After a long drought, Pecan Ridge is very busy right now. This week our arts council’s annual musical fundraiser takes place Thursday through Saturday. Last night was the dress rehearsal, but we’ve been going to rehearsals for weeks now. I am putting together a behind-the-scenes featurette to add to the footage we will shoot tonight at the second dress rehearsal and Benny will edit tomorrow (he’s taking a vacation day).
I did five on-camera interviews with key people tied to production, and did some
acting hamming it up for a pre-show video that will be displayed on the big screen with 70’s music clips and our sponsors’ names. One of my two alter egos, Poppy Moonchild, is depicted above. Below is disco diva Cassandra Devereaux (the theme is “The Magic of the 70s” so we have a mixture of hippy-dippy stuff and protest songs with disco hits).
I’ve been shooting and editing photos and video and I love it, I really do, but I am tired with “miles to go before I sleep,” and I ache in assorted and sundry places. Tomorrow is my only day off this week (in the sense I won’t be going to town) but I will be working here at home. Benny and Harry are also shooting our alma mater’s beauty pageant and the elementary school’s musical “Peter Pan” this week while I focus on selling DVDs at the show and assisting behind the scenes.
Now, we are a little town of approximately 8,000 people in a largely rural south Alabama county–but I have to say we have some phenomenally talented folks who can sing, dance, and sew beautiful costumes (one lady does all three). So proud of them and all their hard work! The monies raised through sponsorships and ticket sales for the show will go to pay the artistic fees for professional productions such as touring Broadway musicals, concerts and plays–the same productions you normally have to travel to a much larger city to see. Yeah, I am proud–can you tell? 😀
So, I feel as if I am w-a-a-y behind in terms of the Armitage blogs, FB pages, et cetera, and keeping up with Armitage World these days. Part of it boils down to issues with my computer and my “Country High-Speed,” which is to say, not very fast at all. And there are problems with my Windows Live Mail, which of late is not very lively. Still, it’s better than no internet at all (as I found out during that long week when I did without).
Part of it is that my mind is going in a thousand different directions (I really do begin to wonder if it’s all the FMS or if I have developed some sort of adult-onset ADD).
Now that April has arrived, Real Life gets much busier for us re community events and video production company work. And I am doing more writing for pay–not a lot, but more. Yay! And part of it all is my sleeping patterns are all screwed up (perhaps even more than normal), so I am often not online when others of you are. So–if you are reading this–“HELLO!” *waves cheerily and grins*
So–I have managed to do some photo editing in fits and starts involving our beautiful boy’s most recent appearances. Here are some examples of what I’ve done, some of which have already appeared on Pinterest and at my FB page, The Richard Armitage Effect. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you are having a good week.
P.S.~ I got my Urban book this week–hooray!–but as I have been boning up on the finer points of our Papa Bear camera, I have postponed getting started on it. This weekend will be busy with three events–a family reunion luncheon and an outdoor memorial event to shoot for PRP Saturday, and our humane society’s Bark in the Park on Sunday, which we also plan to video and shoot stills for. Thinking of waiting to begin the book until next week . . . getting better and better at this delayed gratification stuff.
Tonight we videoed the retirement/65th birthday celebration for Yvonne Gulley, who served in the county school system for 30 years. I saw a lot of old acquaintances, including my former high school history teacher, shot video and some stills and shared my good wishes with the honored lady and her family, who really went all out to give her a celebration to remember. The son who organized it lives in Omaha, where we were for five years during Benny’s AF days. It is a small world . . .