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Thursday, June 5, 2008

i hate feeling like a baby elephant

    Lately I was thinking that my posts have been pretty happy.  That maybe people would get the impression that my life was good all the time.  Well, just to show you that I do have my ups and downs, I need to share something with you...


    Tonight we were doing the show, same old, same old, when bam! it happens.  I find myself on the floor.  Yeah, I fell. Let me back up a little.  There's a part in the opening when Zack, the director, is putting us into groups of four in the center of the stage. Those of us whose number is not being called are busy warming up on the sides.  At this point, Colt (who plays my husband, Al) is supporting me as I practice my grande battements (really high kicks).  They have never been a problem.  Well, one time I did kick my face by accident, but it wasn't a big deal--it just made me and Colt laugh.  I am supposed to do four.  The first and second go by and are pretty standard.  The third, however, causes my supporting leg to slip out from underneath me and I successfully land on my butt making all the commotion and loud noise of a baby elephant landing on a wooden floor (and I guess you already figured out that the fourth kick just didn't happen).  I was mortified.  It didn't help matters that Zack simply stopped talking mid-dialogue and craned his neck around to look at me (probably to make sure that a baby elephant hadn't just fallen on stage).  So if any remaining members of the audience hadn't seen me fall, they could just follow his cue and find me on the ground.  Thanks, Zack.  
     About 8 counts after I got off the floor, it was time for me to do my ballet combination in my  group of 4.  I don't think I have ever had so much to prove than I did tonight during that ballet combo, just following my fall.  Luckily, I stayed on my feet.  

   Oh, and even though Kristine (my character) had a tough time being steady tonight--at least she could knock 'em dead with her voice.  Ooh, actually...yeah...Kristine's tone deaf...

   Oh no! So, she can't sing--and she can't stand up?  It was a tough night, folks, a tough night. 

8 comments:

Mom said...

Remember when Jason fell off the high wire as Barnum? I'm still not sure whether that was supposed to be part of the play or not, but it sure added great suspense and interest in the play. And it made the audience really care about Barnum. I know Kristine is a great dancer, but she's nervous so I think it would make sense that she would fall. I bet most people in the audience didn't know if this was part of the scene or not. And the fall probably helped to win the hearts of the audience.

jonathan said...

Well, how about when I fell that one night leading worship over the floor monitor and I couldn't get up and my legs were sticking straight up in the air? Yeah....we all fall!

peaj said...

Zack must have looked over because he couldn't believe that it was you that fell. Yeah. That's it.

Still, baby elephant? Somehow that seems a little extreme. Maybe a baby cheetah...

Jessica Latshaw said...

Well, they could have thought that it was part of the scene--except that I couldn't stop laughing afterwards...YOu know how I am with laughing! And Jonathan, that story cracks me up every time! I love it! It must have been horrible for you at the time, though! And yes, Peaj, a baby elephant. Or maybe a cannonball. Whatever it was, it was terrificly loud.

Jessica Latshaw said...

oh--and Jonathan--couldn't help but notice you have a blog, but haven't posted anything yet. Should I get excited that you will soon? Or is it just a tease to all your loyal followers?

KathieK said...

Wow, Jess, so sorry you fell...but kudos to you for not letting it keep you down! Remember Shepherd's Inc? My graceful move when we were taking our bows? I think I was the first to laugh when that happened (I was certainly the loudest laugh). I was just so thankful my pants didn't split!

jonathan said...

hey i started that blog while out in LA wanted to write my thoughts about the mosaic conference...but I've been thinking I need to try and keep up with my brother and sister in the blog arena. I am a better writer and performer than both of you!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Jonathan--yes! please do blog--I would love to read it! And maybe you could have rebekah on every once in a while as a guest-blogger!