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Bel-Cam Jos
02-13-2008, 08:51 PM
Since this section says, "Other If it's not a Star Wars movie, it goes here! " then I suppose "legitimate theatre" deserves a mention. I just saw Spamalot in Las Vegas this weekend, the one with John "J Peterman" O'Hurley as King Arthur. I've also acted in a couple local performances the last two years. Made me think about starting a thread on the subject.

Anyone else out there among the "author! author! " or "break a leg" crowd? Seen any good (or awful) plays, professional or amateur level? Share!

El Chuxter
02-13-2008, 11:02 PM
Miss Saigon
Les Miserables
Cyrano de Bergerac
A Raisin in the Sun
A Christmas Carol
Lady Sings the Blues
and more Shakespeare productions than I can count

Plus more I know I'm forgetting.

JediTricks
02-14-2008, 01:14 AM
When my sister turned 15, she wanted to see Phantom of the Opera, so my dad and grandparents took us to that. I got all pimped out in my finest duds at the time and caught a few eyes. My sister and I were totally bored out of our skulls though.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-14-2008, 04:48 PM
Maybe I'm just seeing the wrong plays, but I have no love for theater. My sister played cello for one that I had to see several times a few years ago (Sunday in the Park with George, just not good). School productions are of course always just mind-numbingly bad.

General_Grievous
02-14-2008, 06:03 PM
I've seen

Les Miserables
Stomp (remember that one?)
Aida
The Lion King

All on Broadway, and all on school trips (except "The Lion King"). I didn't care much for "Aida", but I liked the other ones. I really want to see "Spamalot" on Broadway, but I have no desire to right now since Clay Aiken is in it for a few months. :rolleyes:

JediTricks
02-14-2008, 06:07 PM
I've seen the Pirates of Penzance on the stage as a kid, I forgot about that. It was slightly interesting but I grew bored fairly quickly.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-14-2008, 07:42 PM
If you can believe it, I have a list (LISTS! ) of the ones I can recall seeing (or performing in):


1.Antigone (high school)
2.Christmas at the Grove (local theater)
3.City Lights (Las Vegas)
4.Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, The (high school)
5.Dreams of Anne Frank, The (local theater)
6.Frozen Roses (amateur theater)
7.Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A (me)
8.Grease (college theater)
9.Grease (Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena)
10.Guys and Dolls (high school)
11.Importance of Being Earnest, The (high school)
12.Jesus Christ, Superstar (local theater)
13.Julius Caesar (high school)
14.Les Miserables (Pantages, Hollywood)
15.Lion King, The (Pantages, Hollywood)
16.Much Ado About Nothing (high school)
17.Noises Off! (high school)
18.Nothing But the Truth (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles)
19.Nutcracker, The (Dorothy Candler Pavilion, Los Angeles)
20.Oklahoma! (local theater)
21.Our Town (me)
22.Palm Springs Follies (Plaza Theater, Palm Springs)
23.Phantom of the Opera, The (Pantages, Hollywood)
24.Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa)
25.Smash (high school)
26.Sound of Music, The (local theater)
27.South Pacific (local theater)
28.Spamalot (Wynn Casino, Las Vegas, NV)
29.Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon (high school)
30.To Kill a Mockingbird (me)
31.War of the Worlds/Dracula (high school)
32.Wicked (Pantages, Hollywood)
33.Wizard of Oz, The (local theater)

General_Grievous
02-14-2008, 07:56 PM
Well, if you want to include stuff that we've actually been in as well, then I was part of the chorus in "The Music Man" in 8th grade, and I provided the voice of Audrey II the plant in "Little Shop Of Horrors" when I was a sophomore in high school.

Jargo
02-26-2008, 08:14 AM
Dear god, where do I start? Lots of stuff. in varied arenas. under varied situations. I've been in musicals and dramas and comedies and variety, done touring shows and in-house full scale semi-pro shows in huge theatres. I've done shows designed for special needs kids and old people, i've played everything from a ten thousand year old japanese female monkey guru to a chicago gang boss and a neurotic rabbit on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (some of you will remember the pic in the post a pic thread). i've written, designed for, lit, made props for and stage managed shows ranging from single handers to cast of sixty. done open air theatre, theatre in the round, role play acting in professional training, teacher training videos, classical theatre through to theatre of the absurd.
the one thing i've always done is instantly forget all the lines and songs and people and moved on with life rather than turn into one of those luvvies constantly recounting tales of the good old days when they played second fiddle to some long dead star who can't dispute the story and how fantastic everything is tralalala. I really detest hammy 'biz' people. especially musical theatre people. christ they're dull. "ooh lets all sing songs from the show we've just been performing in nightly for the last three months!" No lets not. lets just get quietly drunk and relax and talk about something other than how your tights chafe or your agent is talking to **insert director du jour here** about how great you'd be as the lead in his next show.

thing about acting is it's great if you don't get suckered into that roar of the greasepaint, smell of the crowd stuff. treat it like a hobby, treat it like a job. just don't ever treat it as a life.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-31-2008, 10:47 AM
Saw a local production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Very good; guy who played Puck was tall (I'd guess at least 6'7" [or around 2 meters for the internat'l crowd :pleased: ]) and quite limber. Had also seen the school version of it a month or so ago. This one yesterday was in a more modernized setting, using same Shakespearean dialogue, but not like the DiCaprio/Daines R&J. Cool, fun. :thumbsup:

Bel-Cam Jos
01-19-2009, 12:13 PM
Saw an interesting performance called "Vox Lumiere's The Hunchback of Notre Dame." They have big screens behind showing parts of the silent version of HBoND with Lon Cheney, while there are dancers and singers performing on the stage, accompanied by live rock music played. Lots to look at (reading words in between silent scenes, watching those scenes, following which character the dancers were playing, noticing the musicians, etc.). Pretty cool.

Lord Malakite
01-19-2009, 04:35 PM
I've seen a few play performances, some in person and some on TV.


Hamlet (Cincinnati Aranoff Center) - Shakespeare's classic.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (Ohio University) - This one I'm not 100% certain that I'm remembering the name correctly. If it isn't correct its something very similar. This play wasn't based on the movie series of the same name. This play was basically a "musical/dancing" remake or retelling of Sophocles' tragedy "Oedipus the King" by an African playwright and is set within an African Tribe. There was a lot of audience participation in this one (the actors would pull people from random sections to dance during various songs for the fall harverst, etc.
A View From the Bridge (Ohio University) - By Arthur Miller.
Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS Broadcast) - By Edmond Rostand. This one was just on in the last week or so.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-10-2009, 07:04 PM
I was just cast as Thomas Putnam in our community theater's upcoming production of The Crucible. Rehearsals begin this Monday, with the final performance on... Halloween night! :evil:

TeeEye7
09-18-2009, 01:35 PM
I was just cast as Thomas Putnam in our community theater's upcoming production of The Crucible. Rehearsals begin this Monday, with the final performance on... Halloween night! :evil:

Say "hello" to Rebecca Towne Nurse for me, please! I'm a direct descendant.

No kidding! :yes:

Bel-Cam Jos
09-18-2009, 08:11 PM
Weirdest thing is, the man who was cast as Francis Nurse in our play is actually named Tom Putnam!?! :confused:

mabudonicus
09-22-2009, 01:44 PM
anyone who ever enjoy JC Superstar should check out this pardoy- it's a bit irreverent but totally excellent and made so as not to offend anyone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nu-KK6FfjA
:beard: Iso&Baws&Topes
Oyes funny stuff with a heart

Bel-Cam Jos
10-08-2009, 07:45 PM
At last night's rehearsal, I believe I laughed the hardest I ever have about things in a dictionary.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-08-2009, 10:06 PM
Mabs, I finally watched AD/BC a few days ago, great stuff!

I saw a production of A Raisin in the Sun last night, and it was quite good. My friend and I exchanged perhaps too many "that's what she said" jokes during it, and she didn't like the play, but too damn bad. :D

Bel-Cam Jos
10-23-2009, 08:36 AM
While not really a "play," I saw a performance of a travelling Second City improv group last week. Very funny, but also quite crass much of the time. : prude:

We have our final dress rehearsal tonight, then open the first of our 5 shows this and next weekends. I hope to have some pics of me in costume soon. :breakaleg: :yes: Favorite line that I deliver? "Aye!" or "There be children dyin' in the village, sir."

Bel-Cam Jos
10-27-2009, 08:11 PM
The first two shows have been great, from the POV of the audience (according to ovations and their after-show comments) and the cast. Here are two pics of me in costume; the first is my original outfit, before they de-tri-cornered and de-heavy-coated me. :upset: But, people who've seen the show have said I looked mean and demanding, which was the characterization I was trying for in Thomas Putnam, so huzzah for me! :D Three more shows this weekend, then it's strike the set. :(

TeeEye7
10-28-2009, 04:11 AM
Very nice, very nice. Kudos to the costume department.

It's hard to picture you as the mean SOB who offed my ancestor, however!

Bel-Cam Jos
10-29-2009, 08:30 AM
Several who've seen the play have mentioned that very point, TI. So I guess I've done well, then. What did Jon Lovitz say? "ACTING!" ;)

We start our last three shows tonight.

A.J.
10-29-2009, 10:25 AM
You look so much like the actor who played Thomas Putnam in my production of the Crucible, it's almost scary! Is there a particular "Putnam look" every director goes after? lol

scruffziller
10-29-2009, 10:56 AM
Ever since I had seen Tim Burton's Sweeny Todd, I have wanted to see an actual stage production. There is one coming to Ames but I have to work.:cry:

I was going to go see King Lear with Ian McKellan when it came to Minneapolis a few years ago, but that didnt happen. But I got the DVD of the production. Here's a trailer.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/king-lear/introduction/475/

EDIT: Hah hah looks like you can watch the entire play right on the website. I didnt buy the DVD, it was given to me.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-13-2009, 10:41 AM
Went to see our local theater's A Christmas Carol last night, in its second run of an every-other-year tradition. Saw several actors and directors I've worked with. It was fun.

SPOILER ALERT





Scrooge changes his mean ways at the end.
:p

A.J.
12-13-2009, 10:54 AM
SPOILER ALERT





Scrooge changes his mean ways at the end.
:p

Thanks for that, Bel-Cam. Now there are at least 10 Christmas movies I don't have to watch. ;)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-21-2009, 12:27 AM
My college is putting on an adaptation of A Handmaid's Tale and I'm going to be a soldier with just a few lines. It's my first play, so hopefully I don't screw it up too much. :p

Bel-Cam Jos
12-22-2009, 05:04 PM
Ah, how many times have I said that very phrase (minus the "first play" part) myself... :rolleyes:

Congrats on making the cast, JJL. Break a leg! :thumbsup:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-25-2010, 02:15 PM
Thanks! Tonight is opening night. I've since switched from a soldier to an Eye, which is a higher-ranking sort of officer, and I also play a shopkeeper and a reporter (all of these may or may not be the same character . . . I think they are). The director has been changing many aspects of the play both big and small so I hope we can pull it together and make it work.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-06-2010, 11:22 AM
I got "noticed" yesterday! A student said to me upon entering the school's library, "I saw you in that play, The Crucible. Who were you again?" It took me a moment to remember Ol' T.P.'s name, but I said he was "the one the audience was supposed to hate and boo." But alas, no autograph request. :(

Oh, and I saw our local production of Rent last night. Powerfully good acting, even if few are local actors (this is a different category of "local theater," as it brings in talent from all over due to the popularity of the script; last year, it was Sweeney Todd). Great show.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-08-2010, 09:53 PM
My show closed this past weekend. The run went quite well, with a few great shows as well as one or two mediocre ones. It definitely was a fun experience overall, but it'll be nice to have my free time back. :p

Bel-Cam Jos
11-22-2010, 10:48 AM
Saw Into the Woods, and I was pleasantly surprised at how funny it was. Some issues with costumes (the Baker's Wife's scarf got caught and became a humorous improv during a song, the Witch's hair was caught on a set piece) and props (the cow Milky White on wheels, and the RC [Remote Chicken] Hen That Lays the Golden Egg stole several scenes).

Qui-Long Gone
11-24-2010, 03:36 PM
We just finished our children's opera and student directed one-acts in time for Thanksgiving....I'm glad it's a holiday....


Saw Jersey Boys over the summer (Frankie Valley and the 4 Seasons). It was a surprisingly great show.

Rogue II
11-24-2010, 09:35 PM
I'm back in college using my GI Bill. To fill a curriculum requirement I'm taking Theater Appreciation. Naturally, as part of the class, we have to see 2 plays the school is putting on. A few weeks ago, I saw Dracula. It was a little slow, but overall pretty good. Next weekend I'm going to see Spring Awakening, which is more adult oriented from what I've been told. It is not the musical version. A couple girls in one of my other classes are in it, so it should be interesting.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-19-2011, 02:59 PM
Saw a very good and very simple high school production of The Elephant Man last night. You only saw John Merrick disfigured in photos projected behind the stage; the actor playing him was twisted and just limped around on a walking stick and spoke quietly and basically.

TeeEye7
02-27-2011, 02:41 PM
Enjoyed Crazy for You, a musical comedy at one of our community theaters last night. The daughter of some of our friends had the female lead. One of my wife's former third graders (now in high school) was in the chorus. Nice, intimate theater (The Spotlight Theater) that seats around 100 people. Good times!

Bel-Cam Jos
03-13-2011, 11:17 AM
Very funny performance of The Man Who Came to Dinner, where a few actors with whom I've acted in other shows before were cast. Great set and props, good audience reactions.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-15-2011, 10:48 AM
Outdoor performance at the Redlands Bowl of Merchant of Venice. Some of my coworkers met before it for a picnic-style potluck, then moved to the seats. If any of you have ever seen the Aladdin show at Disney's CA Adventure, that's similar to the style of this version of MoV. They took three plays (MoV, As You Like It, and Titus Andronicus) and set them in different genres (over-the-top farce, western, and gothic); pretty good and quite funny. Especially liked the off-stage sound effects for characters and repeat lines. And the weather held up, too.

TeeEye7
05-16-2011, 01:41 AM
Friends and family went to a local theater to see "The Producers" last night. Extremely well done. Many from the cast were alumni from Mrs. TeeEye 7's school which is a magnate school whose specialty is the performing arts.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-06-2011, 09:50 AM
Two one-word-title plays this week: a high school production of Postmortem, a 1920s murder-or-suicide mystery (good props, including the couch I donated to the school, and good acting), and a local community theater of Rumors, a Neil Simon farce that was quite funny.

Tycho
01-24-2012, 04:42 AM
I didn't know this thread was here.

I saw:

Spider-Man on Broadway about 2 months ago when I went to New York. It was great.

Lion King - several times. My favorite live play of all time. You can see it in Vegas and NY, but I also caught it in San Diego.

Rounding Third - a play about baseball. I loved it. Very funny, too.

Deathtrap - a play my friend Charles acted in. Very good.

I'm not sure, but I think I've seen other productions as well. But I love live theater.

I want to see Cats but I never have.

I think Batman would make a great live theater show.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-11-2012, 11:14 AM
I saw my first version of A Chorus Line last night, and it was excellent. A couple weeks back, a high school production of Bullshot Crummond, a very funny farce/parody of 1930s detective mysteries; well done, especially for HS.

Tycho
03-16-2012, 04:02 PM
So I see Rock of Ages at the end of the month when I get back from baseball in Arizona.

The movie is also coming out with Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).

But I will see it live.

I think I have a date.

Problem is:

I invited one lady who is a friend over a year ago when we tried to go, but I'd read the date wrong by 365 days!

She and I are barely in touch now. I invited her as a friend but she is about 6-7 years older than me and I'm not interested and she is less social as she must have been interested, but realized I like girls who are nearly 20 years younger than me now.

I have 2 girls about 20 years younger than me (it's about 17 year difference in age and they're legal age and all - 21 years plus) and one may think she's going with me already, but I want to see if I get the opportunity to ask the other one who's even hotter and I haven't been with yet.

I'm going to try for "girl no. 3" I guess. But it's kind of making this a more difficult situation than I'd like - namely because for a romantic comedy theater play (and I have front orchestra seats - so I did pay a lot for these tickets) I want it to be the best night possible.That means taking the girl I'm most into.

Problem with girl No. 3 is that there are girls numbers 4 and 5 who are her friends, and they could possibly like me - well they act like it, hugging me and texting me, etc.

With this kind of thing (the play and a fancy evening) I will most definitely go from 5 ladies (4 of possible interest to me) down to 1 VERY fast.

Remember when it was just about enjoying theater? But Spider-Man and Lion King were not romantic plays and Rock of Ages kind of is (like bringing a date to a make-out movie - and it actually WILL be in the movie theaters THIS YEAR too.

What to do??? What to do???

Oh, crap! There's actually a 6th girl who's pretty hot, too. I totally forgot I asked her. But she's a player and wants to share a cake with me to seal the deal. I need to try that (black forest chocolate) and see what happens. I forgot as she just had said that before I went out of town last weekend.

Right now, I just hope I don't wind up going alone because I misread the whole situation.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-26-2012, 10:38 AM
Last weekend, I was at the Redlands Shakespeare Festival and saw... Avenue Q. :eek: Kidding, kidding. It was Much Ado About Nothing; don't get so worked up about trivial things, people. :rolleyes: A couple people I know were either in the Pre-Show Players warm-up or actors in the play itself. Quite funny. I guess I've gotten used to dramas and tragedies from the Bard.

Tycho
06-01-2012, 03:24 AM
Rock of Ages the movie will be out June 15.

I saw the live theater production of it, of course. And it is awesome!

You can't compare the experience of live, interactive theater, with a movie.

However, I will definitely go and see the movie, too.

The play handled the treatment of the story so well!

Bel-Cam Jos
09-30-2012, 09:56 PM
I am double-cast as the Bailiff and Boo Radley in TKAM. Rehearsals started last week, first shows in early November. :pleased:

TeeEye7
10-01-2012, 12:08 PM
I am double-cast as the Bailiff and Boo Radley in TKAM. Rehearsals started last week, first shows in early November. :pleased:

Cool! Community theater has a good following in my town. Hopefully in your town as well.

I want to be the understudy for the chifferobe!

Tycho
10-01-2012, 02:55 PM
That's awesome Bel-Cam Jos.

Acting is fun, huh? Well, I like getting to play a character that I wrote or that I specifically auditioned for.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-02-2012, 08:06 PM
Cool! Community theater has a good following in my town. Hopefully in your town as well.

I want to be the understudy for the chifferobe!But then Tom would chop YOU up! :Moebiuscircle: :eek:

And now I'm the Clerk, not the Bailiff, and Boo. CA budget cuts have hit Maycomb, I reckon.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-13-2012, 06:02 PM
Each time we run the scenes with Boo Radley, in my head I keep hearing the Sideshow Bob line from the Simpsons episode where he and Sideshow Cecil try to blow up the dam: "But I saved, the chidlren's lives!" :D Have to be off-book starting next week. :eek:

TeeEye7
10-15-2012, 04:38 PM
I think it's time BCJ temporarily changes his profile pix.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-12-2012, 11:41 AM
Opening weekend was awesome! Almost a complete sell-out on opening night (including the oft-closed balcony seating), great audience reactions. Three more shows this coming weekend. Here are some pics:

Tycho
11-13-2012, 12:43 PM
I like the stage sets in your first picture.

I use similar sets in my old west gunfighter show.

We set up outdoors and put up stadium seats for our outdoor audience under sun-shade easy-ups because we're discharging real firearms and the black powder guns and stage explosion effects create a lot of smoke and a little fire hazzard.

But we write scripts and learn parts, get into appropriate costumes, rehearse and perform just like any theater group.

I'm trying to write a new production now, but it is taking me forever.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-19-2012, 10:38 AM
We closed our 5-show run yesterday with an afternoon matinee; the theater was completely sold out! :thumbsup: Great audiences, the tech crew's lighting and sound cues were awesome, and a fabulous committed cast! I got a "mockingbird" pin (the last one awarded, in fact) on the penultimate show (you wear it under your costume, it comes from another cast member who wants to recognize some other actor who's done well or is inspirational). Finally had a good overall knife fight scene, too (time to rest my slightly bruised left shoulder), and no more bumped fingers from set moves. A fun time was had by all. :pleased:

Tycho
11-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Tycho likes Bel-Cam Jos' post.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-24-2013, 09:21 PM
I don't know if I'll have pics, but tomorrow night is the kickoff event for the roughly-month-long Big Read with the local library, for the classic novel The Great Gatsby. I was asked to be none other than the title character, in a short dramatic reading summarizing the story.

JimJamBonds
01-25-2013, 10:50 PM
The Phantom Of The Opera turns 25 tomorrow (on Broadway).

TeeEye7
01-26-2013, 02:27 PM
I don't know if I'll have pics, but tomorrow night is the kickoff event for the roughly-month-long Big Read with the local library, for the classic novel The Great Gatsby. I was asked to be none other than the title character, in a short dramatic reading summarizing the story.

Great news, sir!

Bel-Cam Jos
01-26-2013, 06:45 PM
It was the bee's knees, on the level! To paraphrase Maxwell Smart, that was the second-biggest scissors I ever saw! :p And at least no one important was run over by a car. ;)

Bel-Cam Jos
04-22-2013, 11:05 AM
At the A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena, I saw The Grapes of Wrath, a semi-musical version of Steinbeck's novel. For those who've read the book, the in-between intercalary chapters give more of an overview of the migrants' plight, not so much the Joads characters. The performers played and sang much of the wording of those chapters while set changes were going on; they opened the play before the start with songs of the time, too. Loved the sets, actors were excellent, theatre was great with not a bad seat in the house.

Tycho
04-30-2013, 01:28 PM
The Live theatrical production of The Addams Family is playing in San Diego. I hope I can see it.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-05-2013, 09:56 AM
Saw a very moving and well-acted Diary of Anne Frank at the school this past week. Minimalistic set (for obvious reasons, based on the setting for the family), emotional scenes, some interesting directoral descions (which made the play even better). Best dramatic play I've seen done at the high school since I've been there (11 years now). Bravo!

Bel-Cam Jos
12-26-2013, 09:18 AM
I realized I hadn't posted about my most recent play attended: a high school production called Boeing-Boeing. It was about a playboy who juggles his three flight attendant fiancÚs' off-duty schedules, set in 1960s Paris. Funny farce style that made me actually laugh aloud (not just for politeness or smiling). This was about a month or so back.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-17-2014, 10:14 AM
On its last day at the Pantages (the matinee showing, evening one was the last last show), I saw The Book of Mormon. Uncomfortably funny at times, very funny at others (I began reacting too soon at a joke once, apparently, based on no one else in the audience laughing :rolleyes: ), quite a few SW and sci-fi references throughout, good songs. I enjoyed it.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-19-2014, 09:33 AM
School performance of The Women of Lockerbie, based on the plane that crashed in the area around Scottish town, back in the 1980s. Very good job by all involved.