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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Why, hello there!

My name is Crysta Vickers, and I am a self-proclaimed Geek. My interests include reading, graphic design, photography/restoration, music, dance, and of course, Theatre. I was home-schooled from Pre-K through middle and attended Wekiva High for electives through High School. I am a member of NHS, and a top-ranking Thespian Society member.

I am absolutely in love with the theatre (Theatre Major) and every aspect of the arts. Acting, choreography, set design/construction, lighting/sound, publicity and poster design all interest me, and I have yet to decide which to focus on or if I should just dabble in a little of each! In my spare time, I like to work on the musical I am writing and watch any and all types of movies/TV shows.

So I guess a list of a few favorites will wrap this up!

Music – All types – Country (Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks), Rock (Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi), Opera (Adrea Bocelli, Josh Groban), Showtunes (Patti Lupone, John Barrowman, Neil P. Harris, Michael Crawford), and even Hip-Hop (Ludacris, K’naan)

Movies – The Red Shoes, The Da Vinci Code, Lion King, All That Jazz, and any/all Fred Astaire/Gene Kelly movies

TV – Doctor Who, Torchwood, Glee, Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance

Authors - Gaston Leroux, J.K. Rowling, Christopher Paolini, Richard Preston, Arthur Miller, Sal Richards

Theatre – Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Macbeth, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Night’ Mother, Godspell, Barnum, etc.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Well, I guess I should start with my name...

I'm Breanna Rack, from Seminole, Florida. The city, not the county. It's sandwiched right in between St. Pete and Clearwater.
I originally hail from New England and I love puns. In high school I was Vice-President of Student Government and Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook as well as the VP of SNHS and Secretary of NHS. Right now my major is Molecular Biology/Biochem; but, Fall Semester I'm taking primarily English and History classes, so we'll see where those take me.

As far as art goes, I love theatre and frequently go to shows, although I have never acted in a production. I am also a movie buff, but find that I don't have enough time to watch TV on a regular basis, even with the conveniences of TiVo and the like. When there is a show I really want to watch, I buy the seasons on DVD and watch them in my spare time. I enjoy going to art galleries in St. Pete and architecture is something I'm fascinated by and want to learn more about.

I also love spoken word poetry. This one is my favorite.

Now, for a few of my other favorites:

DeBussy, The Spill Canvas, The Used, The Avett Brothers, Lady Gaga, Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything, Alex Day, Death Cab
Movies- The Departed, Inception, Shutter Island, Catch Me if You Can (Can you tell I love Leonardo DiCaprio?), She's the Man, I Love You, Man, Donnie Darko, The Social Network
Theatre- RENT, Sweeney Todd

Authors/Books- Kurt Vonnegut, Slyvia Plath, and of course... J.K. Rowling.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So... I'm gonna retry this. Hi, I'm Peter. I'm a Theatre major with a concentration in both Acting and Lighting Design. I am a proud geek. I read like a maniac, about 7 books a week. I love horror movies, my favorite being the exorcist . Musically very eclectic. I love opera, jazz, blues, punk rock, pretty much whatever you throw at my ears.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Meet the Teacher

So, as the picture above indicates--I am a bit of theatre kind of guy. I acted in a number of plays through college but realized that I had no real ability to act, so I took a route where I could still interact with the theatre. I studied dramatic literature in college (BA Wake Forest; MA University of Maine; PhD University of Tennessee).

I was hired at Rollins to teach dramatic literature, which I did during my first five years here, but then I started dabbling in teaching film. Currently, half of my courses are film related, the other half theatre.

Now for an interruption from one of the coolest television shows ever.

Ok, back to a few other things about me:

Every year I take students to London to see the theatre and visit the art museums. We go during the holiday break.

As an undergraduate I studied in London for a semester and while there I saw 55 plays. British theatre became my area of specialty, especially contemporary drama. Earlier this year I had a book published on a British playwright (who also writes screenplays--The Road, Enduring Love) named Joe Penhall, whose most famous play is Blue/Orange and has a new play premiering in London in December.

And now the quick sum-up:

Favorite music: Arctic Monkeys, Ben Folds, Dixie Chicks, Alison Kraus, Tears for Fears, Jamie Cullum, Vampire Weekend

Favorite Movies: No Country For Old Men, A Single Man, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Meatballs, Die Hard

Favorite Artists: David Hockney, Joseph Wright of Derby, Eugene Delacroix, Georges Seurat

Favorite Plays: Arcadia, The Pillowman, The Homecoming, The Weir, Oleanna, this is how it goes