Into the Jungle

I’ve spent the last few weeks helping out the local Children’s Summer Theater to get their first production of Jungle Book Jr. up.

It was supposed to be an easy gig that I took simply because Sarah wanted to perform in the play. She had to audition, like everyone else, and then she got cast as part of the Elephant Chorus so I agreed to be the Stage Manager. You may remember I was a little traumatized about the situation, as I discussed in this post.

The following photos were all taken by Jill Schrader:

My Little Elephant, front and center.

Sarah stands at attention the best. She's the second elephant in line, standing ramrod straight.

Sarah standing tall and singing.

Love this action shot during rehearsal

This one is just too adorable. Look at them acting all scared of Shere Khan

This little Stage Managing (read kid wrangler) gig turned into quite the project as I became:

  • Facilities coordinator and tension smoother over. (Long story, but somehow because I’m married to the Technical Director of the theater–who is currently in Iowa–it seems that it became my job to deal with all technical difficulties.)
  • Puppet designer and choreographer for Kaa the Snake.

Having Kaa, mouth open wide, come up from the pit was my idea. But hat lead to today's accident. Boo!

  • Monkey wrangler and semi-choreographer (which meant helping fix up trouble points even though my choreographic talent is limited to jazz hands)
  • Makeup designer, mostly of Shere Kan while advising for Kaa the Snake and Baloo. (I’ll add pictures of them tomorrow.)

  • And now crisis solver as Shere Kan fell off the stage today (she’s okay) and we have to deal with encouraging her to go on and adjusting her blocking for a show that opens tomorrow. She’s the second one to fall off the stage this week (the first was a child who didn’t listen when we said freeze in a blackout–she’s okay too)

No wonder I’ve been blocked, exhausted and just generally pooped.

Wish us luck for tomorrow night, but please don’t say break a leg–that’s a little to scary for this situation.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jgavinallan
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 19:54:26

    Elephants and tigers are being reintroduced to some parts of the Central Highlands…There might be a role for your beautiful little elephant and the other little critters.
    Please…don’t say it—no broken legs
    great pics


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 23, 2011 @ 20:41:46

      I don’t know if they would survive in the jungle, unless they can sing and dance their way out of danger. 🙂


  2. nrhatch
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 20:29:49

    What FUN . . . and HARD WORK. 😉

    Hope things go swimmingly tomorrow.


  3. Leslie-Ann W. Padilla
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 20:40:09

    ahh…the invisible fine print that goes along with being a SM!!!! I’m sure you have done a fantastic job worthy to be praised!!!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 23, 2011 @ 20:42:59

      From what I hear, not having experienced this here yet, this show has been particularly challenging all around. 70 kids is too many for this stage. And, I also taught that theater camp in the middle of it. Craziness.


  4. lifeintheboomerlane
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 21:17:28

    Completely fabulous. Many congrats to Sarah for her performance and to you for surving the whole thing!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 23, 2011 @ 21:41:52

      Thanks Renee. This has been one of those long/fast months that I’m amazed I survived.


  5. Vix @ LittleMissEverything
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 03:06:39

    Yay fun! She looks so cute. Good luck guys!!


  6. tinkerbelle86
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 04:29:15

    oh some of those costumes are so cute!!!


  7. Julia Munroe Martin
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 05:16:54

    What a wonderful production, amazing costumes! Looks like unbelievable hard work! (And your daughter’s adorable.) Have a great run — and please post updates! 🙂


    Jun 24, 2011 @ 06:09:37

    Wow! It looks wonderful. Good luck tonight. Can’t wait for the update.


  9. CMSmith
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 07:52:07

    Fun and interesting costumes, make-up and sets. Brings back happy memories of my costume-making days when the kids were in theatrical productions.


  10. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 13:45:10

    Good Luck tomorrow! Great pics! 🙂


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