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From Jp – A Busy April

April 26, 2017

Blog time… oh my!

My turn on the blog this time comes as a momentary welcome distraction (as does everything at this point in time) because I’m deep into completing the final draft of a thesis, due one week from the writing of this blog. My mind is so scattered at the moment, and while I thought that maybe I would just copy and paste my thesis draft in here and let you all proof it for me, I thought it would be a great time to update you on a couple of things.

1.  It’s two for one Sizzli time at Wawa!  (Though unfortunately my schedule with writing, doesn’t have me out of the house that early)

2.  Next week, the amazing faculty and student body at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts will be opening their production of Hair. Touchstone was honored to be asked by the Theater faculty at the school to come down for this production and mentor teams of student designers through the process of putting the this show together. Myself with set designers, Emma with lighting, and Lisa with the costume folks, worked alongside the students as they put their minds toward creating a cohesive aesthetic for their production. I was able to see a dress rehearsal of the show on Monday and was delighted by what I saw. I’m really proud of my design team, proud of all the students involved, and last but not least, proud of Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Ashley Weller’s direction and choreography is out of the ball park.  Check it out: Hair

3.  The Jakopa’s Punch Processional’s script and songs are all complete! We are now entering production mode. The band has been hard at work for the last two weeks learning the new songs, and we will be holding audition for puppeteers and stilt-walkers the week of May 22nd.  Just this week, we had to make a very important decision… which of these look more like tiny satyr horns?

It’s really quite a nuanced thing…  where do you set them on the head? Do you go for a cleaner arc? Do you go for the more curvy ones? Do they both just make people look like the devil? Decisions!

Really this is just the tip of the iceberg!  We’ve got the Young Playwright’s Festival coming up, we’ve got Bill slow cooking the (Un)Bound project, we’ve got Emma over at Moravian Academy, we’ve got a set to build for PYT Seussical, we’ve got…  yeah… I guess I better get back to writing this thesis.

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