Friday, February 25, 2011

Women's History Month Project Premiering in March

Writing and Theater are two main components that represent me and my life. A third component is Feminism. I have had a huge fascination with Women's Rights even since eighth grade when I wrote my very first term paper and chose to write about women's suffrage. I had no idea women had so many issues to get these rights and it is because of these women that I, a woman, am where I am today, and I am eternally grateful.

I treat Women's History Month as a holiday. Sometimes I put it up there with Christmas. Throughout the month of March I will be posting a brand new series I like to call "Real Influential Women Role Models (Real and Fictitious)," a project I began last year but it was too late to publish it because March 2010 had already passed. I then said to myself that I would prepare it for next March and had wondered where I was going to publish it once the piece was complete. At first I thought it would make a nice Facebook Note, but then I decided that one day I would create a blog for its publishing, for I figured that would be a better home for it. And here we are today. ;)

This new series consists of women I find to be pretty inspirational and I give explanations as to why I think so. They can be political figures, women in pop culture, female characters in literature or TV, or even cartoon characters. I will try to post at least one everyday, or every other day.

I may also post my take on other issues involving feminism today as well.

(Note: The photos I plan on using in this series aren't mine but are from other sites. Credit goes to their respective owners.)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My First Theater Review for The Montclarion of the Semester!!!

Last Wednesday my friend and I saw the opening night of Sweet Charity at the L. Howard Fox Theatre at MSU. It was also the first Peak Performance I saw this semester and since I wrote my series "Peak Performances and their Awkward Sexual Moments," so I was excited to kick off my streak of seeing every (or at least a majority of) Peak Performance productions once again this time around for more MSU theater experiences! Enjoy the article! :D

Sweet Charity

Sunday, February 13, 2011

On the Town Video Montage I Just Found

So you may remember one of my original postings back in January called A Blast from the Past: On the Town, about the show On the Town that played at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Just now actually I found a montage of the show on Paper Mill Playhouse's YouTube channel, so I decided to post it here to give you some visuals of the show of what I saw and what I described in my piece. I also think that Patti Colombo's choreography is showcased pretty well here. The cavemen scene in the Museum of Natural History was my personal favorite when I saw the show. It was amazingly well done and exciting to watch. Check out the video and you'll see what I mean. ;) Enjoy!

As an added bonus, I also just discovered this video interview with Patti Colombo and Bill Berry, the director of On the Town. Credit goes to its respective owner.

Friday, February 11, 2011

One on One Time with Actress Corinne Chandler

Hello faithful readers! Today (well rather this evening) I have a real treat for you.

Photo taken by me :)
You may recall that in both the Sweeney Todd and The Rimers of Eldrich parts of my series "Peak Performances and their Awkward Sexual Moments," I discussed the use of rape scenes in theater and how I don't think it is such a good idea to have the actual act portrayed onstage for it may affect audience members in a negative way.

It just so happens that this semester I am taking a class with Corinne Chandler (, a senior Acting major at Montclair State University, who played Eva in The Rimers of Eldritch in the L. Howard Fox Theatre, who if you remember is the young girl who was about to be raped by her counterpart Robert. I thought it would be interesting to get her point of view on the subject in a video interview. Plus, this is my very first video upload (that is my own video) to this blog. Yay visuals!

It was a pretty interesting discussion and Corinne makes a lot of good points. Enjoy! Click here to see the video.

Just as a side note: *Spoiler Alert* I keep referring to Corinne's scene as a "rape scene." This is not entirely correct. It is more so an attempted rape scene because Skelly comes to Eva's rescue before the deed occurs.

If you are in the Montclair area, please come check out Corinne and the rest of the cast of The Grapes of Wrath this upcoming March at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University! We are all looking forward to it, Corinne! Click here for details: The Grapes of Wrath Tickets and Info.

Thanks again to Corinne for taking the time to speak with me! :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy One Month Anniversary to "Taking it One 'Stef' at a Time!"

That's right, folks. Just one month ago today, January 2, 2011, this blog was created, so now it is one month old! It is also the one month anniversary of my very first post! Yay! It has accomplished a lot in one month and is still very much in business. I am extremely proud of it. :D 

As an "anniversary present," I guess you could say, you may have noticed that I redecorated this site a little bit, so I am pretty excited about that as well.

This also marks the first post published in February, a month other than January! Yay! It should be an interesting change for my archive, which only consisted of many entries posted in January 2011 until now lol! We are no longer in the same month as this blog's creation, which means this progression into a different month and beyond is the next big step in its existence for more entries and bigger things coming its way.

What do you think I should do to celebrate? lol