Cowart's Common Room
For Frances

As Fennie hasn't, I am going to - give you a report of the play Frances. It went quite well, on the whole. We had a nearly full house thanks mainly to our local Rotary Club who support us enthusiastically. They laughed at the funny bits and in some unexpected places too.
There weren't many prompts but there was quite a bit of 'going around the houses' and rewriting the script in places. No names.
My eyelashes (false) and nails (also false) stayed on and no props were forgotten or in the wrong place (my job).
Fennie got drunk on cold tea.
We usually provide the Rotary with a light supper in the bar after the play - just bread, cheese and pate and that was a cheerful, friendly affair.
I think it could be said that everyone on and off the stage enjoyed themselves. Let's hope we can keep it up until Saturday.
Thanks to everone for their good wishes.

Posted at 25th Nov 2010 - 03:25PM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   For Frances Comments: 5

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Fennie's Avatar Hallo Frances, I'd say it went very well and not on the whole either. Very good response from the audience from whom we could have had several curtain calls if we had the curtains (director doesn't - for the life of me I don't understand why - believe in curtains which is highly inconvenient both for audience and actors). The house was full with one or two sitting on stools at the back. We had no prompts in our bit but one of our co-actors missed out a whole chunk of script so I had to just follow on from where she had taken me to and then invent one or two new lines so that I could take her back to where we were supposed to be. That's what Rosie means by going around the houses. But that was just our bit of the whole play, which consisted of four 'playlets' (actually there are five 'playlets' but the director couldn't see the point in doing the fifth. And maybe we didn't have the people anyway).

Now I must say a word about Rosie, who effected a most marvellous transformation, into a seventies girl about town, complete with winklepickers, false eyelashes, tight little black dress and beehive hair do. I think she lost thirty years at a stroke and you could easily have given her a job as manager in your perfume department (if you had one). She is of course far too modest to admit to any such transformation, but that's no - no sort of kidding at all believe you me.
She would have looked better in blue, of course, not a dark blue, not a royal blue but a pale blue.

I had to lounge on the sofa and drink my cold tea, which for some reason was cloudy last night like the weather - like bad cider - instead of being clear and sparkling and I had to look 47 under the fierce glare of the spots. And all without artificial aids.

Do come and visit one day. We'll reserve a seat for you in the front row and you can give us some of that American whoo-whooping!

Posted by: Fennie on 25th Nov 2010 at 04:37PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Any chance of some pictures - this sounds just brilliant.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 25th Nov 2010 at 05:12PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Well done and break lots more legs for tonight, Friday and Saturday.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 25th Nov 2010 at 05:46PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Fennie is far too kind. I agree I looked somewhat diiferent - the weight loss helped tremendously as otherwise I couldn't have got into the tight little black dress. It took me 5 attempts this evening to get the false eyelashes on - last night I realise I had them on the wrong eyes - well, the right eyes but the wrong way round and when making the toast for the play I flipped one false nail into the toaster.
A picture - you might be lucky.
Fennie, I put fizzy water into your cold tea yesterday as requested.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 25th Nov 2010 at 05:48PM

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Frances's Avatar Rosie and Fennie.

You all are the tops, the Eifel Tower, etc. I cannot tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your dual reporting on your opening night.

It's grand to have the backstage background and the front row view, too.

Bravo to you two and to the rest of your company. Yes. I do resolve to get over there and to take that prime row seat. (Although, let me also say that ... should you be sold out, I have no objected to a spot in the Standing Room Only section.)

xo

Posted by: Frances on 25th Nov 2010 at 11:28PM

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