So the first day of our spirit week is Halloween Costumes (wonder how they came up with that lol). A couple years ago I got into the Disney show Gravity Falls. Because I have a slightly obsessive personality and a strong need to craft I spent my summer making a Mabel Sweater. I sort of love it and I’m crazy excited that I got to wear it this year. There aren’t many people that understand my costume (most are assuming that I’m a Care Bear… Which is fine), but the few that do are very positive. Behold!
Yes I’m aware that she wears a skirt! you couldn’t really see mine cause my sweater is too long sorry.
“Check it out Dipper, I successfully bezazzled my face! Blink! Ow.”
-Mabel… after successfully bedazzling her face
I am spending my weekend dog sitting for a couple friends from work and I decided that it was a good idea to take advantage of the fact that they have AN ACTUAL TV. Speaking as an adult who currently spend my evenings watching Netflix from my laptop on the same twin bed I’ve had since I grew out of my crib, this is a wonderful opportunity. Thanks to my brother’s overly generous birthday gift I have recently come into possession of a DVD copy of The Globe Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This particular performance has been on my watch list for a long time and I have been putting it off for a while because my filthy laptop screen is just not good enough when watching a Globe Production.
I am very pleased that I waited until I had access to a decent sized screen to experience this. It was very well done and I am pleased to give it my Barnaby stamp of approval (not that my stamp means very much… yet). It was a particularly interesting prouction because it had some asp
Roger Allam as Prospero
ects that I would generally associate with a musical. I’m not saying that the cast was repeatedly nursing into upbeat, precisely choreographed musical numbers. I’m saying that every once in a while singing was incorporated in a extremely clever way. These songs were generally reserved for Ariel and his fellow spirits though a couple were given to the comic relief. By having Ariel’s spirits perform most of the singing the incorporation of music enhances the sense of wonder that Ariel’s character is meant to provide.
Because the Director, Jeremy Herrin, decided to stick with the long tradition of using minimalistic sets at The Globe, the story heavily relied on the cast who carried it majestically. Roger Allam (V for Vendetta) leads the cast as Prospero, the betrayed Duke of Milan whose been marooned on an Island with his daughter Miranda. Prospero spends the years feeding his hatred while he develops skills as a sorcerer. Allan portrays this bitter revenge seeking magician with gusto as he learns the meaning of forgiveness and redemption.
Colin Morgan as Ariel
Prospero’s right hand spirit, Ariel, is played by Colin Morgan (BBC’s Merlin). I have to admit that he was part of the reason I wanted to see this production so badly. I have been a big fan of his since my King Arthur class in college introduced me to his show. He takes on a slightly different role as the soft spoken servant of Prospero. Morgan plays a variety of roles within the play as Ariel transforms himself to suit the needs of his master. I adore Morgan in this role. He is the perfect combination of powerful and timid.
Overall, this production was enchanting. The Tempest has long been a favorite of mine and it has been a pleasure to see it done proper justice in the Jeremy Herrin’s rendition for The Globe. It included moments of tender sympathy and moments of sheer hilarity (several of these moments surround a red horn shapes palace protruding from the clowns pants BTW). Once again my mind has been blown by the pure genius that is William Shakespeare. I’ve got a few more Globe productions on my list, so stay tuned.
Tomorrow is Halloween which is the first day of spirit week as my school. Therefor I will be doing a special post every day to display my school spirit. I fully intend on going all out so prepare yourselves for some awesome. The theme for each day is as follows:
Monday: Halloween Costumes
I have been a fan of Vienna Teng for a very long time. She is an independent singer song writer that is greatly under appreciated. She has written some of my all time favorite songs and if I had any talent as a poet, singer or even just as a creative writer in general I would want to write the way she does. Her voice is clear and pure and her lyrics are entrancing and surprising. She spends a lot of time exploring different genres of music, often dipping her toes into genres like jazz and folk. I adore er with every fiber of my being and I want just want to share with you some of the poetry she has graced my life with. If you haven’t checked her out please do! Also she’s written a musical!!!!!!!
Vienna Teng Website
Is that the name you’re meant to have
For me to call
They’ve given up believing
They’ve turned aside our stories of the gentle fall
But don’t you believe them
Don’t you drink their poison too
These are the scars that words have carved
That’s the name we’ve long held back
From the core of truth
So don’t turn away now
I am turning in revolution
These are the scars that silence carved
This the same place
No, not the same place
This is the same place, love
No, not the same place we’ve been before
I am a constant satellite
Of your blazing sun
I obey your law of gravity
This is the fate you’ve carved on me
The law of gravity
This is the fate you’ve carved on me
I did it!!!!!! And before you ask: Yes, I did screw it up, No, its not perfect, and yes the inside looks a little wonky. Oh well I think that it looks pretty good and I’m crazy excited to show my kids when we read some Shakespeare after Christmas.
I love my job. I’m especially fond of my Honors English class because they always manage to have fun and chit chat while still getting all of their work done at a very high standard. We have had a great many strange and amusing conversations in this class, but today one of my students said something that is most excellent at summing up how life can be.
“Life is horrible, but sometimes there’s candy”
Life can be very hard But every once in a while something sweet comes along. Thank you to my Honors English Class for the quote and the laughs.