Photo Dump From OZ – Pre/Post Show

Kamron, Blake, Taylor
Left to right:  Kamron, Blake, Taylor – see the brown clothes? Again, these costumes are from the Kansas scene. Taylor’s part came up just before Intermission…his main job was working on the stage crew!

I tried to take before and after photos.

Here are a few from the – short – time I spent in the back room with the munchkins; it was anxiety inducing.

DSC_0371There were constant Disney movies playing as background noise – add to that a group of moms trying to make sure all the costumes were on and makeup was applied.

DSC_0369If I ever become a stage mom…nope, no I don’t think I will become a stage mom. I will support and encourage others who  bravely become one.

Siblings - eight of them (of 12!!) all in one show.
Siblings – eight of them (of 12!!) all in one show.

I enjoy my job as a floating – do what I please – lady with a camera.

My dad.
My dad.

I believe that need for freedom with a camera comes from my dad.

OZ FEST
OZ FEST

What brings this play to Willow Springs?

Random child with a cute face and her mom
Random child with a cute face and her mom

Every October OZ FEST brings vendors and entertainers for a day of family fun.

I counted several Dorothys
I counted several little Dorothys

This is the last year (and only second time) that Rebecca will direct the Wizard of Oz play – it’s been done for many years, with many different renditions (good and bad) and people are wanting a change in theme.

Might I suggest some ideas? The Sound of Music “A Day In Salzberg” or Seven Bride For Seven Brothers “Dress Like A Lumberjack and Eat Pancakes” Day…

Variety is good.

Follow the yellow brick road.
Follow the yellow brick road.

OZ Fest only lasted one day, but the play showed for two weekends.

We took Wiley to see at least three shows…of which, he watched most of two of them.

Grandparents came to see the show
Grandparents came to see the show

Luckily my husband took the baby much of the time, so I was free to record and photograph the memories.

My oldest brother is really great with the baby.
My oldest brother is really great with the baby.

My dad, who usually walks around with his camera, lent his SD/Memory card from his camera so I wouldn’t have to purchase one just for recording the show.

Thanks Dad.

CAST photo...just realized I picked one with Ky's eyes closed...sorry.
CAST photo…just realized I picked one with Ky’s eyes closed…sorry.

Before each show, three of Rebecca’s girls play music – fiddling and some more contemporary songs.

In this time, the audience can wait in line to buy popcorn/drinks and visit with friends.

I’m usually setting up my equipment, because I get to the theater late….

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Just before the last show – during this pre-musical music – my younger brother Konnor opened the curtain while some of the cast members were dancing on stage and the entire audience got a good laugh.

What was a private laugh behind a curtain, was shared with the whole.

I love live theater.

Autographs
Autographs — don’t think I didn’t see you back there cheesing it up in the background.

When the show wrapped, I was sad it was over.

I appreciate all the time and work that went into making this show so fun to watch.

DSC_0516The next show coming up is the musical Christmas Carol based on Dickens.

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But, it wont be a cast full of children and teenagers. It will mostly be adults and a very small cast at that.

Wow…Christmas Carol? This year went fast.

My baby brother holding my baby
My baby brother holding my baby

Enjoy October, it will be over before we know it!

Show Time Has Arrived – Live Theater Is SO Fun

The Boss Lady
The Boss Lady – Director – Prop Artist – Costume Seamstress – Sound/Lighting Tech   Why no, she doesn’t sleep.

My friend Rebecca spends her free time producing family friendly entertainment out here in small town Missouri.

This year, she has already done Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR, Disney’s High School Musical JR and this month is The Wizard of OZ JR.

The difference between the JR version and the full version is about 30 minutes.

Queen of Cheese - Glinda of the North
Queen of Cheese – Glinda of the North – featured On Point.

Her shows are never mediocre.

Peace....coming to you from the wicked witch of the west.
Peace….coming to you from the wicked witch of the west.

The dedication that Becca gives to the scenery, costumes, music, dancing and direction – without killing the fun for the kids involved – gives something special to the surrounding communities.

It's almost show time...where are your costumes??!?!
It’s almost show time…where are your costumes??!?!

When I first moved out here to rural Missouri, I was almost positive my life would be dull. Turns out the Ozarks are crawling with talent.

(True, the nearest Sushi place is an hour away…but I can live with that…for now.)

pre-show Jitter-bugs anyone?
pre-show Jitter-bugs anyone? I love the details: notice Dorothy’s dress? everyone in the pre-OZ scene wears cream/browns – to give the sepia look of an old fashion movie…so when you first see Munchkinland you hear the audience exclaim ‘awe’ upon seeing the change in colors.

So how did I get hi-jacked into being a part of the show?

I’m the camera gal.

DSC_0349I stand up in the gallery with my tripod and record each show.

I also try to capture before and after shots of the cast with my still camera.

This young lady saw my taking photos of the peoples I love and said, "you can take a picture of me if you want." How can I say 'no' to that?
This young lady saw me taking photos of the peoples I love and said, “you can take a picture of me if you want.” How can I say ‘no’ to that? This, ladies and gentleman, is an Ozian.

I get to feed my side love for video production. I love to make movies, I just don’t usually have the time for them…until a friend needs a favor.

Bella is our 'Toto' and Andrea our former Glinda (two years ago from the full version). Andrea has turned in her wand and now helps run the stage crew.
Bella is our ‘Toto’ and Andrea our former Glinda (two years ago from the full stage version). Andrea has turned in her wand and now helps run the stage crew.

My entire family usually gets involved with each show…except my dad.

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This show required a fog machine, which my dad volunteered to pick up in Springfield – ya know, the big city – and got all the instructions on how to run it properly.

So he felt obligated to run it every night.

I joked that he finally joined the PTA – Peterson Theater Association.

I think he kinda loves being part of the show.

I took my munchkin to the first show last weekend, he sat very quietly through the first half and ate his way through an entire bag of popcorn – with a little help from me.

I didn’t have a chance to record that show – as I had to hold my son.

We sat on the front row and got a close up of the Tin Man after he fell walking up the stairs – the entire audience was in stitches. Even with the Jitter-bugs dancing and the audience laughing – not a single cast member stepped out of character.

Well bust my buttons!
Well bust my buttons!

These kids are fantastic – if you happen to be in the Mountain Grove/Cabool/WillowSprings/WestPains/Houston/you get the picture area

COME and see this weekend’s shows – Friday and Saturday at 7pm at the Star Theater in Willow Springs. Tickets are $6 at the door.

DSC_0362My son cried after the show ended.

DSC_0364Hope to see you there!

Concert For A Cure: Music Benefit For Cancer Research

Friday night, May 24th, Cabool Missouri was treated to a free concert (donations were accepted on behalf of Relay For Life).

Warming up just as the door open to allow the patrons to enter.
Warming up just as the door open to allow the patrons to enter.

My husband Danny plays the trumpet (among other instruments) and I sing in the community choir which is directed each year by Rebecca Peterson of The STARS FOUNDATION.

Danny's trumpet is tuned and ready to go!
Danny’s trumpet is tuned and ready to go!

It is a joy to be able to sing – and it’s been years since I sang in a large concert choir prior to moving to the Ozarks – I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my time and talents…..but having an infant going on toddler son to pass around during a concert evening is a tricky thing to manage.

My baby sister is in town for a visit, she helped me with baby while I sang the first half (Baby has a weird hair-do).
My baby sister is in town for a visit, she helped me with baby while I sang the first half (Baby has a weird hair-do).

The choir sang three songs near the end of the first half.

She ended up standing outside to keep him entertained.....
She ended up standing outside to keep him entertained…..

After Intermission the choir sang the last three songs: Amazing Grace, Salute To Heroes and Sweet Remembrance.

My mother took baby after intermission
My mother took baby after intermission

The slide show was still going, so the director played a piano piece (accompanied by the cello) called A Mother’s Heart.

Grandma is a season warrior of a mother and knows how to take care of babies.....
Grandma is a season warrior of a mother and knows how to take care of babies…..

My Aunt Tina and My Nana, both deceased from cancer, were the last two photos. I was looking up at the jumbo screen above the choir and cried like a baby when their names, dates, and photos passed. They were the last to show as the piano piece quietly came to an end.

During "Amazing Grace" my son began screaming. So, my mother took him over to the water fountain.
During “Amazing Grace” my son began screaming. So, my mother took him over to the water fountain just outside the room we were singing in.

The tears kept sliding down my cheeks as the audience stood and clapped.

she doused his head with cold water. He really liked that feeling of water dripping down his face. No more crying baby!
she doused his head with cold water. He really liked that feeling of water dripping down his face. No more crying baby! Which is good, because it was my turn to cry.

The orchestra is composed of new, intermediate and seasoned musicians. It’s incredible how Rebecca finds all this talent in the hills of Missouri and writes music simple enough for anyone to play, creating a beautiful concert.

It was a great concert.