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Question #92751 posted on 11/30/2019 4:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

New writers?!?! Would you please all introduce yourselves to us?

-Your Names Here

A:
Dear you,
 
Hi, I’m Josefina. I’m a total mess most of the time, but I’m making the most of things, I think. Here are some facts about me:
  • I’ve lived in Texas most of my life. Weirdly, I wasn’t a Proud Texan until I moved out of state. I think it’s more pride for my hometown, San Antonio, than for the whole state (although the state is great, too). I try not to be too obnoxious about it, but my level of success in that quest is yet to be determined.
     
  • I moved Provo a few years ago for BYU, and as much as I make fun of it, I kind of love this place. I don’t want to be here forever, though. When I graduate, I want to live in a big city, preferably on the east coast.
  • I’m the oldest of 6 kids in my family. My closest sister just started BYU this year, and I am thrilled to have her with me in Provo.

  • I’m in my third year (out of five) in the mechanical engineering program at BYU, and I love it. It’s really challenging (I make jokes about dropping out and becoming a trophy wife at least once a week), but I get to make cool things! And solve cool problems! And make the greatest friends ever. Plus, as a bonus, I am the keeper of the complete list of Best Places to Cry for the Clyde and Engineering Building. Still working on the list for the Crabtree, though.

  • I was on my high school dance team, and though I’m no longer dancing competitively, I still enjoy taking classes and practicing for fun whenever I can make the time. Next semester, I’m signed up for three dance classes, and I could not be more excited.

  • I want to be an astronaut. People think I’m crazy, and that I should be afraid because it's so dangerous, but honestly… if I have to die, dying in space seems like a pretty great way to go.

  • My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo. My favorite movie is The Martian. I watch a fair amount of television, and I really like Doctor Who, Umbrella Academy, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Good Place, and probably some others I’ve forgotten.

  • My continued writership depends on my successful completion of tunnel worm safety training. Wish me luck, dear readers.  

    I think that’s a pretty good start! If you have any questions about anything I mentioned or anything else you want to know, I’d be so happy to answer them. My Board email isn’t up and running just yet, but when it is, feel free to email me anytime! You’ll be able to find my email in my bio.

    Best,

    Josefina 

A:

Dear Fozzie, Josephina, and Stanley,

I am Stanley. I don't know that my life is quite as noteworthy as the other two. I only work at BYU and stumbled upon the Board a number of years ago. I have been friends with many former Board writers, and only recently have been able to write for it. I do not know how much I'll be able to help out around here, but I hope that I can use my talents to assist. 

-Stanley

A:

Dear What is Your Name, 

Hi! Hello new friends! I'd be happy to introduce myself to the class, so here are some major life bullet points: 

- I'm from Portland, OR. I'd like to think that I'm not the stereotypical "Portlander" but if we're being honest, both of my parents wear Birkenstocks on a regular basis, my mom makes her own kombucha, one time for FHE we went to a protest, and I bike everywhere. 

-I'm going on my third year at BYU and do I know when I’m graduating? Next question.

-I'm majoring in journalism with a minor in theater and I’m also in the honor's program. In other words, I know very little about a lot of things and spend a lot of time crying in the HFAC for academic credit. 

-With being a theater minor, my favorite type of theater is devised theater or more experimental work. I find it really fascinating and easier to connect to emotionally than other types of performances. 

-I am the youngest of six kids, four sisters and one brother. Two of my sisters are currently pregnant and I am TERRIFIED because I’m still a child.

-Currently, I am focusing on finishing this semester (emphasis on finishing, no high expectations) and finding the perfect pair of pants. The two eternal quests.

Thanks for the question and I'm excited to answer any questions you throw my way!

Best,

Fozzie 

Question #92804 posted on 11/30/2019 3:42 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'd like to get back to acting in some local (Utah) theatre productions. In my day, most auditions were posted on backstageutah.com or in the Deseret News. Where do you whippersnappers post them now?

-Eve Arden

A:

Dear Eulalia,

I reached out to a friend active in the Utah theatre scene, and she kindly responded that both of your sources are valid and decent options.

The first group she recommends is on Facebook, called, subtly enough, UTAH THEATRE CHAT/AUDITIONS & SHOW INFO.

Her other option, one she calls "the real Mecca" for theatre auditions info, is a Google spreadsheet a friend of hers keeps updated. It really does seem like a badger mine of information, you know, if the badgers you mined told you whether or not a production was paid, where it was, the company name, when auditions are, how long the show runs, and additional info about (currently) forty-eight productions. Helpful creatures.

This wellspring of weighty weaseldom also contains general info for thirty-eight theatre companies, and that, friend, is some serious weaseling to succeed.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz, who enjoys theatre, and badgers, so you get both

A:

Dear Eve,

I’m currently involved in the theater department at BYU and the site that I’ve used a lot is TMA Access, a website run by BYU that posts local auditions. They usually have a good amount of auditions posted there but there are a lot of Facebook groups where smaller, local theater companies will post their auditions. Here are a few that I’ve found helpful: Theatre People of Utah Valley, Utah Theatre Chat/Auditions, and Utah Casting Calls.

Also, if you look up a specific theater company, they’ll usually have an auditions page on their website or if you go to see one of their shows they might have auditions posted in their playbill. You could also look at Front Row Reviewers or Utah Theatre Bloggers to find more theater companies in the area, the type of work that they produce, and then go to their website to see if they are holding auditions soon. 

Break a leg!

-Fozzie

Question #92773 posted on 11/30/2019 7:42 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was on a road trip the other day, and my siblings and I were bored. To pass the time, we thought to play our own variation of the classic game M.A.S.H. (e.g. a little more customized than the basic version). I was curious, though, if there might be some kind of electronic template or app out there where you could fill in your own answers and then have it do the work of eliminating answers to you. Turns out that I can't find a thing anywhere out there. Do you think it would be a very difficult thing to create on ones own? I mean, the programming for such a simple function couldn't be too difficult for someone to create, right? (Not that I know much about it myself, of course)

-My inner child

A:

Dear you,

You're right, it wouldn't be hard. Here are four online versions of the game (1, 2, 3, 4) -- if I were to code one up, it would probably look pretty similar to one of these.

Best,

Josefina