joonscribble gave me Canada, musicals, family, languages and theater
Canada is awesome. I love being Canadian. It's a huge part of my identity. I've lived here my whole life and, though I can't say I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, I can say I can't imagine not calling myself Canadian no matter where I might go in the future. Canada has a great sense of humour about itself. We don't take ourselves too seriously and we can take a joke made by any other country. We're sort of the forgotten little sibling of the States, we're here and nobody really notices us so we have to have a sense of humour to survive. I love that we're considered peacekeepers around the world, that if we travel we're greeted warmly in most places and that people flee to us when they need to escape their countries. I love the multi-multiculturalism and the general tolerance we have for one another.
The first musical I saw was a local production of Annie when I was probably six or so. I didn't want to go, because I was afraid of everything when I was little, but my mum dragged me and we went and saw it. I sat in my seat, leaning forward with my mouth agape in wonder. At intermission, my mum asked if I wanted to get a drink and I said no, because I didn't want anyone to take our seats. I was going to stay right there until the actors came back. Over the years, I've seen a LOT of productions, but only two 'professional' ones. I saw Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown (with, coincidently, the girl who played Annie playing Anne) when I was about eight or so and Crazy For You (with Camilla Scott and Mickey Rooney) in Toronto when I was in Fourth Grade, I think. We have some wicked local theatre around here, which is great, since we don't get any of the professional touring shows. My favourite production I've seen is Into the Woods, put on by the local university, followed closely by The Secret Garden done in a nearby town that had a lot of professional actors in it. My favourite musical is Les Miserables. I still sit forward with my mouth agape at the theatre.
My family is weird. In that we get along. I've never had a big teenage grudge match with my parents, my brother and I have never had an argument, and we all love to spend time together. This may be pack instinct, since we have gone through some serious shit together over the years. We're sort of alone where we are, too, with no extended family nearby, so we are left on our own when bad things happen. And bad things have happened. Lots of them, to each of us. My mum is who holds us together and she is so, completely and utterly amazing. She doesn't even realize how amazing she is. So, whenever there is an issue in our house, we work it out together, and we support each other and there are no secrets. I love my family and I know that I'm blessed to have them.
I'm not sure what it is about foreign languages that I love, but I do love them. When I was in Grade Nine, I discovered his musical called Notre Dame de Paris. This kind of cracktastic, over the top, ridiculous French musical. It was in French, of course, and I wanted to know what they were saying. But what really got me onto French was another cracktastic musical called 'Romeo et Juliette'. I still love the music. So, I learnt what the lyrics were saying and sort of taught it to myself using my bad mandatory Grade School French and did a bunch of French in high school. My reading comprehension is very good and I can translate from French into English quite well (and I love to do it), but my writing and speaking are still not great. I listen to all sorts of French music and watch all my DVDs in French at some point and speak with Ama and Mum, who are both fluent. If you ever need anything translated to or from French, I'm happy to help. :-)
I love all languages, though, and I collect a lot of Disney music in other languages (I even have a song from the Little Mermaid in Thai). I'm also really interested in Sign Language, though I haven't been able to take classes for that yet. There's a girl on youtube who signs lots of songs and she is amazing. I love watching her.
Aside from the musicals aspect (see above for rant), I love theatre in general. I love Shakespeare (especially in the park) and I love acting and directing and writing as well. I directed a very scaled down production of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" and a very short play I wrote for school in Grade 8, and I helped write and then directed a major play in high school that the drama club performed. I danced from the time I was seven until I was fourteen, even competed one year, and was in a couple of plays at school. I love the theatre, I love being on stage, I love the smell of the wings. I love it. It's great. :-)