Sometimes people add me to their blogrolls and I don't even know it! It's always immensely flattering when I find out and I'm very grateful for the attention. I just realized that I'm on the blogroll at Theatreisms, and blogger Katie Ganem even gave me a nice shoutout. Thanks, Katie!
Since one good turn deserves another, here's a little bit about Katie, in her own words: "I am a senior in high school and more importantly I am an actress "hopeful" who eats, breathes, and worships live theatre, and has done so for most of her life. My blog covers the wonders of small town and regional theatre, as well as the educational aspects. I am currently working as one of the pirate crew with Urban Pirates (based in Baltimore)."
Katie's been blogging since July and she's a good writer. She has a nice, breezy style and her enthusiasm for the theatre definitely comes through - as well as her disappointment at the selection of Grease as her school's spring musical. I'm curious to learn more about the theatre scene in Baltimore and I'm especially intrigued by a link on her blog to the Single Carrot Theatre. (I love unusual theatre names.) I hope she'll continue blogging when she goes off to college, so I can chart her path to Broadway.
Plus, we have something in common. She became hooked on musical theatre at age 4, after watching the concert version of Les Miserables on television. I'm also a big fan of the show, although I was, ummm, considerably older when I first saw it on stage.
Katie has declared that October will be "Musical Month," on her blog, in honor of her birthday and the birthday of Julie Andrews, which is Oct. 1. Her very ambitious goal is to research and listen to a musical a day. In addition to checking out the classics, she also wants to listen to musicals that people haven't liked, to try and figure out why they didn't work.
She's already compiled a list of 17 musicals. But being the friendly, helpful people that we are, I'm hoping some fellow theatre bloggers can stop by and leave her a few suggestions.