Friday, September 11, 2009

Romeo & Juliet

I'm Lady Capulet! (and the Apothecary)

New Gate Celtic Theatre presents Romeo & Juliet

New Gate Celtic Theatre Company announces their latest production of Romeo & Juliet, which runs Sept. 18 – Sept. 26 at Lakota West Freshman Campus.

The veteran theatre company puts a new spin on “the greatest love story ever told,” placing the Shakespearean classic in an Eastern setting, trading tights and rapiers for samurais and kimonos.
The Eastern vision comes from New Gate's founder, Karen Vanover, who enlisted the help of Five White Tigers Martial Arts to choreograph fights and teach the cast the behaviors and traditions of the Eastern culture.

A select demo team of Five White Tigers students will also be featured in the production as citizens of Verona.

Another unique aspect of this production is the return to the roots of Shakespeare, or “original practices,” as directors Francis and Angie Boyle refer to it. Also the creators of Good Grief Shakespeare, they have worked to erase the modern aspects of theatre from the show, including the idea that the audience are mere bystanders of the story.

Local actors, from Milford to Florence to Fairfield, comprise the cast.

It features Rachel Christianson as the Nurse and Montague; Dan Cohen as Capulet and Friar John; Rebecca Coots as Tybalt and Friar Lawrence; Christopher Dooley as Romeo and Abraham; Hannah Goodman as Juliet and Gregory; Nate Netzley as Sampson, Peter and the Prince; Kasmira Oar as Lady Capulet and the Apothecary; Jennifer Ortiz as Lady Montague and Paris; Amanda Schmidt as Benvolio; and Colette Thomas as Mercutio and Balthazar.

About this production:
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Francis and Angela Boyle
Sept. 18-19, 25-26 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 @ 2:30 p.m.
General Admission: $18
Seniors and Students with ID: $16
Group rates available
Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, contact New Gate at 513.617.0784 or

Presented at Lakota West Freshman Campus, 5050 Tylersville Rd, West Chester, OH, 45069.

New Gate Celtic Theatre Company is a semi-professional theatre group focused on producing and presenting all art forms, especially those by and about the diverse world of the Celtic people. Classic, contemporary, global, local. Our vision is to inspire, educate and engage all people regardless of age, race, gender and ability. Our goal is to provide employment opportunities for local theatre artists, on and back stage.


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

My New Assistant

So…I work from home on Mondays now.

I was going to blog about what I wear to work at home on my other blog, but my outfit was just too boring and I couldn’t bring myself to post it. Besides, I put up some good content this weekend to tide everyone over until Tuesday’s business casual post.

I was planning to use the below picture in the “what I wear to work from home” post, but, as that post is not to be, I had to stick it here instead.

Without further ado, the #1 reason to work from home:


P.S. This is not my kitty. I would like to steal it, though.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009


One can of tuna and five cats.

Oh, wait. Missing a comes Orangey now!

The clamor rises as I begin to portion out the dishes. Smunchy is the loudest.

I push the last dish to the orange cat. He likes to pretend he isn’t interested.

Ah, the happy sound of five tongues lapping.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Invisalign: Tray 10 (lower)

I was glad to move to Tray 10. Tray 9 didn’t seem to snap onto the “nubbins” very firmly, so I was worried that Tray 8 hadn’t moved my teeth enough. Tray 10, though, fits well, aligns over the attachments, and isn’t unduly uncomfortable. One more tray left on the bottom!

The last photo doesn’t really show off my progress, but it was too funny not to post


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Invisalign: Tray 9 (lower)

Today, I swapped out the bottom tray only. While it’s exciting to have finished the tray progression on the top, I’m dreading the thought of wearing this tray for six more weeks, until I see the orthodontist again. Despite brushing, the trays yellow after a couple of weeks and no amount of scubbing really gets them clean. I grimace a little each time I put the “old” tray back on my upper teeth.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Zoro is a Bigun

I seem to have a knack for growing big cats. Take Zoro, for instance. He was a small, timid thing when we got him. He developed into a long, lean yearling. His coat was long and silky, but not terribly thick. When he was about a year and half, a terrible fight with Bear left him sickly for many months. When he finally recovered, he put on bulk and grew double the coat. He’s now the biggest of our kitties, but still as timid as if he were the runt.

If Mr Tibbs were still alive, they certainly could both no longer fit on top this table!

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Invisalgin: Tray 8

I visited the orthodontist today and was quite surprised to receive my FINAL upper tray. Yes, Tray 8 is the last tray for my upper teeth. I was also surprised to find that my lowers will be done after Tray 11. I was anticipating a treatment time of 15 months (60 weeks). Instead, I only have trays for 22 weeks.

This isn’t to say I’ll necessarily be finished after 22 weeks! I may need some more “slenderizing” - on the bottom this time. In my opinion, the bottom teeth are just too crowded to move into alignment. The orthodontist will make a decision on filing my bottom teeth when I visit in March.

Also in March, he’ll probably do another set of impressions and send those off in case of I need refinements and additional trays. Even if I don’t need a few more sets of Invisalign trays, I’ll definitely be getting a retainer.

I left his office quite pleased with my moveable teeth. (Although, if they hadn’t been so moveable, I might not have needed orthodontics in the first place!) My pleasure was rather short-lived because Tray 8 was the most uncomfortable tray yet. By the evening, my whole head ached from the pressure on my teeth. I cringed every time I had to snap the trays in or out to eat. Thankfully, the pain subsided by the next day.

Painful or not, I’m so pleased with Invisalign!