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11 Months Later or Walking On My Own | +Jo

11 months. That’s how long it took me to learn everything I know about photography. The key, though, is I will never stop learning.

The past 11 months took me for a whirlwind of a ride. This time last year I didn’t know much more than ‘if I spin this and press that, it changes the way the photo looks.’ Not the greatest start when you are desperately looking for a job opportunity. I was petrified the first time Mark stuck me in front of a modle, Ally from my season, and said “take her picture, direct her.” I couldn’t comprehend the words. I froze and forgot how to lift the camera to my face in order to press the trigger.

 

 

 

 

Now, I shoot weddings, set up and photograph styled shoots, network at every appropriate opportunity, help teach interns, and generally take on any challenge without a bat of an eye. I’ve grown in these 11 months. I’ve worked my butt off and I have an amazing portfolio to show for it. None of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for Leah and Mark taking me on as an intern and then asking me to become a ‘+.’

 

 

 

 

I will always be thankful for every opportunity Mark passed my way. It meant I never became distracted and began wondering away from photography. Inadvertently, I concentrated on mastering everything about photography. Have I mastered anything? No. And I never will. Because I will always be learning.

 

 

A couple years back, when I was taking a stage combat class in college, I became very frustrated with myself because I wasn’t completing the choreography to perfection. My anger flared up and Professor Noyes called bullshit on me. He asked me “Why are you acting like this?” “Because it needs to be perfect.” “Why are you seeking perfection? That is something only god can do, and is also what makes us human. We can’t reach it, but we can always learn from our imperfections.”

 

 

 

So,

I prefer to always be the imperfect student rather than the stagnant master.

What is the next step for me?

 

My own photography company.
I’ve done freelance art and design for the past 7+ years but running my own photography business is a brand new adventure. Just like how photography became a brand new art form to me 11 months ago. I can’t stop exploring the possibilities. The best part? The possibilities are endless – as endless as my imagination.

 

 

I’ll always hold Leah, Mark and the LeahAndMark.com family near to my heart. When push comes to shove, these people are amazing and I don’t want to loose any of them in my life. We were walking down the same path for a little bit, now mine is pulled off in its own direction. Thank you, everyone, for making the journey so much fun.

 

My adventures continue over at YourMojoByJojo.com
Funny name. Amazing photos. Come on by and check out what’s going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And remember, anyone can be an artist, it’s just a matter of how much of your heart you are willing to show.
~*~

P.J. Johnson {an interview} | +Jo

Interview with P. J. Johnson
Vice President of Savannah College of Art and Design: Atlanta
by +Jo

I am a Savannah native and attended UGA for a Business Administration degree in accounting. I was in the ROTC program and joined the Air Force after I finished college. Originally it was a 4-year commission, but I enjoyed it so much that 4 years turned into 28. I worked in logistics, fuels, transportation and aircraft maintenance during my Air Force career. At the age of 40, I married my wife, Annie. In 1999 I retired and moved back to Savannah because my Mom became ill, and I needed to take care of her. That also meant I had some spare time. I started back to school at SCAD for a masters in Historic Preservation. It was a wonderful experience. What a joy it was to attend college in such a beautiful and historic city like Savannah.

I’ve always been interested in history and architecture. I thought I would enjoy the masters program but didn’t know the breadth and depth the program would take me. There was a moment in the first class I had at SCAD, like an epiphany, when I could see and feel my choice with the program validated. It motivated me more to do my absolute best. It also solidified my affinity with SCAD. My thesis was on antebellum architecture in Evans County, Georgia, and how the building styles migrated into the region. I hand-measured all the antebellum structures and took hundreds of photos for the thesis. It ended up being published as a book where each chapter covered a structure and its owners.

After I graduated, my wife was reading the Savannah Morning News and saw SCAD had positions open. I applied for one of them. The first interview was with Pam Poetter, vice president of admissions and communications, and Lesley Hanak, director of human resources. The interview was more like a friendly discussion about SCAD. It was uplifting and I enjoyed it. I didn’t get the position I applied for because they felt I wasn’t the right fit, but wanted me to try for a different position. I said sure. The second interview was with President Paula Wallace. Again, it was less like a typical interview and more of a great conversation about the college. On January 2, 2001, I started in administration and moved up to become President Wallace’s chief of staff. I did a little bit of everything. I was involved with students, helped manage community relations and oversaw the day to day operations of the office. I never lacked things to do, because so many varied subjects came to the president’s office. It was a new adventure every day because you never knew who would call or who would stop by. Above all, the students came first. Every decision made always supported SCAD’s mission. President Wallace is the most inspirational leader I have known. She always has the students first and foremost in her heart. She has enormous talent as an educator, designer, writer, and mentor. She is the center of gravity for our college and the reason for our success. We all want to take the best possible care of our students. I served in President Wallace’s office for three years. My Mother passed away in 2003, and after that I moved to a position with a firm in Norcross, Georgia. I took the job not knowing the SCAD Atlanta campus would open in 2005.

When SCAD Atlanta started, President Wallace asked me if I would like to return to SCAD.  I said “yes” and what a great decision it was for me. The first quarter of operations here was in spring 2005. It mainly functioned as an off-campus program for Savannah that first quarter. I arrived that summer as Vice President for the campus, and I was thrilled to return to SCAD. We started with 77 students and 7 years later, this fall, we will have 2000+. We started with 60,000 sq feet and now have over 600,000 sq feet of building space. We expanded from 10 to 20 majors. It took a great team to make the success possible. Associate vice president Teresa Griffis, associate deans, staff directors and employees have all been involved with the growth of SCAD Atlanta. It has been a team effort, and I’m glad I could play a role. I predict great things for the future of SCAD. It provides the best art education you can receive. It has been interesting to watch the meager beginning evolve into the entity SCAD Atlanta is now. Most of all, I enjoy the phenomenal student body, faculty and staff. You could have the best facilities and top-notch technology, but what makes a school great is the faculty. They are a very dedicated group. They all have worked in industry and embrace the emphasis on careers. We want every student to find viable jobs and have successful lives. We don’t want to create starving artists.

Did you know Atlanta is the #2 city in the U.S. for art and design jobs per capita? This is a great place to study in and immediately find a place to work in your field. There is so much here for artists and designers. I really enjoy going to events and exhibitions by SCAD and its students. I have a keen interest in seeing and experiencing our campus life as much as possible. You can never tell when you are going to be somewhere and make and important contact. It could be with a student, a parent, or a member of the community. It is a great way to network and meet others in the arts community, and I enjoy doing it. My job is a source of joy, and I couldn’t have a better one. A major part of this position is to experience as much of the campus and city as possible. To do that you have to try to be everywhere and engaged.

A few months back I looked into the mirror and saw an old man, (laughter). Another epiphany occurred. I felt like I had reached the time where I wanted to pursue some of the other interests I have in life. And I have a lot of things that I enjoy. I have a small farm 50 miles from Savannah in Bellville, Georgia, with deer, quail, turkeys, and a fish pond. I’ll be there spending time with Annie, researching and writing, enjoying working with Photoshop and video editing, listening to Elvis, playing my guitar and pondering the truths of life…

But I’m staying close by SCAD. I will still be involved with, and attend events, at both Atlanta and Savannah campuses. I will continue to be a fan of SCAD for the rest of my life.

~PJ Johnson

 

Return To The River

It’s been very active around here on the blog this week. The interns have been posting about their experiences last weekend, the normal weddings, pictures of babies, and a very sad/happy goodbye from Raven. Make sure you check them all out – because they are all awesome.

 

 

It’s been a little while since I wrote anything. In general. There are explanations, but in the end it all amounts to me not doing my job right. And that sucks. And I’m sorry for that. I have a lot of ideas and sometimes I get knee deep in all of them at the same time. But, lucky for you, that means I have a lot of stuff just waiting in the wings ready to be shown to you all. Thanks for sticking with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a little funny that I even took any of these photos. Initially I wasn’t going to go to this river shoot because I was fighting off a really bad bacterial infection that set up in my upper respiratory system. But Mark emailed me and told me to show up. So I did.


It was exactly what I needed. I’m a Scorpio, and if you know {believe} any of that stuff, that makes me a water sign. And I do love a good jaunt in H2O. The river was the kick in the pants I needed and a reason to really look back to examine exactly how far I have come in less than a year. I decided five minuets before I left my apartment that I would use the exacte same equipment I used on my very first intern shoot. My little Nikon D40x.  In season six, the river shoot was the first thing Mark threw at us. Crazy-sauce. The water was a lot higher then and I didn’t have the right shoes with me. I came out of that shoot simply happy I survived and my camera was still alive. I didn’t know what to think of my photos. I was nervous and scared. I didn’t have the guts to direct myself much less the models. I was lucky that the models then were kind and easy to photograph.

 

 

This time I came prepared with a beach mat, Vibram shoes, and the confidence to swim out farther if necessary. My models were two amazing girls I had the privilege to work with on The Tempest. This time I was lucky because I knew how far I could push them for the shots. They know how to take direction and they listened to everything I wanted to do. Even if they were nervous, I wound up talking them into the shots. I guess that means I’m better at directing. They brought there own ideas to the table and in the end we left with broad smiles saying “Oh man, we didn’t get to try such-n-such shot. Next time!”  I’ve grown in so many areas, that even with the limited capabilities of my D40x – I took much better photos this go-around than last time I came out to this little spot. I have so many more ideas bouncing around in my head. I can’t wait to be able to shoot them and show it all to you.

In the mean time, you will have to follow my mini-adventure on Twitter / Instamgram / Facebook for sneak peeks at things coming down the pipeline. Martial Arts, Firemen, Shakespeare, and my imagination. The sky’s the limit and I’ll photograph that too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

::lovelove::
~*~

The Tempest {weeks 6 | 7 | 8 }

{+jo}

 

Who is Shakespeare to this group?

He’s a man that has brought about some form of inspiration. But even that is a little too ambiguous. He’s someone who influenced the English language more than most modern people know or acknowledge. He is someone who has been studied for entire lifetimes and someone who remains a new discovery everyday.

He is, simply, a storyteller. He wove tales about life in all it’s qualities.

 

 

 

What is Steampunk?

It is a subgenera of science-fiction where Victorian aesthetics, values, and technology became our future.

“If you think Victorian, with lots of finery and detail, and combine that with ray guns, that’s Steampunk,” said Michelle Glazer, Barrington’s assistant site director. “It’s like a Victorian idea of what the future might be. It’s very fantastical, with lots of whimsy.” The literary works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Shelley are prime examples of the Steampunk mindset. Director Tim Burton’s films, like “Lemony Snicket,” are Steampunk. So was the TV show “Wild, Wild West.” “It’s where fiction, fact and fantasy intersect,”  ~ Roswell Neighbor Article

 

How in the world do these two ideas merge?

Because the creative force behind NFDC is a little crazy. But the right kind of crazy. The biggest mission of this group is to make Shakespeare more accessible to a modern audience. Steampunk is an entire subculture with far reaching themes. There wouldn’t be many animated features, television shows and designs if Steampunk had not influenced the world. So why not combine two great things together. It’s what NFDC does with every show.How in the world do these two ideas merge?

 

 

 

 

 

 How has the show affected the people who are putting it all this magic together?

It varies. The creative force is there everyday striving for a continual goal of another spectacular show topping the last. The cast comes to put all their energy into creating new people for you to fall in love with. Or to hate. Or pity.

But mostly think.  And understand.

Everyone has their part, whether they knew what it was a few weeks ago or not, all the independent aspects are being sewn together in the last two weeks of the production. The creative force, which was subtle at first, is now flowering as spring arrives and natures blooms along with the show. Each cast member has their own life outside the show, obviously. Designers, freelancers, performers, teachers, etc… They all make it a priority to calmer away from the rest of their life to create something together as a family. Though, a rather avant-garde family.

And just as any family, there are many personalities. Personalities, by nature will clash. Everyone brings their own life lessons to the t

able as part of the entire experience to inform the entirety of the show. What is so wonderful about this family, they know the value of communication and solve their own issues with out drama.

What’s left to be done?

Honestly, not much. Though the pictures might tell and different tale. The show opens in two days.
Two Days.
The adventure is almost complete. There have been two previews, one at STEAMfest and one at the Georgia Ramble where audience caught a glimpse of what is to come.
What’s left to make this experience amazing in every meaning of the word?

You.

 

 

 

Come out and see what this group has been working tirelessly for two months to create. Hundreds of hours have been clocked in the making of the show. Weekends sacrificed, relationships put on hold, sunburns, wind, rain, and cold were conquered for this production. The only gratification this little community theater has is a full house. There’s an entire lawn to fill.

All they need is you.

Come see the show. 

“What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
It boots not to resist both wind and tide.”

~*~

~~~~~~~~~~UPDATES~~~~~~~~~~

{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}

{Bloom} | +jo

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{Photos and text | +jo }

The season has come upon us where everything breaths a sigh of relief. Everyone survived winter and new life blooms. Well, this winter wasn’t harsh but it’s stil a time to celebrate.

And celebrate people did at Kai-Lin Art’s gallery opening for the latest show Bloom.

Beverages poured from both Svdeka Vodka and Duvel. I must say Duvel was a big hit with everyone at the gallery because they could take home the beautiful glasses they drank from. Duvel’s owner is a huge art collector and has an annual art competition for designs to go on their promotional glasses.

 

 

What’s this? Intern Erik and his lovely lady were the bartenders for the evening mixing up wonderful concoctions with Svdeka’s original and raspberry flavors. {I gotta say the raspberry is pretty darn good.}

 

There were many little ones running around durning this show and they really helped keep the atmosphere in the spring spirt. There was a constant flow of people in and out… but never too many at one time. Just enough to make the gallery inviting and not overcrowded to where you could no longer see the art.

 

 

The artists featured in this show are old and new. The imagery ranged from complete abstraction, photographic, mix-media and fashion. The artists, as always, intermingled with the crowed and won the hearts of all.

If you have the chance, stop by the lovely gallery in Buckhead and take a stroll amongst the artwork of Bloom. It will be well worth it and less sneezing than the botanical gardens. But hurry, just like spring, Bloom will be gone before you know it. The show lasts from March 30th – May 18th.

 

~*~

The Tempest {week4/5}

{video, text: +jo photos: +jo and Thomas Strickland}

 

I’m sure visitors to Barrington Hall in Roswell are wondering what on earth is being constructed behind the historic house. A monstrous set is looming over the lawn where, on most nights, a group gathers to stick together a larger-than-life concept.  North Fulton Drama Club has certainly stepped up to the task of creating their version of Shkespear’s Tempest. The cast and crew is working tirelessly to create a piece of {steam powered} magic for you.

Games of trust, actors constructing, constructors acting, and everything in-between. It’s what community theater is all about. These people congregate nigh after night, week after week in hopes that they can share a story with the world. A story as fleeting as a blink of your eye.

Take a look at their journey:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVaJ9giZSZ8?rel=0&w=800&h=437]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up in this series: meeting the people behind this project and those that will appear on stage.

 ”Silence is the perfectest herald of joy; I were but little happy, if I could say how much.”
~*~

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~~~

{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}

Days go by {+jo}

{photos and text by +Jo}

I’m at a loss for words right now. I’ve been buried in Shakespearian texts for the past few weeks and as you may or may not have noticed I’ve been quoting the Bard lately. There are photos sitting and waiting to been shown to the world but I can’t seem to get my own words out.

If I write about something other than myself it is fine – thus the mural project and the Steampunk Tempest. I feel I am a little on the boring side. I have my photos that show the excitement I feel in life right now… My words are nothing compared to Shakespeare’s so I’d rather not try right now. Though I supposed even that seems depressing.

I feel other people’s words are more apt for describing my own emotions lately. I had an idea for what I wanted to talk about here… But now it is all a blank.

“The difference between starting up and stepping up.” I wanted to talk about how I feel I’ve grown as a photographer over the past few months. More importantly how the internship was a wake up call… A starting point. But now I really need to step up my game.

Not very poetic and extremely concise. There is no romance in it. Maybe I need to think about it a little more.
For now, enjoy the photos.

 

 

 

 

‘Till next time.

“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there”

~Rumi

~*~

Engagement Love | Susan & Brian {+jo}

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{photos by +jo | Shakespeare Sonnet: 109}

 

O never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seemed my flame to qualify;

As easy might I from myself depart
As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie:

That is my home of love; if I have ranged,
Like him that travels I return again,
Just to the time, not with the time exchanged,
So that myself bring water for my stain;

Never believe, though in my nature reign’d
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,

That it could so preposterously be stained,
To leave for nothing all thy sum of good:

For nothing this wide universe I call,
Save thou, my rose; in it thou art my all.

 

~*~

An Honest Surprise {+jo}

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{Words and Photos | +jo}

A simple beautiful Sunday afternoon. Tea lovers gather for a tea tasting at the cozy and well loved ZenTea.  A couple sits at the end of the bar gently sipping the array of tea lattes created fresh in front of them by the owner of the small tea house. It was unusually crowded for a Sunday, but the live music must have drawn them in.

 

 

Everything went as usual until the deserts… hers was missing. He went to find it. He back back with his own cake.

 

 

Through happily tear-soaked eyes, she said “Yes.”

~*~

The Tempest {week 3}

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{Photos, words, video by +jo | music by the piano guys}

This week was intense. So many things happened… I think I should break it down into different parts. Are you ready?
Here we go. 

{Rehearsal }

There is always a beginning to every journey. This group of people fearlessly barged past any notion of trepidation and threw themselves into this project full force. My kind of people. This week was filled with building the basic blocking of every scene. You need a skeleton before the fibrous muscles can take root to form the meat of anything.

 

What is wonderful and very unique about this group is the honest feeling of security everyone shares.  They come together to create. No bickering, no politics, no outside nonsense. It seems to be a rare bird nowadays but this group has captured it effortlessly.

 

 

{Kudzu Bugs}

Did you know about these guys? Because they started out as just a couple… then the next day there were dozens more… and by the weekend they had taken over the property. It was insane how thickly they covered the almost everything. It’s no wonder because they are attracted to white and the giant house that is know as Barrington Hall is white. No one could escape them. They were there and trying to take over. Everything.

 

 

{Costuming Bonanza!}

Nikki and Alyssa went on another shopping spree. With certain events coming up very quickly the group really has to step their game up and start constructing the costumes. I think I’ve said this before, but it must be said again. They make the costumes by hand. Every time. That’s a different kind of crazy. But also the kind of crazy that brings together amazing people.

 

 

 

Converting, drawing, mapping, measuring, cutting, pinning, scheming and dreaming.  These ladies know how to manipulate life into magical things.

 

 

{Set Construction}

Now here’s a doozy for you. This is an outdoor theater production. So on Saturday these dedicated thespians gathered to get down and dirty to build the set from the ground up. Only a few basic platform were previously constructed. The rest is brand new to this show. The trick to all of this will be the weather-proofing. Because, you know, mother nature doesn’t always like to cooperate with us silly humans.

This set is going to be amazing. I can’t wait for you to see it. Heck, I can’t wait to see it. There are some epic things on the way. If you are a fan of theater, Shakespeare, steampunk, sci-fi, or just life – this show is for you.

Promise.

 

 

 

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And if you didn’t get you fill through the photos, check out the video that covers many more moments from this past week of work.

 

North Fulton Drama Club really knows how to put on a show.

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I have had a dream, past the wit of man to
say what dream it was.

~*~

 

~~~~~~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~~~

{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}

a Mural {8}

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{photos and words | +jo}

 

Holy Moly! This past week went by really fast. Ok, hope you’re ready for a simple tutorial on how to paint clouds.

It really is pretty simple. {And, yes, I know you might not believe me at all… but trust me it is.}

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What you need:
2 kinds of light blue, one slightly darker than the other
White paint
Sponge, preferably natural

With everything that I’ve done with this mural, I’m mixing my own colors. I don’t like using a color straight out of the can/tube for many reasons. Mostly, because it’s boring. Anyways, have fun and mix up your own colors!

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You can sketch out the clouds if you want but be careful because the dark lead will muddle with the colors and you might end up with stormy clouds instead of happy clouds. {If you get the reference – you’re awesome. 😉 } I simply had an idea in mind because of the pilimary sketch I did at the very beginning.

Mix the slightly darker blue paint with a little bit of water so the sponge would grab it easier and dabbed away. You don’t have to be precise with the first color because it is there for the silhouette and shadows. You don’t want it completely filled in either because light bounces all around inside clouds due to light refracting through water, etc… You don’t have to think about all that. Just dab out a cloud like shape.

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Next, add water to the lighter bue paint and begin to dab away with it. This layer is for the mid-tone values so don’t cover up all the base blue paint. You need it to show through. You want to show the volume and depth the clouds have with this layer.

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Lastly, take the white {no water this time} and find where your light source is. What ever direction it is coming from dab a little bit of white along the edge of the cloud. And think about where the light is touching the interior of the cloud as well.

Now you’ve made your own happy cloud. 🙂

Here are a few of the ones I painted over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. 

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I’m almost done with this project – it’s getting down to the nitty gritty and a lot of detail work to finish it up. The next time I post about the mural will be the last one and it will be a doozy.

I hoped you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you tried it and how your clouds turned out.
~*~

P.S. If you want to get caught up on the other installments, here they are!
{Frist}   |  {Second}   |   {Third}   |   {Fourth}   |    {Fifth}   |    {Sixth}   |    {Seventh} 

The Tempest {week 2}

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{Photos and Video by +jo}

The second week of North Fulton Drama Club’s Steampunk Tempest’s rehearsals came and went rather quickly. It was filled with lots of Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban as their scenes were roughly blocked. Another scene blocked out was the romantic scene between Miranda and Ferdinand. Though… you won’t see any photos from that night. I didn’t really think the plan all the way through until that night.

It’s hard to take photos and video of a scene you are in. In any case, a revised plan is now in place so the next time you might be able to get a glimpse into Miranda’s scenes.

I thought it might be a good idea to give you a short synopsis of the show.
The Tempest is Shakespears’ last comedy. It takes place over only a couple days and is the story of Prospero regaining his titles and life. The show opens with a terrible storm that rips apart a fleet of ships. The one carrying the King of Naples, Duke of Milan, friends and family crashes on the shore of the island were Prospero has been marooned with his daughter, Miranda, for the past twelve years.

As the show progresses you find out Prospero’s evil sibling overthrew his reign as Duke of Milan and tried to have him and his family killed. But, a dear friend, Gonzalo, whisks Prospero and Miranda onto a small ship and sets them out to sea. Over the years Prospero continued his studies, passing his knowledge to Miranda, and dreamed he might have the change to take back his kingdom. With the help of Ariel, a spirit Prospero rescued, he is able to guide events in such a way where … well. You will need to watch the show to find out. 😉

Shakespeare weaves a very concise story with out his the confusion of genders or the over-involvement of gods. The Tempest is a story of betrayal, revenge, schemes, magic, and love. A great night at the theater is in the making.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm5ic8QEfpE?rel=0&w=640&h=360]

And! With the weather warming up, we were able to go outside for a night. But, night also brings on new challenges. We will see what next week has in store for the cast and crew. Lights? Bugs? Warm? Cool?

 

“Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands:
Curtsied when you have, and kiss’d
The wild waves whist,
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.”

 

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