All Bearded up (and loving the laziness)

8 October, 2007 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Artsy stuff | 8 Comments

As most of my readers would be aware (cos I’ve told you all about it enough) I am currently involved in another musical production in Canberra. Oliver opened a week and a half ago, and this is it’s final week.

 I’d like to be able to say that it’s because of my commitments to Oliver that I haven’t been posting, but that would be a lie.

I am just a lazy bastard.

And that laziness was encouraged when we started rehearsals, and it was suggested we give thought to not shaving (That’d be for the blokes. Kids were told not to have their hair cut, and were told not to wash their hair for the last month. I have no idea what the women were told, and I don’t really want to know).

So my shaving for the last few months has been almost non-existant: originally I was shaving my cheeks and throat, but now have given up completely.

And the result, to put it mildly, is….

well, see for yourself. Just call me Ned. Ned Kelly.

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 And the guy with the wine glass…. believe it or not, but that is the man who plays the part of Fagin.

I kid you not.

And he’s damn good at it too! It’s amazing how different he looks with make-up and a wig!

And here’s a pic with the hat and pipe in the dressing room, waiting to go on stage….

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The most cultured person in Yass

15 October, 2006 at 12:56 am | Posted in Artsy stuff | 6 Comments

Tonight I expanded on my cultural development by attending the theatre.

As some of you may be aware, in the earlier part of this year, I was invited to audition for an amateur production of The Full Monty. I did, and was cast in a couple of roles, the main one being the worlds worst stripper. At which I succeded admirably (including searching for belly button lint, and pulling a wedgie out of my ass whilst “auditioning” to join the main group of strippers). The second was a priest conducting a funeral- a very somber affair, yet the eulogy was funny, and it was quite difficult to maintain my demeanor whilst the  audience was laughing.

As a result of my role in The Full Monty, I know quite a few of the cast in the show I saw tonight, “The Boyfriend”.

Set in the twenties, but written in the fiftys, it is a flippant look at life in that era, and a classic love story. Rich girl meets rich boy, but both pretend that they are actually paupers; the girls father refuses to let her have a boyfriend, but the boarding school madame reminds the father of a fling the two of them had when they were younger, so the father relents and it all ends rather happily.

 The singing (it is a musical) was very good, the dancing was lovely to watch, and overall an enjoyable night. I went with a couple of people who were involved in TFM, and another thespian.

 After the show, we stuck around until the cast came out from the dressing rooms, and we had a few bevvies, and chatted for a while. The cameraderie of the cast was great to see, and gets me wanting to audition for the next show they are doing, The Buddy Holly Story. I would love to audition, and probably will, but I am not to sure if there is a role for a beer bellied goatee wearing thugish looking person. Maybe there is a musically talented truck driver in it….Then again, maybe not.

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(BTW-for those that don’t know, the glasses and the white spray paint are all part of the costume-I am told it looked good on stage….but it was a bastard trying to see anything through those glasses!!)

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