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04 March 2009 @ 01:38 pm
There is magic in the theatre, the theatre is magic....  
There comes a time in the life of every show when it really, really, needs an audience. I vaguely remember when I thought the lines from Over the Tavern were funny, but that time is long past. I've repeated and heard all the lines in the show so many times that nothing could make me crack a smile. Thank God for the crew who arrived on Sunday and laughed. And the photographer cracked up in a few places. It reminds me that, yes, we are in fact performing a comedy.

Here's a little set photoessay, followed by pictures of the dress from hell.

When you start out, the walls are taped off on the floor, and the director puts stuff where real set pieces will eventually go, for example: The Orange Home Depot bucket was the TV. We spare no expense at ALT.

Then the walls start going up and you get a more firm sense of spatial relations and some permanent set pieces.
(Pictured: Joseph and Jeff (seated), the director.)

First layer of paint and kitchen cabinets.

A sofa! Finally! A hideous lamp in the corner!

Starting to look like a home. From left: Mark (my co-star) Jeff, (director), Nick (facing away from the camera) and Joseph.

Me in the dressing room taking a picture of the dress from hell AFTER last night's dress rehearsal. I won. Everyone LOVES that dress. Ain't no scrap of silk besting me, yo.
I feel:: tiredtired
I hear:: Problems - The Sex Pistols
Not a lady at all: pic: sexy ladycosmo_jenny on March 4th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, I can see why it is a dress from hell.
Carrie Leigh: Being vaguecarrie_leigh on March 4th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
LOL! Can you?
Not a lady at all: animal: hamstercosmo_jenny on March 4th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, it looks tight, especially around the chest, that usually means it is tight at the upper arms as well.
I am a European 46, a American 16 (I think) I know this stuff.
Elle Blessingway: Faire Wenchelle_blessing on March 4th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
YOU BEAT ERMA!! She has bent to your will. Good job Carrie! *cheers!*
Carrie Leigh: Dean scorecarrie_leigh on March 4th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!
nbaeker: canucksnbaeker on March 4th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
*giggle* for earnest, we don't even have stuff taped down. We're rehearsing on a stage that's not ours. I'll have to do this for our set as well :D It was neat to see, thanks for sharing!

And I have the first fitting for my country dress... they're not letting me wear the super awesome dress... but they're making both my outfits from scratch. so, draw? (but the original one was ivory and now I have to wear *pink*
Carrie Leigh: We're actorscarrie_leigh on March 4th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
My Gwendolyn costumes were AWESOME.

Those pics aren't digital, but I should scan them and share.
nbaekernbaeker on March 4th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
ppssshhh YEAH.
seegrim: JM Happyseegrim on March 4th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
How fun! I'm happy to finally see the place you've been spending so much time at!

And hooray! for the dress, too! You're awesomely talented, you.
Carrie Leigh: Laverne and Shirleycarrie_leigh on March 5th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D
dragonsangel68: TW - Edward/Bella treetopsdragonsangel68 on March 4th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yay for besting the dress from hell! The set looks fabulous :)
maureenmaureen on March 4th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I had no doubt that you would kick that dresses butt! Nice bag you have there, by the way.
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on March 4th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I liked your fabric so much I made myself one. Your fringe is much cooler, though. :D
maureenmaureen on March 4th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I like mine even better now, knowing it has a sister out there... or, like a wonder twin, if you will.
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on March 4th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
raspberry_rave on March 5th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Yay for showing the dress who's boss :)

I love the theatre! Will there be pictures of the play?
Carrie Leigh: C is for Carriecarrie_leigh on March 5th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
There will be. The photographer came last night, and I'll get a CD of pictures at some point. :)
Kate: Cinderella workingmugglechump on March 5th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
You conquered the beast! Er, dress! Carrie's talent is limitless. :D
Carrie Leigh: practically perfect in every waycarrie_leigh on March 5th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I was pretty proud of myself about that. :D
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Ruby Slippersjandjsalmon on March 5th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
I think the dress is actually kinda pretty. *hangs head*

But yay for learning how the magic gets made. Thanks for sharing. :D
Carrie Leigh: ruby slipperscarrie_leigh on March 5th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
No, the dress is GORGEOUS! That's why I worked so hard to get it to fit me. You must've missed the post where I got stuck in it for an hour and a half and had to call Nolan to come home from work and get me out of it...
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Darcy - <3jandjsalmon on March 5th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)

I'm glad he came and saved you. And the dress is really pretty. :D
O Demanding One: Urs: Blessedheyurs on March 5th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)

Wait a minute...I missed that one, too. Really? *starts to giggle* Personally, I think that is precious. Another wonderful moment to have to share with your hubby after the chickens are grown and out. ♥ I think the dress is wonderful, myself. Funny blessings, Carrie, funny blessings.   x)


dL: giggledieloreley on March 5th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
The dress looks gorgeous (from what I can see of it, anyway. What's with the flash?!). Definitely worth all the cursing that went into it. :D
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on March 5th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I think so, too. And there will be more pictures forthcoming.
slitherhither: slitherhitherslitherhither on March 8th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, that looks like a 1950s (or 40s? my vintage is lapsing) dress from hell. Is it accompanied by pearls, high heels, a vacuum cleaner and (one can hope) a cocktail on stage? (or do you just do that around the house to get in character? :D)
Carrie Leigh: Shoes!carrie_leigh on March 9th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I do, in fact wear heels (no pearls) with that dress. One pair is my character shoes, which are like a high heeled tap shoe without the taps, and one pair are vintage 1950's pointed toe instruments of torture that have my feet screaming for relief the minute I come off stage.

They look AWESOME, though. :)