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New York, New York!!

Posted by cjaxon on August 26, 2011

So now I’ve made the big move! It’s been an interesting and emotional process. People would say “Oh, that’s so exciting!!” And sometimes I was excited about it, and many times I wasn’t quite. I really went back and forth between excited and nervous. I just kept telling myself that I would be fine once I got up there and started doing it. And so far, I was right.

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A Chorus Line

Posted by cjaxon on August 26, 2011

This was probably my favorite show of the summer season, although not without its troubles. Fortunately, (most) of the cast and crew were fun and eager workers, so in spite of adversity we pulled off a great final product.

Let me start at the beginning. Everything went well for the first week or so. In fact, the first day of rehearsal was really only music. At the end of the day we reviewed choreo for the opening number, but didn’t set it until the next day. The day after that, the first Friday, was one of the hardest days, because we learned the entire Montage – a massive eighteen-minute piece in four parts. The choreography itself wasn’t so difficult, but there were so many individual pieces and layers, and people had specific moments that just required piecing together slowly. We would spend two hours learning two minutes of choreo. It was just mentally exhausting to stop and start over so many times, and it took a good day and a half. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by cjaxon on July 24, 2011

Hairspray ended up being alot of fun… once we got past opening night. Overall, it was actually a very stressful process for me. It’s a big show, there were so many dance numbers, and just a lot to keep up with. I was very frustrated through tech weekend, even through the first performance, because I kept forgetting steps or missing things. It felt like grasping to hold on to a rollercoaster, instead of really owning it. However, Wednesday I didn’t have to go in for Ragtime rehearsal – it’s the one show I’m not doing this summer. So instead I sat around all day with my friends Jeremy and Kaleb, and generally relaxed. Wednesday night, and for the rest of the performances, I had great fun.

Nicest Kids in Town

We called ourselves the Blue Crew. All these costumes were homemade by our costume department!

Our incredibly talented Trio, the Dynamites.

Meanwhile, the rest of the company continued rehearsals for Ragtime, which turned out beautifully. And Chorus Line rehearsals started on Wednesday. So far, so good. We’ve learned two of the three huge pieces, being the opening audition and the Montage in the middle of the show. They’ve both got their challenges: the opening is physically tiring to do over and over in rehearsals. The Montage isn’t so physically demanding, but it’s very intricate, and everyone has individual pieces. There are several layers to the whole thing, and it’s just mentally draining to spend so much time putting together a 5-minute segment.

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My Week in NYC

Posted by cjaxon on May 17, 2011

So I’ve spend the rest of the week just living in New York, getting a feel for staying here “for real.” Except, this experiment wasn’t entirely accurate, the main reason being the people I came with. No offense to them, but because we were all here for about the same amount of time, for the same purpose, we ended up hanging out together a lot. Which often translated into shopping during the day (I’ve been to three different H&M’s, and three different Urban Outfitters), eating lunch and/or dinner together (but I love that there’s sushi places EVERYWHERE), seeing a show at night (I’ll give mini-reviews in a minute), and sometimes seeing something afterward.

Keep in mind that I’ve been staying in Queens, across the river from Manhattan. So I have to get up earlier than everyone, bring everything I’ll need for the day, and trudge home at night.

The reason this is all unrealistic to when I move here is that I won’t be going out with people every day and every night. I just don’t have the stamina, or the money. I mean, by the end of the day I’m beat. But once we finished the showcase, we all decided this is a miniature vacation. I’ve taken it easier this week because when I move in August I’m going to focus and get to work. I’ll be able to go to bed earlier, eat dinner at home, and spend time preparing for auditions. I’m finding that although I love visiting with my friends, I do appreciate a good deal of alone time.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Showcase 2011

Posted by cjaxon on May 11, 2011

Sunday: Big Kid Choir Trip

Sunday morning about 7 of us got up early and took the same 9 am flight out. It was really nice to travel in a group, and it reminded us of those high school choir trips. Except there was no chaperone. And we wished we had thought to make matching t-shirts. We got to New York around 4:30 and went our separate ways. I had dinner with my friend Angela and another guy in the showcase came over. Angela works for a talent agency, as in the kinds of people we’re showcasing for. After dinner we talked more about the whole process, about who would be there, about to talk to first if they were interested.

At that point I stopped worrying about it all, because I realized that the work had been done, and stressing would only make things worse. I would perform better if I loosened up and just enjoyed myself than if I actually tried too hard. Read the rest of this entry »

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First Post

Posted by cjaxon on July 28, 2010

I’m starting the blog to keep friends and family updated on my life, where I am, what I’m up to. But I don’t want it to just be a summary of my days. The trick will be finding a balance of “here’s what I’m doing” and “here’s something interesting to read.”

So to begin, here’s “what I’m doing.” Tomorrow I finish Spanish II, my second of two summer classes. Tomorrow night begins our third weekend of shows for High School Musical. My sister, cousin, and friends are roadtripping it up tomorrow-Saturday to see it, and my parents are coming Friday-Sunday. In the meanwhile, I’ll still open at the coffee shop on Friday morning, but not on Saturday as usual, because I’m going to my friend Kristen’s WEDDING. The youth group I work with at St. Luke’s UMC have a few kids out of town for camp, but they’ll all be back and happy (and exhausted) on Sunday morning. Good times!

And here’s “Something interesting to read.” Let’s talk about that wedding real quick. The “young adult” phase of my life comes with many new and interesting changes. More freedoms, more corresponding responsibilities, but most interesting is that my peers and friends get married. It’s a beautiful and happy time (usually), and it amazes me that people my own age are now ready and eager to fully commit themselves to one other person, presumably for the rest of their lives. I mean, most people I know don’t approach marriage with the intention, or even consideration of breaking it off later.

I guess it’s all part of one of the recurring themes I’ve noticed as I join the adult world: “Now I’m where you were earlier.” As I a kid I could look and see adults and even other kids older than me going through interesting paths in life that I could know about, but wouldn’t experience for a while. Coming up through high school and even parts of college, joining in on these phases seemed right, and not a big deal. “Now I can stay up later too. Now I can drive too. Now I have to buy groceries and do laundry myself too.” Nowadays, however, these rites of passage seem much more significant. “Now I can buy alcohol too, because there are no more age limits to prohibit me from anything.” (Except lower car insurance.) “Now I won’t have school five days a week either.”

“Now I can wake up next to the same person every morning for the rest of my life too.”

I think part of what’s “weird” about people my age getting married is that to myself as a child, having a wife or husband was one of the hallmarks of being an adult. Yes, being older than me also had a lot to do with it, but having a family, or at the very least a spouse, in a way “officially” makes you an adult. I’m still working on “feeling” like an adult. It’s taken a while, but I’m finally getting there. Maybe what’s most interesting about people my age, people I know very well getting married is that I can know about loving someone else that intensely, but I don’t know it for myself yet. I haven’t met that girl, so I’m certainly not ready to make that kind of commitment yet.

So there’s the first post! A little “what I’m doing,” and a little “something interesting to read.” Hope there are many more to come!

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