Hello to all of you people visiting Nora's blog. I am the fabulous guest blogger today! My name is Chrissy Bellanger. If you were wondering, I am currently the head of the hair and make-up department for Storefront Shakespeare, I am also playing Orlando (the male lead) in the current production of As You Like It. Now that I am done with introducing myself, let us focus on the topic at hand. Last Thursday, February 17th, a group of us at Storefront Shakespeare went to see "Gnomeo and Juliet". Going into the movie, many of us were concerned that we were going to be upset because it is a children's movie and it was bound to have a happy ending. We were also concerned that the movie would not allow children to fully understand the true story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Not even five minutes, we were full of laughter and that was just the beginning. This movie was not only made for children, it was also made for the true Shakespeare fans. From the double entendres to the hidden and hilarious references to almost all of Shakespeare's works. This movie has quotes and written references in the background alluding to other Shakespeare plays. There are references for; Hamlet, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer-Night's Dream, As You Like It, King Richard III and of course Romeo and Juliet. And those are just the references that we caught, there could be more. Also on the topic of having a happy ending, the movie does have a happy ending (as you have probably guessed) however, the true ending of Romeo and Juliet is explained in a funny way by a very famous actor. Overall I would give this movie 5 ((count it 5)) stars! So I recommend going to the movies and enjoying this film. Have a great day.
<3 Chrissy Bellanger
Much Ado About Nothing!
I'm going for a modern Mob theme since it is set in Sicily (and with the Dons I couldn't resist). The hair and costumes are going to be very stylized with a fun 1920's twist.
Now I just need a location for it. If you know of any large space please comment below and I will check it out!
To get you excited for Much Ado About Nothing, here are some photos from other productions of it:
I just wrote a whole blog about how happy and excited I was about opening night and then the internet ate it. Cry. Oh well, let's start again shall we?
Opening night was really wonderful. My actors are incredible. It is truly amazing to see something that once only existed in my imagination and nestled in the Complete Works (a misnomer, but that is a topic for another time) come to life before my eyes and better than I could ever have conceived it.
I hope you come see our As You Like It, the actors are really fantastic . We have a show tonight at 8 and another one tomorrow at 5:30. I also highly recommend coming on Silly Student Night on Friday the 18th (even if you aren't a student), tickets are $5 for everyone (we were all students at one time or other and you could say we're all students in this great school of life ;-). Silly Student Night is a chance for the actors to get as ridiculous as they like, the only rule is that they have to stick to the script, but other than that, anything can happen.
We also have a show on Monday the 28th, so that theater professionals will be able to come on their one day off a week. We'll be in a smaller space on that day, but Promenade works well in intimate settings.
I do need your help with something. Would you please fill out the poll that fits so badly into the side bar on your right? Some audience members last night told us they wished we sold concessions, so I would like to know what you would like to purchase at one of our shows. I tried to place the poll into this blog, but that is what made the internet error that deleted the last blog I wrote.
Thank you so much for your help and have a lovely day!!!!
I can't believe we go up tomorrow!!! I'm so excited! Here are some photos from a recent rehearsal.
Come to opening night tomorrow!!!! We'll be at 1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville at eight o'clock, doors open at 7:30. Cash and credit cards taken at the door (thanks to a cool phone app we can take credit cards at the door now!) all tickets $10!
See you there!!!
Tickets are now on sale for As You Like It!!! Click here to buy tickets in advance!
You can also buy tickets at the door.
Here is a poster I made up today, we have a nicer one on the way, but this will get the basic information across for now.
We finally do have a space for As You Like It! We will be performing at 1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville, in the basement of the Yellow Box Church. I am very happy with this outcome because the rooms are just the right size and have everything we need except storage for our set. They're even painted in nice colors.
More news coming soon!!!