Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Culture

Another Day in Utah

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. we went to seminars on the plays from the previous day and then we went to the Costume Seminar where we learn about all of the wonderful costumes that are made on site as well acquired from other theaters as well as off the rack. In fact, some years, jackets and suits are bought from Hardwick Clothes.

Mike and I walked over to a Mexican fast food place near the hotel and got some rolled guacamole tacos to share.

After a time of R&R it was time for supper! We went to Milt’s Steak House where the salad bar is so inviting. We shared a ribeye and a baked potato.

After supper, it was time to go back for the evening’s play and hear from the founder, Fred Adams, who started this wonderful festival 53 years ago. He wears unique tailored shirts along with lots of bling…rings on several fingers and a watch encrusted with diamonds. He gave us a great orientation on Henry IV Part One.

There was thunder and lightning all around as the play began but it wasn’t until 20 before intermission that the rains began to fall. We were fortunate that our seats were out of the rain since the winds were blowing the rain away from us, but those on the first 6 rows got soaked if they didn’t have raingear. Many people got up to find shelter. The House Manager made the decision that the play would be moved indoors and we used our rainstage seat assignments. It made for a much more comfortable 2nd half of the play!

Shakespeare’s first history play, Henry IV Part One, begins with a troubled King Henry IV on the throne of England. He has ascended to the throne by disposing his predecessor, England is being attacked by Scottish forces and is in danger of being defeated, his son Hal is leading the life of a commoner, and his goal of leading a crusade to the Middle E Hal) have defeated the Scots and captured one of the renowned Scottish Generals. This causes King Henry IV to lament that Hal was not upholding his regal obligations of court and military service and instead, spends his time in the company of Sir John Falstaff and the gang of low-lifers at the Boar’s head Tavern. Along the way, Hal joins his low-life friends in a plan to dupe sir John Falstaff and expose him as a liar and a coward. While Hal is enjoying life, Hotspur refuses to turn over to the crown, the spoils from his successful military campaign. Hal pledges to redeem his tarnished reputation by forcing Hotspur to adhere to the king’s wishes. Hotspur, instead, plans to overthrow the crown. Hal leads the king’s forces in defeating the rebels and peace returns to England.

Time for Culture

It’s that time of the year for our cultural experience!  So off to Utah we went!

We met J and D at baggage claim at the Las Vegas airport and then we got the car and began the drive NE to Cedar City, Utah and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  The drive along the way is so beautiful and unusual compared to the green of East Tennessee.

It’s that time of the year for our cultural experience!  So off to Utah we went!

We met J and D at baggage claim at the Las Vegas airport and then we got the car and began the drive NE to Cedar City, Utah and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  The drive along the way is so beautiful and unusual compared to the green of East Tennessee.IMG_1323_thumb[2]

 

We stopped in St. George for a Smashburger, but I only got a  picture of the signage inside; guess we were too hungry to take a picture of the delicious burger and fries that had olive oil, garlic and rosemary on them.

We went to the local drug store after we arrived and had ice cream, but again we started eating and were finished before I thought of a picture!  But I did take a picture of the candies that were available.

After the orientation for Measure for Measure, we enjoyed the Green Show before the play began.

Measure for Measure  is usually identified as a “problem” play because it raises questions that aren’t answered, especially dealing with men and women relationship issues.  It is set in Vienna where vice has run rampant for many years.  The Duke of Vienna decides to go on a trip and leave a trusted subordinate (Angelo) to rule and “clean up the town.  Angelo reinstates old laws around sexual purity, and immediately condemns a young nobleman (Claudio) for getting his wife-to be-pregnant.  The Duke, meanwhile has returned to Vienna and disguises himself as a Catholic Fryer so he can move around Vienna undetected.  The plot weaves itself around  Angelo,  efforts to save Claudio, and the Duke’s working in the background to make sure Vienna is not changed too much by Angelo’s efforts to clean it up.  All three have romantic interests, and the plot works the relationships out except for one.  Angelo is married to a former lover, Claudio is saved and weds his pregnant girlfriend, and the Duke tries to convince Claudio’s sister, who is soon to be a nun, to disavow her vows and marry him.  The audience is left to decide if she marries the Duke or becomes a nun.  Thus, a problem play.

The pictures are straight from the camera, so no cropping or cleaning up!

 

We stopped in St. George for a Smashburger, but I only got a  picture of the signage inside; guess we were too hungry to take a picture of the delicious burger and fries that had olive oil, garlic and rosemary on them.

We went to the local drug store after we arrived and had ice cream, but again we started eating and were finished before I thought of a picture!  But I did take a picture of the candies that were available.

After the orientation for Measure for Measure, we enjoyed the Green Show before the play began.

Measure for Measure  is usually identified as a “problem” play because it raises questions that aren’t answered, especially dealing with men and women relationship issues.  It is set in Vienna where vice has run rampant for many years.  The Duke of Vienna decides to go on a trip and leave a trusted subordinate (Angelo) to rule and “clean up the town.  Angelo reinstates old laws around sexual purity, and immediately condemns a young nobleman (Claudio) for getting his wife-to be-pregnant.  The Duke, meanwhile has returned to Vienna and disguises himself as a Catholic Fryer so he can move around Vienna undetected.  The plot weaves itself around  Angelo,  efforts to save Claudio, and the Duke’s working in the background to make sure Vienna is not changed too much by Angelo’s efforts to clean it up.  All three have romantic interests, and the plot works the relationships out except for one.  Angelo is married to a former lover, Claudio is saved and weds his pregnant girlfriend, and the Duke tries to convince Claudio’s sister, who is soon to be a nun, to disavow her vows and marry him.  The audience is left to decide if she marries the Duke or becomes a nun.  Thus, a problem play.

The pictures are straight from the camera, so no cropping or cleaning up!

 

PS.  After getting home we realized that none of the pictures were able to be downloaded to the blog…sorry.

Time for Culture

It’s that time of the year for our cultural experience!  So off to Utah we went!

We met J and D at baggage claim at the Las Vegas airport and then we got the car and began the drive NE to Cedar City, Utah and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  The drive along the way is so beautiful and unusual compared to the green of East Tennessee.

It’s that time of the year for our cultural experience!  So off to Utah we went!

We met J and D at baggage claim at the Las Vegas airport and then we got the car and began the drive NE to Cedar City, Utah and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  The drive along the way is so beautiful and unusual compared to the green of East Tennessee.file:///C:/Users/Aggieintn/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles1767D03/IMG_1323[5].jpg

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We stopped in St. George for a Smashburger, but I only got a  picture of the signage inside; guess we were too hungry to take a picture of the delicious burger and fries that had olive oil, garlic and rosemary on them.

We went to the local drug store after we arrived and had ice cream, but again we started eating and were finished before I thought of a picture!  But I did take a picture of the candies that were available.file:///C:/Users/Aggieintn/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles1767D03/IMG_1332[5].jpg

After the orientation for Measure for Measure, we enjoyed the Green Show before the play began.file:///C:/Users/Aggieintn/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles1767D03/IMG_1340[5].jpg

Measure for Measure  is usually identified as a “problem” play because it raises questions that aren’t answered, especially dealing with men and women relationship issues.  It is set in Vienna where vice has run rampant for many years.  The Duke of Vienna decides to go on a trip and leave a trusted subordinate (Angelo) to rule and “clean up the town.  Angelo reinstates old laws around sexual purity, and immediately condemns a young nobleman (Claudio) for getting his wife-to be-pregnant.  The Duke, meanwhile has returned to Vienna and disguises himself as a Catholic Fryer so he can move around Vienna undetected.  The plot weaves itself around  Angelo,  efforts to save Claudio, and the Duke’s working in the background to make sure Vienna is not changed too much by Angelo’s efforts to clean it up.  All three have romantic interests, and the plot works the relationships out except for one.  Angelo is married to a former lover, Claudio is saved and weds his pregnant girlfriend, and the Duke tries to convince Claudio’s sister, who is soon to be a nun, to disavow her vows and marry him.  The audience is left to decide if she marries the Duke or becomes a nun.  Thus, a problem play.

The pictures are straight from the camera, so no cropping or cleaning up!

file:///C:/Users/Aggieintn/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles1767D03/IMG_1322[5].jpg

We stopped in St. George for a Smashburger, but I only got a  picture of the signage inside; guess we were too hungry to take a picture of the delicious burger and fries that had olive oil, garlic and rosemary on them.

We went to the local drug store after we arrived and had ice cream, but again we started eating and were finished before I thought of a picture!  But I did take a picture of the candies that were available.file:///C:/Users/Aggieintn/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles1767D03/IMG_1332[5].jpg

After the orientation for Measure for Measure, we enjoyed the Green Show before the play began.file:///C:/Users/Aggieintn/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles1767D03/IMG_1340[5].jpg

Measure for Measure  is usually identified as a “problem” play because it raises questions that aren’t answered, especially dealing with men and women relationship issues.  It is set in Vienna where vice has run rampant for many years.  The Duke of Vienna decides to go on a trip and leave a trusted subordinate (Angelo) to rule and “clean up the town.  Angelo reinstates old laws around sexual purity, and immediately condemns a young nobleman (Claudio) for getting his wife-to be-pregnant.  The Duke, meanwhile has returned to Vienna and disguises himself as a Catholic Fryer so he can move around Vienna undetected.  The plot weaves itself around  Angelo,  efforts to save Claudio, and the Duke’s working in the background to make sure Vienna is not changed too much by Angelo’s efforts to clean it up.  All three have romantic interests, and the plot works the relationships out except for one.  Angelo is married to a former lover, Claudio is saved and weds his pregnant girlfriend, and the Duke tries to convince Claudio’s sister, who is soon to be a nun, to disavow her vows and marry him.  The audience is left to decide if she marries the Duke or becomes a nun.  Thus, a problem play.

The pictures are straight from the camera, so no cropping or cleaning up!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Finishing up May

The end of school was near and R had an awards program…2014-05-19 006

T & R the last day of school…

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The next day, we headed to the beach…

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Always have to stop at the Florida visitors center…someone didn’t want to get out of the car!

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We stayed a different place in PCB ( also known as Red neck Riviera). Here’s our view from the balcony…

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While there, we had to visit some of our traditional spots as well as a new place to eat…IMG_1204

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On the way home, we had to stop at another tradition for us…IMG_1216

They both played in a golf tournament and came away with medals…

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M and I flew to Houston for the wedding of the son of long time friends from NV.  We kept him every Wed. night during choir practice and saw the family several times a week.

They had a movie theme for the rehearsal dinner…

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Here we are with their original family…

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The next day was the beautiful wedding and we were honored to be invited to sit with the family.  A great picture of the bride and groom after the ceremony!David and Kaleigh

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May was a good month with lots of activities.  Now looking forward to see what June brings.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

May Activities so Far

The month of May started off with T playing soccer…he has actually played a game or two every week!IMG_1131

Mike and I went on a train trip in Oak Ridge…2014-05-03 001

R has been playing lots of golf…she won the district title…IMG_1120

and then the 2-day regional in Murfreesboro…2014-05-12 004

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T had  field day with several different events… He thought that the strongest should be at the back! His enthusiasm may have exceeded his muscle!2014-05-16 030

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R went to an 8th grade prom with a golfing friend from another town…

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T had a soccer game that night…

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R had a 2-day tournament in AL… M and K drove down to watch her… T and I stayed at home and went to a movie.

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Today it rained and she had a 2 hour delay but when the day was over, she was the winner.IMG_1174

Today was special in another way…

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as well as her and M’s anniversary!

Tonight we had a Red Back Hymnal singing…great gospel music …IMG_1170

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Past Week

We have enjoyed a couple of great outings with family and friends.

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K and I played too, but no pics of us!

 

Later in the week we drove to Abington, VA to attend 3 plays at the Barter Theatre.  Live theatre is always good and these plays were no different.

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Other pictures…

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Wednesday morning we headed out to the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail which  is part of the rails to trails.  The portion that we rode was a 17 mile ride that started at White Top and ended in Damascus.  A great time in spite of the cool temps.  Here is some pictures of our ride.

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