Hello, hello friends!
How are you? How are things? It’s certainly been a second since I last checked in here on Ciao Bella – a whole semester, in fact! I won’t kid myself in thinking I’ll maintain a regular pattern of posting this summer – blogging alongside my other commitments has proven a difficult balance – but I hope to pop in time from time all the same (like today!). This site holds a special place in my heart, and I like that it keeps me writing and designing and thinking, even if on a sporadic basis :-)
At the moment, I’m at the start of my summer break, figuring out a new daily rhythm of internship schedules, evening runs, and, of course, dedicated time to my library books – there’s no better season than the summertime for a YA reading binge. With much to catch up on, I figured a High Five would be a good place to start, and so, here’s what been on my radar as of late. What’s up in your world?
 I’ll start with the music that carried me through finals period: the cast recording of Six. A smash hit on the West End, Six brings together the six wives of Henry VIII as a modern girl group in concert musical form. If it sounds a bit silly, you’d be right: it’s a fun piece, but perfectly and delightfully so, combining the Tudor history with upbeat tracks and empowering lyrics. In other words, it’s the musical theatre I love, and so it comes as little surprise that it’s sprung to the top of my playlist for runs, writing sessions, and errands around town. I have my fingers crossed I’ll catch its run at the ART later this summer, but I don’t think it’ll be long until the show finds a home on the Great White Way too.
 Watching the trailer for Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, earlier this year, I was instantly sold – and in anxious anticipation for the film’s release! Fortunately, the wait until Memorial Day was entirely worth it: the movie had me laughing out loud, cringing in empathy, and smiling ear to ear by its end. If you haven’t yet seen it, you’re missing out. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are a lovely and humorous duo as best friends Amy and Molly, and their escapades during their last night before graduation are portrayed with comedic brilliance. I can’t champion it enough, and I hope it lasts long on the list of classic high school films. Three cheers for stories by women and with women at the forefront.
 Similarly, my social media feeds were all abuzz with praise this past weekend over the second season premiere of Fleabag. It was good timing, for when I was in need of a new television show to watch, I knew exactly what to try. Several episodes in, I’m with the widespread acclaim: Phoebe Waller-Bridges’ creation is both witty and insightful as it chronicles the life of protagonist, Fleabag, as she copes with a recent tragedy. I’m making my way through Season One now, but at the rate I’m going, it should only be a few more days before I’m itching to watch it all again for a second time. Needless to say, consider me a full-fledged fan.
 As any undergraduate well knows, May can be a whirlwind of a month, oftentimes feeling like a marathon to the end of the academic year. After turning in my final papers, wrapping up play rehearsals, and holding my last club meetings, I finished off my semester by stage-managing the Brown baccalaureate ceremony. By the sheer number of people alone, the service can bring its own challenges for an SM, but it stands as such as a sweet way to say goodbye to a class of people I dearly love (that John Krasinski returned to Providence for the Baccalaureate address was a neat added plus). Campus bustles with celebrating families and returning alums during Commencement Weekend, marking too another exciting milestone: that I can now consider myself an upperclassman (!!!).
 And, with that, while my summer has only just started, I’ll admit that I’m already dreaming about the fall, for come September, I will be studying abroad at Goldsmiths, University of London! Located in New Cross, London, Goldsmiths specializes in the arts and humanities, a fitting match for this theatre and education student. I am over the moon with excitement about the courses I’ll be taking, and my bucket list of places to visit and shows to attend grows by the day. That in mind, if you’ve studied or lived in the UK, I’d love to hear from you about must-see spots – I know my three months abroad will go quickly, and I want to soak up as much as I can! Let the countdown to London begin.
Thank you, as always, for checking in, and wishing you a lovely and restful weekend. xx