Saturday, March 1, 2014

Show Choir


Yesterday was my very first rehearsal with my university show choir! I didn't know anyone there, but luckily I think I'm going to be friends with a few of the people once we get to know each other better. I really wanted to join show choir because for as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an actress, either on screen or on stage. Recently I've been leaning more towards stage acting, predominantly musicals. Musical Theatre is one of my most favourite things in the world, I adore musicals so much and I think that they really make people happy and just forget about their problems and everything that is going on in their lives for a few hours.

I've been in a few musicals during high school, starting from year 7 (11 years old!) and they are: Grease, The Sound of Music, The Pajama Game, Beauty and the Beast and Bugsy Malone. I've also gone and watched a ridiculous amount of musicals around the world: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London), The Lion King (London), We Will Rock You (London), Rock Of Ages (Broadway), Wicked (Perth), Miss Saigon (Perth), Mary Poppins (Perth), Grease (Sydney), Cabaret (x2 Perth), Jesus Christ Superstar (x2 Perth) and I'm sure there's a couple more that I've forgotten!

So as you can tell Musical Theatre is a huge part of my life, which was why I was so excited to start Show Choir. We're performing a medley of songs from the musical Spring Awakening, whose original Broadway cast included Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff.

It's considered a rock musical and I'm really looking forward to learning the songs! We're also going to perform songs from another musical as well but we haven't been told which one yet. Our director is called Aaron and he works at WAAPA, which is the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is considered one of the best arts schools in the country. We're so lucky to have Aaron because he's so experienced and dedicated and really cares about us being the best we can be. I'm hoping to study musical theatre at WAAPA once I've finished my science degree at UWA (University of Western Australia), which is in 3 years, a long time but hopefully I am still motivated to perform then!

I'll definitely let you all know how it progresses throughout the semester and I'll do a post on our performance which will hopefully be a success!

So long for now,
Hope xxo

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First Day of University


From the title of this post you can probably guess that today I attended my first day of university! The day started at 7, where I had to wake up to get ready to leave at 8:15am. Shower, get dressed, make-up, breakfast... I just about managed to get out of the door in time! My sister drove me to uni, luckily we go to the same one and we tried to synchronise our timetables as well as possible! At uni most of the parking is paid so we're really lucky that my sister has a friend that lives a street away and he lets his friends park on his lawn! Such a convenience! We got there by 8:45am and we got to uni just in time for my sister's 9am lecture. I had another hour to wait for my first lecture so I decided to go to one of the cafeteria type places, grab a coffee and start reading one of my books that I have to read for my English Lectures.

The book's called A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction. I'm really enjoying the book at the moment, I am only 40 pages in but it started off very well! I have five books that I have to read for English throughout the year, lucky I'm an avid reader otherwise I don't think I'd be able to handle it!

At 9:45 I made my way to my first lecture, English. I knew that I had one friend I knew from school also in that lecture, so meeting up with her before we went inside really helped to calm my nerves a bit. Once we sat down another one of my friends also entered and came and sat with us as well, which made us a cute little group of three. The lecturers were really nice, one guy and one lady, both good at teaching in their own way. I had an hour break between that lecture and my next lecture, Earth Science. This lecture is a compulsory complementary unit which had to be taken by all BSC (Bachelor of Science) students. Because of this my good friend Georgia, whose studying Chemistry, was in this lecture as well so I sat next to her and we had a nice catch up. I hadn't seen hardly any of my friends during the gap between school and university; I'd gone to America for a while (I'll be posting a blog about that soon!) and when I got back I was ill for a while, and then I just sort of didn't get back into the groove of seeing people.

Once the Earth Science lecture was over Georgia invited me back to her house so we went and chilled and chatted for a while which was really nice. Georgia and I have also found it really easy to talk to each other, we just banter back and forth a lot of the time which is just what you need sometimes. So that is the end of my first day at university! It wasn't a full day because Tutorials (which are more hands-on) don't start until next week, so this week we all have it a bit easier and I'm finding it better just easing slowly into it.

So long for now,
Hope xxo

Monday, February 24, 2014

First Blog Post!

Hello! Hope here.

Wow, first blog post. Ever. That sounds like a lot of pressure! Hopefully I won't make a fool of myself. I think I'll just start of my telling you a few things about me. I'm 17 years old, my friends say that I'm mature for my age but I can sometimes be a bit goofy and silly when I want to be. I have an older sister whose 21 years old, she's very young at heart and her favourite thing is Disney. I myself am very sporty, I coach an Under 13's school volleyball team at my old school and I also love playing hockey (field) and soccer. This may make it sound like I was a 'tom-boy' at school, and maybe I was, but I was even more involved in music than I was in sport. Four morning music clubs during the week, one after school and one at lunchtime! Singing, clarinet and saxophone kept me very busy, and after all that I had school work as well! I'm so glad that I'm finished with high school, it was a lot of fun at times but the pressure does get to you and you end up counting the days until it's all finished. University starts tomorrow, and I'm very excited about going to my lectures and meeting new people and encountering new experiences.

I've been wanting to start a blog for a long time now, and there's a few reasons why I think I wanted to. One is that I love to document my life and things that happen to me, I take lots of photos and don't really have anywhere to display them, so having a blog where you can post pictures and short clips was very enticing! Another reason is a bit more personal I think. It's been a long time since I've had anyone I can really talk to and tell things to, someone who I think actually cares and who I can care about in return. A lot of things in my life go untold because of this, so writing them down here will be a good release of the frustration of having to keep everything inside. The final straw that pushed me to actually sit down and start writing was me purchasing a Macbook Pro yesterday! I apologise for the absence of personal photos in this post, because my laptop's so new I have no personal pictures what so ever that I can access.

What are some other things I can tell you about me? I live in Perth, Australia, which (fun fact!) is the loneliest city in the world. I have two dogs which I love so so much, one called Bailey whose a black and white cocker spaniel and is 6 years old, and the other one is called Zak, he's a black labrador and is almost 15! Dogs are my favourite animals and I really support shelters and rescues that help save strays and find them new homes. Hopefully in the future I will save many many dogs and give them forever homes.

Well I think that's a pretty good summary of me! I hope you found this interesting (or at least not mind-numbingly boring) and soon I will definitely start documenting things about my life on here.

So long for now,
Hope xxo