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{{{gbmifan}}} so sorry about your mom.

That's quite a list of artists Zach got together! It's perfect for him though, VERY indie and I see a LOT of current European acts on there. Kinda cool to see Clay's name thrown in with all those. :)

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I'm so very sorry for your loss gbmifan!

Had an awesome weekend with Perusing One. We stumbled into this art gallery of Rodney Lough. His photographs are beautiful. The website doesn't do his work justice. http://www.rodneyloughjr.com/

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:GM_FCA:

5 Days until Clay is on stage in NC! :yahoo:

7 Days until Clay is on the Office! :yahoo:

Happy Birthday to all celebrating!

Everyone have a great day!

Kim

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Hope your arm is feeling better aikim.

Couchie, have a fun day with perusing one. Say hi to her from us.

Have a great day all.

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Car problems solved! Took it to the dealer and they said rotors and shocks are just fine. However, tires needed replacing asap. So I did that this morning. Good to go!

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Good going luckiest! I hope you have safe travels, and please report in when you can!

fear, good luck with all the house stuff.

I have a 1 1/2 page paper to write tonight, which is due tomorrow. It wouldn't be so bad, except that it's part of an online group project. Very difficult to pull together. Plus, it bugs me like crazy that I'm having to do this at the last possible moment. If it was a paper on my own, I would have had it done by now!

Only a few days until "Drowsy Chaperone!" One week to Clay on "The Office!" Woohoo!

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From Twitter, via CV:

NC Theatre ‏@nctheatre 1m Tune into @MIX1015WRALFM Morning Show tomorrow morning to hear DROWSY CHAPERONE's Clay Aiken chat w/Jim&Lynda about the show! Opens Tuesday!

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:happybirthday04: preden!

ETA: From CV:

WRAL fm Just click on Mix 101.5. It is to start in less than an hour.. a bit after 8.. No mentions that I've heard so far.

Clay on WRAL FM regarding the play next week. Starts soon, and I can't listen!

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:GM_FCA:

4 Days until Clay is on stage in NC! :yahoo:

6 Days until Clay is on the Office! :yahoo:

Happy Birthday to all celebrating!

Everyone have a great day!

Kim

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Did anyone listen? I missed it as I had to be at the reference desk early this morning. I did read on CV that he mentioned about the number of words he had to memorize -- and that number matches his cryptic tweet from earlier...

New pictures from the News and Observer!

http://www.newsobser...tml#wgt=rcntgal

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers, Today and tomorrow are going to be rough.

I did listen to interview, very short, he mentioned having to learn all the words, equel to about 12 pages to learn. The most he has had to learn in that short period of time. Said he was one of the only people who has not done this show before so had to learn alot while others knew their parts.

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Love the 48 pictures! Starting to get excited about my NC trip.....3 more hours until I can leave work! Then I can enjoy this summer-like weather for the weekend until we hit the road bright and early on Monday morning. It's not often that I can say it's officially warmer here than in NC!

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Clay tweet

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Clay Aiken ‏@clayaiken1m@ArsenioHall No idea! But there's an idea for another reality competition I could lose!! ;-)

Arsenio Hall ‏@ArsenioHall2mMayweather vs Guerrero Saturday! Who you got @clayaiken?

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Arsenio also just tweeted this:

BTW, get a song ready@clayaiken! In September, I need you to come to Sunset Bronson and blow the roof off my new playhouse!

It sounds as if Arsenio will hold up his end of the bargain from the Gala last year. Cool.

After I get this paper turned in tonight I'll listen to the clack from today. I'll try to post a few of those pictures. He looks good, and it looks as if he's trying for some stubble. Maybe that will get him in character. *g*

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:GM_FCA:

3 Days until Clay is on stage in NC! :yahoo:

5 Days until Clay is on the Office! :yahoo:

Happy Birthday to all celebrating!

Everyone have a great day!

Kim

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newsobserver.com

http://www.newsobser...he-musical.html

'Drowsy Chaperone' is the musical for those who hate musicals

Published: May 4, 2013

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    What: “The Drowsy Chaperone” by N.C. Theatre.
    When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through May 12; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    Where: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
    Cost: $21-$63.
    Info: 919-996-8700 or nctheatre.com.

By Tim Stevens — tstevens@newsobserver.com

The N.C. Theatre’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” has the feeling of a reunion.

Raleigh’s Beth Leavel and Clay Aiken lead a company that includes three actors from the original Broadway production that won five Tony Awards, including Leavel’s honor as the best actress in a supporting role in a musical in 2007.

The show is directed by Casey Hushion, who was the assistant director of the Broadway production. She is doing her 19th show at NCT.

Aiken was the runner-up in 2003 on “American Idol,” has sold 6 million albums, has made dozens of television appearances, co-authored a best-selling book and performed on 11 concert tours that sold out some of the nation’s top venues.

Leavel has her Tony, theater’s highest annual award, and was nominated for a second time for her role in “Baby It’s You.”

“Drowsy” will be the first time they have shared the NCT stage, although both have a history with NCT. Leavel is a Broughton High, Meredith College and UNC-Greensboro graduate.

Aiken was a singer who got involved in theater because musicals gave him a chance to sing. His first audition was for N.C. Theatre’s 1996 production of “1776.”

His chorus teacher at Raleigh’s Leesville Road High encouraged the 17-year-old to go for the experience of auditioning – one that would be good practice and pressure-free since he was too young to be seriously considered.

He landed the role of “man in the leather apron” and he sat in a chair on stage for much of the production.

Seventeen years later, Aiken is back on the NCT stage – and he sits in a chair for much of the show.

The story is told through Aiken, who is aptly named “The Man in the Chair.”

“We’ve come full circle. All of these marvelous actors and dancers are performing all around me and I just sit,” Aiken said between rehearsals.” “I want to wave my hand and say, ‘I’m still here.’”

Leavel has been involved with “Drowsy” since it was developed for the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The play originally was written as a wedding gift for actors Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graaf, and it languished for years before Leavel and the cast assembled to refine the show in Los Angeles. Hushion and Leavel said it was the most collaborative process in which they have ever been involved.

The show was so well received in Los Angeles that it was moved to Broadway.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” has a show within a show. “The Man in the Chair” is listening to a recording of an old musical, also called “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and the musical comes to life in his mind. The audience sees what he imagines.

The fictional musical revolves around the upcoming marriage of an oil tycoon to a Broadway star. They are surrounded by gangsters, a producer, an aviator and assorted other characters, including the star’s alcoholic chaperone.

The gangsters and the producer are doing their best to stop the wedding, but others are in favor of the wedding. Along the way there are various misidentifications.

As he listens to the music from the fictional musical, “The Man in the Chair” makes comments on the fictional show, the characters and the actors playing those characters.

He comments a lot. Aiken counted his words during one of his sit-in-the-chair times while dancers spun, a blindfolded skater rolled past, and an actor said she came from the part of France where they make toast.

“3,548 words,” he said during a break.

Almost every word is delivered without prompting. The other actors ignore him. They aren’t really there.

“I am on my own,” Aiken said. “Nobody on the stage ever looks at me.”

The show moves audiences, Leavel said. She had never seen it until she saw Western Carolina University’s production.

She cried.

But the heart of the story is the reactions of the man-in-the-chair to the show.

“It is hilarious and yet so moving,” she said. “They gave me a box of tissues. This show means so much to me. You’re sitting at home unemployed and you get a call to go to Los Angeles immediately and it changes your life.”

She keeps the Tony beside her bed and likes to take it on the road with her, because it sparks excitement among younger actors when they can see, touch and hold stage acting’s Holy Grail.

The brass and bronze medallion on the award spins, a metaphor for the nature of theater acting. Just because you win a Tony doesn’t mean you’ll be cast again.

She recently auditioned for a commercial and didn’t get the part, she was told, because she didn’t look enough like the child in the ad. The child is her son.

But there was no question Leavel would be asked to join the NCT production, and landing Aiken was a bonus. Aiken said he remembers how well he was treated at that first audition years ago.

“Who knows it would have happened if it hadn’t been a good experience,” he said.

Aiken said this is the musical for people who say they hate musicals. In fact, among his first lines is: “I hate musicals.”

But “The Man In The Chair” really doesn’t hate musicals, and Aiken said he has been thoroughly bitten by the stage since making his Broadway debut in “Spamalot” in 2008.

“Musicals teach us so much about ourselves and each other,” he said. “In this show, you are watching this show within the show and laughing, and slowly you begin to understand that the show isn’t about this imaginary show. It is about the man and the life that he has lived and is living. And it breaks your heart.”

Musicals can do that, Aiken said, because they give the audience the chance to expand their perspective.

“The theater is like a fantasy world,” he said. “In real life, people don’t just burst into song about their feelings. But wouldn’t it be good if sometime they really did?”

Stevens: 919-829-8910

Read more here: http://www.newsobser...l#storylink=cpy

Also, our first promo sighting for "The Office" was last night. The CV vault has it capped.

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Was Clay shown in the promo? I am spending this weekend prepping my gardens out back, and getting everything done in the house so I can leave for 5 days and hopefully things won't blow up or fall apart while I'm gone. ;)

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:GM_FCA:

2 Days until Clay is on stage in NC! :yahoo:

4 Days until Clay is on the Office! :yahoo:

Happy Birthday to all celebrating!

Everyone have a great day!

Kim

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Sienna at 6 months

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I saw some screencaps from The Office promo so yes, he's in it. :)

The article now has me sad I can't make a trip to see the show! I'm gonna hope we get some super stealth clack from it.

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Grabbed this from CV, from the promo. Thank you YeahYoureGifted!

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