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Well, our show was favourably reviewed: Sort of ironic, really. We finally get a review, and it's our last 'CSC' show. Well, mine, anyway.

Good to go out on a high note, though.

I thought I'd share a couple more photos. I'm very pleased with my performance, actually. I had people tell me I made them cry, which is cool.

Here's the set of Trojan Women:



I'm not in my Androchame outfit in this, as it wasn't my turn, but here's our cast photo:
Trojan Women )

Here's the cast of Trolius and Cressida singing the chorus to You Can't Always Get What You Want. It was really awesome and fun. blurry photo )
charliesmum: (Hamlet's LJ (by tzikeh))
*Soap Opera Announcer Voice* In the continuing saga of my Shakespeare Company...

Below the cut is my resignation letter from the Board of Trustees, and That Woman's response in return.

Just for curiousity's sake, I'd very much like to get your opinion of That Woman based on her letter - or rather, what you 'get' from the tone of the letter. And mine, come to that. Is mine polite? Bitter? Badly written?

My Letter )

Her Letter )

I personally feel her letter makes very little actual sense.
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*Soap Opera Announcer Voice* In the continuing saga of my Shakespeare Company...

Below the cut is my resignation letter from the Board of Trustees, and That Woman's response in return.

Just for curiousity's sake, I'd very much like to get your opinion of That Woman based on her letter - or rather, what you 'get' from the tone of the letter. And mine, come to that. Is mine polite? Bitter? Badly written?

My Letter )

Her Letter )

I personally feel her letter makes very little actual sense.

Now What

Jun. 10th, 2010 09:23 am
charliesmum: (Depressing Shot (Doctor H) by prejudices)
I quit the Trustee board of my Shakespeare company last night.

Oddly enough, I haven't spent too much time in my LJ documenting the troubles the Shakespeare Company have been having at the 'Trustee' board level, mostly I suppose, because it is too ridiculous to be believed.

It's hard to explain, really, without delving into a whole bunch of antecdata which is really of no interest to anyone. Basically what it came down to was two groups of people who do not see eye-to-eye, and everyone's perception of what was going on was clouded by emotion and in some cases jealousy.

The thing that was the breaking point for me was one woman in particular holding on to what she believed happened, in light of actual facts.

You all know of my brilliant friend [livejournal.com profile] kirathaune, yes? This woman accused her of deliberately not costuming the 'second' cast of sisters in King Lear. I pointed out to her that that was not true.

She said 'Dana was tripping over her dress'.

I said, 'Dana made her own dress. She was doing it as part of a class project.'

'No she didn't.'

I said, this is the problem, your perception of events is different. She said 'we should be allowed to say what our preception is' and I said, yes but you are wrong and she said 'no I'm not' and that's when I gave up.

So, I don't know what is going to happen next. I hope to continue to act with the company, and it is possible some of us may just start a whole new company, but who knows.

At any rate. I feel kind of sad today, so cheering stories would be nice!

Now What

Jun. 10th, 2010 09:23 am
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I quit the Trustee board of my Shakespeare company last night.

Oddly enough, I haven't spent too much time in my LJ documenting the troubles the Shakespeare Company have been having at the 'Trustee' board level, mostly I suppose, because it is too ridiculous to be believed.

It's hard to explain, really, without delving into a whole bunch of antecdata which is really of no interest to anyone. Basically what it came down to was two groups of people who do not see eye-to-eye, and everyone's perception of what was going on was clouded by emotion and in some cases jealousy.

The thing that was the breaking point for me was one woman in particular holding on to what she believed happened, in light of actual facts.

You all know of my brilliant friend [livejournal.com profile] kirathaune, yes? This woman accused her of deliberately not costuming the 'second' cast of sisters in King Lear. I pointed out to her that that was not true.

She said 'Dana was tripping over her dress'.

I said, 'Dana made her own dress. She was doing it as part of a class project.'

'No she didn't.'

I said, this is the problem, your perception of events is different. She said 'we should be allowed to say what our preception is' and I said, yes but you are wrong and she said 'no I'm not' and that's when I gave up.

So, I don't know what is going to happen next. I hope to continue to act with the company, and it is possible some of us may just start a whole new company, but who knows.

At any rate. I feel kind of sad today, so cheering stories would be nice!
charliesmum: (Eleven Sonic by kirathaune)
Did I ever mention my theatre group's new house band, Antic Disposition? (Find us on We're on Facebook!)

It was an idea we shamelessly stole from the American Shakespeare Company, and debuted during Wars of the Roses. I'm in the band, obstenabily as a back-up singer, but mostly, probably, because I was the one that thought of the band's name.

This show I'm singing lead, doing Blondie's The Tide is High.* Now, The Tide is High is a song I've been singing along to for *does math* oh, gods, 30 years, generally singing into my hairbrush while I tried to will myself into looking like Debbie Harry. And, as you know, I've been doing karaoke, so singing should be a piece of cake.

Except it's totally not.

My 'comfort zone' is fairly large, all things considered, but this, proper singing with a real, live band, with no beer to ease the nerves bloody terrifying.

However, 'Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone', as someone more clever than I once said, and I'm determined to get past my fear, and to do this.

And if I don't actually suck while doing so, that will be a big bonus.


How about you lot? What things have you done that surprised you?









*Because the show is The Tempest, that's why.
charliesmum: (Default)
Did I ever mention my theatre group's new house band, Antic Disposition? (Find us on We're on Facebook!)

It was an idea we shamelessly stole from the American Shakespeare Company, and debuted during Wars of the Roses. I'm in the band, obstenabily as a back-up singer, but mostly, probably, because I was the one that thought of the band's name.

This show I'm singing lead, doing Blondie's The Tide is High.* Now, The Tide is High is a song I've been singing along to for *does math* oh, gods, 30 years, generally singing into my hairbrush while I tried to will myself into looking like Debbie Harry. And, as you know, I've been doing karaoke, so singing should be a piece of cake.

Except it's totally not.

My 'comfort zone' is fairly large, all things considered, but this, proper singing with a real, live band, with no beer to ease the nerves bloody terrifying.

However, 'Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone', as someone more clever than I once said, and I'm determined to get past my fear, and to do this.

And if I don't actually suck while doing so, that will be a big bonus.


How about you lot? What things have you done that surprised you?









*Because the show is The Tempest, that's why.
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So, guess what. I've been cast as Kate in Taming of the Shrew.

Well, double cast. Which means I only get 1/2 the performances, but still, Kate! Yay. I've always wanted to do her. Be her. You know what I mean.

Francie the director said she wanted me for Kate, but she was a bit concerned about my energy. I said, this weekend was sucky on many levels, what with my car pretty much exploding and all, and I just wasn't in the best of places, but I assured her I can find the energy when needed.

So that's a bit of good news, anyway.

Incidentally, does anyone happen to have the soundtrack for Oliver? the musical? I personally don't like it very much*, but Charlie is singing it in chorus and he's become enamored of it. He wants to be Oliver, if anyone ever puts on a production of it, he says.


*Who read this book, that was essentially about some poor child being neglected and abused, and said, 'gosh, this would make a great musical!' Sheesh.
charliesmum: (Default)
So, guess what. I've been cast as Kate in Taming of the Shrew.

Well, double cast. Which means I only get 1/2 the performances, but still, Kate! Yay. I've always wanted to do her. Be her. You know what I mean.

Francie the director said she wanted me for Kate, but she was a bit concerned about my energy. I said, this weekend was sucky on many levels, what with my car pretty much exploding and all, and I just wasn't in the best of places, but I assured her I can find the energy when needed.

So that's a bit of good news, anyway.

Incidentally, does anyone happen to have the soundtrack for Oliver? the musical? I personally don't like it very much*, but Charlie is singing it in chorus and he's become enamored of it. He wants to be Oliver, if anyone ever puts on a production of it, he says.


*Who read this book, that was essentially about some poor child being neglected and abused, and said, 'gosh, this would make a great musical!' Sheesh.

WooT!

Jan. 13th, 2008 07:38 pm
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We had a practically full house at today's matinee. That was swell.

Here's some photos so far.



The obligatory "Charlie and Me" photo

the rest here )

Overall the play has been much better than I feared. So well done, us.

WooT!

Jan. 13th, 2008 07:38 pm
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We had a practically full house at today's matinee. That was swell.

Here's some photos so far.



The obligatory "Charlie and Me" photo

the rest here )

Overall the play has been much better than I feared. So well done, us.
charliesmum: (Shakespeare Shut your mouth by midnight)
We opened The Winter's Tale last night. We had a good audience.

That is to say, we had an audience, so that was good. Not many people, but enough so we weren't just acting for the chairs.

Hopefully tonight will be a better crowd. *fingers tightly crossed*

Charlie did a fantastic job, and I will eventually post some photos of him in his Prince Mamillius costume because OMG cute.

One of my co-workers came, and her comment was "I'm not a Shakespeare person, but I was enthralled." which is all a Shakespearian troupe can ask for really. People who aren't 'Shakespeare people' always seem surprised when the story turns out to be good.

Have a good day everyone.
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We opened The Winter's Tale last night. We had a good audience.

That is to say, we had an audience, so that was good. Not many people, but enough so we weren't just acting for the chairs.

Hopefully tonight will be a better crowd. *fingers tightly crossed*

Charlie did a fantastic job, and I will eventually post some photos of him in his Prince Mamillius costume because OMG cute.

One of my co-workers came, and her comment was "I'm not a Shakespeare person, but I was enthralled." which is all a Shakespearian troupe can ask for really. People who aren't 'Shakespeare people' always seem surprised when the story turns out to be good.

Have a good day everyone.
charliesmum: (Nuggan (by hyel))
Why would someone leave his name and ask to be contacted by a Shakespeare company if you think Shakespeare sucks? And are contemptuous about it even? And why do you care what kind of lights we use?

Why do people keep dropping out of our Winter's Tale production? And isn't 'My grandmother died' like the classic cliched excuse? I mean, yeah, prolly true, but come on. Why audition if you don't want to do it? Huh, why?

Why does the director think it will be a good thing to have the cast on stage the entire time, even when they aren't doing anything? I personally like the down time.

Grrr. And Arugh.
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Why would someone leave his name and ask to be contacted by a Shakespeare company if you think Shakespeare sucks? And are contemptuous about it even? And why do you care what kind of lights we use?

Why do people keep dropping out of our Winter's Tale production? And isn't 'My grandmother died' like the classic cliched excuse? I mean, yeah, prolly true, but come on. Why audition if you don't want to do it? Huh, why?

Why does the director think it will be a good thing to have the cast on stage the entire time, even when they aren't doing anything? I personally like the down time.

Grrr. And Arugh.

Pictures

Nov. 5th, 2007 06:38 pm
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As threatened promised, here's a couple of photos of me in the play.

First here is one with Charlie in it. I want to make this a new icon, but I can't seem to compress it enough so it is small enough to go onto LJ. It has to be under 40KB or something, and I can't get it any smaller than 59. Annoying.



Here's me with the other Ariels.



Unfortunately I didn't get too many photos. We always want to do a 'photo shoot' but never seem to get the time. Some people did take photos, though, so hopefully they will share.

Pictures

Nov. 5th, 2007 06:38 pm
charliesmum: (Default)
As threatened promised, here's a couple of photos of me in the play.

First here is one with Charlie in it. I want to make this a new icon, but I can't seem to compress it enough so it is small enough to go onto LJ. It has to be under 40KB or something, and I can't get it any smaller than 59. Annoying.



Here's me with the other Ariels.



Unfortunately I didn't get too many photos. We always want to do a 'photo shoot' but never seem to get the time. Some people did take photos, though, so hopefully they will share.
charliesmum: (Dangermouse Crumbs)
Thanks, everyone, for the comments on my previous post. I still don't know what I'm going to do. I need to figure out what I want - right now I'm afraid I'm going to make a decision just to get back on my family's good side, and that's not wise. Meanwhile, I am dreading the holidays.

I've not been very kind to the Husband. I try, but I'm in such a bad place right now, and I'm such a confrontation-avoider, instead of just telling him, I retreat and probably make everything worse. And he doesn't confront either, and he just retreats into these passive-aggressive things, so instead of him saying 'what's wrong' and me telling him, we just withdraw.

Anyway...I wanted to talk about something cheerful this post, so I will tell you about the play.

Both weekends went really well. The first night we had the usual teething pains, and half-way through the 2nd act a fuse blew! Fortunately we didn't loose all the lights, but we couldnt' fade in or out, and we lost our background music. The audience didn't notice, and that's the important thing. The drawback was the fusebox is in the basement of the legion hall, behind a locked gate, so we couldn't get to it.

That was as the biggest problem we had though. We had good audiences every night, and yesterday we were literally packed. We had to add chairs. People were even buying our 'swag' - coffee mugs, keychains, tee-shirts and magnets. So yay for money.

We Ariels had several songs to sing, and I had a short one that I sang myself, which let me tell you was terrifying, as I have never considered myself a singer, but I got compliments, so apparently I did okay.

There are many songs in this play. I kept saying we should do a soundtrack. One of the funnier songs was Caliban's - here's Shakespeare's lyrics:

No more dams I'll make for fish
Nor fetch in firing
At requiring;
Nor scrape trencher, nor wash dish
'Ban, 'Ban, Cacaliban
Has a new master: get a new man.
Freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom! freedom,
hey-day, freedom!


They adapted it to go with the tune 'Day-o' and dang if it didn't totally work. Got big applause every time.

We had to make Alonzo and Sebastian girls, the Queen and her sister instead of King and brother, and we made it a love triangle with Antonio being the seducer of both of them. It worked so well that the only conclusion one can draw from the original is OMG ANTONIO WAS TOTALLY GAY. :)

I'll post some photos later
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Thanks, everyone, for the comments on my previous post. I still don't know what I'm going to do. I need to figure out what I want - right now I'm afraid I'm going to make a decision just to get back on my family's good side, and that's not wise. Meanwhile, I am dreading the holidays.

I've not been very kind to the Husband. I try, but I'm in such a bad place right now, and I'm such a confrontation-avoider, instead of just telling him, I retreat and probably make everything worse. And he doesn't confront either, and he just retreats into these passive-aggressive things, so instead of him saying 'what's wrong' and me telling him, we just withdraw.

Anyway...I wanted to talk about something cheerful this post, so I will tell you about the play.

Both weekends went really well. The first night we had the usual teething pains, and half-way through the 2nd act a fuse blew! Fortunately we didn't loose all the lights, but we couldnt' fade in or out, and we lost our background music. The audience didn't notice, and that's the important thing. The drawback was the fusebox is in the basement of the legion hall, behind a locked gate, so we couldn't get to it.

That was as the biggest problem we had though. We had good audiences every night, and yesterday we were literally packed. We had to add chairs. People were even buying our 'swag' - coffee mugs, keychains, tee-shirts and magnets. So yay for money.

We Ariels had several songs to sing, and I had a short one that I sang myself, which let me tell you was terrifying, as I have never considered myself a singer, but I got compliments, so apparently I did okay.

There are many songs in this play. I kept saying we should do a soundtrack. One of the funnier songs was Caliban's - here's Shakespeare's lyrics:

No more dams I'll make for fish
Nor fetch in firing
At requiring;
Nor scrape trencher, nor wash dish
'Ban, 'Ban, Cacaliban
Has a new master: get a new man.
Freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom! freedom,
hey-day, freedom!


They adapted it to go with the tune 'Day-o' and dang if it didn't totally work. Got big applause every time.

We had to make Alonzo and Sebastian girls, the Queen and her sister instead of King and brother, and we made it a love triangle with Antonio being the seducer of both of them. It worked so well that the only conclusion one can draw from the original is OMG ANTONIO WAS TOTALLY GAY. :)

I'll post some photos later

Damn

Oct. 16th, 2007 12:06 pm
charliesmum: (LOM Bugger by flip18)
One of our cast members just dropped out of The Tempest. Which opens on the 26th. Not a huge part, but important. Am now trying to find someone who can fill the role quickly.

Dang.

We've not been lucky this time around.

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