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The Muny

Hello, Dear Readers!

It’s been a while since I posted my last summer blog. And my, how things have changed since then! The weather is saying that fall is soon upon us, classes have been in session for almost a month, and my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, draws ever closer.

This semester is definitely different for me. For the past two years, I’ve had eighteen or so hours of almost all science courses. I crammed courses like organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology all into one semester. Call me crazy, but that’s what I did, and I loved it, for the most part. Now, however, I’m practically finished with all of my biology courses, so I’m technically only taking one required biology course this semester (which, by the way, is immunology) in addition to a few gen-eds and a class for my theatre minor. I’m only on campus twice per week; I spend the other days of the week in my internship lab. I’m still interning in the microbiology lab where I started at last spring break, and I continually love it ever more.

But that’s enough about school. The memories of summer seem distant now, but who’s not up for a little reminiscing? I’ve been excited to designate the following as “My Summer Favorites” for a while now. So enjoy!

Favorite Summer Muny Show: “South Pacific”
This came down to a close call. I enjoyed the entire season, but it was hard for me to determine which show I liked better – “South Pacific” or “Les Miserables.” Though I’ve always loved “Les Miz,” I’d have to say that “South Pacific” was my favorite show of the summer season. The vibrant colors, singing, dancing, and classic Rodgers and Hammerstein storyline were all in perfect harmony. I’ve been voting for this show for at least the past five years, so I’m happy to say that The Muny’s 2013 production was worth the long wait.

Favorite Summer TV Show: “Whodunnit!”
“Whodunnit!” was my televised summertime addiction. A show on ABC, “Whodunnit!” was a murder mystery reality show. I often said it was a televised version of my favorite board game, Clue. In the show, Giles was the butler at the super-creepy Rue Manor, and contestants had to solve murder mysteries to determine who the “killer” was. I was so excited that my favorite contestant
won, and I absolutely loved trying to put all of the clues together and figure out each week’s crime before Giles explained how the crime had been committed. If anyone from ABC is reading this, there’d better be a season two coming up soon!

Favorite Summer Movie: “The Great Gatsby”
Okay, I’ll admit it – “Gatsby” technically came out in theaters right around exam week last May. However, I’d still consider it to be my favorite summer movie. I saw it with my mom and then again with a good friend, and I loved it both times. The director used amazing visuals to retell this classic story. It was haunting, exciting, and romantic all at once.

Favorite Summer Lab Process: DNA Extraction
In my internship lab, I performed my first DNA extraction within the first couple months of being there. However, I was working
alongside my friend David, who knew what he was doing. Right around the Fourth of July, I performed my first solo DNA extraction. It was awesome. I wouldn’t consider myself a DNA extraction pro just yet, but I would say that I have a much better grasp of how the process works and on what goes on in each specific step. Plus, how can you beat a technique that requires continual micropipetting?!

Favorite Summer Memory: Going to EPCOT
My family and I go to Disney World each June for vacation. This year, however, we were able to go to EPCOT on three different days because we had park tickets that allowed us to go from park to park. EPCOT, or the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” is my absolute favorite Disney park because it combines science, technology, and culture. Seeing the dolphins and manatees and riding the ever-funny “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy made my vacation perfect.

All in all, I had a pretty good summer. But I’m happy that the semester has started because I’ll be able to devote more time to learning immunology and working and learning in my lab.

Tagged as: back to school, Biology, EPCOT, internship, Microbiology, Summer, The Great Gatsby, The Muny

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Penny

The Muny

by Penny on July 22, 2013

in In Saint Louis

I have a “To Do List” for St. Louis. One of them is attending The Muny at Forest Park during the summer time.

The Muny, the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis, produces annual outdoor show at Forest Park, St. Louis.  The Muny provides different plays every summer, and they change shows in every week. All of the plays are fantastic and beautiful musical show. Moreover, one of the features of The Muny is that they offer “free” seats for early birds; however, it would take a couple hours to wait for a limited free seat. If you are a person who doesn’t like to wait for 1-2 hours to get a free seat or you are a person who wants to sit close to the stage, it would be better to buy tickets.

I had attended The Muny twice, once this summer and once last summer. Last summer, I sat in the free seat section and watched The King and I, which described the story that happened between Anna and the King of Siam. Anna was a British teacher who went to Siam to teach the king’s children. It was a humorous, touching and meaningful play. This year, instead of sitting in the free seats, my friend got tickets so we sat closer to stage this year. We watched South Pacific, which is a love story between an army nurse and a French planter. I really enjoyed watching South Pacific because it was not only one of my favorite musicals, but also the weather was so nice to enjoy sitting outside. It was so fantastic.

I am very happy that I found time to attend The Muny even though I am so busy with classes this summer. Hoping my blog readers could enjoy the beautiful weather this summer. Have fun this summer!

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I’ll proudly admit that I love watching the classic gameshow “Jeopardy!”. I’ve actually taken the online quiz twice in an attempt to take the next steps to be a contestant on the show. One of the categories that always befuddles me, however, is called “Potpourri.” This category, which is in play in extremely random intervals, is a varied hodgepodge of clues that have nothing in common except for the commonality that they have nothing in common. Why, exactly, am I bringing up such a category on such a gameshow? Well, simply put, I have a lot of random little tidbits that I’d like to blog about, but, at the same time, none of those aforementioned tidbits really relate to each other.

Tidbit #1: South Pacific
If you read my previous blog, you’ll recall that I was writing about The Muny and about how much I was looking forward to their production of “South Pacific,” which hasn’t played there since 2003. I am super excited to report that I absolutely loved that show. The costumes, the music, the acting, the emotion – everything was so perfect. Let’s hope that it doesn’t take another decade before The Muny produces this spectacular musical again.

Tidbit #2: What Ever Happened to Sensible Jeans?!
This summer, I’ve been working in a lab, and I love it. But since it’s a lab, we’re required to wear long pants. Call me un-American, but I’m not really into jeans. Even so, I’ve accepted that jeans are probably the easiest solution to my long-pants requirement – that is, when I can find a suitable pair. First of all, based on my height, it’s super difficult to find jeans that fit me width-wise and length-wise. Even jeans labeled as “short” cover my feet and still extend a couple of inches. And size aside, finding that perfect pair of jeans still frustrates me to no end. I love a light blue wash that starts out fitted and ends in a nice bootcut. No bell bottoms, no flares, no super-dark or super-light washes, no super-skinny jegging appearance, and, most importantly, no tatters, rips, or holes. (I can put holes in my own jeans, thank you very much!) What I find pathetic is that I searched every single department store and reasonably-priced mall store searching for a new pair of jeans for work. And what did I find? Nothing! Actually, I found an almost-perfect pair of jeans in Orlando, Florida, of all places. I mean, seriously – finding jeans in sunny Florida, a place where winters may reach a balmy 40 degrees? What’s wrong with this picture?!

Tidbit #3: Life in General
Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about life post-Fontbonne. For those of you who’ve read my countless previous blogs, you’ll probably recall that I want to go to grad school to pursue a degree in immunology so that I can enter the field of clinical microbiology/infectious disease. For these reasons, I’ve been looking into programs, studying for the ever-ominous GRE, and beginning rough drafts of application essays. Last night, I went to an open house at Washington University’s School of Medicine, where many of the graduate biology classes are held, just to see the campus and meet up with some students. I’m trying to balance the stress of the process of applications with the excitement of the opportunity of delving deeper into the subjects that I love the most.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. If this were really “Jeopardy!”, then I’d need to include two more answers to which contestants could ask questions. However, since this is my blog, I’ll take my “author’s license” and call it quits for now.

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Section B6, Row R, Seat 127. Since 2005, those theatrical coordinates have illustrated my whereabouts for each of seven summer Saturday nights.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, The Muny is our nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater. Situated in Forest Park, which is what I personally consider to be the heart of St. Louis, The Muny produces seven Broadway-style shows per summer season. It’s a sight to behold, and everyone is invited. You don’t even need a ticket to get in to the free seats near the top of the theater! Generally, The Muny’s season has great variation in the types of shows offered. This season is no different; it contains classics such as “South Pacific” and “West Side Story,” new crowd pleasers such as “Spamalot,” and internationally known and loved shows like “Les Miserables.”

The current season is about halfway through. I’ve already laughed at the nonsense that is “Spamalot,” been inspired by an ogre named “Shrek” whose journey allows him to find both love and his true place in the world, and watched the benefit talent show of a group of religious sisters in “Nunsense.” I’m arguably most excited about the next production, “South Pacific,” which will play (for me) next Saturday night. And after “South Pacific,” the season will continue on and close out with “Les Miz,” “Mary Poppins,” and “West Side Story,” respectively.

So if you live in St. Louis or if you’re just passing through, I highly encourage you to spend a night at The Muny. The live acting, dancing, singing, and orchestral music, in addition to the shimmering night sky and the brand-new fans, will surely bring a smile to your face.

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Meet Me At The Muny!

by Elizabeth P. March 6, 2012

One of my favorite things about St. Louis would have to be The Muny. Whether you have a seat up front or you are in the free seats (Yes, FREE!) you will always have a good time. The Muny is an outdoor theater located in Forest Park. Forest Park itself is full of so many [...]

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