Choosing Avalon – Act 2

Sunday, November 20

Scenes from Act 2 as sisters Kate and Avie are reconciled.

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act-2-13Streets of New York City where Kate and Avie grew up

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act-2-17Selling newspapers

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act-2-42Things are not going well for Avie

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act-2-47The things that were on the desk are now on the floor after Avie became angry.

act-2-48Kate being convinced to go for an audition

act-2-52This audition didn’t go well. Notice his socks.

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act-2-61Avie is remembering her childhood days with Kate. A young Kate and Avie on the left.

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act-2-88A street woman tells Kate how much her occasional coins – dropped in her cup – meant to her.

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act-2-97Avie comes up the aisle – choosing to reunite with Kate.

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act-2-104This is what forgiveness looks like

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act-2-135Closing comments

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Choosing Avalon – Act 1

Sunday, November 20

New York City and Hollywood – Fall 1930

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1-49They – especially the girls dreamed of making it big in Hollywood.

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1-107Kate, Anthony, and Avie as young adults

1-110Avie is discovered by a talent scout

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1-117She is excited until she learns that he is not interested in the sisters as a duo.

1-120How can she explain that to Kate

1-128Audition: These guys were so cute and purposefully bad.

 

1-139The scouts loved Avie’s voice

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1-162Telling Kate that she was going to Hollywood without her did not go over well.

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1-218Meeting Dorothy – her competition in Hollywood

1-245Everything You Can Do – I can do better

1-250Anthony and Kate continue living on the street.

1-260Meanwhile Avie – became Avalon – and was climbing in popularity.

1-273Avalon and Ensemble

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1-291After a period of time, things were not going well.

1-313Back on the streets of New York, Kate learns that Anthony is dying.

1-329That is how Act 1 closed – with the death of Anthony

1a-1Intermission announcements

1a-5Prayer before the offering for Way of Jesus Academy.

There is no charge for tickets, as expenses are mostly paid for by donors and sponsors.

1a-9Representatives from Way of Jesus Academy

1a-15Explaining their work with city children.

Choosing Avalon ~ Preparing for the 2 PM Performance on Sunday

Sunday Afternoon, November 20

choosing-avalon-10Hair and makeup began shortly after noon for the last two performances.

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choosing-avalon-4A dressing area

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choosing-avalon-17The stage is ready

choosing-avalon-9Lunch was provided for the cast and crew

choosing-avalon-24People began arriving early to make sure they got seats.

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choosing-avalon-73The hair and makeup room was a flurry of activity as 2 pm approached.

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choosing-avalon-78Prelude

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choosing-avalon-85Ready for Act 1

Go to my face book page to see more pictures – https://www.facebook.com/doris.j.high?pnref=story

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Tomorrow night – Act 1

Choosing Avalon – Dress Rehearsal

Friday afternoon and evening, November 18

I enjoyed doing photos for this play by Nicole Yutzy of Born To Be Different Productions.

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dress-rehersal-7I was there for stage setup, hair and makeup, and dress rehearsal for Act 1.

Enjoy the pictures. If you want to see each of the pictures from this photo shoot, go to my Facebook page “Doris Jean High” then go to the album – “Choosing Avalon – Dress Rehearsal.”

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dress-rehersal-113Nichole (grey shirt) talking to some of her actors.

dress-rehersal-130The making of “Shirley Temple.”

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dress-rehersal-141Practicing a routine before supper.

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dress-rehersal-171Instructions from Nicole on getting a mic

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dress-rehersal-190Prayer before rehearsal

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dress-rehersal-184Prelude

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dress-rehersal-196Living on the street in the middle of The Great Depressions, life is very hard for sisters, Kate and Avie McRoy (green jumper and burgundy skirt). Even though they live under a loading dock, they count their blessings that they have each other.

dress-rehersal-207They dream of saving up enough money to escape New York and pursue a music career in Hollywood, California. So until that day comes, Avie sings, and Kate plays piano with their friend Anthony on the streets and hope passersby will toss coins in their can.

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dress-rehersal-269Street life with other poor kids

dress-rehersal-217Ensemble sings Seize the Day.

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dress-rehersal-232Then the day finally comes when a hot-shot Hollywood talent scout sees them perform. But the problem? He only wants Avie. So now the choice is hers: stay with her sister and continue to live in poverty or take the offer and forget all about the hardships in New York – including her sister.

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dress-rehersal-247The talent scouts loved her audition.

dress-rehersal-250Sisters arguing over Avie’s choice to go to Hollywood.

dress-rehersal-264Dorothy was not happy about the arrival of Avie – who was now known as Avalon.

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dress-rehersal-278After much fame – things are no longer going well in Hollywood.

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dress-rehearsal-282Kate weeps as Anthony dies at the end of Act 1.

I will post Act 2 in a few days after photographing the play on Sunday afternoon.

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Tomorrow night hair and make up and other preliminaries before the play on Sunday afternoon.

The Pursuit of Perfection

Sunday, November 22 – 2:00 PM Performance

DSC_4896I learned about this play by “Born To Be Different Productions” because our niece Chelsey was Backstage/Stage Manager Assistant. I went with my sister, Nancy, and our sister-in-law Anne. (Cerwin and my sister’s husband were hunting in West Virginia.)

I will tell the story as I remember it. Those who know or remember the storyline better than I do may correct any of my statements with a message on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/doris.j.high

The actors and actresses are all school students. The bios in the program describe them as being in grades from 2 to 11.

The play was set in France during the 1890s with Winifred Banister caring only about her family’s image – especially for her 50th birthday party.

DSC_4898The play opened with Mrs. Banister, a widowed mother, planning her birthday party.

DSC_4900The youngest daughter was not impressed with her mother’s plans, especially when she learned that the entire family would not be invited – because they were not “perfect” according to the mother.

DSC_4901With a bit of “friendly” persuasion she convinced her mother to change her mind.

DSC_4903Mrs. Banister dictated more invitations to her maid.

DSC_4904Discussing the party with some of her wealthy friends.

DSC_4908The son reading his invitation. He determined that he would not attend, because his life was not perfect. He didn’t want his mother to know that he had spent all his money on his wife’s deteriorating health before she died. Not only had he spent all his money, he was in great debt.

DSC_4909His young daughter walked into the room, and asked what he was reading.

DSC_4911As little girls can do, she helped her daddy change his mind because it had been a long time since she had seen her cousins and grandmother.

DSC_4918When the next daughter received her invitation. She determined that their family would not go to the party because her mother did not approve of their three adopted children.

DSC_4914Her husband and daughters.

DSC_4917Discussing going to grandma’s birthday party.

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DSC_4922They also decided to attend, and reminded their children to be on their best behavior.

DSC_4925This part was quite funny as the “spinster” daughter thought an unwanted suitor was at the door and kept screaming at the door – asking him to leave. It turned out to be this young man – someone she did not know.

After lots of apologies, she convinced him to go along to her mother’s party so her mother would think she had a boyfriend.

DSC_4927The son and his daughter were the first to arrive at the party.

DSC_4929Then the spinster daughter and her “boyfriend.”

DSC_4930He played his part incredibly well, and was quite funny – especially when there were family arguments. He could often be heard to comment, “This is awkward.”

DSC_4932Then the family with adopted children arrived.

DSC_4935They were not always on their best behavior. 🙂

DSC_4937This highly upset their grandma.

DSC_4940The widowed son meeting his sister’s “boyfriend”, and asking about his occupation.

DSC_4939He said that he managed some properties and lived near the marquis.

DSC_4945The youngest daughter was often in trouble and tried to convince the maid to go with her to the party so her mother thought she had a friend.

DSC_4947The party

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DSC_4954Mrs. Banister began working on a plan for her wealthy friend’s daughter (left) to marry her widowed son.

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DSC_4963The mothers discussing their plan for the arranged marriage for their daughter and son.

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DSC_4969Mrs. Banister’s son was not receptive to the idea.

DSC_4970A bit of persuasion changed his mind – and he remembered how much he needed the daughter’s money.

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DSC_4973The party continued.

DSC_4979Then the transformed maid entered the room – getting the undivided attention of the widowed son who was now engaged to the rich girl.

DSC_4976Singing a song to each other. (This was a musical.)

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DSC_4994Discussing the upcoming wedding and proper behavior.

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DSC_5004A sister and brother discussion about the wedding and the difficulty of choosing love over money.

DSC_5006The spinster daughter and her “boyfriend.”

DSC_5010She thought she was beginning to like him, but did not like what he was saying.

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DSC_5008She was so upset that she asked him to leave and offered to pay him for pretending to be her boyfriend.

DSC_5012Then he told her that he didn’t want her money and that he did not manage land for the marquis, but that he was the marquis.

DSC_5017His next move was to propose to her.

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DSC_5020Brothers-in-law discussing the arranged marriage that would bring wealth into the family.

DSC_5023Telling his sister that he cannot go through with the wedding because he was in love with the pretty stranger.

DSC_5028Discussing his change of mind with his daughter – who did not like the rich woman.

DSC_5029Telling his “almost bride” that he cannot go through with the wedding.

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DSC_5033Her bridesmaid did not react well.

DSC_5037Ashton (this actress) is the daughter of friends from our church, Gary and Joanna, who were sitting in back of us to my right. I wish I could have captured a picture of her parent’s smiles when they watched her on stage.

DSC_5035The almost bride (Karissa – also the daughter of friends from church – Kevin and Jeanette) was also distraught at the news.

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DSC_5041The next part of the drama happened when the almost groom discovered that the woman with whom he had fallen in love was actually his mother’s maid – and as poor as him.

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DSC_5057Like often happens in plays – everything ended well – especially when the marquis learned about his future brother-in-law’s financial situation and paid his debt.

DSC_5058The finale was a mixture of words and songs that challenged us to follow God’s plan for our lives and remove the “perfect” masks in order to impress our friends.

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DSC_5078It was a fabulous, God-honoring play!

DSC_5081Their pursuit of perfection was perfect.

DSC_5088Backstage directors. I only know the two on the right: Chelsey (our niece) and Sophia (far right) daughter of friends from church – Jerry and Jen.

DSC_5089The two on the left are Ashton and Karissa. I told you about them earlier.

DSC_5090Ashton was the almost bride’s attendant and Karissa was the almost bride.

Great job everyone.

Nicole Yutzy (Director/Producer), I wish I could have found you afterwards to congratulate you. Keep up the good work.

I hope it suits me to go to next year’s production – Choosing Avalon.