Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 94

 

Because it's Easter week. Not that I'm religious, but for some reason I really like religious art. Must be the lapsed Catholic upbringing. 


I have a large collection of Infant of Pragues. This is 4 for them, I've packed them away, ya know, de-clutter the house. I find them second hand, except for the little red one . My sister-in-law bought that for me on a trip to---wait for it--Prague! The one front and center was bought at salvage store in Berkeley Ca, called Urban Ore. The 2 in back from on-line auctions. The large one is holding a St George  banner I got in Athens Greece.  I have a couple that are planters(?) and one that has a beautiful dress, those are packed away. They are usually pretty cheap, because the fingers, and crosses are broken off. But who cares, I sure don't.

Have a lovely rest of the week.




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!


 It would have been rude to pass up this pretty dress. If it wasn't a size 11/12 I'd wear it to the upcoming party. Yeah, that doorknob was put in upside down. (I didn't do it)


 Cool pointy folded sleeves on the top and it still has the belt.


 The back has a cool draping things and is missing a hook at the waist. Boo hoo, I won't be dropping major pounds in the next 2 week for it to fit.


 A Man fit by Campus shirt for The Doctor. The other 2 items were a white dress skirt (17/35) and a pair of peep toed shoes that have been put into costume stock. The shoes were a size 8 and I will not even try to cram my size 10 feet into them.

 For lunch we went to Thomasville and had b-b-q chicken sandwiches and stopped here. The Doctor walking without the cane.

 The Bread Wagon is an Amish (yeah, that's right, in South Georgia) bakery. For left to right: whole wheat, cinnamon bread and tomato/basil. I made grilled provolone and goat cheese sandwiches with the tomato/basil bread. We also got lemon squares.........eaten in the car on the way to Tallahassee.   In Tally we went to World Market and stocked up on beer and wine.


 At Publix this morning I found this. I just couldn't leave them sitting there.

Not an outfit photo, just me say "Hi". I had just come in from the pollen zone, AKA outside, and my eyes are all itchy. It's been really bad this spring. I'm not usually this bothered by it. I look sooo pretty, I forgot to flat iron my bangs!


Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend. 

See you soon  


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 93

 

It's Spring, let's hear it for flowers

No clue where this lovely is from. She has a sweet face.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014



AN OUTFIT POST (sort of)

 

Hi! Old dress, new peacock earrings that The Boss brought back from USITT* in Texas. I figured out why it's been ages since I've done an outfit post. The last time I bought anything (except food, personal items and packing supplies) was a dress at Christmas! And I forgot  to take a photo of me wearing it.

Looked out the kitchen window this morning and saw this. The water from the storm still in the driveway.  Doesn't it look like Australia? Hmm.....maybe it's an omen.


Here's the rest of the reason I haven't been doing outfit posts. Major stress out!!!!!!!Our house is on the market. We've spent the past couple of months fixing, painting, replacing and generally sprucing the place up, that coupled with The Doctor's sciatica(he's almost better), working on 5 shows and not being a fan of change, I've been just a tad stressed out.  I'll get used to it, I guess.


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.


Some of the lovely chorus ladies: Carla Paige, Chele North, Christie Jo Mayo, Jasmine Lewis and Kenya Delouis.

 

 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.
Here's the dress during "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" . I'd say that was $50 well spent. Rebecca Morris as Evita.


Hope you enjoyed The Rainbow Tour of Evita......

Next up: Summer Stock!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

EVITA, Part 2

 

And now Act 2!


 Peron (Ethan Parker) give his thanks for voting for me speech.


 Don't Cry For Me Argentina starts off timid......


 ...by the end, she's kicked it into over drive. In the next post. I'll tell how we made this dress.


"Christan Dior me, from my head to my toes"

Evita goes on The Rainbow Tour of Europe. She visits Spain, Italy, France and Great Britain.  She a big hit in Spain.


 The pro-Peron newspaper loves her!!!

 The Italians....."they called me a whore!"...... She pissed.

 but she's even more pissed with the King of England. Hey, she deserved Buckingham place! After all, she did meet the Pope!


 So, she starts The Eva Peron Foundation.............


 "And The Money Kept Rolling In" and maybe some of it went to a Swiss bank account. That's never been proven.



 School children adore and worship "Santa Evita"


In a reflexive mood


 She wants to run for vice president, but Peron tells her she's dieing.  "Dice are Rolling"




 She giving one last broadcast to tell the people she loves them.


 With Peron and her Mother (Kelsey South)

 She dies of cervix cancer in 1952 at the age of 33.


The play ends as it starts, "Requiem"


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!

 

 It opens with the announcement of Eva's death. She died in 1952 at the age of 32, from cancer. Up on the screen is a photo from her funeral, which lasted 2 weeks and was attended by 3 million people.
 
 "Requiem - Oh, What A Circus" is sung during the funeral scenes.

 
 Will Stanley plays "Che", the narrator of the story.


 Evita(played by Rebecca Morris) as a 15-year old girl who wants a better life in Buenos Aires.



 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.

 Hello "Buenos Aires". Needless to say, she loves it there. She becomes an actress and radio personalty.


"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.


 "The Art of The Possible" and ruthless game of musical chairs. The first time we see Juan Peron.

 He wins the game. Ethan Parker plays Juan Peron.


 At  charity concert for earthquake relief (which really did happen) Kristen Kebbler and Matty Hogan dance a tango.
At this event  Eva and Juan met for the first time.



 He's quite taken by her. And they start a romance but there's a issue to deal with.......



 The present mistress. Eva kicks her to the curb, but give her the coat. This role was also double cast.


Larren Woodward above and Kelsey Russo below
 The Mistress sings the saddest song in the show, "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"

 "Peron's Latest Flame" the general's don't like the new girlfriend.

 and neither do the rich.


 The newest Senora Peron gives a rousing stump speech....




Peron becomes President and "A New Argentina" begins!

End of Act 1.

next post: Act 2