With Keelie at The Queen's Corner
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
So, remember back in December when I had blogged about my show Twas the Knife Before Christmas with Kill-Her Entertainment and mentioned the show Saturday Knife Fever? Well, now I can finally tell you about the show! This past weekend the company took the show on the road to Sayreville, New Jersey where we performed for a church group having a party at one of the local catering halls. We were excited to perform for a new audience, since the majority of our fan base is from Staten Island. Someone from this group saw the show on Staten Island back in October and requested us to come to Sayreville. Kill-Her Entertainment is used to touring throughout the tri-state area. However, this was my first experience touring with the company. It is always interesting when you perform in a new venue. You really don't know what to expect (like transforming a storage area into the cast dressing room, or instead of having a regular dance call we were forced to adlib the dances during a pre-preshow because five tables have been seated WAY too early). That's what I love about live theatre. You have set blocking, dialogue, choreography....however, you have to be ready for anything and be able to go along with the flow. The show is inspired by the John Travolta classic, Saturday Night Fever. The story takes place at the disco club Odyssey in the 1970s.
The cast of Saturday Knife Fever
My favorite part of the show is the dance contest because I get the opportunity to showcase my choreography (I am the company's choreographer) as well as my dancing skills as Stephanie Marsala. Just like the movie, the Odyssey hosts a dance contest featuring Tony and Stephanie vs. Hector and Rosita. We also incorporate the Night Fever line dance from the movie to open Act II. It is the perfect time for the audience to interact with the cast. We invite them to the dance floor to learn the dance. The night was successful ending with a standing ovasion. I think Kill-Her Entertainment has a new fan base in Sayreville!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This was the second year I participated in National Pancake Day. Last year, I attended the event as Miss Staten Island helping IHOP raise $1.3 million for the Children's Miracle Network. I was excited to be able to participate once again at my local IHOP but this time as Miss Richmond County. I invited Kara Jae Kowalski, Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2009, to accompany me that morning. We greeted guests, signed autographs, and told them how they could donate to the Children's Miracle Network. As we were enjoying our free stack of pancakes, Greg T from the Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show walked into IHOP while on the air! He mentioned the event on Z100 and even gave Kara and I a shout out! We invited him to our table for some pancakes as we talked to him about the event and our platforms. He even donated $65 to the organization! It was truly a successful event on Staten Island. We had a wonderful time promoting the Miss America National Platform. For more information on National Pancake Day, visit http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/.
Greeting Greg T from Z100
With some IHOP waitresses
Last year with Master Kim, owner of IHOP on Staten Island
Staten Island Advance photo
Oh, and in case you were wondering...Yoli, my co-worker, found out several days later that her whole family was alive and that the orphanage was still intact with all the children surviving.
Speaking to the Rotary
Presenting the check to John Amodio, Vice President of TD Bank on Staten Island and Rotarian
Saturday, February 20, 2010
God's Littlest Angels is a non-profit organization founded on Christmas Day 1994. Its mission is to save the lives of Haitian infants who are in need of intensive nursing care and nutritional support. There are two houses in Haiti: the main house for babies up to two years old and the toddler house for children up to age seven. For more information on how you can help this Haitian baby ministry please visit http://www.glahaiti.org/.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I wore my red at work today...I hope you did too!