It has been a while…

…since I’ve had the time to make a post. Granted, I don’t really have the time to be posting right now, but there some exciting developments in my life that I thought I’d share.

As many of you may or may not know, I’ve been involved with the Case Western Reserve University Footlighters for the past couple years. The Footlighters are a student-run musical theater organization dedicated to promoting musical theater at Case, CIM, CIA, and the in the overall Cleveland area (see: http://footlighters.case.edu.) We’ve put on productions such as Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and The Pajama Game. We just finished performing The Pajama Game and had our semesterly show-selection meeting (a democratic process of the club members.) The results are in…

I’ll be directing West Side Story in the fall. We’re obviously months away from the production and don’t know much of anything yet.

But, I know this much:
1) Our performance will be in Carlton Commons in Cleveland Heights, OH.
2) Auditions will be held the weekend after summer break is over.
3) Callbacks will be a week later.
4) The show will be October 29-31, 2009. (8pm Thursday, 8pm Friday, 8pm Saturday, 11:59pm Saturday.)

Beyond that, no details have been set in stone… Some set design here-and-there has been sketched out… but I’m going to wait until later to share that :).

So, after finding out that my show was voted in, we moved directly to officer elections. I was elected President of the club, and will be serving that post for the next school year. All-in-all: it was one of the most exciting days I’ve had in a long time.

What else has been going on? Well, the next month and a half is going to be non-stop work for me. I’ve got class until April 27th, and finals until May 7th. After that, I’ll be moving my stuff back home to Butler on May 9th. I’ll probably be home for about a week and will then moving to DC May 16th. I’ll fly from DC to Cleveland on May 17th to work on the Autonomous Lawnmower Competition until May 28th. We’ll drive to Dayton, compete, and hopefully win. We’ll drive back to Cleveland on May 30th or May 31st in time for me to catch a return flight to DC.

Finally, on June 1st, I’ll then start working for the summer at ENSCO, Inc. ENSCO were the fellows that gave us DEXTER for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing, or who I’m working for, but I know it is supposed to be cool stuff (that may even be part of classified projects.)

Anyway, I’ll try to give an update sometime at the beginning of June to let you know how everything went with the Autonomous Lawnmower competition!

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