Because I live in Australia, traditionally we don't celebrate Halloween. On the other hand, I've never been one to follow tradition... or be very normal, for that matter. So this year, being the year that I graduate from a degree in Computer Game Design, I'm heading to Sydney to see an operetta, namely The Mikado.
This would come as no surprise to my close mates - a girl, studying video games and who is a total opera nut with a penchant for Gilbert and Sullivan productions for their comic value and Andrew Lloyd Webber for... well, for Phantom really. Though not much excuses Love Never Dies. What is possessing that man at the moment?
Right, I'm off-track. So back to the topic at hand, Oct. 31st. The show's being held at the Sydney Opera House, which is pretty fancy. I've only been to the outside before! Now I get to go inside. Odds are it'll probably look like a normal theatre. But it's the image, isn't it? I've been addicted to theatre for a while now and it's the image and the atmosphere that you get something that your mates probably don't.
So take that stage-addiction and mix in a degree in game design. When I started it three years ago, there were eleven - yes, I counted - girls in a course with 169 people... and I know there have been girls dropping out. I no longer wonder why I'm the minority. I know why. I'm one of the few who no longer sees the gender divide. Of course, I feel it at more times than others, but the boys are just people I work with. What truly made me unnerved was the fact I went to a game studio that employed NO women. I didn't think it was possible, but I was VERY clearly mistaken.
I get the costuming thing on Halloween. Trouble is, I do it year-round. I'm a cosplayer - one who dresses up in costumes and partakes in crazy skits. I usually go as Riku from the Kingdom Hearts series of games, but next year I'm planning a StarFleet uniform for my original character, Doctor Britannia Charlotte. Fingers crossed the infinitely lovely Karl Urban shows up in Brisbane like he did for Sydney! The two doctors of The Hyde Complex together at last!
That about completes my insanity for the day. Now I have to get to singing lessons...