Monday, October 17, 2011


Hello blogoverse! Halloween is just around the corner! How absolutely exciting. This year, me and my newfound boyfriend [you'll learn about him more in the time to come. He's a keeper] are going as Woody and Buzz from the Disney animated film Toy Story [obviously I'm Buzz...] Here's the kicker, we're going as sexy versions of the characters. Be ready, world. Pictures to come.

This weeks theme: Musical Theatre for the Young Adult and a Bonus Roasted Potato Recipe! Excitement!

I recently received this letter [i didn't] from a colleague [i wrote it] and it sparked my interest...:

Dear 24/7[evan],
I'm having some trouble! I love to act, sing, and perform. I've done some shows at my local community theatre/youth theatre/high school/professional theatre and I think I may want to consider acting on stage as a career. What should I do?

What should you do? Well, there are a few very important things that any musical theatre professional to-be must know. Firstly, and most importantly, you must understand that acting is a craft that you must be willing to hone. You can be talented out the wazoo, but without a strong drive you'll be left with the mediocre, "struggling" group I like to call the wedge. You absolutely do not want to be in the wedge, which means you need to work harder, stronger, and more efficient than anyone else. You should always be ready to sing an extra song, read for a character on the spot, or make a big choice others would be afraid to make. With these and more very specific skills, you'll always be one step ahead of your competition. The first, and obviously most important step, is your education.

Education for an artist is almost synonymous with training. Education is the outlet with which you can take your talent and grow. Sure, some people are more talented. Sure, some people work hard. But as my good friend Eddie pointed out to me, the people who have that "Wow" factor are the ones that have both. They're extremely talented and they work their butt off as performers. Those are the kinds of people directors want to hire. The kinds of people that give audiences chills and will be cast again and again because their personality is infectious. You want to go to there. [30 rock reference. nbd.]

So, with that said, the first step to ensure a well-rounded education involves getting a great voice teacher, getting into some basic dance classes, and applying for college. In addition to these three items, I'd highly recommend doing many, many shows at the community or youth level. This is an important step in identifying if you're talented enough to "make it." If you find yourself getting cast again and again, especially in leading roles, than musical theatre may be for you. In this business only the best of the best succeed and, oftentimes, this includes talent level. On the other hand, some people enjoy doing musicals as a form of recreation. If that is the case, then you shouldn't worry about anything this post has to offer. But keep reading! The potato recipe is eagerly awaiting your hungry eyes!

I'm looking at my written list and thinking that it would have been wise to split this monster discussion [or monologue if you will] [and I will] up into a few different parts, so that concludes the end of my lecture on performers. Get an education and start honing your talent and skill as early as you can.

Forbidden Potatoes of the Hidden Temple
or Evan's Roasted Potatoes

These potatoes are literally delicious and if you don't make them you're absolutely missing out.

4 Cups Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 tsp Course Salt [regular salt is just fine too]
1.5 tsp Peppa'
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tbsp Paprika
3 tbsp Olive Oil
3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese [splurge on this and get the good stuff! It's shredded in the deli section.]
Some thyme or Rosemary if you're feelin' fancy.

1) Preheat the oven to 425 and decide if you want crunchy or tender potatoes. Either way you'll need some baking spray. If you chose crunchy, cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. For tender potatoes [I enjoy these more. they're still a bit crunchy] spray a baking pan.

2) Wash the outside of the potatoes very, very well, possibly letting them soak for a few minutes in some cool water if you're a germaphobe like me. Cube the potatoes. I find that that it's easiest to cut them vertically across like you would an onion or a tomato and then make cuts both ways like a checkerboard.

3) Place the potatoes in a large bowl and combine the remaining ingredients. Use your hands to coat the potatoes evenly. The paprika helps with this! :)

4) Place your future crunchy potatoes on the cookie sheet and your future less crunchy ones in the baking pan. put them in the oven for 30 minutes.

5) Remove the potatoes and stir around. This will make sure that the cheese doesn't burn! Put them back in for another 10-20 minutes for crunchy potatoes and another 15-25 minutes for tender potatoes.

6) Remove and enjoy! They're delicious!

Well, that's it for this post. Theatre and food. Got to love it. Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to spend some quality "me" time. Take a day off from classes and sleep in. Watch a full length movie on netflix. Just eat something that makes you smile. You'll thank me later! ;)

As always,