Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How To Train Your Dragon, Live Spectacular!

I had the luxury of being able to take my son to Seattle to see family for a quick weekend while also catching my cousin, Will Watkins, in the live production of How To Train Your Dragon. I knew the movie well, and I knew this would be an amazing show, but I had no idea just how much. A couple days later I found myself standing in front of my classes all day long describing the show and the amazing scope theatrical history it covers. They had aspects of Greek theatre with the use of arena staging, they had traditional puppet theatre, shadow play theatre, even musical theatre. They had pantomime, and I was quickly reminded of my own neglectful habbits when it comes to teaching mime in the classroom. Ironically, I used it myself recently in a one woman show. I used mime almost entirely. As if that was not enough it was a clear sign of direction theatre is going. More & more I see theatre with the use of modern technology such as projections, remote controlled sets, & intelligent lighting. Don't even get me started with what we can do with a digital sound board! This show had the history of theatre built into the script of How To Train Your Dragon. The use of helium-filled bubbles, upside-down train tracks above the stage, and the lights! Oh my the lights. My son was on the edge of his seat the entire night. I don't think I saw a bad seat in the house either, it was a great view from any seat I could see. Excellent show! Very well done! 
 Will played Gobber. It was great fun, & we got a tour backstage after the show! I loved the ships on the water of lights, so I was thrilled to see how they were made. The organization needed for such a huge production, that loads in & out in 72 hours each week. is a monster!
 This is the classic example of what can happen if your battery is about to loose its charge. I could not get an accurate reading & missed the moment (on camera that is).

Amelia Lives!

I had the rare opportunity to perform as Amelia Earhart in a one woman show a couple weekends ago. On the heals of closing Jekyll & Hyde, I jumped into the script with the help pf director Dan Kutsko, & the next 3 weeks was a whirlwind of theatre. The show was in the black box, with about 50 seats, & an abstract set to be used as many different places throughout the flash-back of the kife of the famous aviatrix. The booster club was raising money for their Sr. scholarships. It was great fun, & hard work!

 The company...

 The show...

It was such a joy to see old faces... alumni from years past came to see the show. What a great time!

...and very special friends!