Raise Your Skirts and Bob Your Hair

I’ve been considering a haircut for a while now and trimmed it up myself to buy a little time a few months ago. I’d been trying to grow it out for a while now so that when my partner Ben and I get married I a few years, I’ll have style choices. On paper, that’s a great idea, but when I didn’t have my hair all pinned up and hidden under a bandanna, I was sporting a serious young-Hermoine-Granger ‘do.

Then I discovered that Emily, one of the girls on my student wardrobe crew, has her cosmetology license and takes clients to help supplement her college income. She gave one of the other crew girls a fantastic haircut, and I was definitely next in line.

I went home that night and agonized about how much to cut off and what would look good. Should I stick to my original goal of growing it out even if it didn’t look good in the mean time? I was planning to donate it when I got sick of it.. Well, hell, let’s see how long it is now!

I broke out the ruler and discovered that my hair was around 14 inches long from the nape of my neck. You need 10 inches to donate, so my decision was made. I went to work the next day with a huge grin on my face and told Emily my plan. She cut an 11″ ponytail, one more inch went to shaping my hair, and that left me with 2″ of hair – which, since it was backstage at Millie, she “smartly bobbed.”

It was a smash hit with all the BoCo kids, and they should know – they’re far more style-conscious than I’ll ever be. Blown out straight, it’s a jaw-length asymmetrical bob, and when left curly, it’s very Amelia Earhart. I’m loving finding exactly the way to pin it back and I definitely need to invest in a large collection of cute barrettes.

The ponytail itself is hanging from a clippy hanger until it is thoroughly dry so that I can braid it and mail it off. It will go to either Locks of Love or Pantene Beautiful Lengths – I’ve had friends who’ve donated to both, but I want to do some research on their programs before I send them off (like you should with any donation, really).

So here’s the before-and-after, with maybe some curly photos coming soon:

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Millie Continues

Millie has been a LOT of work, but the show really looks great. We even had to make some last-minute adjustments to put Millie’s understudy in when, after all her hard work, the lead got the flu and couldn’t sing without damaging her vocal chords. The performers, director, stage manager, and costume shop all really pulled together to make it work and the show still looked fantastic. Speedy recovery, Kathleen!

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Photo by Costume Designer David Cabral.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Tonight we open Millie at Boston Conservatory.I’m continually impressed by the talent and hard work of the Conservatory students. Aged 18-22, these kids have professional-level skills in acting, dance, and singing. They are not only a delight to watch, they’re also completely charming to hang out with. They are constantly encouraging and supporting each other in their quest to better their own art and eventually become working professional performers. Their fresh eyes and hearts remind me of the magic of live performance and why we do what we do.

This is my student crew, learning to sew name labels into costumes.

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