Update: May 15th, 2017

Hello all, and welcome to my website!  I haven’t had time to record and edit a Video Update, so here’s one in word form!

We are two weeks into the run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Seattle Shakespeare Company.  The show has been selling well, and the audience seems to really enjoy it.  We have ONE MORE week of shows before we close on May the 21st.  SO, if you want tickets, you can find them here: http://www.seattleshakespeare.org/shows/a-midsummer-nights-dream-2017/

After Midsummer closes, I will shortly begin rehearsals for my debut at Couer D’Alene Summer Theatre.  I’ve wanted to work with this company for many years, and am incredibly excited to debut with two shows:  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the Ensemble, and South Pacific, playing the role of Luther Billis.  Tickets and information to those shows can be found here: https://cdast.istartickets.com/gettickets.aspx

I’m going to recommend two shows, both of which are rarely produced in this area.

The first is a brand-new show playing at Seattle Repertory Theatre, called Here Lies Love.  This show is unlike any other musical you have ever experienced.  It’s an immersive, 90-minute breath-taker, centering around the history of Imelda Marcos, the (in)famous first lady of the Phillipines.  Get tickets if you can, and even better, get them on the floor, before this show closes June 18th: https://seattlerep.org/Plays/1617/HL/Synopsis

The second show is a staple of the Musical Theatre genre, playing in one of my favorite venues: Dreamgirls, which plays throughout the Summer at Village Theatre.  This is a fantastic show, revolving around an African-American Female Singing Trio in the 1960s, and their rise and fall in the Music Industry.  A great story, a fabulous score, and helmed by a (mostly) local Cast and Crew.  Tickets and info available here: http://www.villagetheatre.org/issaquah/dreamgirls.php

Finally, some Words of Wisdom, from one of my favorite modern philosophers:

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

If you haven’t read or listened to any of the teachings of Alan Watts, I highly recommend it.  Here’s a good start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YgEhvZDZVg&t

Alan talks A LOT about how we are connected to everything in the universe, and how life is a song, and we are meant to sing and dance while the music is still playing.  Now, I personally don’t believe he means you should “just deal” with change, especially a change that you don’t want.  Moreso, I think he is referring to a “relaxed focus.” to “going with the flow,” when said change arrives.  Make the change work for you, and work for others, even if you have to fight for what you believe in, against that change, with every fiber of your being.  Change can be scary, but only if we allow it to be.

That’s all for now.  By the time I post next, expect it to be from beautiful Couer D’alene, Idaho.  In the meantime, take care of each other, take care of yourselves.-

– Casey Raiha

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