Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 301


Look what someone with free time made: Rosemary's Baby action figures!


 

My BFF sent me this photo awhile ago and I just found it hiding on my laptop. I don't where it originally came from.

Ruth Gordon and Mia Farrow standing in front of the Dakota in 1968. Awesome movie. Think I'll go have some chocolate mouse.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 300  


300??????????????

Who knew I was going to be able to keep it up that long, not me. And who knew this existed?

  
 An Edgar Allen Poe bobble head doll. About 10 or so years ago, I designed the costumes for  play called Nevermore. Based on the thought of what happened to Mr. Poe leading up to the day he was found dying in a gutter. He was seen boarding a ship, then disappearing and turning up days later in Baltimore, only to die a couple of days later. It's still a mystery. The playwriter set the play as fantasy ala A Christmas Carole where Poe goes through a guided tour of his stories instead of his life. He interacts with The Telltale Heart, The Gold Bug ect. This is the only photo I have from the show.

Poe and Annabell Lee. What's funny is I was planning on having the bobble head featured today, then I watched a movie called Twixt by Francis Ford Coppala and the lead has dreams where he's lead on an adventure by Edgar Allen Poe.  Hmm...………..






Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 299


Ser Davos of Seaworth, smuggler from Flea Bottom turned Lord and taught how the read by Princess Shireen.



Which I know means nothing to those of you that don't watch/read Game of Thrones.




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 298 


Stumbled across a post from a fellow named Matthew Thompson called Journey to the Island of Dolls. Have you heard about this place? It's on an island in the middle of Mexico City. And is covered with dolls.....creepy, weird dolls hanging in the trees and all over the place. I heard about this years ago and always wanted to let the weird dolls hang out in the backyard. I guess it will have to wait. Not a good idea to do when the house is for sale.




from the post

The Power to the People doll?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 297  

More flood dolls from Houston. Or maybe the after party. 

by Karen Rabe Vance

At least the duck looks happy.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 296


Looks like it really will be a year before season 8 of Game of Thrones. Here's Dany in her "going to recuse the menfolk while riding a dragon" doll, from season 7.


 She always has some crazy mad braids. And here's a couple of photos of the real life coat.



It's pieced fur, turned inside out. I'm always so impressed with the work that goes into the costumes for this show. 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 295


Winter is coming. Well, around here it's more like get ready for summer.

 The Night King turned one of Dany's dragon into an ice dragon. How dare he!


Get back on and fly on out of here!


The couple of days between graduation and the start of PSST is a time I finish projects that are too time consuming during the school year. I've been sorting jewelry and fixing broken pieces. Man, my job is so awful, I get paid to play with jewelry. So far I've fixed about 2 dozen broken earrings and re-strung 4 necklaces. And I've sorted the earrings. Really, people? You don't know the difference between clip-on earrings and pierced? But now all the earrings are in the right boxes. At least I don't have to sort the huge button cabinet.......yet.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 294


The other afternoon, I was in the scene shop talking to the tech director. I looked over her shoulder and saw something I hadn't seen in years, and was surprised it was still hanging around.


I made this nun puppet in 1994!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was in a musical about nuns called Nunsence. I used an oven mitt for the base and a pair of torn tights. She's a tad dusty, but not too bad for a 24 years old prop.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 293



Here's a photo from my BFF. Don't know where she found it, but it looks homemade.

Hard to believe that next week is finals week, then graduation. Goodbye, Seniors! And Good Luck!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

MY SCHOOL'S COOLER THAN YOUR SCHOOL


This weekend was the 9th Annual Emerging Artists Showcase where our Theatre and Dance Seniors get to strut their stuff.  This Spring we will graduate 14 students in Musical Theatre, Performance, Dance and Theatre Tech. The Musical Theatre, Performance and Dance Seniors  sang, danced to original choreography and performed scenes and monologues. The tech students had displays of their work. Here's the breakdown: 29 students were involved, 21 dancers, 2 choreographers, 2 performance and 3 musical theater, 2 tech. 15 African-Americans, 2 Hispanic surnames, 1 scholarships from Columbia, 1 exchange student from South Korea, 1 student from France and 1 immigrant from Taiwan.  We may be located way, way down South, be we're diverse as all get out.


Oh, and to up our cooler than you count, we had a special visitor last month. 

Yeah, that's Misty Copeland, Prima Ballerina at American Ballet Theatre sitting on our stage giving an interview.  Inspiring all the young dancers who came to the talk to not give up their dreams.


photo by Paul Levy

 Here she is with one of our dance faculty, Melissa Phios


Earlier in the day she took a class with our dance students. That's her dead center. You want bet nobody missed class that day.


What a semester. Now on to graduation, then the 2018 season of Peach State Summer Theatre!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 292



Did you know burning dolls is a thing in Santeria?  Neither did I.


Can't remember where I found this, sorry.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 291


Your assignment for today: Who is she? What's her story?


photo by Karin Rabb Vance

Another "Houston Flood Doll".  She looks like a fancy lady trapped under a roof beam. 


Monday, April 9, 2018

WHAT? A SHOW POST


Every February and March the Theatre and Dance area tours a children's show around the region. This year the show was a dance presentation called Plants View From The Hubble Space Telescope, written, choreographed and directed by Melissa Pihos (one of our dance faculty). It tells the store of Hubble the Telescope saying good by to her friends, The Planets. 



All the dancers interpreted the planets aspects through dance. All photos are by Genny Muncy. The costumes were designed by Tsung-Ju "Clark"--going to grad school- Yang.



 The planets are out of order. 

Mercury - Teyla Debose


 

 Mars - Maya Timmons


 Jupiter - Megan Foose

Hubble - Jorden Van Dyke


 Saturn - Taylor Sanders


 Hubble and Uranus - Erykah Finklea


 Hubble - All the planets handed Hubble a "planet", which got put in the sky. Earth is on the sky from the beginning. The Hubble Telescope is retiring and being replaced with a new telescope.


 Venus - Megan Foose. Megan dance Venus and Jupiter because the original Venus was injured.



Neptune - Rachel Tessin


 And not to be left out, Pluto - Olivia Rosenthal, who was unhappy about being demoted.

 

The children's tour has been an event for over 25 years. This is our outreach to the school children of our area, for some this will be the only live theatre they see. Ever. I hope we continue this tradition.  



 

 


 



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNSEDAY, PART 290


Because I'm still having Game of Thrones withdrawals, Here's Khal Drogo. Dany's (first) husband.


The other day I went on Amazon and bought some new GoT action figures. Stay tuned. I've also downloaded and edited show photos. It's been awhile since I've posted anything from work. Stay tuned for that, too.



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 289



At any moment, she's going to look up and smile.

The last doll from the Neil Collection.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY. PART 288


Or how to freak out your kids. 


A page for a site called Sweet and Sour Sassy Pants popped up on my Facebook feed ( I know nothing about this site) I had to share their idea of what to do with your child's dolls once they outgrow them. More like traumatize them.


 

 

This has me wondering if they also suggested hanging the bodies from the trees in the backyard. I do like this idea, but then I don't have children.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 287


Another in the Neil Taylor Series. Hanging with the homies, Bro?


Don't know where this one is from, last week's was in Oakland, Ca.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 286


How's everyone doing today? If you live in the North East of the USA, you have my sympathy. Way too many storms are hitting you.

My friend, Neil, who lives in the San Francisco area sometimes comes across the strangest things, like this...........

 

photo by Neil Taylor ( who's a baker)

A head tied to barbed wire by it's wig. Not really a doll, but it's pretty weird.



Thursday, March 1, 2018

THE WEDDING

I mentioned my friend's wedding yesterday, and realized I hadn't posted the photos. Three days after we got back is when I came down with the flu. Hmmm, maybe that's why I forgot.


My friend Abby married her love, Ben, in her home town of Rome, Georgia. It's north of Atlanta to the west. We drove up Saturday, went to the wedding that evening, left on Sunday and got home in time for the Super Bowl.


 The reception was New Orleans themed. ( can you say Shrimp and Grits?)


 First dance as Mr. and Mrs. Key.


 I was great to hang out with some of the VSU Theatre alumni. Here's my friend Laura-Leigh.


 Me and The Doctor.


 Beautifully simple wedding cake. It was Red Velvet not boring pound cake.


 Are Groom's cakes a thing other places? Yes, it's R2 D2 in a tux. He was lemon with lemon curd.


 Cutting the cake.


 Me and Abby flashing costume shop gang signs. We're "sewing"


 Henry Higgins, AKA Olin Davidson leading the dance line.


 Alumni: Andrew, Kelsey, and Klye.


Me and more alumni: Ryan, Chris and Dennis.

It was a good thing that alumni were there, it can be rather strange to go to a wedding and only know the bride. We had a good time and it was really nice to see some of the "kids" I hadn't seen in a while.



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 285

Yeah, it's the last day of February! This month started off fun (a friends wedding) and ended on a high note (my student assistant got into grad school) The middle part sucked. Onward to March!

photo by Karin Rabb

Here's some more flood dolls. The dresses look like a lost cause, but I think the dolls are fixable.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 284


After last week's really creepy whatever that was, here's a normal Game of Thrones doll. Say Hi, to Bran Stark, AKA the 3-eyed Raven.  It's gonna be almost a year, a year, until the final season is on HBO. And who the heck knows how long until the last 2 books are published. Guess I'll have to re-read the books for the fourth time and binge watch the first 7 seasons.


I'm slowly getting stronger after my flu bout. It's been 2 weeks and I'm still tired. Stay healthy, my friends.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 283


Another flood doll or how I felt last week?


photo by Karen Rabb Vance

About not having a post last week: I woke up with a temp of 101 and was pretty much fighting the flu for the next 5 days. I finally felt well enough yesterday to go back to work. I can no longer brag that I never get the flu. I can't remember the last time I came down with it. Maybe 15-16 years ago. The Doctor turned into The Nurse and is heathy as a horse. Oh, Happy Valentine's Day! I got a new digital thermometer, because I used the old so many times the battery wore out. 



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 282

Today it's WEIRD CAT WEDNESDAY.

This happened on top of the house across the street this morning. No, they do not have cats.


 

Maybe it's the weird moon thing or something.