Theater Props: Jar o’ Flies

Theater Props: Jar o' Flies

The show closed Sunday; always bitter-sweet. It was a lot of fun, a terrific cast, and a big learning curve. There is something to forget during every performance. During this run, it seemed like opening and closing the window curtains was the big problem for me. Such a simple but big thing. It mattered more than other things, like replacing the bottle of “Jack Daniel’s” in the buffet, because of our fireworks effects. Keep the curtains open except for Act II when the fireworks go off. It’s all in the lighting.

This show was different for me because I was off stage. I handled most of the props (thanks to UCD Theater Dept, Davis Musical Theater Co, L Street Furniture, and Yolo SPCA Thrift Store for help with that). This photo is one of my favorites. Fifty cent jar from the thrift store with bits of black cloth on string taped to the lid. Just what it looks like here. But from the audience it looked like a bunch of flies flying around inside the jar! Pretty cool, eh? Another simple thing, but I feel kinda proud of it. I’ll get a photo of the watermelon I made from couch foam and post that next (thanks to Marie Petersen, DMTC, for tips on making fake foods).

Cheers!

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You Can’t Take It With You

You Can't Take It With You

Well, friends, my apologies for the hiatus.

In December, I got a part time job. Whew! The sedentary nature of graduate studies left behind for “load that barge, tote that bale” frenetic activity. There has been a bit of an adjustment period complicated by the holidays, low-grade illness lasting awhile, being props manager for a local community theater, and a brand new second illness that, considering how tired I already was, knocked me on. . . well, took a lot out of me. Last year at this time, I had been repotting bonsai and traveling through Australia, kayaking and hiking, going to weekend bonsai shows. What a difference a year can make.

I love my job. It keeps me fairly busy, and is different every day. The group of young people I work with are, overall, friendly and nice, supportive and encouraging, and a lot of fun. They’re nice to their resident “old lady.”

I ate my share of Girl Scout cookies but, having purchased in two communities, was surprised to discover that there was $1 difference in box prices. Wonder what’s up with that?

My next planned adventure is an Aikido seminar at the end of May. Not sure if I’ll be back in shape, but I’m going! A good friend is testing for san dan (third black belt).

My super-ultra-megawatt-totally awesome news is that of my four friends who last year battled cancer, all four are cancer free!!

The year has been an unusual so far. I wonder what the other three quarters will bring . . . . I hope all of you are having a fantastic year!
Cheers