Wednesday, April 30, 2008

COM: You gotta love some kids . . .

I don't know what to say except that it restores a bit of faith, there are some people you just automatically love, and WOW!

'Unbelievable' sportsmanship in softball game

CWU players carry WOU player around bases after knee injury following HR

updated 1 hour, 43 minutes ago

PORTLAND, Ore. - With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.

But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count — an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky.

The umpire said there was no rule against it.

So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky’s legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.

“The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she said, ‘OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it with your left leg,’ and I said ‘OK, thank you very much.”’

“She said, ‘You deserve it, you hit it over the fence,’ and we all kind of just laughed.”

“We started laughing when we touched second base,” Holtman said. “I said, ’I wonder what this must look like to other people.”’

“We didn’t know that she was a senior or that this was her first home run,” Wallace said Wednesday. “That makes the story more touching than it was. We just wanted to help her.”

Holtman said she and Wallace weren’t thinking about the playoff spot, and didn’t consider the gesture something others wouldn’t do.

As for Tucholsky, the 5-foot-2 right fielder was focused on her pain.

“I really didn’t say too much. I was trying to breathe,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“I didn’t realize what was going on until I had time to sit down and let the pain relax a little bit,” she said. “Then I realized the extent of what I actually did.”

“I hope I would do the same for her in the same situation,” Tucholsky added.

As the trio reached home plate, Tucholsky said, the entire Western Oregon team was in tears.

Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran, called the act of sportsmanship “unbelievable.”

For Western Oregon coach Pam Knox, the gesture resolved the dilemma Tucholsky’s injury presented.

“She was going to kill me if we sub and take (the home run) away. But at the same time I was concerned for her. I didn’t know what to do,” Knox said.

Tucholsky’s injury is a possible torn ligament that will sideline her for the rest of the season, and she plans to graduate in the spring with a degree in business. Her home run sent Western Oregon to a 4-2 victory, ending Central Washington’s chances of winning the conference and advancing to the playoffs.

“In the end, it is not about winning and losing so much,” Holtman said. “It was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain, and she deserved a home run.”



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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

ENV: Circus #32 On Tap!

Get your submissions off for Circus of the Spineless #32 (especially posts about the ultimate, and intelligentist, class of invertebratadudes, the Mollusca) now! The next edition will be at Deep Sea News http://scienceblogs.com/deepseanews/

send your submissions pronto to Kevin at kaz146 (at) psu.edu


Edition #33 will be at Seeds Aside.

Your submissions will be due May 30, 2008 and you can send them to: Laurent: seedsaside (at) gmail (dot) com

Edition #34 will be at Gossamer Tapestry.

Your submissions will be due June 29, 2008 and you can send them to: Doug Taron at dtaron (at) gmail.com


and we're looking for hosts for July and beyond! contact tony g at hurricanetg(a)hotmail.com



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COM: Death of a Salesman opens next week

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet is gearing up for their next production on the Warrior Theatre stage. Arthur Miller's “Death of a Salesman” is due to run from May 8-24th – please note the date adjustments due to conflicts – May 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m., May 11 at 2:00 p.m., May 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m., May 18 at 2:00 p.m., May 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Warrior Theatre is located at 510 College Street in Ingram next to the Ingram ISD Administration Building. Tickets are $10 at the door, with group rates available by calling 377-8957.

“Salesman,” directed by Holly Riedel, stars George Stieren as Willy Loman, Marie Cearley as his wife Linda, Travis Newman as Biff, Irec Hargrove as Happy, Justin Shotts as Charley, and Anthony Goodman as Bernard. Other cast members include Annie Reynolds, Madelyn Beaudoin, Lindsey Morris, Sarah Tacey, Todd Mein, Jeff Scott, Jon Cearley and Tony Gallucci.

All proceeds from GSQ shows go directly to the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund and the ITM Thespians. The Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund is a project of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet, and is awarded annually beginning in 2007, to a deserving and outstanding theatre arts student graduating from Ingram Tom Moore High School. The first three GSQ productions provided over $12,000 towards this project.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet was founded in 2005 to present quality performances in association with area theatres. The founding members are Holly Riedel, Roy Burney, Marie Cearley and Tony Gallucci. Burney was a theatre and literature teacher at Ingram Tom Moore High School before his death of cancer in August 2006. Riedel and Cearley are theatre teachers at Ingram Tom Moore High School. Gallucci works in media and arts at the Hill Country Youth Ranch, and runs an independent film production company.

Thus far the GSQ has produced three critically acclaimed shows – “Lend Me a Tenor” at The Point Theatre, and “The Octette Bridge Club” and “The Drawer Boy” at Warrior Theatre. Future projects include “The Lion in Winter,” “Never the Sinner,” “Building Dragons,” “The Women of Lockerbie,” “A Delicate Balance,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “’Night Mother,” and “Death and the Maiden.”

Irec, a one-time student of Roy’s, was the first recipient of the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship, presented at the ITM Awards Convocation by Holly Riedel for the Guadalupe Stage Quartet. He starred for ITM in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Deadwood Dick and “Playing for Time”, and at the Point Theatre in “Oklahoma”. Irec graduated spring 2007 from Ingram Tom Moore High School, where he was a member of the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians. He now attends The University of Texas-San Antonio majoring in Theatre.

Some other ITM student honorees and graduates are in the cast as well. Madelyn and Lindsey both won Best Actress awards in One-Act Play competition this spring in ITM’s “Twelfth Night”. Anthony Goodman has been involved with the Thespians since their first One-Act Play entry “Macbeth” under the guidance of ITM Theatre teachers Riedel, Cearley, and the late Roy Burney, three of the four founding members of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet.

There are other local student stars in the show also including: Travis, a winner of the Best Actor award at State One-Act Play for Tivy High School, who returns after a long absence from Kerrville-area stages, and is embarking on a theatre teaching career. Jeff Scott, a Bandera HS graduate and One-Act and Point Theatre veteran is wrapping up his Ph.D. at Texas Tech in Theatre.

The rest of the cast are area theatre veterans known to all local theatregoers. Cearley, Tacey and Reynolds were the stars of John Ruth and Kay White Bocock’s “Circling the Drain” at the Point Theatre, Justin Shotts was recently in “Kitchen Witches”, and Stieren was Ebenezer Scrooge in a much-loved Point version of “A Christmas Carol.” Gallucci directed the last three GSQ productions, “Lend Me a Tenor,” “The Octette Bridge Club” and “The Drawer Boy” which included Riedel, Cearley, Tacey and Beaudoin among others. Charles Bryant, a St. Edward’s Theatre student returns to reprise his offstage role as the “Voice of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet.”

Donations to the scholarship can be made to "Roy Burney Scholarship Fund" and hand-delivered to any member of the Quartet, or may be mailed to Holly Riedel, Ingram Tom Moore High School Theatre Department, 510 College Street, Ingram, Texas 78025.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

REV: OAP State

Well, i was speaking at a conference and leading trips this weekend and was unable to attend the State One-Act Play -- missing it now three years in a row after about a fifteen year run of never missing (sigh).

Anyway, i'd really have liked to go this year, and am sad i didn't. I do have word from several folks about the results though. First, of course, is that our buddies from District, Wimberley, with their fantastic The History of Tom Jones, did not place, but by all accounts had a phenomenal performance -- so congrats to all of you in Wimberley! And favorite kids Chris Bakka got All-Star Cast, and Calen Cabler got Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. So many congrats to them as well!

The word i got is that the winners were also excellent, as was Cat On A Hot Tin Roof which was disqualified for time.

Here's the final result:
1st = Mexia, The Kentucky Cycle: Fire in the Hole, Best Actress, Samuel French Award
2nd = Van, The Elephant Man, Best Actor
3rd = Caldwell, The Women of Lockerbie



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ENV: Colossal Squid thaw

It sounds like something out of a bad monster movie: a team of scientists busily examines the thawing carcass of a 900-pound colossal squid. They've kept it frozen for more than a year inside a walk-in freezer ever since a commercial fishing crew hauled it up from the chilly depths of the Antarctic last January, half dead and clinging to a giant toothfish, and it now sits floating in a massive temperature-controlled tank filled with an icy saline solution just above freezing. The scientists, some in white coats and waders, others in scuba gear, have only four hours to study the 30-foot-long specimen before its rubbery, pink tissue begins to decompose and they have to inject it and fill the tank with formaldehyde. Until then, they rush to perform a battery of tests, studying the suckers and hooks on in its tentacles, measuring its sharp, birdlike beak, examining the contents of its stomach, collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis, trying to determine its sex, its age. All the while, the creature's eyes, which are the size of dinner plates and thought to be the largest in the animal kingdom, stare lifelessly ahead. Surrounding the chaos, is a cable-TV camera crew, recording the details of this rare autopsy for a documentary.


This will be the scene Wednesday at a facility outside Wellington, New Zealand, where for the last year, marine scientists and staff of the Museum of New Zealand have been trying to figure out just how to defrost and examine the largest known specimen of colossal squid without damaging it. If everything goes accordingly, the squid will end up on display at the museum later this year, encased in a big Plexiglas tank and—ideally—fully intact. "It sounds simple, just defrost a big lump of dead squid, right? But so much can go wrong," says Steve O'Shea, director of the Earth and Oceanic Sciences Research Institute at the Auckland University of Technology, and one of the world's foremost squid experts. He and his colleagues have spent the better part of the last year pondering the challenge of defrosting the half-ton specimen, which remains tangled in sea netting and stuffed into a large plastic bin, smushed like an accordion. The problem with defrosting something so large is that at room temperature, by the time its insides have thawed, the outer flesh will have already begun to rot. At one point, they considered using an industrial-size microwave, but figured it was too risky. "I know it can be done," says O'Shea. "But it wouldn't have looked good if we boiled the thing."

Last fall, they decided that the safest way was to submerge the carcass in a tank of icy saltwater and have it slowly thaw over the course of a couple days. But even that isn't foolproof. Two weeks ago, O'Shea and his Auckland University colleague Kat Bolstad, along with the museum's national environment director Dr. Carol Diebel, decided to try a test run with a chunk of ice about the size of the frozen squid and submerge it into the tank to see how it would react. The ice ended up cracking after only a few minutes, so they lowered the temperature and extended the expected time of defrosting to about four days. "We've had to constantly rethink this," says O'Shea. "We can't afford to get complacent now." The biggest challenge, he says, is controlling the temperature in the defrosting tank, which will have water circulating through it, but also do it in a way that, considering the public fascination, has some entertainment value. "There's nothing worse to look at than a big block of frozen squid," jokes O'Shea. The entire process will be broadcast on the museum's Web site and also filmed by the Discovery Channel for a documentary to be released in the fall. "This is science as theater," says Diebel. "It's like when they uncovered that woolly mammoth a few years ago. You want to document and record it because of the level of interest, but also you have to take every precaution because once this process is started, there's really no stopping it."

On Sunday, a forklift slowly removed the squid from the freezer and eased it into the slurry-filled tank. For the next two days, O'Shea and his team will monitor the thawing process, attempting to remove the netting and allow the squid to expand to its normal size, thought to be about 30 feet. Once its completely thawed, the race against the clock begins. "If it starts to smell, then we'll know we don't have a lot of time," says Diebel.

One of the first things that O'Shea hopes to do is to measure the creature's beak. The largest one on record, which was removed from the stomach of a sperm whale, is 49mm. "If this one is less than that, I'll be able to turn around and say guess what? They get bigger than this," says O'Shea, who will also try to quickly determine the sex of the squid. If it's a male, that would also indicate that there are bigger colossal squids out there, as females tend to be larger. "I'd love it to be a male," O'Shea says.

Once measurements are taken, construction on the Plexiglas display case will begin, while the squid sits in formaldehyde for the next several weeks, possibly shrinking to a third of its full size. It will then have to be transported a few miles away to the museum, likely put on the bed of a truck and driven carefully through "very narrow, winding roads," says O'Shea. The museum is still working out the logistics of how to fit the giant display case into its gallery—which might take a bit of remodeling; O'Shea speculates that they might have to dismantle the side of the building and load it in with heavy-duty cranes. There are also safety issues at stake. The display case will be filed with glycol, a colorless, odorless syrupy liquid that is both toxic and flammable. Any break in the display case would spell a major disaster.

If dealing with a dead squid is exciting, imagine the thrill of encountering a live one in its own habitat. O'Shea believes this is possible: just two years ago, a team of Japanese researchers shot the first footage of a live giant squid in waters of the coast of Tokyo. "It don't think it's going to be difficult at all for the first person to raise the money it'll take to put some cameras down there and lure one in. They're such an aggressive creature, all you'd have to do is stick a dead cow on the end of the hook. It's the T. rex of the ocean."

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

REV: One-Act Play Regionals

At Regional One-Act Play Competition our home school, Ingram Tom Moore, was selected as the state alternate play, with Wimberley and Zapata High Schools advancing to the State Contest, April 24th at Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Oddly enough both winners are doing versions of the same piece The History of Tom Jones.

It was still a great trip through the "playoffs" for this ITM one-act cast as many were complete newcomers to theatre. Their Twelfth Night won raves from everyone who saw them, including every judge along the way. In one of the most surprising, and delightful, indications of how accomplished the cast became, every single competition produced a coveted Best Actor or Best Actress award for Ingram, with Kylie Nidever being named Best Actress at Regionals. Ingram had four such awards over the course of the season -- a different actor or actress at every competition -- Kylie, Madelyn Beaudoin, Lindsey Morris and Kaleb Dworsky. Also winning recognition at Regionals, on the Honorable Mention Cast,were Kaleb and Madelyn.

The lineup for 3A State Competition is Wimberley, Zapata, Decatur, Van, Seminole, Caldwell, Mexia and Lucas Lovejoy High Schools. Shows begin at 4:00 p.m. with four schools competing before dinner break, with Wimberley and Zapata among them. Four more schools will launch at 7:30 p.m.

At Regionals, ITM put on one of their best shows of the season, in my opinion topped only by their District performace where they were on fire across the boards. If they had any weaknesses at Regionals, it was due mostly to the width of the stage -- an issue that plagued them at Area also. However, by the time of Regionals they had made some adjustments to blocking and set design to accommodate the large stage. Nevertheless the increased width created time lag in a number of dialogue cues that tended to slow the piece down in ways that were not the fault of the kids.

I tihnk it was especially appropriate that Kylie was named Best Actress (and lauded by the judge for her work with her eyes and expressions). I think she has been wonderful all along this year, and has somehow been missed at awards time for the most part. She has been a steady, brilliant presence on stage for Ingram.

Also coming into their own for this final performance were Caleb Weaver, Logan Stehling and Tara Frels who played the supporting characters Orsino, Sebastian and Olivia respectively. All three have come a long way over the course of the season and it was most fitting that their final performance was easily their best.

It probably needs no saying to our local in-tune-with-OAP folks that among our shining stars were Shana Baldwin, Taylor Danielson, Kaleb Dworsky, Lindsey Morris and Madelyn Beaudoin. Each of these leads has been exceptional for us on stage this year, as well as being outstanding leaders in the program. Unfortunately the very fine Taylor Danielson has been left out of awards -- he's off to college and he should have had the satisfaction of some recognition for his years of helping us out, all the way back to his junior high performance of Gavroche in Les Miserables. Congrats to all.

And to all the other kids involved with the ITM show, especially the support who get little notice -- Katrina Greenshield, Laura Kulbicki, Tino Rodriguez, and Tanya Gardner, and the fantastic crew rounded up by Holly and Marie, including Zack Morris, Jordan Spradling, Benton del Toro and Jason Gardner, and our understudies Macy Wilson and Brendan Flowers.

Our fellow District members, and becoming quite good friends, Wimberley High School, put on a dynamite rendition of their The History of Tom Jones. It was in my opinion their best performance since their Festival -- with a fine sense of the drama inherent in the piece as well as the dynamics they are so well known for. There were a number of awards for their cast that were, i think, long overdue. Three in particular -- Chris Bakka, playing Blifil, who won the Best Actor award, after so honing his performance that there was no chance to take your eyes off him when he was on stage. His turn was perfection in my mind. And i've thought for weeks now that Andy Patoski and Harry Tork were not getting their due for wonderful performances, week in, week out, but they both received All-Star Cast at Regionals, and i hope that there is more of the same for them at State. Walker Pickens, who plays both Henry Fielding as narrator, and Squire Allworthy, was again most deservedly named All-Star Cast.

There is another All-Star Cast selection that bears the telling of a little story. Just prior to the Wimberley Festival, two of their actors -- Connor Pickens and Bonnie Sturdivant -- were involved in a disatrous wreck that saw both of them hospitalized. Connor had a cracked sternum and was bruised up, Bonnie had a rather severe concussion and other injuries. That put them out of the cast through most of their competitions, and gave a couple of others a chance to move up in cast.

Zeb Duke, who was already in the cast, moved up to take Connor's place in various roles, most notably the Highwayman. Now Zeb, who is a young actor with some real chops, was wonderful as the Highwayman, his broken arm act was choice. And when Zeb moved up, someone took his previous role. Well, between Area and Regionals Connor was well enough to regain his spot, and Zeb willingly gave it up. And Connor was brilliant in the role as well, being named All-Star Cast, deservedly so. But Zeb deserves more than a nod for filling in, and then giving up his role as the honors rose. He also chose to not usurp his own previous role lest it further disrupt their team. What a great gesture. I've said this before, i look forward to what he has to offer in the future -- and now there is the future with both he and Connor on stage together. Special nods to Zeb. And congrats to Connor for his performance.

Bonnie took longer to heal, but i hear that she's going to be in the cast at State. So congrats to her for healing and being able to participate, and much kudos to (i think this is right) Sarah Lindsay for playing Sophie in her absence and doing such a wonderful job of it.

Also for Wimberley, two others who have not had much recognition finally got their due -- Austen Cabler and Cameron Allen. And not really finally, but last for now, a personal favorite Calen Cabler, got left out of the riches at Regionals. I think she is one of the bright characters on the stage for them regardless of whether she is honored. I'm hoping they all get a piece of the action at State.

Zapata's rendition of Tom Jones was equally as thrilling as Wimberley's. It was a different cutting of the play, with a broader focus on lengths of dialogue, which put the focus on characters, although their purely humorous bits were pretty danged funny. Wimberley uses Luis Munoz's cutting of the play which pares the dialogue down to focus on the setups. More of the novel gets appropriated this way, and it has a faster tempo in places. It's really not a matter of which is best, but of enjoying both interpretations. I thoroughly enjoyed Zapata's work. There were a couple of minutes of deadspot mid-play, but otherwise it would be hard to fault them. They, like Wimberley, had excellent actors and characterizations from top to bottom. They had a different take on Blifil (see my Festival comments via the link below), but the kid playing him was excellent and earned All-Star Cast for it -- al he could do when Best Actor was already a Blifil. I didn't think their Tom Jones character stood out as he should, but he was certainly a fine actor.

The three other shows at Regionals each had their fine moments. Indeed, Medina Valley's The White Room of My Remembering i thought was superbly acted, and well played out. I simply thought it was not a very good choice as a one-act competition piece as it is borne along by long, slow stretches -- appropriate for the show, but hardly competition for the whirling dervish of Tom Jones or the tomfoolery of Twelfth Night.

My previous commentary on Area compeition

My previous commentary on the Wimberley Festival



Here is the complete list of Regional awards:
Best Actress -- Kylie Nidever, Ingram Tom Moore
Best Actor -- Chris Bakka, Wimberley

All-Star Cast
Alicia Geurin, Medina Valley
Sarah Braddy, Medina Valley
Walker Pickens, Wimberley
Harry Tork, Wimberley
Andy Patoski, Wimberley
Connor Pickens, Wimberley
Daniel Lerma, Zapata
Melinda Sosa, Zapata

Honorable Mention All-Star Cast
Madelyn Beaudoin, Ingram Tom Moore
Kaleb Dworsky, Ingram Tom Moore
Mario Zavala, Zapata
JenniferGuajardo, Crystal City
Austen Cabler, Wimberley
Cameron Allen, Wimberley
Cassandra Pena, Falfurrias
Jamey Munoz, Falfurrias



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COM: Blogarithmic #235

Lots of great things going on. Barring my otherwise nightmarish week of deadlines and last minute things, i'll finally get a series of reviews posted today.

In the meantime some cool news -- Jeff Scott not only was honored with a Kennedy Center performance slot for the Irene Ryan Theatre Scholarship Awards, but he auditioned for and won a one-year internship with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C. Jeff is a Bandera HS grad, a point veteran, a Texas Tech Theatre Ph.D. candidate and is still talked about daily here for his direction of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Also, Jonah Priour, ITM grad, and Harvard theatre junior, was accepted for the second summer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Graham Douglass, Syracuse theatre junior, Tivy grad, and Point and Cailloux veteran will be spending the summer backpacking Italy with St. Edward's theatre junior Lauren Hayes. Lauren was in Cabaret at the Point, but i knew her before from camp. She was also the stage manager at the STAGE production of The Drawer Boy i was in. And for more about Lauren see my upcoming review of St. Ed's' Angst! The Musical Review.

State One-Act Play finals begin this week with contests for 3A, 4A and 5A. I can't get to much of it if any, perhaps only the 3A night session, but i have to mention that our district compatriots Wimberley, loaded with a bunch of great kids, who are also great actors, will be on the stage looking for another title for their school. Best of luck to all those kids i know, or have met, including Calen Cabler, Chris Bakka, Andy Patoski, Zeb Duke, Harry Tork, Bonnie Sturdivant, Walker Pickens, and all the rest. And Mama Bond! Break a leg you guys!

From our Regionals, the other school participating is Zapata, which, like Wimberley, is doing The History of Tom Jones. They had a wonderful show at Regionals, and i'm hoping they do really well also. Our ITM crew finished as runners-up to this pair, and are state alternates. (See my upcoming review of Regionals).

In all the hubbub of last week, the one thing i missed out on was going to the state soccer title games on saturday. I'm kicking myself for not getting there now, since my niece Sarah's and nephew Jeff's school won the 4A girls state championship. Sarah is a JV player for them, so i'm already looking forward to the possibilities for next year. The school, by the way, is McKinney Boyd, and this is just the second year it's been open, and they already have a state title! They end the season ranked #3 nationaly (see poll below) after not having been previously ranked.

There's been a rash of old Tivy grads getting on Facebook lately, and i've recently been added by Amber Cunningham, Jimmy Maglothin, Jarod Turner, Nora Sierra, Chad Warner and Aaron Meek, all old players and students. I'm liking this social networking more by the minute. It would sure be nice to be connected to everyone from the past. There are so many folks i miss.



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REV: Weird story

Thanks to my good friends Thom the World Poet and Dr. Kathleen Hudson, i got hooked up with the EXSE Spoken Word Showcase at channelAustin last week to do a TV show. About 15 other Austin area poets were showcased with a reading of their poetry. I went down Wednesday for the show, where i was interviewed and then read. The show then goes into rotation on the channel and i was told it would be shown many times over the course of 2008-2009. So i was honored and excited to be selected.

So then something very weird happened.

Here's some backstory. In the summer of 2001 i was contacted by Russell Simmons to be on his show HBO's DefPoetryJam. To this day i don't know how he came to choose me, except that i had been at the National Poetry Slam a couple years prior and had some national exposure through some documentary pieces on MTV, NBC, and the Texas Country Reporter franchise, and was at least a fringe part of the national slam scene of the day.

Well, 9/11 hit shortly after the invite and everything got shelved. I'm not a TV watcher so i don't know much about it, but as i recall the show was off for months. In any case i was never rebooked, and 9/11 changed what i was doing at the time so i didn't pursue it. They, and i, had enough post-attack issues to deal with.

Nevertheless it was an honor to be considered, and so i use that on my resume/press bio, where i state that i have appeared on a series of shows and "was invited to perform on HBO's DefPoetryJam."

So fast forward to Wednesday night. I walk in the door at the studios and am soon met by the producer Karla, who leads me to a conference room, where i am introduced to Selah, the show's host. She says they are excited to see me, says they have a special interview planned in addition to my reading and she would like to talk about a few things so that she doesn't go into the interview blind. We talk about my poetry -- which i have selected somewhat around the theme of how lies and truth are inextricably intertwined in our lives, how there should probably be some other word for the fictions we create for ourselves and to save others' feelings, that the harshness of the word "lie" should be reserved for things said in spite, greed, or other nefarious scenarios. She gets it.

And i have to say she was wonderfully nice, very intelligent, very confident, sure of herself, and also attuned to trying to be on top of things. I was impressed.

She was also intrigued by the slam process -- which is a kind of literature meets WWF meets olympic ice dancing kind of competition. Without getting too involved here, i explained that it began in the late 1980s when a Chicago bar owner named Marc Smith wanted to liven up poetry readings at his place and set a few rules, gave scorecards to volunteer judges, and allowed audience participation (as in booing, cheering, goading judges, etc.). The result was an explosion in spoken word poetry that encompassed the best of hip-hop, academic poetry, and standup comedy, and tossed it out in three-minute snippets to appreciative crowds. There are city competitions, which crown city winners and teams and send them off to the annual National Slam. And from which came, as a brilliant offshoot, the Holy Grail of DefPoetryJam.

And so we headed there. She asked me how it was that i got invited, and i explained that i didn't really know, simply got a phone call from Simmons, and then i laid out the whole sordid story to her, in quite some detail, about 9/11 and how it stole my chance to be on the show etc. She asked more questions about the process, but it ended when the producer came in and said it was time.

So off we went to the studio where they were placing stools for us. We got a countdown and lights. And then she says they wanted to welcome me to EXSE and were especially honored to have with them today someone who had performed on the big stage at HBO's DefPoetryJam.

WTF?

I am certain that whatever camera was on me got the biggest deer in the headlights look i've ever allowed to cross my face. I was dumbstruck.

She then turned to me and said something like "So what was it like?"

And, on the fly, i just played along: got swept up in the confusion, the misunderstanding, the LIE, and said something along the lines of "it was great".

We were on live TV and i wasn't about to embarrass her in front of that audience. I still don't want to. Am loathe to. That was the whole point of my performance.

I immediately started trying to shift attention away from that, saying things like "Oh it wasn't as tough as doing a reading at a university with an audience full of academics." But she didn't bite, kept coming back to it. Until finally we got off onto my poetry, and i went heavy with the focus on lying. And got so heavy into the lying aspect of it that she glazed over and soon we cut to set up for the rest of the show.

Then i read.

It was over finally, and i was abundantly cordial and thankful, and then i walked out into the east Austin air and started finding people i knew to tell the story -- coverage i suppose, an alibi. So i told a Ph.D. from UCLA, in town to see me about bug work, told a retired Austin cop friend, and a friend who's a state criminal appeals judge. They all told me not to worry about it, to let it lie (ha!), that no one watches poetry on TV anyway.

And granted the live show was over, but i kept thinking about that thing being in rotation over and over for the next year. I got back home and told another dozen people, none of whom seemed to think i ought to call up and come clean. So i didn't, haven't, not yet at least. I'm still mulling it over. And i thought by writing this i might cover myself for those people who might have seen the show and come looking for more info on the blog.

And so i'm apologizing here, and also trying to escape embarrassing that wonderful lady at channelAustin. And realizing that there will probably be some intersection here, and i don't want to deal with it. And i just hope someone understands.


Final Note: i also will be getting a dvd copy of the show, which is nice since i don't have a tv and live a couple hours out of Austin anyway. I suspect i'll post at least some of it on my YouTube channel, and perhaps even the big lie with the explanation attached.



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Sunday, April 20, 2008

REV: Ingram's "Twelfth Night!"

For those who missed it, here’s excerpts from the State alternate One-Act play Twelfth Night performed by the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians!






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MRF: New Films Posted!

I put up a bunch of new videos this week, mostly from the Schreiner University Coffehouse celebrating National Poetry Month. You can check these out on my channel at YouTube here. Included are clips from John Dean Domingue, Chris Fontanes, Kathleen Hudson and the amazing Thom the World Poet – as well as Ashley Vega, Kristen Glass, Alphonso Mabry, Julias Thompson on piano, Lorraine LeMon, Philip Huddleston, Jonathan W. Smith, Robert Burt, John Culpepper, Janet Meek, Michelle Duross, and Brianna, and a performance of Schreiner-ex Sam Skeist’s In Moonlit Hours. I have dozens more films in preparation, mostly music, but also sports highlight from Daniel Miro, William Lawson and Taylor Overby coming up. Stay tuned.

Some highlights:








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Friday, April 18, 2008

ATH: McKinney Boyd ranked #3 in Nation!!!

More on this later on but for now here's the new rankings:


NSCAA/adidas®
National Rankings

High School Winter Rankings Girls
National 5th Poll - April 15, 2008


Rank School Prev. W-L-T
1 Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) # 2 30 - 1 - 4
2 Wellington (Wellington, Fla.) * 3 26 - 3 - 1
3 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) * NR 25 - 2 - 1
4 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) # NR 25 - 2 - 5
5 St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.) * 5 22 - 0 - 2
6 George W. Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) * 6 29 - 0 - 2
7 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) * NR 24 - 4 - 4
8 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) # NR 24 - 3 - 8
9 The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) * 9 27 - 1 - 1
10 Hebron (Carrollton, Texas) NR 23 - 3 - 3
* Denotes State Champion
# Denotes District Champion

For more information, visit the NSCAA website at
www.NSCAA.com or call 800-458-0678
>

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REV: Biospoilers redux

I recently posted about biospoilers (see my explanatory post here) to ID Frontiers after a recent thread about the domestic doves used in Dances with Wolves. I got a few responses back about other errors.

From Frank Haas:
I too have favorite examples. My favorite was in Quest for Fire about early man in Africa. In a scene where the clan is walking across a savannah, with an occasional tree, the soundtrack is playing Black-capped Chickadee and Pileated Woodpecker!

From GWPott:
Those biospoilers are so prominent, that I am shocked when I hear a Boreal Owl calling in a TV show set in Alaska. Occassionally the actually get one right!


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ENV: Circus of the Spineless #32 coming up!

Start getting your posts ready for Circus of the Spineless #32 (especially posts about the ultimate, and intelligentist, class of invertebratadudes, the Mollusca). The next edition will be at Deep Sea News http://scienceblogs.com/deepseanews/

send your submissions by April 29, 2008 to Kevin at kaz146(at)psu.edu


Edition #34 will be at Gossamer Tapestry.

Your submissions will be due May 30, 2008 and you can send them to: Doug Taron at dtaron (at) gmail.com


and we're looking for hosts for May and July and beyond! contact tony g at hurricanetg(a)hotmail.com



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Monday, April 14, 2008

REV: David Taylor's "Praying Up the Sun"

David Taylor has been a friend of the Nature Writers of Texas website for a couple of years now, recently producing an Anthology of Texas Nature Writers, and hosting the just finished Texas Nature Writers Conference. He's sent out a notice about his newest venture the book of poetry Praying Up The Sun. Here some info on it and notes about a couple of readings. Be sure to check it out . . .

My new book of poetry Praying Up the Sun is now available from Pecan Grove Press.
Here's the link to the web page:
http://library.stmarytx.edu/pgpress/authors/david_taylor/index.html

Here's the link to Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931247501


Also, I'm giving the first reading of it this Saturday. Drop by if you have
the time and are in the area.

On April 19 at 7:00 PM, Salon Mijangos, 1906 S. Flores, San Antonio, will
host a reading by poet David Taylor and fiction writer Andrew Porter. This
event is free and open to the public.

David will read poems from Praying up the Sun (Pecan Grove Press 2008)

David Taylor, a specialist in environmental literature, teaches in the English
Department. He has published poetry and creative non-fiction essays in such
journals as Borderlands, ISLE, Southern Poetry Review, Environmental
History, and Mountain Gazette. His latest publications are a collection of
poems entitled Praying Up the Sun (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) and Pride
of Place:
A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing (UNT Press,
2006) a collection of essays about our connection to place and how it defines
and informs us. He edited South Carolina Naturalists: An Anthology, 1700-
1860
(USC Press 1998) and co-authored Lawson's Fork: Headwaters to the
Confluence
(Hub City Press, 2000). He was featured at the 2006 Texas Book
Festival.


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REV: Wimberley, Zapata advance to OAP State

There were a bunch of funny and well-performed plays at Regionals in Kingsville Friday, and two superb versions of "The History of Tom Jones" -- from Wimberley and Zapata -- advanced to state competition. ITM put on an excellent "Twelfth Night" and was named state alternate. Best of all, the two great performances honored by Best Actor and Actress went to ITM's Kylie Nidever for her Maria, and to Wimberley's Chris Bakka for his Blifil -- two absolutely deserved awards for perfect performances.

Congrats to everyone vinloved for their honors, and the great plays, and thanks for a fun ride and a classy weekend.

Will be posting a review, more thanks and recognition, and complete honors lists soon.

Also coming up: reviews of Method Gun by the Rude Mechanicals at Austin's Long Center, and On The Town at St. Edward's.


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ATH: McKinney Boyd Wins State!!

McKinney Boyd girls take game to another level
By DAVID HINOJOSA / The Dallas Morning News, 12:34 AM CDT on Monday, April 14, 2008

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Imagine this next year: McKinney Boyd's girls, winners of the 2008 Class 4A state soccer title, playing Plano East, the Class 5A runner-up.

Sound like a nice pre-district matchup? Actually, the teams will play two District 8-5A games next season, thanks to UIL realignment.

Boyd moves to 5A, fresh off a 4A championship season, joining a district that will include Plano East, 2007 5A champion Plano West and traditional powers Allen and Plano. Boyd also moves into Region I with this season's 5A champion, Southlake Carroll, as well as always-strong Flower Mound Marcus, Hebron and Coppell.

Hebron moved up from 4A two years ago and has twice been a Region I-5A finalist.

"It's going to be great competition, and it's going to be a great district," Boyd coach Jimmie Lankford said. " love tough soccer. The girls love tough soccer. We wanted a tough district. Well, we got it."

Boyd returns most of its starters next season, including its two leading scorers – freshman Kelley Monogue, MVP of Saturday's 3-1 championship game victory against Wichita Falls Rider, and sophomore Emily Reid.

Southlake Carroll's girls return several key starters, including juniors Leslie Shurtleff, Lexis Learmonth and Monica Alvarado. Plano East returns its leading scorer, junior Marissa Holden.

Marcus' boys defended their 5A title with only two returning starters.



McKinney Boyd beats Wichita Falls Rider for 4A girls title

By DAVID HINOJOSA / The Dallas Morning News, 12:03 AM CDT on Sunday, April 13, 2008

ROUND ROCK, Texas – It's like clockwork when McKinney Boyd plays. At some point, girls coach Jimmie Lankford is going to tell freshman forward Kelley Monogue to take more shots.

Sure enough, it happened Saturday at halftime of Boyd's Class 4A final against Wichita Falls Rider. With the game tied, 1-1, Lankford told Monogue he needed her to take six shots in the second half. Monogue gave him four in the first six minutes, including one from 20 yards in the first 53 seconds that ended up being the winning goal in Boyd's 3-1 victory at Round Rock ISD Stadium.

"When she put that in, we really settled down and put a ton of pressure on them," Lankford said. "When we are ahead, it's hard to catch us."

Monogue's goal turned the momentum Boyd's way after Rider (30-1-1) had tied the score with 1:40 remaining in the first half on a score by Kelsey Hill.

Aided by a brisk wind, Boyd began peppering shots at Rider's goal in the second half. Monogue set the tone and earned the game's MVP.

"We had the wind, and it was powerful," Monogue said. "I tried to take as many shots as I could."

Monogue assisted on Boyd's first score when she deflected a free kick from Katherine Cox to Emily Reid seven minutes into the game. Reid also had Boyd's third goal from 20 yards with 32:02 left in the second half. Boyd had a 23-4 advantage in shots, including a 14-2 advantage in the second half.

Lankford and seniors Cox, Katherine Wright, Lindsay Mumper, Kathryn Williamson and junior Jordan Sickman won the state title at McKinney North two seasons ago.

"Coming from North and having two championships is just overwhelming," Mumper said.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

REV: Some notes from Area OAP

It is our studied opinion, here in podunkberg, texas, that we have a very tough district for competing in One Act Play.

Wimberley High School has an amazing program, and rare is the year in which they have not advanced out of district in the last 20 something years. They are simply that good. So the battle, while not necessarily for second place, is always for that second advancing spot. We simply know that Wimberley is going to be ultra-competitive.

From there, we come to the Ingram program, now advancing for the second time in five years to Regionals, and Bandera which was second runner-up at state last year, plus Llano which has had some serious past success. This year toss in Canyon Lake, which is a brand new school and has a cast composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores (and is certain to only improve steadily if not exponentially in the next few years), and well, you get the picture . . .

Holly Riedel and Marie Cearley are rightfully overjoyed and overwhelmed at having advanced this year with the ITM Thespians. And while strongly cautioning that i think these kids are highly deserving and have a wonderfully entertaining piece, i wonder more every day why some excellent casts here over the past years haven't likewise advanced. It's all subjective, rightfully so. I understand well the vagaries of judging, and competing in the arts, yet something nags at me – and it's the same thing that must be nagging Bandera right now with their crew that was at state last year, and LaVernia, sitting home now after Area with a fine play, a fine cast, and a superb lead actor with tons of experience. What does it take?

I'm not going to go into all my thinking on this – i love One Act competition, i personally think it allows for the teaching of some wonderful things in theatre, and creates enthusiasm in theatre amongst a lot of kids who might not otherwise be involved. But one thing stuck with me in thinking this out this week, and that is that i think i am detecting an edge that comedies have over drama. I dealt with some of my feelings about the role of dramatic background, and the idea that comedies are funnier, more literary, and accomplish more, when the dramatic subtext is respected in a post a couple of weeks ago (see my post here).

So i've been wondering if one can't get away with "more" (meaning less) by doing comedy than by doing a dramatic piece. As long as one creates laughs, one can bypass some dramatic import, perhaps can have less than a dynamite cast, be sloppy with a lot of things that then may pass as over-the-top, and in fact have poor stagecraft and sets. In a dramatic piece however, without benefit of the distraction of humor, all of those things stand out.

Before i go any further, i have to say right now that i'm not disparaging anyone, especially the two winning groups this year (both doing comedies). Wimberley is impeccable in their productions, and i clearly have an Ingram bias. I am instead looking at our success with drama versus comedies of the past – in particular seeing one horrific comedy performance years ago that eclipsed close to perfect renditions of dramatic pieces from two different schools. In trying to parse all this, it just solidified in me one of the aspects of OAP that i least like – and that is the seeming emphasis by some judges on OTT performances to the exclusion of the story.

So, away with that tangent -- let's talk about the Area competition. First let me go back to my original line in this post – that note about our district being so tough. Part two of that corollary is that our district competition has been tougher than our area competition, and quite often the two reps of our district move past area to regionals, if not state. I mention this because this year i was impressed at Area in a way i can't remember in that none of the pieces were terrible, all held my attention for their duration, and all had much to recommend them. And that is a good turn for theatre, and it means no one can any longer have some expectation, however ill-advised, of moving on to regionals so easily.

Of the schools staying home, Cuero produced a really nice Of Mice and Men, and many kudos to Jared Greenfield who played the always difficult Lennie and was named All-Star Cast for it, and Kaeron Johnson who was sublime in the delicate role of Crooks and received Honorable Mention Cast. I also thought the unawarded Ryan Lewis did a fine job overall for George although he has a softer voice and his blocking kept us from hearing much of his dialogue.

[And while i'm on that let me state one of my few negatives for the day – this is the second year that i have gone to Area at the virtually new Schertz Steele High School. How someone could build such an architecturally gorgeous building and create such an auditory nightmare is beyond me. The inside now looks like a cobbled together patchwork of soundboards – like they tried several times to fix the acoustics to no avail. It is awful in there. Someone ought to find another place for Area competition to do the kids justice.]

Marion High School put on a show i have not previously seen -- Do Not Go Gentle by Susan Zeder. It is an interesting memory play which concerns a family deciding what to do with the possessions of a family member who has passed away. This show has some fine, fine moments in it, but following the entire sequence was somewhat difficult for me as a newcomer to the piece. I was particularly impressed with Lauren Craddock as Lillian Barron, the decedent, and Ryan Mosel, the metaphorical and all-too-real Nobody she took in. Lauren was named All-Star Cast, and Ryan Honorable Mention. Also receiving Honorable Mention for them was Chelsea Craddock as Kelley.

Palacios's Charlie's Aunt was a game effort, but suffered from pacing issues – perhaps the one overriding thing you can’t get away with in comedy. That the usual showcase role of Babs earned Phillip Fiorini an Honorable Mention says something. Ben Vargas as Mr. Spettigue was named All-Star Cast. Steve Cruz and Chris Huffman did as fine a job in my opinion but were not recognized.

LaVernia put on a superb show, using the memory play Mariner by Don Nigro. It was, we thought, a piece in very tight competition for advancing play. Andrew Wortham, who has had many plum roles and made wonderful pudding of them over the years was stunning as Christopher Columbus, and was my pick for Best Actor. He is a senior, and this was his last time on stage representing LaVernia. It was hard to see them/him go. They were named alternate play. Wortham did receive All-Star Cast. I think everyone in the theatre was stunned, but none more so than Brandon Turner himself, who played the prosecutor, when he was named Best Actor. Amanda Mueller, in a really nice turn as Juana La Loca, was named Honorable Mention. I also thought Alexandra Hernandez as Beatriz et al., and Brody Walton as the Jester were deserving of recognition. In all, top to bottom, and beginning to end, i thought this was a wonderful play done wonderfully well.

Now to our travelling to Kingsville companions Wimberley. I make no secret of my like of their The History of Tom Jones at festival (see link above), and my dismay with the judges' comments about it. I didn’t blog a review from District, at least in part because i feared what i feared most had come true and that was that there were some changes made according to the whims of those judges (now, i wasn’t there so i can’t swear the Wyatts actually did that, but i detected some characterizations along the lines of what the judges suggested). The net effect for me was that i enjoyed their Tom Jones less at District than i had at festival. They, being Wimberley, and possessed of 15 phenomenal actors still put on a great show that day.

I bring all this up, because i thought their performance at Area was fantastic. I managed to overlook some of my issues and focus on enjoying the show and, just my opinion, but i thought they were "on" more at Area than they were at District. Particularly shining for me at District was Harry Tork, who simply ate up the stage, boards and all. Chris Bakka found a supersweet groove at District also and was right at perfect at Area, with a rendition of Blifil that nails my vision of the role. Calen Cabler morphed into a simply resistable (which is the exact point) seductress at District, and again perfected it at Area. She too has a presence in her moments which commands all attention. Walker Pickens has been consistently stunning through the whole series, and i really like how effortlessly he moves between characters.

Andy Patoski, in my humble opinion, is the finest actor on stage for them this year (and that’s not snubbing their other wonderful actors in any way, and also indicative of how fine i think he is). He has a highly intuitive subtlety that i like (perhaps because of my film background, but it comes across so elegantly on stage for him). He is wonderful in his role as Tom Jones. I am disappointed that he has not gained more recognition for it. I again refer back to my original post and my idea that there is a confusion about who Tom Jones is supposed to be, and because of it he has not been able to develop the appropriate charisma onstage (and thus perhaps the last two judges’ concerns about the quality of the relationship between he and Sophia – perhaps subconsciously they see the same thing i do, who knows?). Nevertheless i think he's doing a remarkable job while trying to balance the conflict.

The wonderful Mallory Watson was named to the All-Star Cast for her Honour. Walker and Andy were named Honorable Mention, and Chris Bakka was named to the All-Star Cast. All in all a superb show – which reminds me to say how much i envy and respect what the Wyatts accomplish with these kids. Wimberley has much to be proud of.

Finally our kids from Ingram Tom Moore are headed to Regionals with an adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. My opinion of course, but i think they put on a wonderful play. I do think they were better, indeed on fire, at District, but this rendition was still fine from beginning to end. They did have some serious difficulties with being heard in some cases and, with the width of the stage being nearly twice as wide as the stage they rehearse on, had a number of pacing and cue problems. Hopefully those are solved as they are rehearsing now on a bigger stage.

Lindsey Morris, playing the dual Viola and Cesario was named Best Actress. She, as much as anyone in ITM’s cast, has come the farthest in characterization since they began. And i personally think she excels at portraying the difference in her characters and in pulling off the ruse necessary to make the plot work. Madelyn Beaudoin too is superb as Sir Andrew Aguecheek – it’s a performance i didn’t think i could buy – a girl playing a man who is so effeminate as to be girly. Which is to say, she had to master being a girl attempting to play a girl. I had problems making the intermediate jump at first, but as time's gone on she has perfected the role to the point of making it possible for me to suspend the obvious difficulties and see her as the foppish Sir Andrew. Regardless of whether one buys into the three-way arc, the fact is she has created a hilarious and memorable character and she’s a delight to watch. I figured she was in the running again for Best Actress. She, of course, was named All-Star Cast.

Joining her in that award was Shana Baldwin, perhaps our second best characterization as Fabian (another gender role switch, though one for which it is not important). Her commanding voice and clownish posturing are much of what i think gets the audience’s attention right from the start and keeps it until the end. Our final cast award, Honorable Mention went to Kylie Nidever, who has the most subtle woman’s character in the play, and who i believe has been unjustly overlooked. She is wonderful every time she steps on stage. I am most disappointed that Taylor Danielson as Feste was not recognized. He too is a wonderful narrator/clown and joins Shana in developing the entire tone of the play.

Logan Stehling, Caleb Weaver, Laura Kulbicki, Tara Frels, Tino Rodriguez, Kaleb Dworsky (who won Best Actor at District) and Katrina Greenshield round out the wonderful cast. They are supported by alternates Macy Wilson and Brendan Flowers. And then's there's our fantastic crew comprised of Zack Morris, Jordan Spradling, Benton del Toro and Jason Gardner. [I am ging from memory and i dearly hope i haven't left anyone out]. What a wonderful bunch of kids.


Ingram Tom Moore Thespians
2008 One-Act Play Regional Finalists

See an earlier post for details on the Regional Competition if you'd like to attend.

[-- Okay, UPDATED all i can do for now . . . back after Regionals.

I really have more to say about all these pieces (i’ve been working on this since the weekend), but my brain is a bit fried right now, i have a rehearsal of my own to get to, and i know some folks have been awaiting my words so they could lambast me. So i’m posting this now, but may come back and add to and/or revise the whole post. In the meantime feel free to use the comment button below to yell at me. ]



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COM: Death of a Salesman rehearsing now!

DEATH OF A SALESMAN IN REHEARSALS NOW!

We've been in rehearsals for the next production from the Guadalupe Stage Quartet. Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is due to hit the Warrior Theatre Stage from May 8-24th, Thur-Sat at 7:30 p.m., and May 18th and 25th for Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Warrior Theatre is located at 510 College Street in Ingram next to the Ingram ISD Administration Building.

All proceeds from GSQ shows go directly to the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund and the ITM Thespians.

Salesman, directed by Holly Riedel, stars George Stieren as Willy Loman, Marie Cearley as his wife Linda, and Travis Newman as Biff, and Irec Hargrove as Happy. Travis, a winner of the Best Actor award at State One-Act Play for Tivy High School, returns after a long absence from Kerrville-area stages, and is about to embark on a theatre teaching career. Irec is the winner of the first Roy Burney Scholarship from the Guadalupe Stage Quartet and is now in school at UTSA. Other cast members include Annie Reynolds, Anthony Goodman, Justin Shotts, Todd Mein, Dan Schmidt, Madelyn Beaudoin, Lindsey Morris, and Tony Gallucci.

OTHER AREA STAGES
Playhouse2000 and the Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts just opened You Can't Take It With You. More information is available here: http://www.caillouxtheater.com/



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REV: ITM, Wimberley at Regionals!

INGRAM THESPIANS GOING TO REGIONALS!
Ingram Tom Moore High School’s One-Act Play competition piece, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, along with Wimberley High School’s version of The History of Tom Jones, based on the novel by Henry Fielding, won the Area One-Act Play competition Thursday and advanced to the Regional finals. That last competition prior to the State Championship meet will be at Texas A&M University-Kingsville this Friday, April 11, beginning with ITM’s play at 1:00 p.m.

LaVernia's Mariner was also excellent and was named alternate play. Interestingly, Wimberley and ITM are the same two schools which advanced from District 25-3A. The other schools competing at Area were Cuero High School,with Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Susan Zeder’s Do Not Go Gentle presented by Marion High School, and Charlie’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas staged by Palacios High School.

Ingram’s Lindsey Morris (Cesario/Viola) was named Best Actress at Area, joining LaVernia’s Brandon Turner as Best Actor. Ingram received All-Star Cast nods for Shana Baldwin (Fabian) and Madelyn Beaudoin (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), and an Honorable Mention All-Star Cast for Kylie Nidever (Maria).

Those who would like to see the show are encouraged to arrive early as the doors close at showtime and folks are not allowed late entry. Five more shows follow for the same admission price. In addition to Ingram and Wimberley, other Regional competitor schools include Crystal City, Medina Valley, Falfurrias and Zapata High Schools.



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COM: Fine shirts for the fashion-conscious

I just got together with old player Chad Warner via Facebook and one of the first things i found amongst his entries was this link to another blog. Worth the read if you're of a certain maroon stripe.


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Friday, April 04, 2008

REV: ITM and Wimberley advance to OAP Regionals

Ingram Tom Moore (Twelfth Night) and Wimberley (The History of Tom Jones) won the Area One-Act Play competition Thursday and advanced to the Regional finals in Kingsville (details on time, etc. coming when i find out).

Both shows were outstanding, as was LaVernia's Mariner which was named alternate play.

Congrats to Lindsey Morris (Cesario/Viola) for being named Best Actress. All-Star cast nods to Shana Baldwin, Madelyn Beaudoin, Chirs Bakka and Mallory Watson, Honorable Mention All-Star cast to Kylie Nidever, Andy Patoski and Walker Pickens.

Congrats to everyone on both casts for some fine work!

UPDATE: Regionals begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, APril 11th at Texas A&M-Kingsville!


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REL: FSM at Tennessee

Flying Spaghetti Monster statue erected at Tennessee Courthouse!



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