Monthly Archives: November 2009

Now Playing: A Christmas Carol

Our Tiny Tim is played by Corley Pillsbury, last seen as the zombie sister in the basement in Evil Dead the Musical.

So I neglected to mention that I am in another play.  And not only am I in another play, but I get to don three different wigs, three different British accents and one fat suit, in order to play three different characters in Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. The show is directed by Michael McKelvey and stars Nathan Jerkins as Scrooge, and also features my old Frog Prince besties, Sean Martin and Jose Villarreal. We opened this weekend to audiences that strangely had more adults than children.  I’m sure the house will fill out though.  During Frog Prince we regularly had almost 200 kids in the theater.  That requires a lot of bottom glue.

With a few twists on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre presents A Christmas Carol. Written by D. Heath Thompson for young audiences with original music and songs by Michael McKelvey, the interactive play teaches the values of kindness and sharing.On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits alone counting his cash and is visited by friendlier, funnier versions of the ghosts of Christmas Present, Past and Future. The ghosts show Scrooge the errors of his crotchety ways and help him make an overnight transformation from grouchy to grateful! A perfect holiday treat for children ages 2 – adult.

Family Friday Celebrate the end of the week and bring the family to our Friday evening showing of A Christmas Carol, December 11 at 7p.m.

Special Final Performance of A Christmas Carol:
A Christmas Carol Countdown to Noon! December 20 at 11 a.m.
Children will celebrate an early New Year’s Eve with party favors and treats immediately following the performance. Tickets to this special show: $15 Adults, $12 Children (1-12), $5 infants under 1.


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Austin: East of I-35

The cover of my first book project

The cover of my first ever book project. A book of photography about Austin's east side.

In my other job/life, I am a graphic designer.  Last May, my little company started working on a book project with the photographer Rama Tiru.  We met her at the Austin E.A.S.T. tour last year, and after buying a print from her, she approached us to do the book.  Now, almost a year to the day later, the fruit of the collaboration between us is now in the world.  This project is a true marriage between her photography and our design.  Rama was opposed to the standard, deferential white space that is usually utilized in photobooks, so with her blessing, we went to East Austin with our cameras and gathered textures and color and hand-drew type treatments.  The resulting work is dense with eastside flavor.  This book was heading to press during the same time-frame as Lonestar was opening.  This is why even though that show was one of the most fun theatrical experiences I’ve ever had, and our houses were full every single night, you haven’t heard much out of me. The last couple of weeks were really rough, my candle burned at both ends. But now I am out the other side of both endeavors, and  both have brought me so much joy and fulfillment, that it was worth crying at my desk on my birthday.   I’ll have a link shortly where the book can be purchased online.

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O Sylvia

I am horribly limited // Sylvia Plath
I can never read all the books I want;
I can never be all the people I want
and live all the lives I want.
I can never train myself in all the skills
I want. And why do I want to? I want to
live and feel all the shades, tones, and
variations of mental and physical
experience possible in life.
And I am horribly limited.

 

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Welcome to Lonestar, ya’ll!

Backstage with Lou Ann. Photo by Beth Ann, aka Michele Keffer

Backstage with Lou Ann. Photo by Beth Ann, aka Michelle Keffer.

Opening weekend came and went like a hot slippery calf  fresh out the shoot.  In our abbreviated run of only Friday and Saturday, we had over 80 people in the house.  And they were rowdy and not afraid to throw things.   Just how I like ’em.  I’ll admit, rehearsing in my living room the week before we opened, I had my fears of how this was all gonna go down, but Friday the show was just so much fun that we all had a hard time wiping the grins off our faces for hours afterward.  Its even harder to lose the accent.  My apologies to all the friends I saw at Rio Rita that were embarrassed by my redneck, Jessica Simpson act complete with ponytail.  I’m sure I said the words “SO MUCH FUN” more than you’ll need to hear again maybe ever.  Or until you come out to the show, then you’ll know what I mean.

Get your tickets now, ya’ll.  This is not one you want to miss.  We’re looking to sell out the next two weekends.  We also have Wednesday and Thursday shows starting this week, and Wednesday is free beer night.  Reserve those tickets now, chickens.

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