“It’s a Local Production” – 1 #fridayfiction

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We had so much fun with Haunted Wedding Dresses, I thought you would enjoy this new story.  This new story is just for you! I’ll be posting the story in parts again. Let’s get started. . .!

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“It’s a Local Production”

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Giraffe presented his head to me.  “The stitching’s coming out in the back,” he said.  “Can you do anything about it, Margy?”  He added, “I missed my cue at rehearsal today, ’cause I thought it was going to fall off.”

I had my hands full already with the coyote costume.  The coyote had dumped her costume on me that morning, sniffing, “It needs cleaning, Margy.  I won’t wear it another second until it’s thoroughly washed.  It smells like an old sock drawer.”

I considered briefly how she would know, since she was one of those people always beautifully turned out, “dressed to the nines,” as they say.

But I said I’d do what I could, and she chuffed off.  Then there was the crow.  “Raven,” he always said, correcting you when you said crow.  Even though the script says Crow, and the director, Seetha, told him it’s Crow, not Raven.  “They’re related,” Crow had said, sniffing.

“I need more feathers,” he’d told me, right after the coyote had dropped off her costume.  I only half-listened, because if Crow had his way, well, there weren’t enough feathers on the planet to satisfy his need for feathers, I suspected.  You might say Crow had a feather fetish.

I could be biased, since I took a lot of pride in crow’s costume.  Most of the time costumes in community theater are a ragtag affair.  Bits salvaged from Goodwill and past productions, tethered together with glue guns and stitching.  You get what you pay for, and there is never budget for costumes in my line.  But Crow’s costume had come from a friend in professional theater, she’d made it for her Senior Thesis performance in the Arts Conservatory in town.  It was a great costume.  The black beak opened and closed and everything.  Still, Crow was constantly whining about needing more feathers.  I was tired of his complaints.

Now this with the giraffe’s head.  I didn’t blame Giraffe.  The head was a cobbled-together thing that came from a horse cap painted with orange and tan continent-shaped spots, to which I had added two little giraffe horns I’d made with felt and stuffing.  Before being a giraffe’s head, and before being a horse’s head, it had been an antelope, a goat, a bull’s head, and who knows what else.  It was ancient even before I started here five years ago.

But – it was all we had.  I had to come up with something.  I was the wardrobe department, wasn’t I?  Even if this was a small, no-costume-budget community theater production of an experimental play with an uncertain cast.

(to be continued!)

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Well, we seem to be continuing with a “sewing” theme.  One of my family members just started a new job as a costumer with a large entertainment organization, and perhaps she is on my mind.  I suppose we can’t help but draw on our own lives to create art, can we? {smile}

Have you ever been in theater?  What is your favorite play?  Do you like musicals, or do you prefer straight play productions?

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30 thoughts on ““It’s a Local Production” – 1 #fridayfiction

  1. It has captured me. Sounds like interesting things are going to happen. 😊
    We go to the theatre whenever there’s something good. We even watch smaller productions in smaller theatres but we love the Teatro at Montecasino. I love musicals. And comedy. I’m looking forward to the return of Evita in October. I had missed it, and Chicago, a few years ago. Mamma Mia was great! Sleeping Beauty on Ice was also quite amazing.

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    1. Ah! – I definitely have my favorite musicals, and my husband and daughter love musicals. Evita sounds great – Mamma Mia was wonderful, too. I really enjoy some of the “classics” – Fiddler On the Roof (ensemble singing is amazing), Wicked, A Chorus Line … ! 🙂 Thank you for your warm comment!

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      1. I’d love to see Wicked. Westside Story was here recently but not in my “safe zone”. It was at the Joburg Theatre in town. Maybe a good classic will come to our Teatro. 😊

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  2. Fiction about theatre/theater is my favorite! This is fun. Can’t wait for more! I am a theatre lover, for sure. My daughter is a triple threat performer, so I have enjoyed a lot of theatre that she was involved in and that she was not over the years. My favorite musical might be Miss Saigon, although I love the music from The Scarlet Pimpernel. OK, I actually have about 30 favorite musicals. As far as straight plays go, that is more difficult as I have read many and seen fewer. I do love some of the old classics of American stage and the more exciting and brilliant Shakespeare plays.

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    1. Ah! I knew there was a reason I am so drawn to your writing, Luanne! I’m very fond of theater as well. I haven’t had a chance to see Miss Saigon, but I really love a few others (Wicked, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof) – favorites! Yay! Congrats also on your daughter’s theater performances. ❤️

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      1. My favorite shows are the ones she is in, of course :). Miss Saigon makes me sob. I’ve seen Wicked twice, wait, three times, and once was in Chicago with Ana Gasteyer (AMAZING). Saw Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda, and she was fabulous. Saw her later in Next to Normal. Wow, what an emotional range.

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  3. Hooray! I’m hooked already! My oldest daughter was very involved in her high school theater program. They did an amazing job with Fiddler on the Roof (one of my favorites) I also loved their production of Les Miserables where she had the role of Madame Thenardier! There really aren’t any venues near where I live in CT but I do love listening to show tunes!! How can you not be happy when “76 Trombones” is blaring!! 😀

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    1. Madame Thenardier is my favorite role. If I could be in Les Mis, that is the role I would want. That and Mrs. Bumble in Oliver. And Ursula in Little Mermaid. To name a few.My daughter’s high school did Fiddler when she was in 10th grade, and it was such a wonderful show for the kids to do.

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      1. Those roles have so much opportunity to bring some real personality to them! My daughter loved playing Madame T and took her right over the top! I know I’m biased but I really think she stole the show! 😀

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      2. I have no doubt. Moms usually know these things. I always knew that about my daughter’s performances, yet my son earned a lead in the 8th grade play and did not do it justice. Mom knew.

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      3. I remember seeing a production of Fiddler On the Roof at a local community theater a few years ago, and since it was not my first time, I figured, I’d like it, but it was not a big deal. Oh! the ensemble singing. Just took me out of this world. 🙂

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  4. Phantom of the Opera is my favorite though Momma Mia was pretty awesome.
    Theresa, you did an excellent job developing the character’s personalities, I could see each of them in my mind. I’ve heard from friends who did theater how demanding some artists are. I’m hooked too!

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    1. Mamma Mia has those wonderful singable songs and the spirited choreography (at least in the film) was really fun. I think I may have exaggerated a little, but I suppose that’s the fun of it. Perhaps in a small production (my theory) there is more at stake for the actors, not getting paid much or at all, in making their roles as dramatic as possible. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, as when I hear from readers it helps me think about the next segment!

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      1. We were lucky to see both on Broadway, I highly recommend seeing either one. There was a local summer theater where I lived in Maine. I was amazed at what they were able to put together with almost no money.

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