Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Policing That Rehearsal

I'm running supertitles for Long Beach Opera's latest production (no flute part this time - rats),  The first day in the venue was Monday.  Stewart Copeland attended the evening rehearsal of his opera The Tell Tale Heart, the second part of Saturday's double bill.  It's going to be a wild evening.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Funcle's Marine Doll

My nephew Seth is known as "Funcle" (Fun Uncle) by his nephew James.  He was a big part of the first 7 months of James' life:

"Funcle" entered Marine Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego in early June, leaving James behind.

Seth the day he left for Boot Camp

Up to that point, I had no knowledge of what becoming a Marine entailed.  I quickly learned.  Marine Boot Camp is 13 weeks of intense training and testing of the mettle of the man.  For those of us left at home, all we could do was wait and pray.

I had come across a pattern for a Military Doll long before Seth stated his intention to enlist.  Even though at that time I knew of no one in the armed forces, I saved it.  Once boot camp started, I dug it out and got down to making a Marine for our Marine-in-the-making to give to his nephew.

Marine Doll came with me to the parks of Long Beach during Muni Band.

As Seth was being knit into a Marine, I was knitting a Marine for Seth.

I was grateful to be able to attend Family Day at MCRD where we got our first look at Seth in 13 weeks.

Moto Run, Standing Tall!

Here he is all cleaned up:

The following day was Graduation.  Marine Doll made it to the Color Ceremony at the General's house.

The Marine Band was there as well:

The flag on the Parade Deck was at half staff in honor of Neil Armstrong:

The graduates wait to pass in review:

Seth's Platoon:

Seth is in the front row 3rd from the left:

There's Seth in the middle of the picture on the outside of the rank:

Seth became a Marine the moment his platoon was dismissed:

Seth with his proud parents (my sister Janine is a Marine Mom!):

His grandparents (my parents) are also proud:

And here is my favorite knitting picture of all time:

Seth, James, and Marine Doll

Funcle has returned.

Funcle has since returned to the Marines.  He is currently at MCT at Camp Pendleton.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Opera Sweater 2 Is At Tear Down

Opera Sweater 2 made an appearance after the first performance of Long Beach Opera's Ainadamar Sunday evening.  Although my work in the pit was completed, my dear husband and sound designer Bob had some tearing down to do, and the stage needed to be made ready for another event.

I really enjoy watching the skilled crew hard at work long after the audience and musicians have left the building.  Without them, there would be no show.  Crew, with knitting in hand I salute you!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Opera Sweater Returns To LAX

I'm back at LAX with Opera Sweater 2, this time to pick up future (and past) LBO stage manager and fellow knitter Cindy after her flight from New York. It's quite the commute to make for tonight's rehearsal where she'll be running supertitles.

Tonight is the orchestra's first night at the Terrace Theater. I'm excited to get settled in. Let's see how it goes. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, May 4, 2012



Opera Sweater 2 is taking shape, even as my hours of listening to and practicing  Ainadamar  are beginning to bear fruit.

I've been doing some work in the opera office. Friday I translated the score from Spanish to English. I've also spent a couple of nights taking notes for Andreas during vocal rehearsals. That's my favorite. I love hearing my friends as they break my heart with their transcendent arias, and listening to Andreas as ideas pour forth from his giant brain. I am so very fortunate to be there, drinking in every moment.

Next week my role will change as I assume the principal flute position with the orchestra. Right now, I'm more than content to be a fly on the wall as genius flows around me. I am so grateful to be a part of this.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Waiting For Maestro

Opera Sweater 2 and I are at LAX waiting to welcome Maestro Steven R. Osgood to his first Long Beach Opera production. I'm looking forward to working with him and taking the plunge into "The Fountain of Tears". I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Opera Sweater Makes Its Debut

After a drastic do-over, Opera Sweater made its debut at the family Easter gathering.  Even though is was 83 degrees, the sweater was extremely comfortable.  I am grateful that the original idea of a spring weight sweater was actually realized.  My only problem now: what to knit next.  My needles are empty, and I'm going a little crazy.

Maybe I should practice my flute.


I'll think about it...