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Off to the Theatre!

Somewhere along the way I lost track of time, let’s go back three weeks!

The week of June 15th we started the wig knotting portion of our theatre course, it is also refered to as ventalating. The idea is that using a tool with a small hook on the end you tie individual strands of hair to ‘lace’ which is esentially a piece of mesh.  

This was my practice piece. Its a bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of it you can start to move pretty quickly, most of my classmates hated this week but I actually started to enjoy it.INSERT SET UP PIC

   

 
 In one day I almost got half of my first mustache completed.   

 Finally finished knotting my first mustache, next I wanted to do a soulpatch/goatee hair piece. My inspiration here is Jack Sparrow from Pirates Of The Caribean.  

After five 7 hour days of wig knotting I had finished my look! 

 
During the week the school also held an after hours workshop on drag makeup, so of course I signed up!

  
 Unfortunatly no fun was to be had over the weekend : ( I worked my butt off and made a few extra dollars. In class the next Monday we started getting our hands and faces dirty with makeup! Our first assignment was to study the bone structure of the face.

  
We moved on to a regular makeup for stage, when you just want to make the performers features visable from afar, next came egyptian makeup, 18th century makeup, and a stylized version of Geisha makeup for the stage.

This weekend was a special occasion! My best friend from Winnipeg arrived on Saturday! So of course we (Bobbi and I) picked her up from the airport and had a small celebration back at the apartment. She will be staying with me all of July and it’s going to be fantastic to have someone from home here with me! There was also a surprize in her suitcase for me, my awesome mom sent a care package with all sorts of goodies!

 

Finally this past monday we learned how to make bald caps from liquid latex, which I found more tedious than wig knotting. You have to stipple many layers of latex on by hand and let each one dry in betweeen…  

After every one finished their bald caps we got to play in clay and sculpt what ever we wanted, many choose to make horns and they prompted us to be different so despite my extream love of horns and antlers I decided to fuse a flower vase to the human head form.   

 In the middle of the week we celebrated Canada’s Birthday! The students made a deal with the school to have Friday off in liue of Wednesday so that we would get a long weekend, and they set up a BBQ lunch for everyone, I was not going to turn down free food lol.

On Thursday we got to apply the first bald caps we made to each other.  

Everyone was suprized at how good I look with out hair…Im hoping thats a compliment?

Since we had the entire day off, on Friday I took Natasha to the Toronto Zoo! It took 20 mins on subway and then 45 min on a bus to get there…but we had a great time, it was sunny and warm but not too hot and alot of the animals were moving around. We tryed to see each area but we missed one, still we were there until they closed for the night. My favorite animals to see were the tiger, the otter, the red panda, the giraffes, and the snow leopard.                                                                

We only have two weeks of theatre class left, and the last week is basically just exams, assignements and photo shoots. This time around I’m getting worried about the photo shoots because I have yet to come up with any concepts and I’m running out of time, I also don’t have my models yet : S so much to do, plus we have two assignments that I have to design looks for…wish me luck folks.

Today is a special day, I’m sending a shout out to my mom: Happy Birthday! Earlier she recieved her gift which was my secret leather working project back in April, I made her an iPad case in her favorite colour with her name stamped into it!

I’ll let you know when I make it out alive, until next time,
 

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Day 5: Off To See The Animals!

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After quickly meeting with some one to drop off a package at the heart of downtown Toronto, we stopped at a Starbucks for a quick breakfast, and from there we headed off to start our activities. The Toronto Zoo!

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The Toronto Zoo has over 5,000 animals representing over 500 species, there are over 10 km of walking trails in which I’m sure we covered almost all of them as we didn’t skip any thing (took us almost 5 hours), across 287 hectares (710 acres) and seven geographical regions. Making it the third largest zoo in the world and the largest in Canada. General admission is $28.00…I’m sorry I keep saying this but the City Pass saves you so much money…

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While we were there we saw lions, and tigers, and bears…oh my. We also saw giraffes, rhinoceroses, penguins, and many many more animals. Food was a bit expensive, like any other tourist attraction, lots of gift shops with overpriced items…and unfortunately lots of children. We had a good time though, got a little too much sun, and a good work out. The zoo also has an interactive center for kids, a small water park, camel rides, and ‘zoomobile’ that makes getting from one zone to the next faster. You can expect any thing here to cost at least $8, the zoomobile, a popsicle, a soft drink, food…all $8 each. We brought snacks with us, and if we had thought ahead we could have packed a lunch as they have several picnic areas available.

It also costs $10 to park at the zoo, we took the bus, the only down side was that due to regular maintenance being performed on the subway line we had to take a shuttle bus for a large portion of the trip making our travel time slightly over an hour… Once we got home we lathered on the aloe vera lotion for our burns, remember boys and girls always wear sun screen! After regaining some energy with iced coffee Bobby recommended dinner at Scaddabush.

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Scaddabush offers traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist. They hand make all of their pasta and mozzarella cheese in house. If you already like this restaurant you can skip this…This is the best food I have ever consumed! I loved every morsel of food we had. We started with their “Naked” mozzarella which is served with focaccia crostini, San Marzano tomato jam and sea salt, as well as the “Charity Bread” more focaccia bread, rosemary, and garlic butter served freshly baked. The name was coined as the net proceeds of the charity bread go to a local charity. For drinks I sipped an iced cappuccino, Bobby had a blueberry cosmopolitan. First to arrive were the drinks, I was impressed, both drinks were very delicious, next the appetizers arrived and it didnt matter what else happened, I was in love with this restaurant.

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For entrees we shared an order of Pesto Pollo; fettuccine, sauteed chicken, baby spinach, semi sun dried tomatoes all in a basil pesto cream sauce, with an order of Zucca; butternut squash ravioli, hazelnut butter cream sauce and roasted squash. I don’t even have the vocabulary necessary to explain how much I enjoyed these dishes. They are now my all time favorite, the best part was we still had dessert to order!

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It was the perfect way to top off a wonderful day, and if my wallet will allow I will most likely eat here again before I return home.


A New Adventure Begins

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In just 24 day I will venture slightly more East than I ever dared before. I will be traveling to Toronto for 9 days to visit one of my very best friends, Bobby, we will check out some iconic Toronto landmarks, tour some potential schools, and in general party it up!

There is very little prep work that needs to be done for this trip compared to last years adventures, no currency to convert, no travel visa to apply for, no hotels to reserve. I will be bunking with Bobby at his apartment and my flights have been booked, albeit with two different air lines. I purchased the first ticket through Air Canada with air miles but I did not have enough for the return flight, so I booked with West Jet because lets be honest if you had to pay for a flight it would be with any one but Air Canada.

We do plan to purchase a ‘Toronto City Pass’. It is $60, and covers your admission to the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo, and The Toronto Science Center. It’s a $45 savings on admissions alone and includes discounts to other services at each attraction. I’m starting to think 9 days will not be long enough.

The fun wont begin for a few more weeks but get ready for more adventures!