Pumkins, Cotton Looms and Hair-dos!

No, it's not a weird corner of your Scrabble game, or an inexplicable (New England?) shopping list, nor is it your list of things to get done for Halloween (though it is coming!).

It's my summer line-up! And it's far more fun than should be possible in this very non-New-Englandy weather.

I can't really tell you what “Pumpkins” have to do with it, but among projects that I've wrapped in the past week, a regional broadcast commercial was one. (Link in due time!)

The other was a fascinating three days of shooting a documentary for the Lowell National Historical Park at the Boott Cotton Mills. I got to play a mill girl in this film that tells the story of how the immigrants and textile mills shaped the city of Lowell. I had a great time on set with the crew from Aperture Films learning about some fascinating machinery and the lives of young women (such as my own great-grandmother) who made history in the Lowell mills. The documentary will be playing at the museum some time in 2014.

“Hairdos:” a challenge! I'm so thrilled (y'all) to be playing Annelle in Steel Magnolias with the Barnstormers Theatre , the only remaing one-week repertory summer-stock theatre in the country! No better way to kick off August than with hot rollers, hair spray and – hopefully – lots of sweet tea! (It certainly feels like Louisiana in New Hampshire this week!)

I've also been having a lot of fun in Acting for the Camera class with Michael Fennimore at the Media Performance Institute at Boston Casting.

And to truly cap off the summer, I'll be working with Academy Award Winner Ernest Thompson this August making a music video in the gorgeous Lakes Region of NH!

The temperature keeps climbing and the humidity just refuses to break, but the year rolls on with exciting opportunities. September will be here before we know it!