Stage Struck Review

Reviews for theater within the greater Los Angeles area.

What I Did This Summer

You know how it is. School starts and everyone is to report the amazing and fun things they did this summer. I’m no exception, I guess. After seeing two shows now playing at the downtown Music Center, and participating in a fascinating panel discussion, hosted by L.A. Bitter Lemons as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I stopped to focus on perhaps the most important “production” of this summer: my daughter’s wedding.

My daughter, Mary and her new husband Sgt. John White, laughing as they leave their wedding. Lovely day!

My daughter, Mary and her new husband Sgt. John White, laughing as they leave their wedding. Lovely day!

I must admit that, since it was kind of a “destination” thing – as in, far from the homes of many of the participants (and me) – it ended up reminding me a great deal of my time working in the production part of theater: a matter of amassing space, props, the cast of characters, the orchestra (or, in this case the rock band, fronted by a family member), costumes… to which one adds the feeding and housing of the cast. I spent a good deal of time looking at my watch, checking with hotel personnel, florists, hair-dressers, bakers, and all sorts of other folk involved in providing what was needed.

There always has to be a picture of the cake, right?

There always has to be a picture of the cake, right?

I owe a lot to other members of the family, of course, who provided goods, talents and support. There were even stage hands, of a sort, as the employees of the venue went about rearranging tables, etc., at our behest.

It came off very well, as productions go, and a good time was had by all. It was also a useful reminder of all the work which goes on behind the scenes of any grand production. My son and his fiancé will be going through something similar, though closer to home, next month. (That will be the most important production of the early fall!)

So, this is my “era of weddings”. I drop a few pictures of my daughter’s here, mostly because I’m proud of the result. I do so also because I’m a mom that can’t help but brag, as my daughter and her husband are good for each other, and very happy.

So… this is what I’ve been doing rather than writing. That will start again after this coming weekend, as I get back into the swing of local theater.

I’m also going to do something entertaining. I’ve been requested to be one of the judges for an event at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, titled “Candlelight’s Got Talent.” The finals, in about a week and a half, will be a show, with desserts and drinks available. Check it out at their website: http://www.candlelightpavilion.com

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