For me, the highlight of the weekend was Sunday audiences. For the Popcorn Children's Theatre performance of King Midas, in addition to the regular audience members, we were blessed with 2 vans full of youth from the Omega program in Downey, CA. These wonderful young people with learning disabilities laughed and hooted all the way through the play. And, as is so often the case, the cast members responded in kind and it was a rollicking performance. Rarely have I felt so turned on by an audience and it was a joy to meet and talk with many of the Omega youths after the show. One of their leaders explained to me that for these kids, what they saw on stage was real and they delighted as the dress of the Princess turned to gold when she was touched by her father, the king with the Midas Touch in Act 1 and when the good king ended up with the ears of an a. . . . donkey in Act 2. I hope they come back and see the show again.
Below, thanks to stage manager extraordinaire Suze Campagna is a handful of pictures from yesterday's performance:
King Midas (The Ancient One) and the Princess (Shannon Pritchard); Fraculous (Sharon Savene) in background.
A dancing (?) King Midas with Friculous (Bethany Hilliard)
Midas and the Princess about to go on stage for Act 2
The great god Apollo playing the lyre for [seated] Tmolus (Teresa Waxer), Midas, the Princess and [standing] Friculous and Fraculous
Midas checking body parts after Apollo rewards him with the ears of a donkey.
Alas, I do not yet have pictures of the Much Ado About Nothing performances but will post some when they are available to me. The whole cast was amazing on this first weekend (with 2 more to go) and I survived my first attempt at Shakespeare. But then, Dogberry is such a wonderful, muddled character there was no way I could fail. And the audiences were great with a somewhat larger (I'm guessing about 100), much louder crowd on Sunday to which the cast (as was the case in the children's show, responded.
And now to get some of my other work done. No more rehearsals although lines do get run at least once a day. How nice to have a week night at home again!