Wednesday, August 8, 2012

An Evening with the Bard

 Last Saturday, we saw The Comedy of Errors at Griffith Park with my parents and a few friends from our Church Community Group. The play is held outdoors where the old L.A. zoo used to be and is performed by the Independent Shakespeare Co. The entire event (including parking) is free, and it was a great way to spend a Summer evening. 

The stage was set at the bottom of a broad, sloping lawn, and it was covered with blankets and chairs and picnic food. The kids were entertained by the nearby 'caves' that once housed animals for the zoo.  Nat had lots of fun exploring the enclosures with her dad, and was delighted when a cast member dressed as an old-timey policeman stopped them to show her a couple of magic tricks.

It was a relaxed, light-hearted atmosphere, and the play was so much fun! A trio of musicians performed songs on ukelele, drums and piano that helped the story along. The play was set at the tail end of WWII, and I loved seeing the dresses, costumes and hair styles from that era. Nat enjoyed herself too, even with the occasional asking 'What just happened?'

(this elderly couple stole my heart!)

The Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival will continue on Thursdays through Sunday until September 2nd. They also do A Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream. I would love to see the other two but found that The Comedy of Errors was perfect for our little family. It's hilarious and relatively short and a good place to start when introducing kids to a play from Shakespeare. Though, I do think Nat would like the fairies from A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Our first Paper Theatre and presenting Scout and Pony...

Natalie and I have been working on a little project and finally finished the first one today. When looking for ideas for crafts earlier this week, we decided to combine two idea sources to make our very first Paper Theatre! We took the stage necklace idea from Creative Crafts for Clever Kids and made our own Tales puppet set  I found on Oh! Sweet Babies by (Kiss me) go to act out our versions of Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In all of our excitement over our creative collaboration, we came up with a name for this and all of our future 'productions'. We are now Scout and Pony Productions! We plan on making new and more sturdy theatres (since this was our first, we quickly realized we will be needing light cardboard for better durability) for more fairy/folk tales and a few of our own made up stories as well.
The cast of Little Red Riding Hood comes to life...

as well as Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

The entire cast awaiting a new plot for the mashed up story of both tales.

She found another way of telling stories by laying the theatre down. This was a particularly funny 'pre-pre' story to a prologue tale we have to yet to get ready. All I am going to say is that it involves a wedding.
To her delight, I set up a little 'blog' for all things Scout and Pony. You can find it at