Wednesday, September 20, 2017


What's scarier than one "dead" puppet?

both photos by Karen Rabe


A whole bunch of them.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Take that, hurricane! This giant pine tree fell the right way. Across the street and not into the Fine Arts Building!!!! Brookwood Drive has 4 lanes. 

photo be Julie Bowland


My student assistant's first full design project. You go, Clark.

photo by Paul Levey


photo by Paul Levey

Daniel and Mahogany in their first of many VSU productions. Welcome, Freshman!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Let's get the boring stuff out of the way.......a hurricane named Irma flew over our town. We live far enough inland that she was a tropical storm by then. I hate wind. We lost power for 36 TV, no internet, no a/c. Good thing the storm cooled the area down. Power came back on at 8pm Tuesday. We're fine and no damage to our house.

My friend in Houston is still cleaning up the props storage at the theatre where she works. 10,000 square feet of storage will take a lot of time. She's been sending me doll photos.


Let's call this one Irma. There'll be more and more Game of Thrones scenes recreated coming soon.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Another week, another hurricane or three. The next couple of week should be interesting. Hurricane Irma won't be near where I live until Monday, lots of time to freak out and worry about a different set of friends.

My four friends that live in Houston came through Harvey pretty much in tack. I have a friend who does props for the Ally Theater, which got flooded out. There's a interesting photo essay on the Houston Chronicle's web site, if you're interested. One photo was perfect for today.

photo by Melissa Phillips Houston Chronicle

She was floating around the props storage and ended up on a table. It's freaky that her face is clean. 

Stay safe and dry my friends in Florida.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


This is from my friend Matt. During last years election, Funko had Clinton, Trump and Sanders dolls.

Matt loves a good pantsuit. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


The season 7 finale of Game of Thrones is on Sunday. Here's my tribute to the trailer.

 Hanging around the dragonpit:

"Should have blown this dump up, too. How dare they make me, Queen Cersei, first of her name etc, ect, wait"

"Chill out, Sis. They brought a present (damn, it better not be that dragon)"

 The Dragon Has Three Heads, I mean, Jon Snow Starke Tragaryen, AKA The King in The North, Daenerys Targaryen, Stormborn, Breaker of Chains, ect, ect, ect and Tyrion Lannister, Hand of The Queen.

"We brought you a gift from beyond the wall"

 "Ewe, it stinks! I don't believe in grumkins, snarks or whatever this is!"

 "And I brought Drogon"

 Ser Bronn of the Blackwater:" Dude, I told ya, my loyalty ends at dragons. I'm on the next boat to Essos"

Meanwhile, Beyond The Wall: 1 down and 2 to go. bwahahaha!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Nope, nope nothing to see here.

Just of trio of weird dolls hanging out. Last month I ask the Doctor to clear off the dinner room table so I could have room to do the flower project. This is what he did with these little sweeties. That clown one is winking at us!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


And now, Game of Thrones theatre................................

 My name is Tormund. Tormund Gaintsbane. I'm a Free Folk from beyond the wall. My life was going good, until she walked into it.

 She's big and blond and carries a big sword. It was love at first sight. Her name's Brienne. 

Hold your horses, Gingerbread! I'm a maiden and a maiden I'll stay! Be off to Eastwatch-By-The-Sea!

But I love you!!!!!!!!!

Yo, Brienne! I'm back.

Ok, my future as a playwrite needs some work.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


What? A break from Games of Thrones dolls? Yep.

 Guess she's wearing a dress, not a nightgown. Sweet little shoes and pantaloons. 

Awe, she's not creepy at all. Now go comb your hair.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


More Game of Thrones love coming at ya. So far 2 episodes have aired and they have been AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mother of Dragons, Stormborn, Queen of the Andels, Breaker of Chains, ect,ect,ect. 

If you watched, I need a Euron Grayjoy action figure SAT!

Monday, July 24, 2017


Found some more photos from the summer shows.

photo by Paul Levy

 The second show was Forever Plaid. Which is about a singing group that comes back after being killed in a car accident in the early 1960's. I know, the "feel good" show. It's a juke box musical,which is a show with a very thin plot that has a ton of oldies.  It only have  a cast of 4, plus 2 musicians. Can you say "The easy show"? Andrew Poston, Olin Davidson, Imari Thompson and Steven Bidwell.

Photo by Paul Levy

 In the background: on stand up bass, Trent Harper. Piano, David Springfield.

A show like Shrek has a major make-up challenge: The actor has to wear a rubber headpiece, a nose, green make-up, over sized rubber hands and a fat suit. There's a company that  makes the headpieces, hands and ears. 

 Here's the finished look. Alexander Mendoza and Erika Moore, make-up artist.

 Here's what Alexander looks like in My Fair Lady, where he played Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Quit a difference.

 After before and after. Shrek wasn't the only one that worn the make-up. You can see Papa Shrek behind Erika, and Mama Shrek, Fiona,and Baby Shrek also wore the make-up. They got spandex hoods with the ears attached instead of the head piece. They had to change to other characters during the show.


 After show meet and greet with a group of happy children.

Three Little Pigs just hanging around in the hall. Cal Bumgardner, Brandon Chandler, Terrance Searcy.


 All dressed up for the Embassy Ball from My Fair Lady. Meredith Morse, Terrence Seacry and Alexandria Joy.


A couple of swells hanging around waiting for the show. Neal Mayer and Alexander Mendoza (both Actors Equity)  ready to go on in My Fair Lady.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

All the photos belong to the people in them, except where noted.





Sunday, July 23, 2017


When I got home last Wednesday, I did 2 posts. One for WDW and one for My Fair Lady. The link on WDW didn't work and I completely forgot to post the My Fair Lady one. That's why today is a 2 day post. The link is and she has a wonderful article about a Paris doll museum that is closing.

I do make other things besides costumes. Here is my inspiration.

 Back in April we went to the Dali museum and enjoyed the Frida  show. I decided I needed a flower wall.


 Flowers from the Dollar Tree.

 An old practice frame from scene painting class.

 Heavy weight muslin saved from a trashed costume.


 Centering the frame on the muslin.

 Muslin stapled and stretched onto the frame. 

 Painted with a watered down craft paint. I did this part at work because of the space. We really should recover the cutting table. Look at all those taped up holes.

 Basket full of flower heads. Most of the flowers came from the Dollar Tree, but Michael's craft store was having a 60% off spring flower sale. I picked a color palette and stuck to it.


 Using fabric glue, I started tossing flower heads on the muslin. My goal was to not have the same flower heads touching each other.

 Done. It took a couple of days and I did take about a month to gather all the flowers.

Hanging in the living room. I was going to hang it somewhere else, but it was awkward to reach and didn't want to hang on the hook. I like it much better here. 



As promised, I finally edited the photos from My Fair Lady. Enjoy the show.

 The beautiful projection designed by our alumni, Jason Lee Courson.

 Eliza (Megan Wheeler) meets Colonel Pickering (Neal Mayer, Actor's Equity) outside of Covent Garden.

 Henry Higgins (Olin Davidson) was lurking about listening to the locals for research. Turned out he's been in touch with Pickering, they both have an interest in recording the way people speak.


 The locals: Cal Bumgardner, Andrew Poston, Terrence Searcy, Megan Foose, Rebecca Walker, Kaitlyn Batchelor, Meredith Morse, Aaron Moore, Maggie Tarpley, Alexandria Joy, and Steven Bidwell.

We meet Alfred P. Doolittle (Joe Mason) and Mrs. Higgins (Cassandra Stowe) 

photo by Paul Levy

 "With A Little Bite Of Luck" Alfred won't every have to work. Aaron Moore, Joe Mason and Steven Bidwell.

photo by Paul Levy

Eliza and her Dad. 

photo by Paul Levy

Because it's a musical, a big dance number happens!


photo by Paul Levy

 Terrance Searcy busting a move. 


 Eliza show up at Higgins' house and what's to pay for speaking lessons. Higgins and Pickering made a bet that she can learn to "speak proper" in 6 weeks. Mrs. Pearce (Amanda Lopez) looks on.


 Guess she's tiring so hard, she got a tummy ache. 

 Higgins servants: Andrew Poston, Alexandria Joy, Abigail St. John, Meredith  Morse, Kaitlyn Batchelor, and Cal Bumgardner

 By Jove, I think she's got it! The Rain in Spain. Next stop, Ascot.

 Col. Pickering and Mrs. Higgins (Mary Helen Watson) looking dapper.


 Just about the whole cast watching the race.

 Eliza chatting with the swells. Lord and Lady Boxington (Steven Bidwell, Meredith Morse), Mrs. Eynsford-Hill and her son Freddy (Cassandra Stowe and Alexander Mendoza, Actor's Equity) Eliza, Mrs. Higgins,

 Faux pas, Eliza. But Freddy looks interested.

 Off to another fancy event, going to the Embassy Ball.

 Meeting the Queen of Transylvania (Abigail St. John) With Brandon Chandler.

 After the bet was won, Eliza's left alone to ponder her future.

 Hanging around out "On the Street Were You Live" is Freddy Eynsford-Hill, who's fallen madly in love with Eliza after meeting her at Ascot.

 One option, is to good back home. Too bad nobody recognizes her in her fancy outfit.

Out of the blue, Mr. Doolittle show up, dressed for his wedding! Like I said, it's a musical and I feel a huge dance number coming. 

 He's getting married in the morning............................................

 so get him to the church on time.

 Funny, we never do meet the new Mrs. Doolittle.

One last meeting with Higgins at his Mother's house. And even though his a total sexist, she picks him over the cute Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Go figure.

Photos by Genny Muncy, except where noted.

Hope you enjoyed the show!