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01/29/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Life, Improv Comedy, Yale Daily News, Theater, Classes

Well my last couple posts have been rather specific so I thought I'd update you on what's been going on in my life around Yale. There's so much going on, which of course is just how I like it :)

First off though, I should mention the new Yale Drama Coalition website. The look and feel are almost identical to the old one, but I gutted the whole thing over break and rewrote it. So now it's all database driven, meaning there's lots more versatility to be had. It's still a work in progress, more features will get added soon, but for now all the normal functionality is there.

Speaking of the YDC, we just finished applications for the next board year. So there will be a whole new group of people to work with on there. It's a really great organization that ties together the various Sudler (Yale funded) shows, actors, and techies on campus. I've been thrilled with the work they do. For instance, I have to attend one of the periodic workshops about theater so I can get "ladder certified" for my shows.

Oh! My shows! This semester's lineup features a variety of shows for me. First up is Equus, you know, the one with the horses and Harry Potter naked...that's the one. I'm doing Lighting Design for that. I just drew up my initial ideas yesterday and will talk that over with the director later this week.

Next there's Laughing Stock. This is a comedy about a theater company. It's put on by the Dramat meaning it's one of the larger shows this semester. But what makes this one special is that it's done entirely by Freshman. Each year the Dramat puts on a spring show run entirely put up by Freshman (Oddly called the Freshman Show). I'm Master Electrician for this one, so I'll be handling the load-in, hanging, gelling, focusing of the lights, etc.

Finally, there is a play I'm intimately involved in called Romance by David Mamet. I haven't read that many plays, but I'm told David Mamet has a certain...style. It's entirely Male, and the F-word is the most prominent word through out the play. Anyways, we just finished casting the play, having had auditions last weekend. It's a great group of guys and we're excited to get started. The other two guys working on it (so far) worked on Speech and Debate with me, so I'm glad to be working with them!

My own acting career is getting busy as well. The freshman from all of the improv groups are doing a show this Friday. We've been practicing for a couple months now and I think it's going to be a really fun show. Exactly one week after that show, is the VQ's Valentine's Day show, which is always fun.

Photography's been going great as well. I *finally* got all my flash equipment and batteries together today. I've been reading the Strobist Blog for a couple weeks now learning about different ways to use a flash. I even went and made my own cardboard gobos and snoot (like a bazooka you stick on the flash). Plus I have some gels from an old show I use to color the flash. I got ready to go do my first portrait today only to find that my wireless battery had died. Naturally it's an obscure 3v photo battery so I wasn't able to replace it in time. Nevertheless, look for some samples of my new flash look on the photoblog soon! YDN has been great, they wanted to send me to the Presidential Inauguration, but the transportation schedule just didn't work for me. Looking forward to another good semester there though, I've already had a few photos in there, including this nice portrait I did for a friend upstairs.

EDIT: I almost forgot...there's three new header images for the blog...see if you can find them all! (And use all my bandwidth in the process)

There's been plenty of activities on the social scene as well; Parties and dances to boot. We've had the Silliman and Freshman Screw this month (your roommates "screw" you with a blind date) plus lots of other gatherings.

Oh right, then there's schoolwork. That's all good too. Data Structures and Algorithms, German (I might be fluent next year!), Psyc and Stats. Nothing too exciting, but all good classes. On that note, C is a worthless and stupid programming language and I'm mad at it.

Well that's a pretty good life summary at this point in time. I am REALLY excited about this semester, if you know me, you know I love to work on contributing to things, and opportunity abounds this semester. The reception to the new Drama Coalition site has been positive, and I'm looking forward to converting the entire YDN photo desk to flash photography (yea, right) but hey maybe I'll at least convert myself. If anyone gets a chance, please come out some weekend, there's lots of shows I will at least have helped with, tons of great concerts, and of course improv. You never know what you'll get.

Great time to be at Yale, welcome to the new semester!


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Comment from: AUNT BARB


The chicken lady says hello.

You are awesome Charlie…………..

02/02/09 @ 05:29 pm

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A collection of musings from my time at Yale along with some thoughts about my "Freshman year of life" in San Francisco.


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