Thank you all so much for the positive feedback on the video blog! I will definitely make it a weekly thing. I’m going home this weekend, so maybe there will be a guest in the form of my sister or brother, or possibly Dad if he doesn’t make fun of me mercilessly for it. Perhaps I will do the next one with the help of my trusty video camera so I can interview people in my home. Be warned: My family is quite possibly insane.
Well, I didn’t really think that by saying Todd and Jenna were cute, I was damning my parents to some unholy “UnAdorable Couples” purgatory. But my parents are very cute. One New Year’s Eve at about 2 AM, I sat in a pile of discarded paper hats and watched Dad twirl Mom around the dance floor, screeching “The Way You Look Tonight” in her ear. The singing was, in a word, abysmal, but the actions were wonderful. I remember feeling very blessed that in a word of broken marriages, my father’s union with my mother is still going strong after nearly 31 years together in marriage, 37 total. And I actually said that I find it extremely hard to sing when I’m in front of people that I know personally. I have usually no problems singing before crowds of total strangers, but given a room of five of my friends, I freak out. The fear of failing comes so easily when it’s people that you love making the call.
enkidu asked…What shows are you auditioning for? Is your concentration musical theater? Are other members of your family musical? I love New York for the variety of its ethnic food. What are your favorite places to eat? Oh, I have always thought the world of Stacey Maron, what was she like in person? Do you know what she is doing now?
Stacey Marron is a wonderful girl! We got along very well when she was at UCONN, I actually just saw her a few months ago. Dad in turn thought the world of her. I’m sad to say that I don’t really recall what’s she’s doing now, but I think it’s something to do with sports medicine. As for the shows I’m auditioning for, there’s a bunch that I’ve been seen for and a bunch more to come. South Pacific, Avenue Q, Cabaret, Young Frankenstein to name a few. My concentration is anything and everything musical theater, but I was trained in Shakespeare and Classics as well at UCONN. My sister has a good singing voice, but I really got my urge for the stage from my grandmother, my mom’s mom. She went to the Professional Children’s School in NYC and knew Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, and was to become an actress before she got married and settled down. And as far as my favorite places to eat, I recommend Haku on the Upper West Side for Japanese food, Karen’s on Astor for their great vegan and healthy selections (I’m not a vegan but i love vegan food) as well as La Masseria in the theater district for awesome rustic Italian. For dessert, I love frozen yogurt, so I recommend Red Mango as well as Pinkberry. But Tasti DeLite is great too. I also can say that Charm in the Upper West has great Thai curry, but in general I try to cook for myself. I’m a health nut and I like to know what’s in what I’m eating (although I am definitely not one to say no to anything with chocolate in it)!
Alyssa asked..What are your thoughts on Pat Summitt and Tennessee? Were you disappointed when the annual series was cancelled?
I felt a number of different things when the series between us and Tennessee got cancelled. One feeling was sadness for all of the amazing fans both in CT and TN that wouldn’t get to see this amazing battle between us anymore. One feeling was anger, because the series was cancelled for reasons that I still don’t understand entirely. And one was, shockingly, relief. The series had spun out of control at that point. People were slinging mud from all directions and I just was sick of it. I respect Pat’s accomplishments. Her program is legendary. I got to meet her at one point many years ago and she was nothing but kind to me. She’s a Southern lady in every sense of the word. When she got her 1,000th win this year, I was happy for her. I was also happy that she didn’t get it against Oklahoma, because I love that program and Stacey Hansmeyer. I hope that’s a good enough answer! 🙂