Friday, July 2, 2010

Spring 2010

Wow, so much life has happened since the last time I blogged. Being busy is a lame excuse for neglecting the up-keep of this blog, but it's true. I guess I'll just give an update on what I've been up to this year so far.

42nd Street
My Dad, my sister Bekah, and I were in a musical at the community college. We all had speaking roles - Dad was Abner Dillon, Bekah was Phillys Dale, and I was Peggy Sawyer. Bekah and I were a part of the tap chorus so we put in hours and hours of dance practices. Neither of us had done much tapping prior to this show, so it was an awesome learning opportunity! The show ran for two weekends in March. I had so many friends come up from Portland to see the show, which meant SO much to me! Thank you, dear friends!

Little Women
The day after our closing show for 42nd Street, auditions were held for Little Women at another community theater in town. I went for it and was thrilled to be cast as Jo March. It was such a fun experience! Being in a non-musical theater production was pretty new to me. I discovered a lot about myself and what I have to offer as an actress as opposed to just a dancer. I made new friends. :) And I also had the chance to work with a handful of people that had just been in 42nd street with me. Little Women performances ran for four weekends in May. I was so honored to have my sister Suzanne and her husband Kevin come visit from Colorado to see me as Jo. Again, I had plenty of out-of-town guests/dear friends come support me in this fun adventure. Thank you, thank you for making the effort to come to Aberdeen!

Babies on the way!!!
In family news, some exciting announcements were made this spring. Both my sister Suzanne and my sister-in-law Anna are expecting. Suzanne and Kevin are due with their first December 17th and Matt and Anna are having their fourth around January 22nd! The Hadleys hit a baby-booming season. I can't wait!! I just love being an Auntie!

Swing it!!
Now that I'm done with the back-to-back plays, I've been able to go out swing dancing about twice a week in Olympia. I just love it! It's hard to describe just how much and why I love to Lindy-Hop (the style of swing dancing I do). I think it's a combination of my deep love and appreciation for jazz music and soloists of the 30's and 40's, my great intrigue with how it works - how I can follow every step the guy leads solely by non-verbal cues, and my love for stylizing and improving steps (and personality!) here and there when the opportunity arises, which is absolutely a blast! I'm looking forward to attending the Seattle Lindy Exchange in August. There will be swing dancers and jazz musicians coming from all over the nation for three days of serious dancing! We're talking dances each night from 9PM-5AM!!! I CAN'T WAIT!

I've also taken up running this spring. My new year's resolution was to run a 10k sometime this year. Well, I'm already running that distance on a regular basis, so I guess I'll keep increasing my distance and go for a half marathon!! I haven't found a race yet, but that's what I'm training for this summer.

So those are the Sarah Hadley highlights of the past 6 months. Ha! Here are a few pictures of 42nd Street and Little Women.