Some downright Shakespearean pics.

Here are some pics from my performance as the super-wicked (not the good wicked kind) Gråsida. To make it incredibly obvious, I not only have the darkest clothing but the blackest hair and make up too.

And the kids really shouted at me how mean I was and applauded when I got captured, hight praise for my villain interpretation indeed.

I probably blatantly stole a lot from the Marvel-version of Loki . The Loki of the original myth does not feel unfairly treated, his genes (giants hate asgardians) just get the best of him. And in the words of Tom Hiddleston on film Loki, and as you can see in one of the pics, (I’m screaming so loud I’m forcing the poor guy down) I just want some bitches to kneel…

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Much ado about something

It’s been a busy few weeks. When I’m not mixing I’m once again part of Theatre week in Skaraborg. This time it’s familiar grounds. I got wind of the fact that this time, the show would be set in Ekehagen (my work place, yes) and it was gonna be Shakespeare again. Much ado about nothing. But set in the stone age. Well, I love Shakespeare and I know my way around Ekehagen so heck yes. As soon as I said I was interested I got clear directives. “Here’s your script, you’re the Bad Gal with a capital B”. And once again; HECK YES! Being bad, you really get to play around with… pretty much everything.

The gender roles are completely switched (sort of illustrating a point too, because the men are quite annoying and weak), and I play the role that Don Jon had in the original. Good warrior, but jealous, hateful and narcissistic. I carry the biggest, heaviest warrior weapons (making up for something, I’m sure) and I’m a master manipulator.

Another fun aspect of the job is I get to play advisor since I actually work there, so when someone wants to know something about the stone age to get deeper into character they come to me.

In the pic below, I’m in full get-up, and I scared a kid like that. Not on purpose. He decided to sneak backstage and as he did, I appeared from the back room in the gear you see below for the first scene. I don’t know who was more surprised, the kid, or me hearing that unexpected scream…

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Working on some live performance loop backgrounds as we speak. Sweden has decided to try on summer once again and yes, I take small walks, but my work ethics are more due to circumstances.

See, I’ve contracted my very first pneumonia, and it’s a strange version of it indeed. I don’t cough, no fever to speak of except for the first few days when I had a bit of a temperature (but not brag worthy)… but my air pipes decided to cramp up! Since I’ve never suffered from asthma or anything like it it caught me and my local GP by surprise. I had to do the works, breathe into a funky machine and get my very first inhaler to take home with me! I just stared at it: “Wow, I’m every cliché nerd in every bad 80’s and 90’s movie out there”.

Yes it helped and yes I’m getting better but my adventures right now are very teeny tiny. Maybe following Sanna out to attend local hangouts in Gothenburg the West Pride Weekend was too much excitement and my body just went; hey, there, small town girl, what the hell do you think you’re doing? Nah, I know.

Still, it’s been a weird few days with the inhaler.

More to come on the loop-the-looping process! 🙂

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She’s giving up.

So my faithful songwriter servant of 15 yrs is giving up. The keyboard I’ve used since I was 18 to write my songs on.  I can’t say I’m suprised because it’s a very simple, cheap thang that’s been alive for longer than she should have. But her timing is impeccable. Right when I’m rehearsing for the big show on friday. Oh well, luckily I have alternatives. I’ll probs get a new one this autumn.

In the meantime, here’s a contender for this year’s best animal selfie! 😀

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Snoopy premiere

Today was special. The musical premiered. We had dress rehearsals yesterday in front of an audience and they were great. Seeing the kids meeting Snoopy and the gang was pretty dang lovely. But today was even more awesome. The audience fed us energy. The theatre wasn’t quite packed but it felt completely packed because they made so much noise. Next week there’s gonna be even more people (there were plenty now but next week will be wall to wall) as tickets are sold out.

The actors were brilliant. I remember complaining during rehearsals that no one was doing the Snoopy dance. There was room for improve during dancing and I was like: “It’s a Snoopy musical and no one is doing the Snoopy dance!” So both Snoopy and Linus did it during the show. Lovely.

The only odd moment was me taking a bow in front of the audience in the end. I wasn’t prepared, and as someone else behind the scene said: “I just wondered why I’m out here receiving the cheering.” I know why. It still felt super weird, not being one of the actors. The reason why I took the job was really me not wanting to keep a high profile right now, but still getting to do what I love. But the crew insisted. So OK. I did do the whole music and audio bit (including changing keys and creating the sound) and coached them all. I played most of Schroeder’s parts on the piano and let the actor pretend play almost as good as Rob Lowe’s sax action in St Elmo. Still strange. I really thrived behind the scene. Next week I might dress up a little and be as prepared as the other behind-the-scene workers were who actually KNEW they were going on stage in the end 😛

I’ll post some pics soon. Here’s a sneak peek! 🙂

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Backstage

We’ve moved the musical to the theatre and things are coming along in rehearsals. I’ve sent a few pics to a curious friend. “Snoopy’s dog house!” and “Look how cuddly Snoopy’s costume is!” but for the rest of you it’s gonna have to wait til it’s premiered. I can however give you a pic from the dressing room with all the good light!

Not my make up spread around. Partly because I’m a “dab on some mascara and that’s it” kind of girl, partly because I don’t have to look good under spotlights since I’m only coaching. I’m in love with the dedication from the actors, and it really does look different and makes you less tired to see the whole thing actually taking shape (although I think you can see I’m a liiiiittle tired). See you April 29/ May 6 🙂

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