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Michelle Denise Norton
Mapping the crushing edge
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Hi! Michelle here. College finals season* has interrupted the steady flow of Upstart Introductions so let's take a peek behind the scenes. Usually, this is my season to let Shakespeare lie fallow, but rebooting TUTT is requiring changes in the traditional flow of things. So I'm doing more Shakespeare prep... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Upstart Arts
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I've been waiting for 20 years for someone to ask me what makes me qualified to write music for Shakespeare's lyrics! The short answer: My entire life. The longer answer: My musical education started before I was even born. My mom sang in barbershop quartets, and her quartet did Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Upstart Arts
I think it is about time to meet Ashley Pierce, finally. So, I am Ashley, but before I begin to tell you why I love Shakespeare and Acting and Upstart and well all the amazing people you are going to read about, I need to preface something. I have feelings... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Upstart Arts
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So who is this Michelle Denise Norton? And what is this Upstart Arts? You will find more answers to both of these questions as we progress, but for now, we'll dive into a quick primer. I am Michelle Denise Norton and Shakespeare has been a part of my life since... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Upstart Arts
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Howdy! Welcome to the UpStart Arts blog. We are kicking off a "buy a t-shirt and #saveTUTT" fundraiser to keep a program running that has been bringing classic Shakespearean comedies to York County, PA audiences for 20 years. Breaking off from our former theatre host is opening up exciting new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Upstart Arts
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We're back and like many, we are feeling like taking the election results and using them as fuel to create something positive. So you can help with that. Step up. Support each other, respect each other, protect each other. Make a change. Also, consider this as Tammy's official announcement that it's not just country music and kd lang she likes, but pretty much all things and people of the girl and/or women and/or gay kind. I was a little surprised, but not really. This sort of thing happens when you split your personality into 4 parts ; ) Crush you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Blink Kitty Love
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The band works on their post holiday plans. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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The York Fair kicks off its 250th year tomorrow so we're in the mood to eat. What's your go to Fair treat? Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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Where's the strangest place you ever left your phone? Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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Launched a new comic, Surfing Lightning. What else would you call falling In love? These three episodes get you up to date. I'll be continuing Blink Kitty Love at its regular pace once my summer calms down. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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You were promised smaller, cuter and more active, not makes sense ; ) Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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Have started reading manga and decided to try a TEMPORARY manga makeover for the band. This is the trail run. They will get smaller, cuter and more active. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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Inspired by summer snacks and my favorite comic team: The Legion of Superheroes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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Who are you rooting for? Saturday's Japan vs. Australia game is going to be tough to watch. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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A recent favorite from the archives. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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More fun with words. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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This week's comic is delayed by a Women's World Cup habit mixed with a stretch of Twelfth Night rehearsals. So here's a sneak peek and an invitation to check out my Robot and Turtle adventures: Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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What happens when we dream about space. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
Posted May 19, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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Oh wait, there might be a glitch in that strategy ; ) Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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How we get rid of the blues. What are your strategies? Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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We might have been unable to just pick one favorite cartoon. Points if you get them all ; ) Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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The band is in the mood for new haircuts. Time to get ready to take off those winter hats. Or put the baseball hats back on, if you're TK ; ) Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love