Favorite Images from 2010

from personal photos to my photoshoots, here are my favorite photos from last year.

There are so many more images that I love from this past year, but of course I couldn’t put them all up. Can’t wait to see all the images that are created out of 2011.

My Summer in Photos

Here’s a review of my summer!

I always consider the start of summer as June 1st.  Two days later was the one anniversary of the day that changed my life.

(photo credit: rebecca gladu)

A few days later we were in Gtown for RAFA’s WOZ. It was such a great experience to be in the show and to be on the artistic and technical side of the show. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned and the people that I’ve met doing this production.

On the 16th of June, Max turned 16 and I gave him a fun scavenger hunt to find all his gifts.

Two days later we were off for the big apple!!

I attended the Rockette Intensive for my 3rd time and had an absolute blast. It was a truly a memorable experience and how special it was to find out that I was a Rockette in front of all the parents and students. I will never forget it.

Came home on the 4th of July to an excellent dinner with the fam.

Next day we celebrated Nikki‘s birthday!

Then started Singin in the Rain rehearsals!

Here’s what happened during the rehearsal process…

I went and took pictures of United Player’s production of Children of Eden.

I also got to see Miller’s production of Little Shop with a bunch of RAFA peeps! Jackery Delackery was the best ensemble kid ever!!

My sister Ashlyn, her husband, and my beautiful nieces came for a long visit. Here are some pictures from their stay (including a surprise birthday party for Ash!)

So as my summer comes to an end, I’m preparing for a number of things. Moving to New york, finding an apartment, minor eyelid surgery, and getting in shape for upcoming rehearsals… I’m so excited for these next few months. A little scared and nervous but so excited.

Hope your summer was a lovely one and that you’re pumped for this fall and winter season!


Shows Past, Present, and Future

Repeats: La Cage (2nd time), Adams Family (2nd time) and Come Fly Away (2nd time)

Firsts: Next to Normal (this show left me speechless, brilliantly done!), Lend me a Tenor (so funny!) , The Winter’s Tale (absolutely beautiful and entertaining)

Going to See: Come Fly Away (3rd time) and ABT mixed rep


Max and I with Logan onstage at La Cage. He is the fierce blonde in the red dress! So proud of you, Logan!

With “Aunt Jo” and Madi after Come Fly Away. Jo Loesser (widow of the great composer Frank Loesser) is Madi’s Great Aunt. She took us to Sardi’s and then the show and was such wonderful company!


“If you ever loose your mind, I’ll be kind”

Last night we had a lock-in up at dance hosted by SoCo. We played so many fun games, i can’t even begin to describe them all. I went crazy with the camera as I documented a very fun night. I highly recommend spending lots of time with your friends. It feels so good to laugh your head off, play stupid games, sing at the top of your lungs, and eat yummy food.

My lovely “Spongebob” team

It wouldn’t be a party without Aaron and Co. dancing Single Ladies

Kelsey showing us her talent in the talent show.


Playing, “Baby I love you but i just can’t smile” One of my personal favorites.

doesn’t max look very handsome in his grey fedora? it was his valentines gift.

spend time with your friends. your smile will thank you!


More blog news

Madi moo at her shootSo remember how I announced the opening of Queen Amanda‘s blog, http://www.mystill-life.blogspot.com?

Well her little sister, Madi (the stunning child pictured above) caved in as well and got one too!

Visit http://www.madimoomoo.blospot.com for her fun.

I love my Gladu girls and their parents pretty much rock too ūüôā


(updated with correct address!)

We’re a special kind of people known as show people!

ROBWe live in a world of our own.

The audience played plenty to sit there and clap.

¬†Hearing you sing. Watching you tap.ROBWe’re a special kind of people known as show people.

We live in a world of our own.

Our days are tied to curtains. They rise and they fall.

We’re born every night at half hour call.ROB

We can’t picture being anything but show people.

Civilians find the whole thing quite bizarre.

But that hop in our hearts when the overture starts let’s us know how lucky we are.

ROBIt’s an honor and a joy to be in show business.

I feel that spotlight hit me and I’m home.ROBAt the last curtain call,

I’m the envy of all.ROB‘Cause I know the show must go on.


A huge thanks to everyone who made this year’s Rafa on Broadway a success.

To the cast- You did so well. I was very proud of all of you. From little Miss Kaitlyn all the way to Big Sean! Excellent work. Thank you for being so dedicated and hardworking. You made my job so much more enjoyable than I could have ever imagined!

To Vanessa and Lynette-  Thanks for trusting a 17-year-old girl with such a demanding task. I appreciate all you both do, giving me opportunities to grow and perform.

To the BAHBT dancers- Thank you for singing and dancing AND acting at the same time. We truly are triple threats here at BanB.

To my mom- Where to start… thank you for everything. The costumes. The patience. The ideas. The suggestions. The hugs. The support. The unconditional¬†love.

Love and Laducas,


Photos by John “Grungy” Gladu

“You Turned my Mourning into Dancing”

Life is crazy at the moment. I’m working on two shows that are about to open within the same 2 weeks. I’m trying to finish up some class courses. And on top of everything, I woke up with a sore throat, achy body, stuffy nose, and fever this morning. Not cool.

Despite the current insanity, I had an amazing experience occur recently¬†that I will try to put into words for you here…

Last Wednesday I was having a horrible day. I won’t go into it, but it was bad. Late that evening we had rehearsal for Cara’s Fusion in Sync dance, “You Turned My Mourning Into Dancing”. The dance is basically about the accident on June 3rd. I’d love to talk about the dance in detail but I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who will be attending the show. The dance is 15 mins long and I personally get very little breaks from moving. In the dance we have the “trio” in which Aaron and I play ourselves, Devin is Makenzie’s body, and Cara/Madi is Makenzie’s spirit. I enjoy every second of those beautiful five mins. Then Aaron and I go into our duet which is supposed to be life after June 3rd. Then the full cast proceeds into the remainder of the dance which is the funeral. By this time,¬†everyone if filled with so much emotion. In Wednesday’s rehearsal it was the first time we all stopped thinking about the movement and started thinking about how we felt. Of course we all started to break down and cry. Even though it was extremely sad, it was also extremely therapeutic to look around and see all of my friends sobbing. So many times a day I think about feeling so alone, but really I’m not. All of my friends love me and we are there for each other just like Makenzie was for us. This is probably going to be the most personal dance I will ever perform in my life and I could not be more thankful to Cara. It means so much to me to dedicate this to Kenz and to be able to know that she is watching us and smiling.

After the rehearsal finished, I went up to Aaron, who was crying as well (everyone was) and we just hugged and sobbed into each other’s shoulders. I’ve thought so many times¬†about how lucky we are to have each other. If I had lost him as well, I can’t even imagine… I love him so much and feel honored that we get to share our story together. Below is two pictures taken by Miss Madi Gladu¬†of us working on our duet in rehearsal sometime last week.

with Cara- YTMMID, duet

YTMMID, duet

Words cannot describe how much I can’t wait to perform this number. It’ll be the hardest, most rewarding thing I’ll ever have to do. But it’ll be worth it.

This piece will be performed at Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre’s “Fusion in Sync”, October 9th, 10th, 11th and 7:30pm.

Location to be announced. I hope you will come and take the time to see this incredible show. Its going to be absolutely stunning.