Poison by Bridget Zinn – A Celebration of Firsts Tour
What the Cat Read has joined up with over 100 bloggers and authors as part of a 3 week-long tour event to help spread the word about Bridget Zinn’s debut novel, POISON, and to celebrate and honor her life. Since Poison was to be Bridget’s first novel, we were ask to share a first of our own with all of you. But before I share my first, I’d like to introduce you to Bridget, a woman who I sadly never had the chance to meet, and her wonderful debut novel, Poison.
About Bridget Zinn
Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the “summer of love” and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”
Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.
My First Community Theatre Tech Job
Outside of books and writing, my next big love is Theatre. Not theater as in movies, but as in live stage performances. There’s a beautiful and magical quality that comes from seeing a stage production that you just don’t get when watching a movie on the big screen. And this quality, this energy if you will, is even more pronounced if you happen to be a member of the cast or crew. Yes, there’s a sense of chaos involved as well, but at the end of the night when the curtain closes and the audience is still cheering, there’s always this buzz of excitement that runs down your spine after a job well done. At least for me anyways. =^.^=
Shortly upon graduating from high school, a friend of mine called and asked if I would be willing to help backstage as Props Handler for a local community theatre production of The Fantasticks. Now up until that moment the only theatre I had ever done, both on and off stage, was in school, so the idea of venturing into a more professional venue was a bit daunting. And it became even more daunting when I learned that the show was already running and I was jumping in cold turkey without any rehearsals.
To this day I still don’t know how I managed to survive my first night backstage without mixing up the props or missing a cue. It helped a lot that the cast already knew what pieces they needed when, so they would usually stop by the table and pick their prop up prior to going on stage and then kindly put it back when done. Still, it was a bit stressful at times because if I prop went missing, it was my responsibility to try to find it before curtain time. At the start of every show I was responsible for making sure all the props were in their proper places, report any missing or broken pieces to the Stage Manager (and repair them as needed), and see that the stage was set and ready to go for that night’s performance. At the end of the night I had to account for all of the props again and reset the stage for the next night. You wouldn’t think that pieces would go missing between shows, but there were times when I had to track down a prop because the cast had come in earlier in the day to rework a scene that didn’t go well the night before.
At the same time, I had to be flexible and ready to change the order of props in the event that the cast deviated from the script. This actually happened once during my first week. One of the actors flubbed his lines and jumped forward half a scene, so I had to cut out two props. Still, for all the unpredictable moments that occurred on and off stage, I enjoyed every moment of it. And the job got easier as time went on. By the end of the show’s run I could do it all blindfolded.
My success from that event lead to my partaking in many more shows with that particular community theatre and some wonderful friendships with the directors. Since that show, I went on to do spotlights, lightboard, mics, and more. It’s a moment in my life that I will never forget, and while each show that I’ve done over the years has offered something new and exciting, they’ve never been able to recreate the feelings that I had during that first show.
Here’s a list of all the blogs participating in this event:
MaryAnn Oprea @ Chapter by Chapter
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Brenna from Esther’s Ever After
Lauren Thoman “The Housework Can Wait”
Annabelle Hammond “Read Write and Read Some More