Roaming the Stage & Streets
Blogger: Becca Patch
Hello wonderful readers!
I just had the startling realization that this week marks the last full week of Fall Semester. Soon we’ll be in Thanksgiving break, and then reading days, finals, and the semester will be over. And what a semester it’s been so far!
This semester has been a stressful one for me, particularly because I’ve been working on both of my Senior Comprehensive Projects—one for each of my majors. My Cognitive Science project involves doing individual research, and the final draft for that project (luckily) isn’t due until spring. But my Theater comps ARE due this semester. I’ve spent all semester working as the Stage Manager for one of the Fall Mainstage productions.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a guest director, Larissa Kokernot, in creating Oxy’s production of TheThugs. As Stage Manager, my job included managing the schedules of the director and the cast, running efficient rehearsals, and once we were in tech—timing and calling every light, sound, and elevator cue for the show. It was very challenging, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I find an amazing creative partner in Larissa, but I also felt very close to my cast, crew, and ASM Susan. In the first picture, Susan and I are chilling onstage (the set was designed to look like an office space!) after our opening night performance!
The play closed a week ago, so I’m working on my final paper and then my Theater comps will be done! I suddenly have a bevy of free time… and I’m spending all of it on homework and projects I put off during the show’s tech week.
I did take a night off the other night—I think it’s important to do that once in awhile. My good friend Elise and I went to South Pasadena for their Thursday night Farmer’s Market. We bought all our groceries and got dinner together, casually strolling through the market with our $3 tamales. Yum. We ended up picnicking right next to the Gold Line, which is an easy way to get from Eagle Rock to South Pas for the Farmer’s Market for anyone who doesn’t have a car. The Farmer’s Market is built around the Gold Line stop—super convenient!
Not only did I enjoy wonderful food and wonderful company, but I also got all of my groceries. It’s really great to know I can still buy most of my food locally and organically, even on a student’s budget! The most exciting purchase was from Homeboy Industries (check out their website—Homebody does an amazing job of training recently released prisoners so that they’re ready to enter the workforce). They were selling rainbow bread! Apparently, they make several layers of bread with different food coloring to create the swirling effect. I can’t wait to try it!
That’s all for me—I’m off to a class trip tonight! One of my theater classes is going to see Cornerstone Theater’s Love on San Pedro, which promises to be an amazing experience!
To all of you looking at colleges and deciding where you’re applying—best of luck! College applications can be very stressful, but just know that it’s so worth it to be attending a wonderful college at the end. And who knows? Maybe we’ll see you at Oxy soon! :)