Anyway, the mime show was tonight. Typically, I'd be washing the mime white off my face and doing homework, but I'm still pumped from it. So, I thought I'd put some energy into writing a post.
I used to do little reviews of shows in years past. Reviews become a bit difficult when you join the troupe, so here's:
Selected Notes on a Mime Show (Fall 2006)
(apologies if you didn't see it and don't know what this post is all about)
Opening: Those handcuffs could be tricky to get off. Not to mention that (from what I heard), those jumpsuits were tough to get on quickly.
Same Direction: One of my favorite skits from the show. This one was Tyler's. Some excellent work from Tyler, all the mimes, and especially the techies.
A Progressive Mime: This was Spencer's. I'll just address the whole skit here: first off, it was difficult to keep a straight face here. And second, I was afraid the audience cheering and laughing didn't hear the end remark: "And first place in the downhill skiing event goes to Spencer Gilbert!"
Evolution of Mating: Mary's skit. I liked it a lot. Got a great reaction from the crowd, and I really liked the music.
Epilogue: My first skit in the show. How about that? When I first told this skit, they thought it was supposed to be funny...until I got into the gun part. Once again, excellent work by all the mimes and the techies. I was very happy with how it went.
(Oh, by the way: make sure you spell the word 'epilogue' correctly when painting its sign.)
Mind Reader Quickies: Written by Mary, Jordan and myself. Surprisingly, it came out of a "brainstorming session" around my pool table in the basement held a day before skits were due. We were all amazed something show worthy came from that. I was a bit disapointed Jordan's prize contribution to the skit ("That's right, call me poppa!") was a bit drowned out by the audience. But hey, if they want to laugh before we finish talking, that's perfectly fine by me.
G-Spot: This was Kari's. Originally submitted during one of the first meetings I went to. We were all very happy to see this one in the show.
Captain Shocker: Also Tyler's. I was very afraid no one would get that I attempted suicide in a bathtub.
Helen Hunt: Maybe my favorite skit of the show. This was Spencer's. A debate during the submission of this skit:
"This skit could be really offensive. What if blind people hear this one?"
"Why would blind people be at a mime show?!"
Coming Out Of The Closet: A 5 minute discussion was held over whether anyone would "get" this 15 second skit. It went well. I believe it was Kari's.
Love Potion #8: Also Kari's. I was a fan of the (creepy/funny) ending.
Storybook: Oh, gosh. So much to say here. So:
- Luke was originally going to play an administrator character alongside Tyler. Both did an awesome job.
- The Q & A session was based on the entirely scripted Q & A video from early on in the year. This part contained Jordan's second reference to "poop" in the show.
- Apparently, certain Wu-Tang members were mad about our comments about them in Storybook. For the few of them that took it seriously: if certain administrators and the basketball team can take a joke...well, you know.
- "The glowsticks are full of liquid!" is a direct quote from the homecoming dance. Our sponsor also mentioned that he had the student who got the solution in his eye at the dance.
- I was a bit worried about our "God Hates Valley!" moral at the end...but the crowd loved it.
Overall, I loved this show. We all had fun making it, and had lots of fun performing it as well. I feel that in 5 years, I will regret none of it...and that's my critera for helping with something I'm proud of.
I feel like fall has officially begun now and that the drone of school is now fully in session. And for some reason, that's not too bad of a thing.
Once again, I can't describe how much fun doing this is. I'm feeling pretty refreshed now, and I've got ideas for some little projects in mind at this point. And I'm really looking forward to seeing the auditions of all of you hoping to try out.