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Eli the Shepherd

Last Saturday was my first rehearsal for “Savior of the World,” a wonderful musical about the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ which is performed each Christmas season at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City. I have wanted to do this show for many years, and this year I decided to audition (after securing my wife’s blessing). I have been cast in the role of Eli the Shepherd. It’s a decent-sized part with a fair amount of dialogue and a short solo. I am part of the cast that does the show on Wednesday, Friday and a Saturday matinee. Our opening night is Friday, November 14 and the show continues through December 27. Tickets go on sale October 14 and sell quickly. I’ll post more details as it gets nearer.

They have asked me not to cut my hair until after the show is over. They have also asked me to grow a beard so I’ll fit the part better. It will be funny to see a bearded Andrew sitting next to the bishop at church on Sunday! Hopefully I can get it to look thick and attractive. I’m going to start growing it one month before the show begins.

Rehearsals aren’t too bad. One night a week and Saturday mornings. It will get busier as we get closer to the opening of the show, but that is to be expected. I’m working hard to memorize my lines and learn the music. It sure will be fun to get back on stage. There’s nothing quite like LIVE theater. So many variables, anything could happen!!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in Music / Theater

 

Parley for President

My 9-year-old son Parley has been begging me for weeks to let him make a video for YouTube. I’m a bit burned out on the whole video editing thing, so I wasn’t that excited about it. On Sunday night we brainstormed about what he could do, and we decided it would be fun to do a fake presidential campaign ad. Next thing I knew, Parley had written up a script and was ready to shoot the video. So tonight, as part of his date with dad (which I try to do with each child at least once a month), we filmed and edited this video and posted it on YouTube. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2008 in Family

 

To Golf or Not to Golf?

Today I participated in the US Bank annual golf tournament for customer appreciation. It was held at Jeremy Ranch. The weather was perfect and the course  was amazing. We played a best ball scramble with a shotgun start (a few months ago I would have not known what that meant) and it was great. The guys I golfed with were quite good and I was definitely the weakest link. For those who don’t know, a best ball scramble is where each person hits and you play the next shot from the ball with the best position. So it makes it more like a team sport instead of an individual one. My goal was to have nine shots during the 18 holes, in which mine was the “best ball.” I had four…

Okay, so I’m not that great at golf. My clubs were purchased a few months back at a second-hand sports store for $60. My golf shoes were actually running shoes and I was wearing the least “golf stylish” clothing of anyone on the course. Everyone in the tournament had a MUCH higher net worth than me (most of the contestants were among the most successful and profitable of the bank’s customers) and so I suppose I was the poorest person there today. But the guys I golfed with were very cool and we had a blast.

So that brings me to the question: to golf or not to golf? Golf is a fun sport. Being outdoors is so refreshing. It can be a good form of exercise except when your ride the cart the whole time – but they are certainly fun to drive. There is a certain amount of strategy involved in getting a good shot and it takes skills that can be learned with practice. But that’s the problem. Practicing takes a lot of time and money — two things that I do not have. It takes 3-5 hours to golf 18 holes and at least $20 per game (often much more).

However, in my current profession, I need to be able to golf decently. Business relationships are often strenghthened on the course and deals are sometimes struck over a good game. So I have invested in a range card and I try to get out and practice hitting every week or so. I don’t have a lot of golfing buddies, so if I want to get good, I’ll have to go it alone, which isn’t nearly as fun. My goal is not to become AWESOME at golf. My goal is to simply hold my own. So… anyone want to go golfing?

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Health