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Joining the herd...

"I want everyone who reads this to ask me three questions, no more no less. Ask me anything you want, and I will give you an honest answer. Feel free to ask anonymously if you want. Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this allowing your friends (including myself) to ask you anything."

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hiddendreams
Apr. 14th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
1. How did you come up with the username Ghost Light?

2. How did you end up in Alaska of all places, and do you like it?

3. At what point did you decide you preferred working backstage rather than onstage? Was there an epiphany moment for that? If so, what was it?
ghost_light
Apr. 14th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm going to love posting from work!
1) A Ghost Light is a lamp that's left burning when the theatre is closed. my friend geolinguist and I had a long talk about what it is for and how it got the name - some say the ghosts of the theatre come out and perform by that lamp, some say it is so the theatre will never be dark (no performing) and some believe it it is simply an "idiot" device to keep people from walking off the edge of the stage in the middle of the night. One of the first things I do in preparing the theatre is put the ghost light away in the wings and the last thing I do before locking the doors is put it out on stage. That's sort of my metaphor for stage managing: first in, last out.

2) Another long story - My husband was born here and all of his immediate family was still living in Anchorage. We were in Seattle,living in a nice apartment we couldn't really afford, and his grandmother was not doing well and out of the clear blue sky Mark's dad called to offer him a job in the family business (freight, honest). So we weighed up all the pros and cons and decided to go to Alaska for 5 years. I think my 10 year anniversary is in October. I really like it now, but it is a hard place to get used to, and that is not just the weather. It is a very transient community so it seems as though as soon as you get to know someone, you find out they are in the process of moving to Seattle, or planning a boating trip around the world. It was very hard for me to find a place for myself and I joked that for the first 4-5 years I kept a packed bag under the bed in case Mark ever said "want to go back to Seattle?"

3) 3 for 3 in the long stories today. It wasn't as much of an epiphany as a dawning realization that I could be a good actor or a GREAT stage manager. I loved both equally, but I was getting small parts from 2 companies and being asked to stage manage by every director who with another. Finally, I convinced one director to do a show I was rabid over and I auditioned for it. As kind of a safety net I told her I would stage manage it if she was not able to use me in the cast. I got the part I always wanted AND I was asked to assistant stage manage it. Not a good combination at the time, I had some trouble moving from "Have to pick up the stage" to "Shit! I have to go onstage!" but it was a fun show and I really loved doing it. Then the local critic really panned me in her review of the show and I took a hard look at "good actor" "GREAT stage manager" and I didn't audition for anything for a good while.
hiddendreams
Apr. 17th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm going to love posting from work!
I'm glad you gave long answers... it's nice to get that kind of view into people. Thanks so much for sharing with us. *hugs*
stagemanager
Apr. 14th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
1) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

2) What's more important: health or wealth?

3) What's the oddest thing you've ever had inside your body?
ghost_light
Apr. 14th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
yay! I get to reply from work now!
1) A woodchuck would chuck what a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

2) Well, I'm still poor, but I did get a diagnosis and treatment that finally, FINALLY allowed me to get a handle on my asthma and sinusitis so....I'm going to have to go with the devil I know and say health.

3) Hmmm....I'm going to have to be boring and go with jellyfish :)
melissakmock
Apr. 15th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
1. when are you planning another trip to homer?

2. will you call me befor you come, so we can get together?

3. What is your most favorit time of day?
ghost_light
Apr. 15th, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC)
1) I have no idea. That was a special thing for some friends' honeymoon. It was a class offered by the Marx Bros. Cafe, where they got married, so most of the 8 of us who took part in the wedding went to Homer for the Caesar salad and wine-tasting. I'm really sorry I didn't call, you're probably not going to believe this, but I swear I didn't realize Soldotna was on the way until Kathy and Mark started talking about stopping at the Dairy Queen and by then we were on the road and I didn't have your number.

2) Absolutely. I should be between shows for most of May and part of June, so maybe we can organize a special get-together one weekend?

3) Spring twilight. That time of day when it is warm, sunny and things are just starting to get dark. Growing up, that would be about 9 or 10 at night in the middle of August, so I still feel that sort of "I'm up late and there's no school tomorrow anyway" thrill when I am out.
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