Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Dames At Sea



As part of my living in a rut removal system when a friend said he was looking for help with his production of Dames At Sea I said I was interested in helping even if it meant I would be the Water Boy since being backstage would be a whole new experience for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I also gained a whole new respect for the craft of acting watching the actors memorize lines, dance steps, songs and the basic stage choreography or movement for each scene. I have been a bit jaded towards actors because of my distain for the Hollywood Fame Machine and my perception of its effect on the dumbing down of Americans. That is a topic unto itself.

Dames At Sea is doing a short 3 day run at the Kealani Resort Hotel in Wailea for Easter weekend. Rehearsals begin today. I will again be backstage, this time as stage manager (the prop guy). Wailea is known to attract some of the Hollywood crowd. The room rates are high enough to eliminate most of the riff raff. Who knows who we may see at the show for this run.

12 comments:

christin m p in massachusetts said...

Riff-raff?

christin m p in massachusetts said...

I need to develop a living in a rut removal system too.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

When someone asks you to do something you might automatically say no to, say YES instead, even if it might scare you a little. That will start to remove any routine you may have settled into.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

You must be right. I've always clung very tightly to my predictable little "safety zone", and look where it's gotten me.

I look at the way you live, and I'm envious. I want to go to Maui and watch the play and walk in the garden and hike into the crater. But first I have to win the lottery.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

I checked your Whistlestop Caboose link and read what Ellen Wallace had to say. Although I've never, ever been impressed by a person's title, celebrity status, or monetary wealth, I am very impressed with her way of thinking. The world would be a much less annoying place to live if everyone's thinking were as sensible as hers. I'd be very interested to read her work.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

It is a state of mind and a way of being not a place where I live. I lived on the island of Maui for a very long time clinging very tightly to my predictable little "safety zone", and it didn't get me any where. When the pain of my wretched life got bigger than my fears and the remnants of my pride was in tatters I asked for help and started to slowly change. The process continues to slowly unfold despite my often continued resistence.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

...I asked for help and started to slowly change.

Where did you find help?

I've always thought if I had the luxury of getting one of those therapists called life coaches, that maybe they could help me navigate better through life.

whistlestop caboose said...

C - I wanted to send an email to let you know I added a link to this post, but I can't see how to send you an email! Apologies for putting admininstrative stuff here. And Christin MP, thanks for brightening my day. (Keep buying those lottery tickets.)

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

Ditto on your e-mail Ellen. I have not put it on the blog for privacy and because the robots can harvest it for junk mail. You can get it from my nursery web site, business you know. Thanks for linking to a post. I'll have to see where you put it. The connections build.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

Christopher,
How was the show? Did the audience like it?

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

The show went very well except for the fog machine which seemed to have a mind of its own. I did not have a chance to talk with any of the audience but I could tell by the applause that they seemed to really like it. The applause was very enthusiastic as opposed to a perfunctory muted applause.

Unfortunatley the ticket sales were not good which left the producers very disheartened. That is a shame because they did such an excellent job. The show was fun, light hearted and funny. The dancing, singing and acting was first class. Such great entertainment for the scary political times we live in, a chance to get away from it for a moment. It may just be difficult to compete with a sunny day on Maui.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

Yeah, I imagine it would be difficult to compete with a sunny day on Maui. I keep checking the weather there almost every day on your Maui News link, and I can't get over how nice it is. Even the relative humidity there is comfortable -- I had always thought it would be very sticky like it gets in the Southeastern U.S.

It's too bad the ticket sales for the show were disappointing for the producers, but at least the lucky people who got to see it will have the happy memory to keep forever. And no matter how nice the natural environment is, every place is better when it has a good variety of leisure activities to choose from. You know, something for everyone...