Thursday, January 22, 2015

Adult Braces: My Second Adjustment

Why-oh-why did I become filled with naivete?  Oh, that's right, because I had no pain after my first adjustment, I assumed I'd be fine for all others.  Wrong.

On January 14th, I actually ran from my car to the office, wanting to be on time and actually excited.  I don't have much control over how quickly or correctly my teeth choose to move, but ever-the-perfectionist, I couldn't wait to be praised for how good I was taking care of my teeth and how lovely they were behaving.

I received my praise, new wires on the tops and bottoms, a superchain (they chain rubberbands together across the bottom to pull them closer together once they are straight enough) on the bottom, and new bands on the top.

I treated myself to a salad that night with my friend, Shayla, mentioning that my mouth was a little sore so my consumption would be slow.  I haven't had anything crunchy since then.  I even had to make a handshake agreement with my husband that I would not purchase anymore milkshakes until my next adjustment.  Yep, that happened.

I want pizza.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bare: Utah Repertory Theater Company



In your life, in what situations would you use the term "bare?"  Of what meaning do you think?

The first thought that comes to mind is "naked."  A step further leads you to think of feeling exposed/vulnerable, then perhaps to a burden you bare, or even to bare a testimony.

Utah Repertory Theater Company has taken a huge stride in the equality movement through bringing Bare: A Pop Opera (musical), to Salt Lake City.  In fact, Utah Rep is giving 15% of ticket sales proceeds to OUTreach Resource Centers, "a non-profit collection of youth resource centers dedicated to transforming communities and saving lives through programs designed to promote positive outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness, family rejection or victimization."

Bare, straight from Utah Rep's website, "is a coming-of-age story of a group of high school seniors at a co-ed Catholic boarding school, with each struggling to define themselves in the face of their relationships, sexuality, and religion. As they search to come to terms with who they are — and who the world thinks they should be — they seek answers from their church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Bare examines the consequences of baring your soul — or hiding it — from those who matter most."

Instead of sharing with you the specifics of the plot, I want to share with you the feeling of the show.  Go back to my earlier question about "bare" situations in your life.  How did you feel: Declaring your first love?  Graduating from high school?  Moving away from home?  Falling in love?  Losing someone you love?  Keeping a secret that could change someone's life?  Finding or losing your love for God? Realizing someone you trusted was wrong?  You were vulnerable, exposed, and bare.  We have all been through at least one of these situations, which means we all know exactly what the feelings and struggles of the characters in this story.  

Utah Rep and director Johnny Hebda, pulled off quite a feat over the past few months, gathering a cast combined of experienced actors and actors the actual age of the characters.  I worried at first that this material is not appropriate for teenagers.  Not even close to appropriate.  But watching the story, I realized that these are exactly the trials real teenagers and young adults are experiencing. 

My first thought upon entering the new Sugar Space facility was in regards to how drastically improved the venue is since my last visit.  Several months ago, I was rubbed the wrong way about the bare-bones of the set structure, lack of temperature control, and location.  Audience members will be relieved to know that all of these issues have been resolved and many additions have been made.  

You will notice 5 LCD screens that will delight you throughout the show with text messages, face book posts, instagram feed, and photos.  Mostly used during scene transitions, this feature keeps the audience absorbed in the world of Bare while keeping us all in stitches with laughter.  Surrounding you on the walls are 24 posters of the cast members' characters,leading your eyes to the stage with rows of lockers, dual staircases, and a church backdrop, immediately warping you back in time to grade school days.  Utah Rep's lighting and sound systems never missed a beat (although the sound tech did miss a few cues in the rapid one-off solos of the 24 cast members).   

When the cast enters, we are thrown back to the days of Catholic school uniforms and mass.  I quickly picked up on the flattering and meaningful costume details of Nancy Susan Cannon.  The senior class members are dressed differently than the underclassman, with great detail on the crests of their sweaters, matching skirts, personalized shoes, and hairstyles.  I see the same simultaneous uniqueness and uniformity I saw in my Catholic-school friends growing up.  One of the costuming/prop decisions that made me smile was for Peter (John Patrick McKenna), the lead character struggling with his sexuality, to have a purple backpack.  

In the opening number, there is an eerie vocal line sung simultaneously with a choral piece by Jonathan Scott McBride as the priest- this monotonous, deep Latin curse.  I'm sure it wasn't actually a curse, but it sets a tone immediately that while things may seem perfect, there is something dark lurking beneath.  Writing of music brings me to one of the production qualities I always love about Utah Rep is the use of a live band.  Our music director for this show is the brilliant Anne Puzey.  The physical placement of the band in proximity to the audience was perfect to be able to see them as part of the show, yet not overpower the vocalists who are precisely on par in their singing and their character portrayal as actors.  

In the first ten minutes of the show, we see Claire (Shalee Schmidt), the mother of Peter, balance humor and heartbreak to convey a complex feeling of distress, confusion, love and acceptance regarding the truths she knows about her son, but will not yet admit.  Continuing with the "truths we know" theme, the characters all seem to be sure of God's existence, yet constantly ask, "Is God listening?"  We see each struggle more with asking why God isn't responding than asking if God exists.  This strikes me as a theme of underlying, constant hope that there is more out there in something greater than ourselves.  

Enter Jason (Brock Dalgleish) in the locker room kissing Peter.  Jason is a muscular man's man, always a step ahead of letting himself feel in anticipation of what others might think.  A quote from the priest in the second half sums up Jason's actions in the first, "Don't question too much and you'll get along fine."  The problem is, no one can accept ignorance for long.  We all start questioning eventually.  For Jason, however, there are no answers and he is lead to a world full of fear of the unknown.  If not for Dalgleish's portrayal of the carefree, then conflicted Jason, I don't know if I would have understood the importance the show needs us to see of never accepting a world at face-value.  

Back to Peter.  He looks the conventional fresh-faced innocent type, yet has no problem accepting his life is not conventional.  He recognizes love and knows love is more important than fear of a "what if."  McKenna makes a heroic return to the Utah stage with his powerful tenor and silent turned siren character.  

Peter is not the only one in love with Jason - the ever popular, promiscuous Ivy (Emilie Starr) is too.  What I love about Starr is how comfortable she makes audiences feel when she is on stage.  She has a calming presence in that you are never worried about her making a mistake.  I don't worry about most actors, truthfully, but she truly puts me at ease.  If you watch her throat when she sings, you don't even see strain - a true gift of talent and training. 

To add to this weird love triangle, making it more of a square(?), we have Matt (Thomas Kulkus) who is in love with Ivy.  Kulkus is utterly convincing as the doe-eyed, puppy-dog faced (in a good way!) longing teenager.  Matt intrigues me because of his devotion to a girl who won't return the favor and his devotion to the secrets of Jason and Peter.  He sees he is losing Ivy to Jason , yet holds on to something that could destroy Jason's reputation.  When provoked the tables may turn, yet Kulkus portrays this character in such a way that you do not see any true intention of malice.  You see a hurt young man who seems to understand how important it is that we be authentic to our choices.  

Jason has yet another love - his sister Nadia (Katie Evans).  She is the only character who seems the full 360 degrees of what he is experiencing.  Evans plays off of Dalgleish in the most adoring, unconditionally loving, tormenting relationship that only a brother and sister could share.  The pair does not shy away from physical affection, be that a hug or a punch.  Nadia's burden to bare is her insecurity about being fat.  Her song about the burdens and dreams that will never be because of her size are thoughts that crippled me as an adolescent, obese girl.  I watched Evans' Nadia wanting to hug her and tell her that she can take control of her life and things do get better, yet even if Nadia were a real person, I know that telling a teenager those things means nothing until they experience it themselves.  

In a show so concerned with love, we see only one truly unconditionally loving character in quite the unexpected place.  Sister Chantelle (Yoah Guerrero) delivers two of the most poignant lines themes in the show: 1. God don't make no trash 2. He is just as God wants him to be.  Guerrero can SANG!  Her voice never quit, but there were a few parts where the tricky vocal runs caused some breathlessness and strained facial expressions, but as soon as she got a breath in - Bam!  Big note.  Not only can Sister Chantelle deliver love and vocal majesty, she is hilariously the true comic relief of the show which may or may not (go see it!) include a guest appearance as the Virgin Mary.

Other stand-out performances shared with us were that Carolyn Crow as Kyra, Jennifer McKay as Diane, and the entire "ensemble."  Crow has a light of a presence on stage that grows brighter and brighter.  Her face is always illuminated in expression and feeling.  McKay is just adorable in an absolutely beautiful and talented way.  She pulls your eyes towards her almost every time she is on stage with her dedicated, natural character decisions.  The ensemble kept the energy high through their choices to not let their characters drop, having purpose in their movements, and singing to fill the room whether an angelic tone or rock.  I also want to point out the professionalism of a very young cast - I heard zero back-stage noise, all scene changes were prompt, and everyone appeared to make their cues.  

As with all things wonderful, there were a few aspects that could have used improvements.  The score is vocally quite a challenge and at parts, mostly the lighter-sounding runs, the pitch fell wayward.   Not often, mind you, but it happened several times from several characters.  There was also a rap solo that, although the lyric and vocal energy was high, just didn't have enough energy by way of facial expression and bold movement.  Look as confident as you sound because the scene is great.  To all on stage, I also share that you should not be fidgeting with your hair and costumes unless your character is.  Audiences are distracted by watching those constantly swiping hair out of faces (so much of this happened) or pulling skirts/pants down/up.  If you don't act uncomfortable, we won't be uncomfortable.  My final fix is for the facility itself.  The ladies restroom stall doors can be "locked" but opened with a slight push.  Which I unfortunately found out when someone thought I might be a little lonely in my stall at intermission.  

Bare is, most of all, about love, conveying the power of a lyric most are familiar with from the musical Les Miserables, "To love another person is to see the face of God."  Bare teaches us to love, to hope, to know that God creates each of us with purpose.  

Please see Bare.*  Please remember what you felt at your most vulnerable, that rawness, that fear, that wonderment.  Look at each person you pass today knowing they have felt those things too and love them a little more out of understanding if nothing else.  You can find details about the show, which runs through January 31, here.  

*Content Advisory*  - This show would have a hard "R" rating if it were a movie.  Those sensitive to non-family friendly entertainment or easily offended should not see Bare.  However, if you have a close friend or family member who has struggled with accepting their sexuality, I think this show might help you understand a little more.    



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Adult Braces: Rubber Band Replacement

Getting your rubber bands replaced at adjustments or because your eating adventures dyed the clear bands orange *cough* Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, NY and Skyline Coney Dogs in Ohio *cough* feels as if someone is trying to rip your teeth out of your face.

I suppose it isn't really so painful as it is disarming.  There is a lot of pressure that truly does feel as if they are trying to pull your teeth, but I think it is the fear of the unknown that makes it even more weird than the physical aspect.  You don't know what's going on - you can't see anything, you've never been through this before.  All you know is...*ow.*  You make a few weird faces and in sixty seconds it is all over.  The pain isn't even bad enough to need ibuprofen and only lasts for the moment that tooth is worked on.

Then you leave the office with beautiful, clear rubberbands and teeth on their way to perfection.  I'll take that deal any day.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Adult Braces: My First Adjustment

So. Not. Bad.

On December 3rd, I received a new bottom wire, my top wire was flipped, and my rubber bands were replaced.

I was not sore for one second afterwards.  I felt perhaps I was living in an alternate reality, but ends up I just got lucky.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Adult Braces: Learning to Eat With Braces

Until you have braces, there is no way to comprehend the dilemma most commonly referred to as "eating."

The first two days were simply odd - almost as if my mouth were numb.  We are used to our teeth feeling all the sensations of substance and temperature as we enjoy the bursting of molecules of foods jumping around our mouths.  Braces block most of that.  Even swallowing at all caused my tongue to rub on metal.  Days three and four brought on a lot of strife.  I tried to eat.  I tried to drink.  I work out a lot, so I knew I needed calories and forced myself to eat, but cried simultaneously. I've been through my fair share of blisters on the back part of my tongue and I know I still have to get my bottom back molars wrapped, which means I get to go through this transition process again soon.  Oy. That joke of days three and four only lasted two days, luckily.

Braces also block the capability of fully chewing with my molars (because of my build ups) and I've heard this is the same for many others.  Imagine taking a bite of pizza, chewing two or three times, then swallowing.  There will be big chunks of food you haven't had the opportunity of "flavor-bursting," as I like to call it.  There is something beautiful about the process of biting your food until you have pulverized each crumb and burst the flavors open in your mouth.   For me, no matter how many times I chew, my molars can't crunch down, always leaving me swallowing chunks of food that I wish with all my heart I could enjoy much more.

Speaking of enjoying food - this has been a huge mental hurdle for me.  I love food.  Understatement.  I LOVE food.  Imagine the frustration of, let's say, wanting to chew a Skittle and chomping once, then swallowing.  What a gyp, right?!  No savoring, no texture-enjoyment, no flavor-bursting, nothing!  I don't eat Skittles, that's just all I could think of that most people can relate to.  I have tried to eat all my favorite foods, but I just don't enjoy them anymore.  If it isn't the chewing dilemma, it's the fact that everything involves my tongue hitting metal.  Having that texture and taste involved with every bite kinda ruins it.  Now that I am six weeks in, I am through with the worst of my withdrawals and cravings.  I am not close to joking at all when I state that I felt like an addict going through withdrawals.    

When I do chew, I have to cover my mouth because I haven't yet gotten used to the food sticking on the front of my teeth and I think more food will get between my molars for the sad-sack chomp if I open wider.  I have to take bigger chomps to try and free the captive crumbs from their cages, which leads to a lot of embarrassing spitting and drooling.  Yes, I am not above admitting there has been a noticeably higher amount of saliva escaping these days.  I hear this all goes away pretty quickly.

Five weeks after I got braces, I was finally able to bite into soft breads with my front teeth, which weirds me right out as I feel the food sinking into my front braces.  I prefer cutting up all my food and shoving it directly to the back of my mouth.

What do I eat?

  • Squeezy fruit snacks.  Yep, the ones for kids like pureed mango, applesauce, peaches, and berries.
  • Mashed potatoes.  I prefer the instant because they take five minutes and there are no lumps I have to "gum" or suck on til they dissolve.
  • Milkshakes.  Oh Milkshakes.  Sonic peanut butter fudge is my best friend.  
  • Soft Serve.  Iceberg chocolate soft-serve has saved me too often.
  • Chocolate milk.  I drink 8 oz. before and after the gym and sometimes when I know I need to eat, but just can't work up the energy.
  • Protein drinks.  Calories, protein, calcium - it's efficient.  
  • Smoothies (nope).  We bought stuff for delicious, healthy, balanced nutritious meals, but I can't bring myself to make them because I'm too darned cold at home.  Will someone tell Rob 66-degrees is not warm?  I eat the soft-serve and shakes in the car on the way home, people.  
  • You might think popsicles and the like would be good, but anything that involves sticking your tongue out repetitively means a lot of abrasion and escaped saliva - not pretty and pleasant.
  • Avoid anything highly pigmented if you have ceremic braces with clear rubber bands - spaghetti sauce, curries, that sort of thing.  These will dye your brackets and your bands.


You may be wondering if I've lost weight.  Truth be told, I lost six pounds pretty quickly, but then I went on a trip to The Montage in Park City for a convention and immediately to Rochester, New York.  The Montage is a five-star hotel with five-star food.  I did my darndest to try everything I could at each meal.  In regards to Rochester, if you don't know a lot about the east coast, let me just tell you that it is food mecca.  I kept trying to eat everything I got my hands on.  Nothing was really that great because I couldn't enjoy the eating process, but I kept trying over and over again.  My mouth was so sore from all my trying I had to take pain medicine.  I gained all the weight back and didn't even enjoy the process.  I guess lame sauce is on my menu.

My final thoughts on this whole eating debacle is that in a few weeks everything will be fine and I'll have adapted.  In the midst of all of this, I've had many times where I can't imagine "getting used to" this new way of eating, but I know I will.  This is my honest point of view six weeks into the process.  I want other adults to know that it is ridiculously wonderful and ridiculously difficult all at the same time.  I didn't really find a lot from a patient's point of view before I got my braces, so I'm sharing.

Again, final thoughts: So worth it.

Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, New York - notice the fork for cramming things into
the back of my mouth to avoid biting with my front teeth




  


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Adult Braces: Getting Braces On

Once I made the decision to get braces, everyone I consulted with told me, "Getting them on is the worst part."

Being an adult with good oral hygiene and no orthodonic work until now, I haven't really been poked and prodded and pushed.  People told me my mouth would be stretched beyond what I ever thought possible with a contraption and to make sure to take pain medication before going because my jaw would be ridiculously sore.

I forgot to take medicine.  I also forgot to have a painful jaw, apparently.  I wasn't sore one bit. The worst parts for me were the taste of whatever adhesive or cleaner they were using and then the cold air/water blowing - wooo, doggy, that was intense!  I've never before had cold tooth sensitivity.  But within an hour, they were done.  Totally brace-ified.  I had no idea we were already done even though they apologized that it took longer than usual for my tiny mouth and getting the brackets to stick.  I stood up carefully after being upside down for quite some time and still no pain.

Before Braces and After Getting Braces On

Rob, the generous and understanding hubs, took the above picture before I'd looked in the mirror.  Want to know the first thing I thought?  "Wow - I didn't realize braces came with complementary collagen injections for my lips!"  I could not believe, and still can't believe, how much more voluptuous my lips look when my mouth is shut.  I'm going to miss these plump kissers when the braces come off.


In fact, I was in entirely pretty pain-free bliss for the first two days.  Eating was weird, as I was tentative of knocking off these strange new things on my teeth and all my food gravitated to them like magnets.

Days three and four brought on quite a bit of misery.  By that point, the metal had been rubbing at virgin skin for enough time to create raw spots, blisters, and general swelling on the tongue and cheeks.  Enter the wax.  One friend was very firm in her conviction that powering through this tough time without applying wax to the braces opposite where my skin was raw would help calluses form more quickly and I'd be better off quicker.  I took her advice.  I only applied wax twice.

By day five I was doing much better, verging on "okay."

Within a week, my pain and general getting used to the braces had subsided enough that I noticed the "build-ups."  Build ups are basically temporary fillings in two teeth to keep your bite from going down far enough to knock off your brackets (the square part in the middle of the tooth).  I knew this, but it didn't sink in that I would no longer be able to shut my molars all the way.  I'll talk more about this in my post about learning how to eat.

I can't describe the weirdness of waking up with your cheeks totally stuck to your braced teeth.  Or biting down as you have your whole life and your teeth only coming into contact in two places.  Or spending time cleaning out your mouth after every meal only to find a huge piece of something you aren't even sure you ate stuck to your front tooth.  Where is that crud hiding?!

Generally speaking, it took a few weeks to get used to my cheek skin catching on parts of my braces (which hasn't happened for two weeks now), figuring out if I needed to get my wires trimmed (if your teeth have moved enough, there will be excess wire towards the back of your mouth), and eating foods that won't dye my clear rubber bands.

I ended up having to get my rubber bands replaced three weeks in due to eating some brightly-sauced buffalo wings in Buffalo.  I knew better, but I had to!  I would highly advise against doing this while your teeth are still tender from the initial application of the braces.  Yowzas.

My teeth were actually sore until about a week ago.  The best part about my teeth being sore is knowing they are moving.  One of my bottom teeth, in particular, was the longest victim of pain and I couldn't figure out why until one morning I looked in the mirror and realized it is now in front of a tooth it had been hiding behind for 17 years.  There is nothing like waking up and feeling something different in your mouth only to quickly realize it is exposure to part of your tooth you have no memory of ever feeling.

But folks...

My first adjustment appointment is tomorrow.  I've told several people this week and they all make the same agonizing groan followed by a pained sucking in of air.  I've stocked up on chocolate milk and mashed potatoes, so I'm good.  I think.

I'm more excited than anything, truthfully.  The amount of change I have seen in six short weeks is unbelievable.  I sit in front of the mirror almost every night staring.  Seventeen years I have wanted these changes and, *poof,* in six weeks they are here.  In spite of all of this initial discomfort and perhaps a few emotional break-downs, I have three words to summarize my feelings so far: "So worth it."    






Monday, December 1, 2014

Adult Braces: Getting Spacers aka The Prep Work

Spacers.

I had never heard of these little suckers until I walked into my appointment and said, "I decided to get braces!" (instead of Invisalign)

Immediately, I was escorted to the chair to get my spacers in for a week before the braces.  Apparently these suckers separate your teeth enough to allow for space for the wires to go around your teeth in the back as needed.  My teeth have always loved each other very much and even occasionally gang up in a game of tug-of-war between me and my floss.

They are so tight, in fact, that these cushy-looking foam spacers in the below picture would not fit between my teeth.  I had to have metal.  Ouch.  For some reason, I wasn't prepared.  I didn't realize I wouldn't be able to eat without those metal pieces jamming into my teeth and gums.  On top of that, the pressure of my teeth moving was unlike anything I've ever experienced.  To top it all off, one of the metal pieces did not get along with my bite and came apart to start stabbing my gum in a bloody brawl within 8 hours of placement.  Needless to say, I pulled that sucker out and went back to the doctor the next day.  In just that little bit of time, my teeth had separated enough to allow for a foam spacer, but then my bite is so wonky that I immediately bit right through the thing.  The doctor said it would be okay to wait and work on that particular space later in the process.

I finally started getting used to the spacers one day before I got my braces.  I'd been nibbling at everything with just my front teeth, not yet realizing that front-teeth-nibbling is not something I'd be able to do again until the braces are off.  I had to learn to eat one way with spacers and an entirely opposite way with braces.

When I went in for my application appointment a week later, I was shocked to see how quickly my teeth decided to part ways with each other and leave room for the braces.  Seeing results fast is encouraging.  I was also shocked at how quickly braces are applied because less than an hour later, my life for the next two years was changed.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Adult Braces: Making the Decision

The decision took me over two years.  My first consultation with Dr. Hamid Omana was in March or April of 2012.

Let me give you some background.  When I was 17, I noticed my perfectly straight teeth starting to crowd/move.  I thought perhaps the impending doom of wisdom teeth was the cause, so I begged to get them removed Christmas of my Senior Year.  My teeth obviously didn't agree with me about the reason to move and kept shifting.  At 22, after I graduated from college, I asked a dentist at home in Ohio what he thought I should do and he responded, "Your teeth aren't very crooked.  If you get braces now, you'll just have to get them again later in life because your teeth will continue to shift your whole life."  I had no idea I should have been asking those questions of an Orthodontist, not my dentist.  

Flash forward to 2012.  I innocently thought Invisalign (clear retainers as an alternative to wires and brackets) would be the solution for my crooked-since-I-was-17 smile.  I was prepared for a financial investment of about $4,000 because adults don't get the same sweet insurance treatment as adolescents.

Then these words changed everything, "Your jaw is misaligned."
Me: "What does that mean?"
Dr. Omana: "Invisalign will only temporarily straighten your top teeth.  We need to correct your bite to get and keep your teeth straight."
He proceeded to show me the type of braces and rigging I'd need, as well as letting me know the whole process would take two years.

I was single at the time and dating pretty frequently.  I worried braces would affect that.  Worst of all, what if I did happen to meet "the one" and had braces in wedding photos?  That was a thought I couldn't live with, so I decided to "wait until after I get married."  Which is kind of dumb considering I was almost 31 and in no rush to get married.  Sooner is always better than later.  Wouldn't you know it, I did end up meeting my Rob and getting married within that two-year time span.

After marriage, I faced all sorts of self-image doubts and medication weight fluctuations. I knew I needed braces to correct my crooked jaw/bite, but I didn't know if I could handle the potential self-esteem issues.  Notice I said "potential," not "definite."  I realized I was making an important medical decision off of something that "might" be.

Flash Forward to October of 2014.  Thirty-four year old Larissa drags her hubby to Dr. Omana's office so he can hear all of the medical jargon.  We took a week to mull over the decision.  My two other concerns were in regards to my career and my extra-curriculars.  At the time of my first consultation, I worked behind a desk, so that didn't matter.  Now, however, I work with high-end weddings and corporate events.  Outside of events, I perform with local theater groups.  Will any directors cast someone with braces?  Again, I can't make a life-changing decision based off of what "might" be.

Once the decision was made, over two years of worrying about this decision seemed stupid.  The process started immediately - there were so many things I wasn't ready for and yet I was entirely ready.

For all of you adults who may be contemplating the same question - "To get adult braces?" - I'll recount to you in the next post about the prep, application, and week after.

Yes, I have braces in this photo.  Hard to believe, right?  I'd had them for four whole days at this point.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marvelous Wonderettes: Sandy City Arts

For the next two weekends you have the opportunity to come watch the absolutely delightful four-woman show from the eras of 1958 and 1968, The Marvelous Wonderettes.


I'm on stage the entire time. Needless to say, it's the hardest I've ever worked on a show in my life. If ever there were a show of mine you should see, it's this one - funny, intimate, colorful, and...just...you should come!  I grew up listening to all of these songs and I about bust with excitement that I get to perform them for all of you with the absolute nicest ladies and production team around!

Marvelous Wonderettes:

  • October 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm at Sandy City Hall Chamber Theater
  • Run time (including intermission): 2 hrs. 
  • Purchase tickets: 
    • Phone-801-568-ARTS (2787); M-F, 9 am – 4pm – by doing this you willavoid on-line convenience and handling fees. Leave a callback number if your call is not answered. They are good about returning calls.
    • Sandy City Hall, #310 – M-F, 9am – 4pm
    • Purchase at the door
    • www.sandyarts.com – Convenience fees are charged for on line, so calling or buying at the door will be cheaper. 
  • Adult -$12, Seniors-$10, Students w/ID-$8


Additional Details: http://www.sandyarts.com/sandy-arts-guild/side-menu/musicalsplays.html

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spring Awakening: Midvale Main Street Theatre

Winter is a dreary, lonely few months at the beginning of every year.  Sometimes we feel an ache, knowing there is more out there for us in the sunshine of spring.  Our senses are teased and titillated with the changing sights, smells, sounds, and sensations the change of seasons brings.  Take yourself back to the days of your adolescence around the time your body began to feel things it had never felt, your mind began to dream of things you didn't understand, and you started feeling desires to be in the companionship of a certain girl or boy in a way you didn't quite understand.  The winter of the body had turned into spring.

Spring Awakening, being produced at Midvale Main Street Theatre, is an aptly named rock musical based on the banned 1891 German play of the same title.  Child abuse, rape, suicide, incest, abortion, and homosexuality are all contributors to the banning of the play and the deep substance of the production.  Set in 19th-century Germany, one may think the time-period's approach to a sexual awakening of youth to be antiquated, but it is alarmingly frightening how true the show resonates with the youth of today.

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