Sunday, April 13, 2014
I (gasp) WENT SHOPPING
Way back in January, I told myself I should only buy things I really needed (food, toothpaste,beer) because of our sometime soon move. Well, on Saturday I couldn't stand it anymore and had to go check out the new charity shop that opened 3 blocks from my house. Everything is priced 93cents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found 4 items, $3.98!
Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend.
See you soon
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AN OUTFIT POST (sort of)
I hope everyone enjoyed the Evita posts. It was a major success, the best show we've done in a long time( both money wise and audience response) Next up is PSST, which starts at the end of May. This is the 25th year! The season is: Mary Poppins, Smokey Joe's Cafe and 42nd Street.
* United States Institute of Theatre Technology
Monday, April 7, 2014
THE LAST EVITA POST: BACKSTAGE HIGHJINX
But first, I completely forgot to credit where the production photos came from: Bryan Garris took the show photos during one of the shows. I think it's better to do that, as it keeps the action flowing.
Here's a lovely cast and crew photo. Yes, the guy in the upper left is wearing a hard hat the looks like a cowboy hat. The woman in the lower right is our amazing director, Jacque Wheeler.
Blake Fountain as The General and Josh Barcol as Magaldi the tango singer
Eva's brother and sister, Chele North and Tyrell Ruffin
"Pervita" in the make-up room during intermission. That's Jenah Colledge in the background, she was in charge of keeping all the wigs pretty during the run.
Now, I know everyone wanting to know how "that dress" was made. You can see part of the top in the above photo. We cheated. The Boss found a column dress that had a weird tulle bustle thing for $50 at a resale shop. In theatre, time is money and it would have cost a heck of a lot more to build that dress from the ground up.
We kept the column dress in one peice so we can use it later. The weird bustle thing turned out to have been a skirt that was folded in half (?) I took all the layers apart( all 7 layers) and remade them into a shirt. For some unknown reason the bustle thing also had a hoop petticoat, which had the metal hoops still in it. With the skirt all put back together we ended up with a 2 piece dress. (the straps were added to hold it on the dress form) Lucky for us it didn't need hemming. The skirt is: 1 hoop petticoat, 1 layer of satin, 1 layer of stiff net and 4 layers of tulle.
Hope you enjoyed The Rainbow Tour of Evita......
Next up: Summer Stock!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
EVITA, Part 2
And now Act 2!
"Christan Dior me, from my head to my toes"
In a reflexive mood
As I said in Part 1, there's all sorts on info about Eva Peron on-line. Some of it is true and some not so true. What is true: after she died, her body was embalmed. That took a year! A monument was being built at the same time, but Peron was ousted and went in exile to Spain. Eva body went missing for 17 years. She turned up buried in Italy under a fake name. Her body was returned to Peron. He and his 3rd wife kept her on their dining room table (for real). She's now buried in Buenos Aires. Crazy story, huh? I didn't have a pro or con opinion about the Perons, I just find their story fascinating. I hope you've enjoyed the photos and I really do wish we could post video because the cast did an amazing job. Next post will be a fun "backstage" one. Hope it's not too boring. :)
Friday, April 4, 2014
AS PROMISED: EVITA!!!!!! (part 1)
Evita was written in the mid-1970's by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. It tells the story of Eva Peron, who started out life as a poor girl and ended up being the most famous mummy since King Tut. I'm not going to recount her whole story (check on line for that). The show is called an Broadway opera, because 90%, or so. is sung. Which is different from a regular musical. All the action is told through song. Here is Valdosta State University Theatre and Dance Program's production of Evita!
So, she runs off with a tango singer, Magaldi. Played by Josh Barcol on the left and Wendell Hester on the right. The part was double cast. Magaldi was a real person, but she probably didn't run off with him. It makes a better story.
"Goodnight and Thank You, Magaldi"
"Goodnight and Thank you, Mr. Business Man"
"Goodnight and Thank you, Whoever"
Rumor has it she slept her way to the top. Maybe, maybe not, but it's a funny bit. Mr, Business Man is played by Blake Fountain and Whoever is Micheal McClain.
At this event Eva and Juan met for the first time.
Larren Woodward above and Kelsey Russo below