Sunday, April 30, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
The first of two movies to open this year depicting events of Sept. 11, 2001 comes to the screen today. It is titled United 93 and deals with the one plane out of the four that did not successfully reach its target on that day, but rather crashed in a Pennsylvania field. I'm sure everyone has at least heard something on tv or read something in a newspaper or magazine about this project. Lots of controversy surrounds it. Some argue that it does not respect the families of those lost. Others believe that the story should be told. I read that before any filming was done the consent of each family was given to the producers and director before anyone of them would begin production. The script was written from the actual conversations of those family members. What do I think? I will be the first in line to see it. Because I think we should ALL see it, no matter how bad it may hurt. Maybe it would make us all appreciate everything around us more and realize how this second is the only second we really have. We all say that, a lot, but do we honestly realize what it means?
Movie Clips from the A & E docu-drama Flight 93
This is a quote from the father of one of the passengers:
“Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.”
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I was in the check-out line of Wal-Mart the other day and was looking over the various magazines and candies when I happened to see sitting at the top of the gum rack, a collection of Pez dispensers. There were various characters from the famous to the vague. As I dug through them (because I had nothing else to do, the cashier was taking her time) I found the Chicken Little Pez, all by himself. I thought, "He needs a good home." So, I bought him. To do what with? Who knows. All I know is that since the first time I saw that movie preview or advertisement in a magazine, I'm not sure which, I have been drawn to that pathetic little chicken. The movie wasn't that great- he was, but the movie wasn't. Great acting. I bought the soundtrack- not a great cd, but it has a really good song on it that will break your heart. My Chicken Little Pez is sitting on my desk at school beside my computer now. As I was thinking over some things today, he watched me and I began to connect with my plastic friend. Maybe I am drawn to that pathetic little chicken because I can identify with him, not that I'm a pathetic chicken, but because everyone thinks he's a little different or out there. Aren't all of us that claim to be show people. Maybe it is because he wears glasses- I wear glasses. Maybe it is because the first "real" play I ever did was Chicken Little with Mrs. Eldredge when I was in the first grade. Dunno, I'm just drawn to that face with the oversized green glasses.
He also got me thinking about how a person's personality can match a certain character, that is in the form of a pez. My goal for this summer is to match each of you to a pez. I have mine. I always seem to buy a huge amount of stuff when I go somewhere on an out of town trip or vacation. I've decided, that I don't need all of that stuff and that my new collection will be a unique and interesting pez I found on my journey. Yea, ya'll think I'm nuts! I've always had fun collecting things, and now I think I've gotten something new and fun to collect. I've got several people have given me- a Kermit, a Wonder Woman, a Mickey Mouse. I need to dig them out and create a display at school. I looked for one of those crazy tests that we pass around to see if one would match you to a pez, but couldn't find one. Maybe I'll make my own. What do you think? If you could pick a pez that most matched you personality, or should we say the concept you have of yourself- who would it be? Interesting, hmmmm? Be honest. You can call me CL for short.
By the way, did anyone see that comment about "Going to the Chapel" on the blog about Lestat? I'm hoping the person that wrote that was refurring to a past blog and is not confused that Lestat is our fall show. Don't you know that would go over well. Hey, that's an idea- a vampire musical with music from the middle of the 20th century: "Going to the Chapel of Blood" or "The Bleeder of the Pack" or "When the Sun Gets in My Eyes I Die". My idea, no body steal it!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Elton John's new musical Lestat opened on Broadway last night. Several critics claimed it would "suck the life out of you" if you saw it. Others, including Peter Felichia (my favorite on line theatre critic) said that if you take it as camp entertainment, it is a pretty fun experience. There is a video sample of some of the musical numbers on broadway.com. A lot of the critics say that the music is "lifeless" (ugh, another vampire pun), but I like that kind of pop musical sound.
In the photo, Allison Fischer, Jim Stanek & Hugh Panaro in Lestat
I am looking forward to this show. It is going to be the greatest amount of work of any summer, but I think the most rewarding. I talked to the janitor of the fine arts building this morning and she and I are going to set up dressing rooms in the down stairs hallway. As for where to put all the people, I've decided the balcony thing isn't such a bad idea- that person must have been a genius. The little kids I think we can put on coat hangers and then slide them on a hook or rod back in the corners.
So many people to bless with my presense. Ahhhhhhhh!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
People ask, "Do you get nervous?" Heck, yes! And excited and sick to my stomach and dizzy and frustrated and thrilled and angry and bored and anxious and sleepless and thinking if I just throw myself down the stairs, I won't have to do this. But then I get over it.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The Producers, the musical turns five years old today. The movie version of the musical (which was originally based on a movie, which makes it a musical movie of a musical based on a movie- whew!) will be released in May. Having seen all three, (the musical, the movie musical and even the original movie) I would pick the movie musical over them all. Nathan Lane is hysterical as Max and only in the movie can you see his facial expressions- his double takes are priceless! It is one of the few movies in which I have laughed out loud from beginning to end.
Mamma-mia has announced a movie version to be released in late 2007. This is one of my top three favorite shows and is easily my most favorite to see. It has energy, comedy and dancing like nothing else, not to mention those fun ABBA songs. The Broadway tour will be at the Fox in July and then at the Peace Center in August. Having already seen it twice before, I plan to see it twice again at each place- yea, it's that good. A lot of people will say it lacks the depth that real theatre should. To that I say , "Oh, get a life and have some fun!"
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Today is Robert's birthday. Kelly brought cupcakes for everyone (what's that about-hmmmm?) with plastic rings on them. You can see Jarrod is wearing a Spider Man and a Ninja Turtle as he gives Robert a big birthday hug. Robert thinks he is one of those models that has to give a gaze rather than a smile. I also think he is pouting out his bottom lip.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Just a note for anyone looking forthe perfect gift: Samuel's new favorite movie is From Justin to Kelly (you know, the one staring the American Idol kids on spring break). He would love a copy of that so he can shake his bootey anytime and all the time!
Saturday, April 08, 2006
With all this talk of the new Elton John musical Lestat opening at the end of this month, I decided to watch Interview with a Vampire last night. Believe it or not, I had never seen it. It was weird but at the same time I can see how that story could be musicalized. I could only rent it in VHS- funny how we get spoiled by something as simple as the great picture and sound a DVD has to offer.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will begin its national tour at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta August 23 through September 17, 2006. Having won two Tony Awards in 2005, the show is not so much a hit for its music, but rather the funny and clever book. Revolving around a group of kids (played by adults) who are participating in a spelling bee, the Broadway show has been a surprise and runaway crowd pleaser. I haven't seen but a few parts of this show, but what I am familiar with is hilarious! I think I may have to check it out. For more information go to the official Broadway site or the Alliance Theatre site.
Here are some of the kids working on the Beast fur. As you can see it is going to take a lot of time and a lot more patience. Samuel and Taylor worked on it this morning while they were not on stage for Wiz rehearsals. All in all, there is about six hours of work in that little bit- just as in life, when it comes to a costume, it's all in the detail. I especially like the purples and greens and reds that are woven into the yarn- it'll make a good texture under the light.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
American Idol still disapoints. Kellie was good, but what did you expect. I think Chris has won me back, he sounded pretty good. I still say Paris and Bucky have to go.
We have been working away with Wiz costumes. This is going to be a fun show visually. We also started making some things for B & B- mainly the Beast's fury upper body. It is hard to explain and I've probably made it really harder than most people would, but I've gotten this fabric with lots of little holes in it that we made a jacket form from. In each of those little holes (probably around 5000) we are knoting a twelve inch strand of crimped yak yarn. As it is used in rehearsals, the yak yarn will frey and create a plush and fuzzy beast. It sound like a lot, but wow, when it is done it will be great. I'll try to get some pictures posted on the progress and a rough sketch so everyone can see what the finished goal is. Four people worked for two hours today and only got about a four inch square done. It is one of those strangely relaxing tasks.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Happy birthday to you!
You are old it's true!
It's good to see at your age you're still prancing!
Just please, don't start line dancing!
We are all very impressed by how preserved you are. Maybe it is all the kick boxing, maybe it is all that "joint juice" (yeah right) you drink, or maybe it has to do with your husband being a mortician. Either way, Happy Birthday!
I got complaints because I didn't explain my results. The otter is above, quiet true- especially the last line. Ha!
My color was sunshine yellow:
Your dominant hues are red and green, so you're definately not afraid to get in and stir things up. You have no time for most people's concerns, you'd rather analyze with your head than be held back by some random "gut feeling". Your saturation level is very high- you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard, but you have a lot to show for it and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you are doing it, it will be done right. Your outlook is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
My intellegence was musical:
Every part of your life has a beat and you're often tapping your fingers or toes. You enjoy sounds of all types, but you also find some can distract you at the wrong time. You are probably a gifted musician of some sort- even if you haven't realized it. Also a music lover, you tend to appreciate artists of all kinds. You would make a great musician, disc jockey, singer or composer.
That's the way that goes!
Monday, April 03, 2006
What color are you? I was bright sun-shiny yellow!
What type of animal are you? I was an Otter?
What kind of intelligence do you have? I was a music lover.
I've found quite a few fun ones and will pass them along.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
This weekend felt a lot like summer. I went to Atlanta Saturday looking for a new costume shop I had found on the internet and discovered a really cool place for supplies. The weather was perfect there, some might even say hot, but I loved it. Twenty-three days till B & B auditions!