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.
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
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
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.