Pet Advice!

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Long time, no post! So sorry for the huge delay! I have some great things coming up, including some huge writing announcements, so please stay tuned! But for now, I’m writing to ask for your help! Do any of you have a dog and cat household? I’m looking to bring two dogs into my cat household and I’d love any tips and pointers. Feel free to leave a comment or message me! Thanks so much!

Review – Legally Blonde

The Civic Light Opera kicked off their summer season with Singin’ in the Rain and now they’re riding that feel good momentum into Legally Blonde, another cute crowd pleaser. It’s colorful, full of positivity and laughter and the two cutest dogs to ever grace the Benedum stage. See?

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Director Charles Repole stages a brilliant production of the popular movie. It’s not a scene for scene adaptation (thank God) and he guides the cast through some really fun moments. Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone plays Elle and she makes the character her own. There’s no Reese Witherspoon mimicry here. I love Reese Witherspoon, but Monteleone is perfect as the vivacious, kind-hearted but determined Elle. The only thing I wish about the character was that she had more big numbers! Monteleone’s voice is pure gold and it was a joy listening to.

Other stand out performances are Mamie Parris as Paulette (easily getting the biggest laughs of the night), Lara Hayhurst as Margot, Sarrah Strimel as the femme fatale fitness empress Brooke Wyndham, and Matthew Scott as lovable Emmet Forrest. The entire cast was perfect, bringing a ton of energy to the two hour show. And while they got some great applause at the end (standing ovation), the loudest cheers were for Chico the Chihuahua (Bruiser) and Nellie the bulldog (Rufus). They were adorable! I would say they’re worth the price of admission alone, but that’s not true. Seeing Jeff McLean as Warner Huntington III is worth the admission. Seeing Ken Land as the dastardly Professor Callahan is worth the price of admission. And laughing so hard you give yourself a sore throat is worth the price of admission.

I keep saying it and I’ll say it again: Legally Blonde is one of the funnest musicals you’ll see this summer. If you want an escape from the heat, from your monotone office, from your glass and chrome building, see the technicolor rainbow that is Legally Blonde.

Playing now through June 22, get your tickets here.

 

IWDB (or upcoming book releases)

You know the website IMDB? How it shows an actors filmography and their upcoming movies? Well, I’m about to pull a movie database here. Substitute “writing” for “movie” please, and here we go!

 

Current Releases

Unstoppable - Book One in the Truth and Love Series

Irreversible - Book 2 in the Truth and Love Series (novella)

 

Upcoming Releases (2014)

Sweetly Irresistible – Book One in the Kennedy Family Series

Untitled Contemporary Romance – Book Two in the Kennedy Family Series

Tempest – Part One of The Perfect Storm Series

Vortex – Part Two of the Perfect Storm Series

Untitled Derek Archer Story

 

I have about six books slated for 2015, so stay tuned! And remember, I post updates (and cat pictures) on Twitter all the time, so be sure to follow. Same with FB. :) And now to get back to writing….

 

 

Review – Singin’ in the Rain

10299179_10152274461421696_157454271404549255_nThe Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera never seems to miss. Whether they’re staging some of the biggest musical numbers like Les Miserables or Miss Saigon, or showing more intimate but no less dazzling fare such as Forever Plaid or A Grand Night For Singing, the CLO always delivers with exceptional confidence and flair. Last night’s production of Singin’ in the Rain was no different.

First, you had the gorgeous work of Scenic Designer Michael Anania, which was lit perfectly by Lighting Designer Andrew David Ostrowski. From the backstage of a theater to the sound studio to the lot of a major motion picture company to the iconic street with the black lamp light where a certain character dances in the rain, it was all showcased brilliantly. The cast really made use of the stage. It felt wonderfully all-encompassing. You imagined the scenery just went on and on.

In fact, you sort of wanted the show to go on and on. It was a delightful breath of fresh air. There was great music like Good Mornin’ and You Are My Luky Star (which was sung just beautifully by Mary Michael Patterson. There was great dancing, such as Cosmo’s (played with gusto and sharp charm by Cary Tedder) Make ‘Em Laugh number, where he executes that famous flip off the wall; the haunting Broadway Ballet, which showcases the lean lines and fierce talent of Kristine Bendul’s Olga, and of course, Don’s title number, in which he splashes, slides, shuffles and spins in the rain. There was also great, great, let me emphasize, great humor – the biggest laughs going to Ashley Spencer as vain, high-pitched voice Lina Lamont. Her voice lesson scene was especially great. Another fabulous moment was with Spencer and David Elder as Don Lockwood, when they screened their newest talking movie, The Dueling Cavalier, for a small audience. How hysterical, and much credit to the crew for making that happen so perfectly. That scene was worth the price of admission alone.

Actually, that’s not true. Every scene was worth the price of admission, and that’s not hyperbole. There’s a reason that Singin’ in the Rain is listed higher than West Side Story, Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Movie Musicals. This show is one of the most evenly produced shows I’ve ever seen, and by that, I mean that there was no lag time. The pacing was excellent, the character development great, the balance of musical numbers to non-musical numbers was perfect and the laughter came full and plenty. Some stories can feel a tad under-cooked. But with Director and Choreographer Linda Goodrich overseeing the show, it was absolute perfection.

For tickets and more info, go here.