Constant readers here know I have endless passion for the theatrical world, and since April that is the world and the work dominating my days and nights. Note I am not complaining.
In April work began on a live improv comedy show, a fundraising launch for the Morristown Theatre Guild as we strive to renovate and reopen their historic home. Crazed comedy made up live while the audience watches does take much preparation and I am pleased to say the cast put on a very funny show.
(pictures of this event and others are below)
Next up was the just-completed production of high school students for the Guild's annual Books Alive! program. I was only a producing partner for this show, directed by a local Hamblen County teacher. Still, it consumed my time.
The show, titled "Fairy Tales" presented the stories of Snow White, Red Riding Hood and more. The audiences were made of elementary students who arrived in large groups for shows thru the day. Not only was the cast excellent at their work the audiences of youngsters cheered and howled with great delight as they had their first experiences in theatre.
All thru the two shows above and continuing now are preparations and set building for the Guild's production of the amazing Neil Simon's play "California Suite". This production will play at Walters State Community College, opening May 16.
In all of these endeavors, there exist no online arguments of politics, of social constructs, or other digitalized concerns. Instead, these efforts are linked to the human history of storytelling, of shared experience, of basic communications achieved in person.
It is most refreshing. And it makes all involved, I hope, quite happy.
And now, some photos.
The troupe of Improv comedians.
The student cast of "Fairy Tales", and below, some of the elementary kids pretending to be trees helping to keep Snow White safe.