File puptcrit/puptcrit.0907, message 197

Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 20:08:24 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: [Puptcrit] Most Unusual Place To Perform


The Story of the wharf along the river in Savannah struck a  long forgotten memory bank:  Many years ago, my dear friend Nancy Brounley and I were performing my musical marionette version of Red Riding Hood in Mammoth.  Our performance area was a cement slab in the river surrounded by water on all four sides. My portable storage units in which I hung the puppets were in back of us with only one foot   around the edges and back to get puppets or hang them up. With the set pieces and props, large bed for the wolf and a trunk that the granny falls into took up most of the floor space. Constantly worried about a misstep and falling in the river, we gingerly had to move within the narrow performance area.

Nancy would get so involved with working the marionette, she didn=E2=80=99t hear her exit line.  I reached behind her to pull her backwards off the stage and hadn=E2=80=99t realized I had grabbed her bra strap.  We did NOT fall in and were so relieved when the show finally ended to  resounding applause.   I am not certain if the audience applauded for the show or the fact that we managed to stay dry!.  It's even more amazing that we didn't get electrocuted by the sound system!

Charles Taylor
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