Bad morning + surprize celebrities + London musical = A good day after all

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Stephanie and I at Trafalgar Square
Yesterday I had stupid orientation meetings, AGAIN. It turns out I'm only taking three classes, and I only have class TWO DAYS A WEEK. Unfortunately these days are Monday and Friday, so it won't be helping me go on any weekend trips. I suppose, instead, that my weekend will be Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday. This might be exciting for some people, but was not exciting for me. I was hoping to have a lot of school time to fill my days so that I wouln't have to sit around lonely in my room like I've been doing sometimes. They do say that there will be a good deal of work outside of class time, but I still don't know that I will be as busy as I should be. I like being busy, and when I'm at home I try to keep myself that way. In addition to only having two days of class, there are NO SHOWS to audition for on capmus.
Trafalgar Square
No faculty directed shows, no sutdent directed shows, NOTHING. This is also something I am very much not used to, AND something that I did not expect from going all the way to England for a school that was supposed to have a good reputation in its drama department. Also, I'm still not really taking classes that I think will be very good for me, due to all of the restrictions I met. Right now I'm signed up for Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, Approaches to Physical Theatre, and Directing and the Stage 1. The latter sounds more like a literary class than a practical class. Anyway, I guess I will post about those once I start class next week, and I will spend the next few days trying to decide how I can be most constructive with all of the free time I will have.
The fountains, thereof.
It's kind of scary, really, because aside from the ever apparent limitation of money, I could essentially do anything I want. IF I got a job here and made some more money, I could do anything. But, what is it that I really want to DO? What do I think will be most constructive based on what I want for myself? What do I even want for myself right now???

ANYWAY, after freaking out about all of these things, I took the tube to the city with this girl Stephanie, who is a musical theater major back in the states, toting plans of seeing a musical that night with her friend who is going to BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Upon arrival after the long tube ride, we got off at Leicester Square and bought "cheap" tickets to Les Mis (cheap meaning seats that were probably half price, but were still £27.
Me at the fountains, thereof.
50, which is about $55). It was only about 3:00 (or, 15:00, rather), so we went and got a quick lunch at a pub. I have decided that the food in pubs is terrible. It's not as inexpensive as I wish it was, and it never tastes good. I think they sell it at a place where people get drunk for a reason. It really, REALLY makes me miss food in America. After that we walked around Trafalgar Square, taking pictures of each other, which I have posted here. After that, we went back to somewhere that had looked interesting before we left to run around the fountains. They were barracading off the area around the Oden movie theater, and there were these big posters up for this movie called Children of Men, with Clive Owen and Michael Caine in it.
Me trying to take a picture of myself with cool stuff behind me. Big Ben is in the very distant distance.
Stephanie said they were probably premiering the movie tonight, especially since they were both British actors, and so we decided that we would DEFINITELY have to come back and check it out before the play. So we did! We stood behind the metal gates they put up, squished between all these other people for about two hours. It was really fun to see them laying out the red carpet, and putting up the lights. Finally, people started to walk in to the theater, and we delightedly awaited the appearance of someone famous. Then we heard people yelling, "MICHAEL! MICHAEL!" and saw Michael Caine walking down the carpet. We were able to get some great pictures of him, because he came really close to us. We ALMOST got his autograph, but missed out. It was SO COOL. Then Clive Owen came out, right before we had to run off to the theater, just in time for us to take some really far away pictures of his back.
Me loving this lion.
But we still saw him. It was amazing. After living so close to LA for two years, I can't believe I had to go to another country to do something like this.

After our celebrity extravaganza, we met up with the BAFTA guy, and ran over to the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury to see Les Miserables. It was very exciting for my first show in London. Despite my tendency to be critical (thanks to school), I thought they were all exceptional singers. And I even got to see one of the guys from pop sensation S Club 7 play Marius (www.sclub-usa.com)! He wasn't really our favorite, but I got a good laugh out if it. I picked up a bunch of brochures and am going to try to see theater in the city as much as I can afford to. So, even though the day got off to a grumpy start, at least it ended well.
travelman727 says:
Good for you, Maureen! Michael Caine is one of our best and most distinguished actors! I'm glad you were able to make lemonade out of an early lemon day!
Posted on: Sep 20, 2006
aysh says:
I am jealous you saw michael caine and I am sorry everything isnt going your way. Give it a few weeks and then make decisions.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2006
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Stephanie and I at Trafalgar Square
Stephanie and I at Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
The fountains, thereof.
The fountains, thereof.
Me at the fountains, thereof.
Me at the fountains, thereof.
Me trying to take a picture of mys…
Me trying to take a picture of my…
Me loving this lion.
Me loving this lion.
ME.
ME.
The movie premiere we were at... s…
The movie premiere we were at... …
MICHAEL CAINE WALKING RIGHT BY ME!
MICHAEL CAINE WALKING RIGHT BY ME!
MICHAEL CAINE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS R…
MICHAEL CAINE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS …
CLIVE OWENS BACK!!!
CLIVE OWEN'S BACK!!!
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