Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Step Into My Month: Theater and French Exchange Student

This is a recap from April. The month where I was gone from Gold Clutter. I kept busy doing other things beside blogging. My school had our musical, and I hosted an exchange student from France. Well, here's a look at April.

The week leading up to the musical was a whirlwind. I lived and breathed theater. We stayed after school until 8 o'clock everyday practicing for the musical. It was tons of fun getting to hang out with the cast and crew during downtime.

Thursday night was opening night AKA my favorite night. The feeling of excitement backstage was contagious. Everyone was excited to show off all that we'd done for the past 2.5 months. The show was incredible.

The whole weekend was amazing. I especially loved theater dinners after the musical. We went to Waffle House and Taco Mac. It was great to talk to my friends after the show. We were all so hungry by the time we ate. We'd eat dinner at 10:00.

Sunday was the Senior ceremony. It was so sweet. The Juniors get goofy gifts for the seniors. Then, the juniors present the gifts to the seniors and talk about them one by one. Teachers in the theater department talk about the Seniors. I loved hearing what the Juniors and teachers had to say about the Seniors. I was so sad during it. I don't want the seniors to leave. They're the best.

My French exchange student, Aglaé, got to Atlanta on Friday, but I didn't get to meet her until Sunday afternoon. It was surreal to meet her after emailing back and forth since October. I loved that she was able to see the musical. I didn't get to spend much time with her on Sunday as I had to help with strike. Strike for costuming went by really fast. We just took everything off hangers and sorted it by color. I was so glad that it didn't take too long, since I was really tired from the whirlwind weekend.

Aglaé shadowed me in school on Monday. She got to meet all my teachers and friends. It was interesting to learn what's different in French schools versus American schools. She liked my school, so I was happy.

We took Aglaé to Steak and Shake on Monday night. My mom wanted her to experience the true fast food experience. She loved the hat they gave her. Aglaé got a burger that night. She ate a ton of burgers while she was here.

Tuesday was a busy day. Aglaé taught the French classes for the first half of the day. After, she headed to Lenox to do some shopping. I had to stay in class but I heard it was a great time. To make the day even better, we went to a Hawks game. The Hawks played the Hornets that night. We we're lucky enough to go on the court. We got to high five the players as they went out onto the court. The whole night was so exciting.

On Wednesday, Aglaé explored Atlanta. She went to Coke's headquarters where she got a behind the scenes look, World of Coke, and Ponce City Market. After that, we went to theater. For the first part of the afternoon, we had a guest speaker. He was a playwright from New York. It was interesting to learn what its like to write plays for a living. To celebrate the end of the musical, all of tech went to dinner after. It was a great time chatting with all my fellow techies.

Thursday through Saturday were spent on a segway tour of East Atlanta, canoed the Chattahoochee, went to the aquarium, and chilled at home. The segway tour was tons of fun. It was pretty funny to see a group of 10 riding on segways through traffic.

Sunday was a casual day. We hung out at the house dying eggs, made slime, made rolled ice cream, and thank you notes for our teachers. My sister taught Aglaé how to make slime. They made ridiculous amount. We attempted to make rolled ice cream but it didn't work out. :( Lastly, we hung out in Enos as a nice way to end off the day.

Monday was Aglaé's last day. We let her sleep in really late to help with the jet lag. After all her stuff was packed, we headed out for one last adventure. Cinnaholic was our final stop on our tour of Atlanta. Aglaé got cookie dough while I got a cinnamon roll. Needless to say, we both loved the food.

My French teacher took Aglaé to the airport but before that we had a farewell party. Aglaé got a t-shirt that all the American kids could sign. After everyone was done signing t-shirts, we watched a slideshow of everything we did throughout the week. It was absolutely adorable. I hated saying goodbye to Aglaé. Hopefully, I'll get to see her again soon.

We didn't have theater the week after the musical, so we had a lot of catch up work to do. That whole week, we worked on organizing the costume shop, laundry, washing the costumes from the musical, and putting them away. We still have a lot of work to do before the end of the year. In a few weeks, we have a dance show. After that, we're done costuming, and just have to clean and organize.

Wednesday night I went to states and installs for BBYO. It was incredibly sad to watch the N'siah and Godol of Atlanta Council give their states. As usual, they did a terrific job. The new board is going to have to live up to high standards. To end the night, I got an award. My love for BBYO is through the roof.

I spent the weekend volunteering. We had a fundraiser that we sold raffle tickets for. Last year, we raised over $2,500 from the fundraiser. Sunday, was a volunteer event. We we're supposed to have a Spring festival. It rained the entire day so most people thought it was cancelled. It was just moved inside the building. Only 25 people showed up when we we're expecting 300.

For my Biology class, we do a year long research project. On Tuesday, we presented our projects to anyone who wanted to come. My project was on the health effects of the vegan diet. I decided to get cinnamon rolls to present with my project. They were a smashing success.

That's a wrap on the last three weeks. Once again, sorry for not posting. I hate that I went so long not blogging. I definitely kept busy, though.

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting post. I want to visit an ACTUAL American School, to compare the way movies present American schools to their actual reality. Well done of your theatre performance.

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