My return to the acting world

It’s hard to believe this much time has passed, but in the summer of 2014, I got to perform in two shows put on by the Batavia Theatre Project, run by Adam Haskell and Laura E. Haskell. Laura Haskell was working with her dear friend, Sarah E. Plummer, and together, the two women co-directed two plays, Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was Laura’s show, with Sarah assisting,  and Old Town, which was Sarah’s show, with Laura assisting.

Adam’s job was to build the sets. He built a stage in the middle of Sycamore Township Park for all our Midsummer Night’s Dream shows, and he also built the stage for our production of Our Town in the Batavia Elementary School.

Both plays were presented in the summer of 2014, which coincided with Batavia’s Bicentennial.

In Midsummer Night’s Dream, I played Philostrate and one of the rude mechanicals, who played ‘Lion’ in the play-within-a-play scene performed at the end of the play.

In Our Town, I played Julia Gibbs, the mother of George Gibbs. In the photo at the left, I am in costume as Julia Gibbs.

In the photo at the bottom left, I am in costume in the second act of Old Town, playing the deceased Julia Gibbs in the graveyard scene. Batavia Elementary School did not have air-conditioning, and although it was a welcome relief to wear an all-cotton blouse in this scene, every time we performed this scene, a bead of sweat trickled down my back.

It was hot!

Did I mention it was hot?

At least on the outdoor stage, we had the benefit of fresh air, but it got mighty hot out there too, in the July and August sun, but I wouldn’t have given up the opportunity I had that summer to get back into acting with two back-to-back plays. It was a tight schedule, but we all made it.

I made a lot of friends that summer, too, and that was lovely, and I came to know a lot of the people who form the acting community of Cincinnati.


Nature Lover

 We went on a walk Sunday afternoon, along the new bike trail in Williamsburg that used to be a train tracks. What a lovely afternoon!

What a glorious, gorgeous day!

A clear blue sky. Cool, fresh air. A lovely way to start the week. And here’s another photo of the flowers I’ve collected every year, starting in 2008, when I first bought my used, 2002 yellow volkswagen bug. For every year thereafter, until my hubby started driving it, I liked to change out the flower in the bud vase. My son now drives the yellow bug and he refuses to put a flower in the bud vase.

Also, as a result of the Kristen Lamb workshop I took on Saturday, I’m going to be playing around with some other types of media, such as this lovely GIF, to my upper left. How super-girl cool is that, the Beast turns into Belle!

Cool beans!

So, please have a super-girl day!