22 October 2006

The Bard Beckoned

Sometimes McCity has cool things to offer. I saw a production of Twelfth Night last night, performed on the lawn of Barrington Hall, a historic home in our area. Added bonus: The cast included one of our favorite bloggers, Scrivener.

The Pirate Scrivener opens the show

Both meanings of “cool” were in play last night.

The performance was lovely and funny, with wonderful costumes and one groovy soundtrack. (Scrivener, you must send me the songlist.) The cast was good. This is, I think, the players’ first or second season, but they come across as a seasoned group. I caught their spring production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, which I also enjoyed.


The performance at Barrington Hall

But, damn, it was cold last night for sitting outdoors in beach chairs. Being one helluva smart woman, I stopped at Target on the way and picked up a blanket. Fortified by margaritas, topped with hot chocolate and that fuzzy blanket, we were fine.

Dan, chilled and filled with ‘tude

Fun night. Probably the last outdoors night of the year. But the Halloween costume beckons for next weekend. Which persona shall I don?


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21 Comments:

At 10/22/2006 03:04:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

Tell me if it's just me, or maybe just this particular picture. But, this guy Dan is one Freddie-Mercury-lookin' dude, if I've ever seen one. Seriously.

 
At 10/22/2006 03:09:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

See, Dan, I told you your hair is too short.

Haahnster, you should see him dance around in his gold lame boxers ...

 
At 10/22/2006 03:31:00 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

Glad you could make it and that you enjoyed yourself! If you were cold last night, you should be really thankful you didn't come to either of the Friday night performances. Last year, I am told, at this time it was still warm. Nonetheless, my suggestion is for next fall's shows to occur earlier, like the end of September.

I'll ask Thomas for a songlist. He does all the music for the plays.

Oh, and Love's Labour's was the first play for the NFDC, and this was our second. Auditions for the next one will probably be in February. You should come try out.

 
At 10/22/2006 04:27:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

is dan a cop? or a fireman? i can't tell..

 
At 10/22/2006 04:34:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

SCRIVENER: We wondered how some of y'all were holding up in those costumes, especially the women. But isn't that a wonderful spot for a play? Maybe I will try out next season. And tell Thomas to please share that songlist; it was excellent.

M: Dan's a caulker.

 
At 10/22/2006 04:42:00 PM, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

That is so cool that your friend is in plays and you go and see them! I've always wanted to be in one but my memory would not be good enough to know all those lines! I'd be too shy too.

(Went to see Bruce Cockburn last Wed. night at The Orillia Opera House, where the acoustics are great. The guy's so cool and at ease with so many people. It's like he's in your livingroom. very unaffected by his fame. he's branced out into all kinds of new sounds and effects. He got 3 ovations so did 3 encores. "All The Diamonds" was the last and you could have heard a pin drop. I'm a folkie and I still love his early stuff.)

 
At 10/22/2006 08:00:00 PM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Fortified by margaritas, topped with hot chocolate and that fuzzy blanket, we were fine. With that as the setup, there is no way you could have had a bad evening, no matter what activity you were to engage in!

 
At 10/23/2006 02:46:00 AM, Anonymous m said...

caulkers are hot.

 
At 10/23/2006 09:07:00 AM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Sounds like a perfect evening, outdoors, Shakespeare, alcohol AND hot chocolate. Glad you had a good night!

 
At 10/23/2006 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

sounds like a great night!

But, tell me, what do you consider "cold" down there? What was it, in the 50's or something?

 
At 10/23/2006 02:15:00 PM, Blogger Winter said...

I'm jealous.

 
At 10/23/2006 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Alyssa said...

Hey, I'm Alyssa, one of the founders of North Fulton Drama Club and the assistant director for the show. Thanks for coming out and braving the cold! You got the best night of it, actually.

And thanks for the nice compliments and I hope you come back to see our next show!

 
At 10/23/2006 04:38:00 PM, Anonymous Wendy said...

Hi, I'm Wendy, and I'm one of those freezing girls in sarees, and I gotta say, Scrivener's right about the Friday nights. I had about four of those little pocket handwarmers in the blouse of my saree, and they were doing anything! But thanks for braving the chill and coming to see us!

 
At 10/23/2006 05:28:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I was a thespian for part of my high school career. Looks like you had fun at the show.

 
At 10/23/2006 07:39:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

It was quite an experience, wasn't it? We need to do that more often girlie. I had forgotten how much I enjoy performance art (minus the 30-something weather).

I dig the smart-ass photo of me. Looking at it you might not realize my feet were numb. (kidding)

 
At 10/23/2006 07:41:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Oh, and thanks M for the comments... if I had followed my childhood dreams, I would have been a fireman (or was is a vet?).

 
At 10/23/2006 07:42:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Looks like a great night except for the temperature!!

 
At 10/23/2006 09:17:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

Next time make Snuggle Bunnies-hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps.

 
At 10/24/2006 01:51:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

MOTHER OF INVENTION: Isn't Bruce's voice still amazing? He was amazing when I saw him in August.

COASTER PUNCHMAN: And I love engaging in activities!

M: Hmmmm ... do I see a blogmatch in the making? I'll be glad to hook up the ex, if you meet his eHarmony criteria.

TENACIOUS S: It was. And the day kicked off with a magnum of mimosas, so it was a hazy day.

BUBS: It was the low forties, Mr. Smartypants.

 
At 10/24/2006 01:54:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

WINTER: If it had been ten degrees cooler (our normal temp in October), it would have been perfect. I felt sorry for the performers!

ALYSSA: I plan to be a regular at your performances. Y'all did a great job with Twelfth Night.

WENDY: We felt sorry for you saried gals.

GRANT MILLER: I hope you one day post photos of your thespian days.

 
At 10/24/2006 01:55:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

DAN: I'll keep an eye out for some plays. Dad's Garage? Fireman Dan would have been cool ...

DALE: It was. A good night is always in the cards when I'm out with Dan.

OLD LADY: Now you're talkin' ...

 

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