays and packaged them together as a show called Quickies, and she wanted me to come back to play Peggy again, as well as two other roles. But I couldn’t. I was so upset! I loved the role, but ultimately I wouldn’t be able to do it and I had to turn it down.

Flash forward to this past summer! I got an email from a director I’d worked with previously; Quickies was possibly going to the winter mini Fringe festival, and the actress who originally played the roles couldn’t make it. Would I be interested?

WAS I EVER!

The show was confirmed in late October and we rolled into rehearsals shortly afterward. It was a short rehearsal period, but the four plays are about 10-15 minutes long each, divided amongst the four actors, so all in all it wasn’t too terrible to balance. It was just a lot of practicing lines in the car as I drove to and from rehearsals.

The show only ran for two performances, but we had fantastic audiences and great feedback. It was a new theater for me, and it was fun playing on a new stage. And I loved revisiting Peggy, who’s one of my favorite roles to play. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on my performances and it just makes me pleased as punch.

I wasn’t actually in the first of the four short plays. It was a two person retelling of Scheherazade and the Sultan; it was funny and sassy and I loved watching it from backstage. Of course, backstage was about 3′ by 4′ (and that’s generous) and there were three of us back there, so it was a little uncomfortable.

The second plays was called Meet the Pets. A guy brings a girl (me) home after a date so she can meet his pets. So we had a snooty cat (a guy in a tuxedo and a British accent) and a lovable dog (a girl in flannel and corduroys). It was super funny, and while my character started off as a manic pixie dream girl, she ended up being really smart and self-assured. So it was fun playing both sides of the spectrum.

dress: Forever 21
denim jacket: …I’ll have to check?
floral leggings: No Boundaries
boots: Blowfish
hat: Target
purse: Betsey Johnson
glasses: Eye Buy Direct (Moody frames)

The second show was called Buried. It’s short and bittersweet. I played a girl named Grace who runs into her ex-boyfriend in the middle of a graveyard, and you start to put the pieces that it’s a metaphor for her mind, and she’s trying to bury the memories of him, and she can’t…and then BAM guess what it’s real and she killed him and she’s talking to his ghost. It’s one of the trickiest roles I’ve ever played even though it was only about ten minutes long. Grace is both lighthearted and deeply hurt, so there was a lot of balancing. Plus I had to drag around a shovel.

dress: Forever 21
headband: Goody’s
shoes: Keds

The final short play was my favorite, Welcome to Intercourse. I played Peggy, an accountant who just got jilted by her fiance. Her best friend Eva decides they should go on a road trip, and of course their car breaks down outside of Intercourse, Pennsylvania. And who comes to rescue them but a pair of Amish boys! Peggy and Josiah have a deeply touching conversation onstage, but offstage Eva and Ezekiel fix the car, and of course it sounds extremely suggestive. It was a great little play full of innuendoes, and the girl who played Eva is a dream and it was literally so fun to play opposite her.

dress: Modcloth (Blueberry Lemonade dress)
jacket: I’ll check…
shoes: Payless
glasses: Eye Buy Direct (Sophie frames in pink)

I had such an amazing time doing this show. It was such a quick run (haha, get it, Quickies, I’m hilarious) but it was so fun to do. I don’t know if I’ll get to be a part of it again, but hopefully I’ll get to work with this team again in the future!

What Season Is It Anyway?

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Oy, this outfit. Spring cardigan, summer dress, autumn boots…I don’t know how to dress myself right now! Nashville just can’t decide what season it wants to be. Ordinarily I like wearing summer and spring clothes- it’s so much easier, just throw on a dress and you’re done!- but I have all these cute boots and tights and sweaters I’m dying to wear.

Today was a pretty low-key day- the usual gamut of library, theatre arts class, and aftercare. The only downside? The only movie the aftercare kids wanted to watch was High School Musical. Which they also watched on Monday. Ughhhhhhhhh…I’m bringing different movies next week.

Also, please ignore the fact that my cardigan is misbuttoned. Oops.

Dress: American Eagle
Top: Old Navy
Cardigan: Forever 21 via eBay
Boots: Rack Room Shoes
Headband: Goody’s

Nail Polish: OPI Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers G

Retro Beauty

9/27/12

This dress makes me feel lovely. I don’t know if it’s the demure style, or the grown-up colors, or the fact that the first time I tried it on I couldn’t get it to button, the second time it fit, and the third time it fit even better, but I really love it.

I had to go to a TACS educator’s conference. As you’ve probably guessed, it was SO BORING. And since it’s the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools, the dress code is super modest. And, I mean, it’s not like I dress like Whorey McSlutSlut, but I have a lot of boob and tend to wear above-the-knee skirts. This dress, with its ladylike neckline and longer skirt, worked perfectly- although next time I think I’ll wear a cami, because if you saw me at juuuust the right side angle you could see some boob lines. OH WELL. GOLD STAR FOR TRYING, RIGHT?

Also, my hair looked better as the day went on. It was still kind of wet and frizzy at this point, and oops, the headband is the wrong shade of navy, but oh well. It softened and got prettier later.

Also, I had delicious Mexican food.

Dress: Forever 21 via eBay
Shoes: Payless Shoe Source (kid’s department)
Headband: Goody’s

Nail Polish: none!
Perfume of the Day: Miss Dior Cherie

Black and Pink

9/18/12

This outfit changed just a little bit- the black skirt I was going to wear was too big! Not that I mind that too much, but still. Couldn’t wear it. I ended up wearing the sweater over a black dress instead, and really liked it, especially with the collar peeking out. But the sweater was still really slouchy without being tucked in, so I belted it. And I think it turned out pretty cute after all!

I wore this for a very stressful day- I subbed for fifth grade, shelved books for a few hours, taught theatre arts (more voice and diction), and then had to do Narnia rehearsal and afterschool care at the same time. I WAS GOING TO DIE. So I went home and ate ice cream.

Dress: Modcloth Soda Fountain Dress in Cola
Sweater: Forever 21
Shoes: Skechers
Headband: Goody’s
Laptop Case: Betsey Johnson via Ross

Nail Polish: OPI Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Music

Caitlin does Tina Cohen-Chang doing Rachel Berry

8/27

This outfit is based on this Polyvore set: confettipaperdolls.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/red-heart-s…

I bought this sweater because I thought it was cute. And then, lo and behold, it was used on an episode of Glee! I promptly made a Polyvore set to assemble an outfit.

It took a while to find just the right items, and even then, I tweaked it a little. I didn’t buy a polo shirt (because really, who actually likes polo shirts?) and I opted for a navy headband instead of a red bow, but I thought it turned out pretty well!

It’s probably too short for a teacher. But do you know what? That’s okay. I’m covered. And I look pretty cute. And I look teacherish from the waist up at least, right?

Yeah, we’re gonna go with that.

Outfit from season 3, episode 20: Props

Top: American Eagle
Skirt: Forever 21 via eBay
Cardigan: Forever 21
Leggings: Forever 21
Shoes: Diba Style via Shoe Carnival
Headband: Goody

Nail Polish: OPI At First Sight
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers G