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Michelle Denise Norton
Mapping the crushing edge
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Theresa Strange and Paige Gross join the Backstage At Upstarts podcast to discuss the Shakespeare Intensive classes they've taken at Messiah College. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Upstart Arts
Help us fund our promotional push for The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Upstart Arts t-shirt sale is winding down. We chose bright and cheerful summer colors to splash our logo across. I'd love to see a few of these in the wild, so pick one up today, please and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Upstart Arts
Have been considering for years if I wanted to sit down and write a "How To Direct Shakespeare" guidebook. I have also mulled over the possibility of doing a general sort of a podcast. Instead of one or the other, welcome to the Backstage At Upstarts podcast, where I roam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Upstart Arts
Our Kickstarter ends Saturday. Help us get to $2000 and get your name in the Merry Wives of Windsor program. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Upstart Arts
But if you've ever done a show with me, you already know that's true ; ) My weekends have switched recently from Friday-Saturday to Sunday-Monday. I'm still getting used to it. So there I am, on a recent Sunday, reading while listening to the light classical Music Choice Channel on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Upstart Arts
Howdy, Michelle here with a quick update. Really quick, like a brisk run out into the cold air to get some sun, then sprint back in for tea. No big news yet, as we are ALMOST ready to announce audition dates and locations for The Merry Wives of Windsor, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Upstart Arts
After the Upstart caroling event, we're ready to jump into the new year! Gayle, Paige, Meredith and Paula spent a couple of hours on Dec. 23 caroling around downtown York. On a rainy Saturday, there weren't a lot of people around, but the ones who walked by as we took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Upstart Arts
Hi, I’m Kitty and I’m the one whose finals interrupted the flow of introductions. (Sorry.) Over the past few weeks, I’ve closed a one-act play festival alongside two professional actors from Los Angeles, written a 12-page paper on autism symptoms in gifted young adults, presented a proposal for my senior... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Upstart Arts
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 Dec 11, 2017 at Upstart Arts
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
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
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
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
The band works on their post holiday plans. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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
Where's the strangest place you ever left your phone? Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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
You were promised smaller, cuter and more active, not makes sense ; ) Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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
Inspired by summer snacks and my favorite comic team: The Legion of Superheroes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
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
A recent favorite from the archives. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love
More fun with words. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Blink Kitty Love