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  • Writer's pictureKaren Pauley

Busy September

I seem to have spent a lot of September rushing around. I was working on costumes for Black Stripes Theater's version of The Dresser. Production week for any show is always hectic and I was still sewing up until the day before dress rehearsal. The cast was wonderful and the show was well received.

Costumes for Cordelia and King Lear, The Dresser

I attended a musical improvisation workshop early in the month. It's been a long time since I listened to any 20th Century music or made music with percussion instruments. I enjoyed the class and will probably attend more in the future. I found it more comfortable than the improv workshops I have been attending, but then I am more comfortable around music than I am with acting. I have been using some of the ideas presented to help with my composing.

I have been rehearsing for a recital that takes place in early October. I had hoped to sing a couple of Sondheim songs but the accompanist I usually work with wasn't free to play and the pieces are difficult. I am going to sing "Finding Wonderland" from Wonderland, and "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera.

I have been rehearsing "Songs for a New World" and I need to be off book by the end of October. It's a really beautiful song cycle and I'm looking forward to the performances in December. I will also be singing a song from "Chicago", though I'm still not sure if I like it.

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