Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 273


Tim Burton's new movie: Nightmare on Thanksgiving Street


Found this lovely on Pinterest. Cross-dressing Pilgrim?


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 272

Some of the folks hanging out with their pet duck. More flood damaged dolls from Houston.


photo from Karen Rabe Vance

Good news: the theatre has been cleaned, repaired and opened back up!  So if you live near Houston, good see a show.

We're closing the period play tonight. It's The Imaginary Invalid, which was written in 1674! Photos will follow shortly.

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 271


Another installment of Game of Thrones theatre. Battle of the Bastards edition. AKA, Jon and Ramsey fight over Winterfell. The Boltons took over Winterfell, home of the Starks and the Starks aren't happy about it.


 Sansa: will you listen to me, I was married to Ramsey! Don't trust him!

Jon: He has Rickon! We're going in.

Sansa: Good thing I have Plan B. Stupid men.


 Tormund: You should have listened to your sister.


 Ramsey: You can have Rickon back ( if he makes it) 

 Proceeds to shoot arrows as Rickon runs toward Jon.

Everybody watching: Zig zag, Rickon, zig zag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rickon is now a pincushion.


Jon Snow charger ahead, not listening to Sansa and gets into a pickle.

 
photo from HBO. Real horses, not CGI

 

 The bodies start piling up. Jon almost "drowns" in them.


 Sansa: Thanks, Littlefinger, for helping with Plan B and bringing The Knights of the Vale to the recuse.

Littlefinger: No problem, Sansa. Have I told you how much you remind me of your Mother, my one true love?

Sansa: Later, Dude. (inwardly cringing) 


After the Knights of the Vale show up, Ramsey high-tails it back to Winterfell with Jon, Tormund and Wun Wun the Giant in tow.


 Ramsey: Take that!  Killing possibly the last giant.


 Jon catches up to Ramsay and beats the holy hell out of him for about 10 minutes. At least it seemed like it. Ramsay get drug off the the dungeons.


Sansa shows and tells him he was a crap ass husband and turns he own dogs on he.  The Starks are back in control of Winterfell and all is good in Westeros.


Except the Winter is Really Coming and Cersei is still sitting on the Iron Throne.


Until next time.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 270


Tyrion Lannister: he drinks and he know stuff. Because he reads.

Rumor has is season 8 of GotT won't happen until 2019 !!!!!!!!

But, hey, look on the bright side, maybe the other 2 books will be published by then. One can dream.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNRSDAY, PART 269



Beethoven action figure? Could be.

No idea where I got this or who it's suppose to be. From the waist down he's sketchy and a little disturbing.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 268


A guy I once worked with posted this photo on his Facebook page with the caption: The puppet from Being John Malkovich showed up at work today.


Anybody remember that movie?


photo from Abel Cornejo

Kind of looks like Jesus. 




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WERID DOLL WEDESDAY, PART 267

Last weeks Trump Troll was a big hit. I didn't see the likeness until a lot of you mentioned it. So, for equal time, here's Hilary's Basket Of Deplorables. 


No hurricanes this week, but my heart is breaking over the endless fires in California. My home state is burning. My loved ones and family are ok.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNEDAY, PART 266



A troll wearing a happy t-shirt, cause this week sucks.


another from Karen 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 265


These are going to be saved

photo from Karen Rabe

Cue "Doll Parts" by Hole.

I can't seem to load the video.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017


WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 264


What's scarier than one "dead" puppet?


both photos by Karen Rabe

 

A whole bunch of them.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

WE OPENED THE FIRST SHOW!


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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 263


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 hours.....no 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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 262


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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 261


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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 260


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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 259


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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 258



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

WERID DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 257


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

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 256


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

SUMMER FUN, AKA PSST HIJINKS


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

OK, GUESS I NEEDED A DAY OFF


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 www.messynessychic.com 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.