I am surprised to see that there has been an increase of activity on this blog site for
The Shakespearean Journal
Sadly, I have not been focusing much energy on Shakespearean activity
for the last two years.
After a sequence of events, I shifted over to Colonial Reenactments,
which , in fact, I've also stopped doing. However...
Here are some photograph of the stage we built in Tamanend Park
and some of the activity that took place.
|The initial stage set-up, later we added painted drops|
to make it look like a stone building.
|The backstage area|
We were beginning to see decay and insect infestation. I made an attempt to initiate reconstruction of the stage from stone, but again the vandal issue was such a problem for us, the township and the police that it was mutually decided that we should remove the stage.
|The final blow from the vandals|
But it does get down to the fact that - the vandals in the park became too much for me and I was getting pretty angry about it. We were all working hard to put together a nice program, but there were other individuals with less desirable character, who somehow chose to spend their energy on destroying what we were trying to build.
|The Renaissance Players|
We produced Cinema Under the Stars as a means to enhance the stage activity, but although we had an amazing set-up, which was very cozy, fun and not inexpensive to build, not enough people were willing to spend and evening under the stars to watch a movie. It was like a "walk-in" (as opposed to a drive-in). I found myself delighted by it, until it started costing me too much.
|The stage with the screen up and ready to show movies,|
the speaker system was placed on the ends of the stage
So the vandals made it even more difficult, but the final straw (for me) was when we were producing a Gilbert & Sullivan event in conjunction with "Topsy Turvy" and we got rained out three times. You can see that listed below. That was it for me. I said no more outdoor theatre without an indoor back-up location. Unfortunately, in Southampton all the possible locations were being used by sporting events. There was no suitable accommodation in Southampton for theatre. (even though , as I say below, there is an amphitheater (although I have a different opinion about that space.).
So this is my touching base with those of you who have been looking at The Shakespearean Journal and I thank you for your interest. There are possibilities in the future, but for me I am busy with producing a Broadway Musical titled The Gnomes of New Hope: Zach & Zebby's Grand Adventure. You can also find more on that at The IMS Virtual Studio.