Monday, June 14, 2010


Woo weeeee! It's getting crazier than crab leg night at Golden Corral up in here. Heck yes! The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival is cruising right along. Let's roll!!!
1 down, 2.5 to go!
That's right, the first show of the BRSTF has come to a close... kind of. The Complete Works Abridged folks just finished a bang up run of their show over at the Renaissance Theatre. If you didn't get to see it, well you missed out on a ton of fun. We're talking dudes kissing dudes, puppets kissing puppet parts, dudes stabbing other dudes with swords and other things. Man, did you miss out. Lucky news is, and don't quote me on this, I caught wind of a little rumor that there might be possible encore showings in the horribly unlucky event that Hamlet at the dairy barn gets rained out. What's this mean for you? Well if you missed the show, you can buy tickets to ALL the performances of Hamlet, and pray for rain.

Alice Rehearsals are in full effect.
This Thursday the Alice cast and I will have our very first rehearsal in the theatre on stage. That's exciting stuff for us, and even more exciting for the technicians who have been putting in long long ours in the shop to get this bad boy together in time. This weekend myself and the rest of the "tea party gang" had a chance to perform for the folks at the Amherst Centennial Celebration. It was hot as a m'er f'er out there. George was solicited by a eager young man to take karate classes. He went in today for a "tour of the premises." Fear doesn't exist in this dojo, okay?!

We found a bad azz karaoke bar.
Who'd of thunk it?! The eloquently and aptly named Wings, Pizza and Things has karaoke on Wednesday nights.

We went last week, and it was freaking blast. Here are the highlights- a local yokel sang a jam called "Strokin", Susan got boneless buffalo wings, the draft PBR was $1.39 and soooo tasty, they had to push the tables back to make room for dancing, and Terry and Claire killed it with their take on this John Travolta/ Olivia Newton John Classic.

Burn, baby, burn!
The fundraising campaign is underway, and we are kicking butt. Before the last ABRIDGED performance yesterday I checked in with our trusty lightbulb indicator (that is perfectly to scale might I add) and it looks like we're about half way there to our goal of $2,000. The light up the barn BBQ goes down in a few weeks, but there's still time to get your donation in, and help us light that bad boy up. Burn, baby, burn!

We're getting so amped about the Playwright's Retreat.
I'm getting so dang excited about this year's playwright's retreat. We have some amazing folks coming down, and we're going to have readings or some of their existing work the first weekend, and then we're going to do a little thing we tried last year called "A Bake Off".
I'll explain this more in a later blog, but it's got nothing to do with smoking weed, at least by design.

George and I barfed from eating too much.
That's right, gluttony got the best of us. For those of you unfamiliar with the dining hall taste sensory explosion that is Sweetbriar's Prothro, here's the long and short of it: ALL YOU CAN EAT extremely well made breakfast, lunch, and dinner including but not limited to a salad bar (with chilled salad plates), ice cream bar (as in tubs of ice cream to choose from, not just one solitary bar), dessert bar (that usually includes cookies, apple pie, and brownies), unlimited sodas, coffee, and juices, and that's all BEFORE YOU GET TO THE MAIN COURSES!!!!! (which are shamelessly served from beneath a sign that reads "comfort food") Last weeks highlights: scalloped potatoes, chicken marsala, steak quesadillas, corn dogs, squash casserole, and spinach and artichoke dip. I'm going to be lucky if I make it out of this place alive.

We got so much Good Good it's coming out of our ears.
Things are looking great for our production of Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island at NYC Fringe. Every day or NYC liaison and stage manager Kathleen sends us loads of e-mails with tons of awesome things for us and our crew down here in Amherst to consider. We'll find out a little later this week what our performance venues will be, and that will send us into a flurry of design meetings to pan out the logistics of building and moving a show from here to the city. I can't tell you how STOKED I am to have such an awesome team of folks assembled for this. We're going to KILL IT up there in the Big Apple. Metaphorically speaking.

Okay. That's all for now!

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