Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah. A Song For The World.

Trip Start Jul 09, 2009
Trip End Dec 12, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good morning everyone!

The title from this blog comes from a brand new song my UWP cast is performing called "Sing Your Song". It's always in my head and it's absolutely amazing and uplifting! It's our opening song and will be a real energizer for audiences.

We've had a busy week this week and, because I just recently received my own set of piano music for the show, my time has been devoted to playing piano in the evenings. But don't worry! I'm not neglecting my blog. I promise!

Tuesday, June 21
After a morning full of singing (we're learning some great cultural songs!) and a couple of hours of movement and dance, we were told that it was tournament time! We were all wondering what we would be doing for the tournament; dancing, singing, etc... We went to the cafeteria and the staff had decorated the cafeteria hall - and themselves - as personalities from a Las Vegas casino. Signs with "Welcome to Begas" (a fake Las Vegas) were posted everywhere. 13 tables were set up and a staff member sat at each table. Poker chips and cards lay on the tables and I started thinking, "I have no clue how to play poker! Absolutely no clue!" Our emcee, Dave (the Education Manager), explained that we would be playing a simplified game of hearts. Each table was given directions and after reading them, we all played a practice round. I could hear cast members around me talking excitedly about the idea of having 2 1/2 hours of free time to play cards. I, however, kept thinking that there was no way that that they would give us this long of a break. There had to be some kind of educational theme attached.

Point for the Minnesotan!

We were not allowed to play with any type of communication (signs, sounds, looks) and, after switching tables, people realized that each table was given a different set of directions. Thus, after switching tables and not being able to communicate whatsoever, people were getting very frustrated and annoyed because each person was positive that his/her rules were correct. Having been taught by some great instructors throughout my life, I just went with the flow and laughed inside (I've played this game before!). The educational session was to point out how hard communication can be when 1) you don't know how to communicate and 2) everyone has different rules. It was funny to watch the color drain from friends' faces as they realized that they were getting annoyed for no reason.

Wednesday, June 22

Today kicked off with a leadership session. Prominent business leaders from around Denver came to our rehearsal and we were all engaged in a round table session about the concept of leadership. It was great to hear about each leader's background and perspective on leadership. It was a great networking event and I was fortunate to meet Mr. Morris Prince, the National Program Officer for The Gill Foundation in Denver. He knows many executives at Minnesota foundations and promised to put me in contact with them! Thumbs up for the business card, Mom and Dad! :)

After an afternoon of practicing music and dancing, we ate dinner at the rehearsal hall and got ready for the Culture Jam! (Cue lights, music and a deafening applause!) The Culture Jam is a unique way to showcase some of the talents within our cast and is performed every year for the cast, staff members and host families. However, it is about culture and not about talent. It was wonderful to see soft-spoken cast members get up on stage and give it their all :) We heard German poem readings, saw Japanese dances, and cheered on American tap dancers. Each culture was represented and it was great to see and to celebrate. And, for all of you Salem Lutheran members reading, the Scandinavian group performed a skit featuring Santa Lucia! I thought of home immediately and how much fun I always had at that event at Salem :)

Off to rehearsal! :) I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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