Sunday, January 20, 2008
It is the little grouping of mushrooms that we kept. Puck gave the big one to the catterpiller :) I made that costume years ago for myself to wear to one of our Halloween parties and I am ever so glad I kept it all these years. That pictures with the hookah and caterpillar is being added to the huge mural at the High school to represent Drama. There is a picture of the Queen of Hearts too along with a couple images from My Fair Lady. I thought it was pretty funny that they chose the Hookah picture for school even though it is made out of a piece of lamp I picked up curb shopping and a candle holder I got at Goodwill. The chair Maddie is sitting in was another curb find and has been in a couple more shows since.
It took me 4 tries to get that black cat dyed black from the white it originally had been. The poor little kitty looked pretty awful for a few weeks. Maddie still has it on her bed and don't even get me started on flamingos. They all came home and there is one in almost every room of the house. Maddie took one to school as well.
This was my second favorite show and not just because Maddie was such a great Alice. It was horrendous to costume, but when all those kids got on stage they were beautiful.
The mushrooms Maddie made are ensconced right next to the computer now and I think of this show every day. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass have always been my favorite stories and this play incorporates all the wonderful characters from both of them.
Oh and cup the Mad Hatter is drinking from is edible. That took some thinking on Maddie and My part. I think she suggested using my hard-tack recipe with a little food coloring... then we baked it over a little metal bowl. The handles fell off most of them, but we had about a 30 percent success rate and it was enough to do all the performances
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Maddie play Zaneeta Shinn in this musical and did a great deal of scene painting for the show as well.
Puck and I helped a little with the scene painting. We created a false back and parts for an antique piano
The Technical Director and set designer for the play took an interesting tact. It was her first solo foray into design and building a show and she really did a great job although it was a huge one. She decided to photograph local buildings that could take the place of the buildings called for in the show and then she replicated them on stage.
Maddie painted much of the lovely Carnegie library that is represented.
I also helped out with a couple costumes that I had made for a previous play that fit the period.
This was a fun play by one of our favorite play-writes Tim Kelly. It is always so difficult to find a play that has a large enough cast with a place for extras. We added the chorus girls because we had so many kids. They were adorable.
Jabberwock is a great play written about the young life of James Thurber at the turn of the century. It is sentimental and very entertaining. One of the most interesting aspects of the play is that little hole in the wall where a progression of "Aunts" appear and speak to different topics. They have all sorts of opinions about how the world should work and how it used to work when they were alive.
It was challenging to costume them in their various periods. One aunt played two separate rolls. She is the one in the portrait shown.
Grandpa constantly commented on his Post Toasties. It took a great deal of searching to find a period picture of a Post Toasties box from 1915 or thereabouts and turn it into a prop. I think I finally found a good picture on EBAY
This was probably the most spectacular set Puck was ever able to complete. It was three stories. The play is about the boyhood of James Thurber and was written for the centennial of his birth I believe. We had to get special dispensation to have a fixed set. Most of the time we have to keep them mobile because of all the use our theater has.
The hollow in the wall that looks like a picture frame was a spot for a series of ghost aunts from the past to appear and tell their little stories