Zombie Walk 2010!

So we’re back from ZombieWalk Atlanta 2010, and we have mixed reviews.

First off, we had fun anyway, getting our costumes and makeup together. Not to mention bringing Little Jed to life. Jaime was a zombie Beatles fan, and her LP-through-the-head prop got lots of laughs and photos taken.

The event was totally in the rain, which definitely made it more apocalyptic, and you cant help the weather. Hundreds of people turned out for an impressive array of zombie costuming, from well-thought out and crafted spooky, gooey masterpieces to the frat boys who bought a five-dollar bottle of fake blood at Party City, threw it on some old clothes and ran downtown hoping to harass civilians.

We started out at historic Oakland Cemetery, which, looking back on it, ended up being a rather disrespectful place, considering what people were doing—-I even got caught up in the moment and had photos taken amongst the graves—–but people were smearing fake blood on public property and I don’t really take kindly to that.

There is a definite code of conduct for these type events, and while the majority followed them, the “frat boy” mentality of some made us look bad. There were many people diving out into the street after cars, banging on the hoods and sticking their heads into the windows of drivers who,I can assure you, were not willing participants.

Then we had the people who were just a little too “into” it to realize how annoying they were…those who kept doing the same schtick over and over to the same zombie costumers in the procession…yes,we,your fellow zombies, saw your costume five seconds ago; you don’t need to come “RAAAHHHR” in our faces again. And again. And again.

But overall, it was a real hoot. I might think twice about it next year, especially since the organization on it wasn’t that keen, took forever just to find out where everyone was supposed to meet up, although there was definite drama posted on the information site about “who we are no longer affiliated with”. Cut the personal crap and just tell us where and when.



Prince Cuddles and the Dragon Hunt

I am debuting a live show on July 17,entitled Prince Cuddles and the Dragon Hunt. I’m working on puppets this week and rehearsing next week–script is done. It’s a whirlwind process, but I had to get other big projects out of the way before I could start!

Anyway, here is the brave Prince Cuddles(he doesn’t have his crown yet..oh, the problems of being a new member of royalty..

Yes, Prince Cuddles and his father, King Hannibal II, are cats. 🙂 Cuddles is modeled on one of our favorite cats who passed away some years ago, Captain Cuddles.

This is Howard, the ferocious (not) dragon in the play.

Meet Tangelo Tiger!

I often look for vintage puppets on ebay. A few weeks ago, I started finding this little tiger puppet in my searches. Except he didn’t look like this. Oh, no. Instead, picture a featureless, flat knitted thing, something slightly akin to a potholder:

But I kept going back to this sad, eyeless fellow and thinking…hmm…this guy really has potential. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was..couldn’t put my finger on it. But at only a couple of dollars, his price was right, and I bought him. Once I got him in the mail, it immediately came to me what he needed; eyes, first of all. And his head stuffed. Gradually I kept adding things until he became the happy little guy in the top photograph. And because he was bright orange in his orange places, I couldn’t think of anything besides “orange” names. The hybrid of a tangerine and a pomelo, a tangelo, was the perfect match.

My friend Jesse has been wanting to teach me some magic tricks. I think Tange here would be a super candidate to “help”with simple magic. We can pay tribute to Sooty(better turn off your sound if you click that link)!

Yet another idea for the growing stack of fun shows and presentations!