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. 




 


MY FAIR LADY, PSST 2017


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!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WERID DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 255


And now for something completely different: Do you follow Messy Nessy? She has an awesome post from yesterday about a doll museum in Paris that is closing. Here's the link:


Messynessyychic

If only I lived closer, a ton of these dolls would have a new home. Enjoy the included video.


On Sunday we bid farewell to PSST 2017. Which means I finally got around to editing the photos. Come back tomorrow and see the show!


PS: hope the link works.






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 254

Four day till season 7 of Game of Thrones, and the strike for PSST 2017.  Be still my heart.


Here's Sansa "Queen of The North" Stark dressed up as "Dark Sansa" when she was leaving the Vail with Littlefinger.


I finally have photos from My Fair Lady. Now I just need to spend hours editing the ones I want. So, stay tuned. There are 7 more show till strike and, sorry, they're sold out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, ticket buyers for making this season a success. That means we probably get to do it again next summer. 



Thursday, July 6, 2017

THAT WAS A SHORT VACATION


Got back last night, but after a hot 7 hour car trip I was too tired to do a weird doll post. Next week.


Any way, the trip was fun. Me and the BFF binge watched a show on Amazon call Fortitude. Life above the Artic Circle in Norway, what could happen? Melting perma frost releasing 30,000 year old killer wasps, that's what. And a couple of docs: one above Iggy Pop called Gimme Danger, and the other about Peggy Guggenheim. We are well rounded in our tastes.


We always give each other gifts. I gave her all the Frida stuff I bought at the Dali Museum ( and forgot to take a photo of). Here's what I got:


A tiny armoire, a vase thingy which is holding 2 pens(robot and Day of the Dead skull) and a little blank book, a wooden wolf and a flaming heart. But wait, there's more....................


A girl can't have too much jewelry. Another peacock to add to the collection.



Of course, a trip to South Carolina would not be complete without a trip to the Goodwill By The Pound store in Charlotte ( it's on Wilkerson right next to the airport)


Ok, it's 100 right now, so it will be awhile before I can wear this long sleeve Jones of New York top. I am wear the fake vintage hippie belt. It's made in China.



Got the Doctor 2 new shirts: the long sleeve one is from James Campbell and retails for around $98. The other one is from Via Europa and is about $49.



Some future costumes. The orange is about 3 yards and the other is a curtain panel. The BFF found a real Mud Cloth purse, made in Mali. Grand total for all this awesomeness: $6.



One of our favorite places to buy books is the Dollar Tree, AKA, the everything is a $1 store. I buy fake flowers, make-up, party supplies and books. Really good books, as in $$$.


3 books for $91.98 or $3 at The Dollar Tree


So, shop second hand, don't be afraid to shop at "those cheap places", enjoy life,  and I'll be posting show photo soon....promise.    




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 253


Pretend this is Eliza Doolittle, ok? I've been really a slacker about posting the show photos this year. And I 'm away for a awhile.

I'll have more to post when I get back. Ok?

Does this doll look drunk or high to you? Look at that face.....




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 252



So, how's your week going? Mine's stress, stress, stress with a side of WTF? Yes, it's Tech Week for My Fair Lady. 1St Dress is tonight (thank you, Theatre Gods that I don't have to be there). And shows are already selling out!


Last week I was going to post a Dr.Who character....here he is!


Rory Williams dressed as the Last Centurion. There's a long 2 part episode were Rory stands guard over his wife, Amy Pond, for 2,000 years. Did I mention it's a time traveling fantasy? Dr. Who is the second best TV show ever ( yeah, Game of Thrones being #1).


Shortly I'll be posting show photos. Stay tuned.





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 251


Yeah, after a night and a morning of laptop nonsense, everything was working when I got back home. Thanks you, magic tech fairies.


I was going to talk about my other favorite show, Dr. Who, be since I heard last night that Anita Pallenberg  died, here's The Countess from American Horror Story: Hotel.


Lady Gaga played the part on the TV show, but if it had been make in the 1960's, Anita would have been perfect in the roll. Rest in Peace you amazing woman.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

WEEKEND 2 OF THE 2017 SEASON, TIME FOR SOME PHOTOS


Later on this evening, in time for The Tony's (8pm ET), we'll have 6 performances for Shrek The Musical in the bag. Now, to be honest, I'm not a fan of the trend of turning cartoon musicals into live-action musicals, as the cartoon is already a musical. Whatever.   We have a very talented cast this summer. But first, here's me and the costume crew, minus The Boss and our 2 actor/techs.


photo by Duke Guthrie

 Elizabeth R. P. Black, Kelby King, Loretta Steed, Jorden Watson, and me.


The rest of the photos were taking by Paul Levy and are publicity photos, not production photos.


 Projection logo designed by VSU alumni Jason Lee Courson

 

 Lord Farquaad (Alec James) riding on his horse with Fiona (Megan Wheeler) with Shrek (Alexander Mendoza, Actor's Equity member) and the guards, Joe Mason, Brandon Chandler, Terrance Searcy, Jeffery Oakman, Cal Bumgardner, Cooper Shaw, Andrew Poston, Olin Davidson


 The fairy tale characters that get run out of town: Kaitlyn Batchlor, Cal Bummgardner, Brandon Chandler, Olin Davidson, Jacks Dean, John Laurent Dean, Megan Foose, Delancey Gavrielle Hsu, Hudson Hardesty Hsu, Alexandria Joy, Amanda Lopez, Joe Mason, Lillabeth Mason, Aaron Moore, Meredith Morse, Jeffery Oakman, Andrew Poston, Rudy Redhage, Elle Scruggs, Terrance Searcy, Cooper Shaw, Abigail St. John, Cassandra Stowe, Maggie Tarpley, Rebecca Walker.


 Princess Fiona (Megan Wheeler) is a morning person. The Bluebird puppet is from StageWorthy Arts, McKinney, TX


 Happy townspeople with baby Shrek. Megan Foose, Abigail St.John, Cooper Shaw, Brandon Chandler, Jacks Dean, Jeffery Oakman, Kaitlyn Batchlor.


 Lord Farquaad and Princes Fiona (Alec James and Megan Wheeler)


 Shrek and Fiona (Alexander Mendoza, Megan Wheeler). Alexander wears a fake nose, that head piece and hand's for the whole show. And the green make up.  


Donkey (Imari Thompson) doesn't have to wear green make-up, just this fur suit the whole time he's on stage. There's a big fan and lots of towels and water for him to use every time  he's off stage. 


 All the costumes, except for a few pieces are rented from Harris Costumes in Fort worth, TX. With the amount of time we have and the amount of costumes in this show it would be all but impossible to build the costume in house. After all, we have My Fair Lady opening in 2 weeks! Can you say "Ascot"?

I'll be posting more about the shows through out the season.  Stay tuned.