Category Archives: Singing

Christmast Concert SJ HS Choir 2016

This is our Christmas Concert as part of the South Jersey Homeschool Choir.  We aren’t homeschooled but we started in this choir when we didn’t have a school choir. We have a solo in the first video (Daniela starts then I come in). In the last video Daniela is playing a piano solo of a song she had recently learned. (She plays it better now!)
Let us know what you think!

 

Daniela’s Piano Solo

Deja Vu – The Little Mermaid Jr. – AGAIN!

In 2013, we did The Little Mermaid Jr. And, believe it or not, we loved it so much that we rejoined The Little Mermaid Jr. family with Creative Arts Summer Theater (CAST) this year (2015). As expected, this time it went a little differently. In 2013, I got casted as Sebastian, Ariana as Ursula. Needless to say, we didn’t get the same roles with teens in the mix. Still, we did pretty well, if I do say so myself.streaming The Circle 2017 movie

DNASNS4

This time, after much time and effort preparing our audition songs (“I Know Things Now” for Ariana and “The Girl I Mean to Be” for me) we became Sebastian (Ariana) and Scuttle (me.) We were elated to get two main roles, since we were competing with much older kids for roles.
The cast had only 26 people (tiny compared to our previous 75 person casts. ) ranging in age from 8-18 (We’re 11.) It was difficult to make elaborate scenes with such few people, but we managed. The only time the lack of cast members was really noticeable was during “big” numbers like “Under the Sea”, since in 2013, we had almost four times the people onstage.

IMG_5593

Speaking of the stage, we didn’t really have one. We had an awesome, awesome, backdrop, but since we performed in a gym with bleachers for the underwater effect, we had nothing to perform on but the gym floor. To make up for it, the backdrop was super realistic, and we even got to help make some of it. One of the parent-volunteers was a magician, so he showed us some cool tricks while others were getting makeup done.

ArianaSebation1R2

And boy, was the makeup elaborate. The director did mine (a very sweet talented woman). It ended up looking really good, with “feathers” around my eyes and a beak-like nose, but it was a little awkward having her at such close quarters. Ariana’s face was tinted red and they tried to make her look like a crustacean but I think the makeup just made her look sick!

In the end, though, it was a really great experience. We made tons of friends, and had fun acting, singing and more!

Take One – Headshots By Mom

U1DNA5 HRAs I mentioned in “Just an Update”,  Ariana and I are finally doing headshots, a major step in our acting career. For those who don’t know, headshots are many photo representations of all the different looks you can do as an actor\actress.(Similar but more professional than the image to the right, a happy and girlish “look”) That way, when you go to apply for an agent, they already have an idea of what you look like and what you can do. Long story short, headshots are important.

U4DNA7 HR

As for why my mom is taking headshots, Ariana and I are thinking about applying for an agency called Take 3 Talent. Just for a vocab update, agents are people who  help you find acting work. In exchange, they get a percentage of your pay. Basically, if they don’t find work for you, they don’t get any money from you.

Work is hard to find on your own, so if Ariana and I want to be professional actresses, for now, we need an agent. Its hardly that easy, though. Since the agent represents you, they have to like your work. That’s where the headshots come in. In order to apply for an agent, you have to send in headshots – not professional headshots by a photographer but pictures that your parents take – along with a sample of your singing. If they don’t like you, they don’t accept you. That’s why it’s so important that you try your best with your headshots.

Making headshots is a longer process than you’d believe. Our first step was to find the color(s) that looked the best on us: coral, blue, and green. (Our uncle helped us with that, since he’s an optician and specializes in finding the right color glasses for people.) Naturally, we didn’t have clothes many clothes in those colors, so we went shopping. When taking headshots, there are different looks: pop, girly, nerdy, old, young, sporty, ect. So we hunted for clothes in those categories in our colors. At long last we came up with a selection of clothes. The rest of the day was spent reading up.camera

We watched videos about how to accentuate your jawline, make you look more confident, and smile with your mouth closed. Soon, we were ready to shoot. We struck poses against trees and brick walls, curled and straightened our hair, changing clothes all the while. It was stressful work, though fun and beneficial. But, even as I write this, we’re still not done!

Here’s the final result of what we created…what do you think?

These are Ariana:

U2Ariana6 HR UAriana10 HRUAriana5 HR

These are Daniela:

 U2Danieal16 HRU4Daniela6 HRUDaniela13 HR

 

Number the Stars

scottishrite1If you check our About page, you”ll notice that we’ve been in quite a number of shows. But, the majority of them were done with summer camps, rather than with actual theater companies. Which is why to me, Number the Stars is unique. We performed that show with Haddonfield Plays and Players, or HP&P,  at the Scottish Wright Auditorium in April of 2015.  If you’ve never been there, just believe me when I that it’s really beautiful, with magnificent stone carvings and hundreds of seats. The picture doesn’t do it justice. (It’s also extremely old, so the building itself is a little worse for wear.) Regardless, I am honored to have been able to preform with HP&P.

jewishstar

The Number the Stars play is based off of the Newbery Award winning book by Lois Lowry, a well-known author. Her story is a heartwarming tale about a Christian family, the Johansens, trying to protect their Jewish neighbors, the Rosens, during the Holocaust. The two families live in Copenhagen, Denmark, under the watchful eyes of Nazi soldiers. While Annemarie Johansen, her sister Kirsti, and their parents are safe from harm, single child Ellen Rosen and her parents are in danger as the Nazi’s gather Jews and take then to an unknown site. During the story, the Johansens take Ellen in as their daughter to protect her, and everybody, especially Annemarie, learns a valuable lesson about them self.

1950’s

We were asked to sing at our choir’s fundraiser. The theme of the evening was “All that Jazz” so we sang the 1951 version of “Unforgettable” by Irving Gordon. The most popular version of song was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1951. Interestingly, the song’s original working title was Uncomparable, but the publisher asked him (Irving Gordon) to change it to Unforgettable. We were asked to dress in the style of the song. The things in our hair are called “fasinators” and they were given to us to wear by a sponsor of the show–they also gave us the necklaces and bracelets to wear.

Here we are. Our mom did our hair for us.

ArianaSepiaClose2DanielaAriana2015FundraiserClose
DanielaCloseSepia