Creative Dramatics Workshoppers
I don't usually post on here. But I just saw a movie that really makes me wonder. I couldnt breathe for the last ten minutes of the film, but don't really know whether it was bad or good. It was affecting but I don't know if I like being affected this way. Atonement. For everyone who works in the arts it is worth seeing just for the commentary it makes on art, but I am not sure I llike that commentary. Thats all.
I also usually post who I think will and should be nominated for Academy Awards, even without seeing all of them, and these are what I think:
FILM: No country for Old Men
There will Be Blood
Across The Universe OR Sweeney Todd (I don't like Sweeney Todd so much)
ACTOR: James McAvoy ATONEMENT
Daniel Day-Lewis THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Johnny Depp SWEENEY TODD
Denzil Washington AMERICAN GANGSTER
George Clooney MICHAEL CLAYTON or Viggo Mortenson EASTERN PROMISES
ACTRESS: Julie Christie AWAY FROM HER
Kiera Knightly ATONEMENT
Ellen Page JUNO
Marion Cotillard La Vie En Rose
Helena Bonham Carter SWEENEY TODD
supporting actor; Casey Affleck ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES
Philip Seymour Hoffman Charlie Wilsons war
Javier Bardem NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Tom Wilkinson MICHAEL CLAYTON
Ethan Hawke BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOURE DEAD
Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett IM NOT THERE
Julia Roberts CHARLIE WILSONS WAR
Amy Adams CHARLIE WILSONS WAR
Tilda Swinton MICHAEL CLAYTON
Jennifer Garner JUNO
director: The Coens NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Director of Juno
Tim Burton SWEENEY TOD
Ridley Scott American Gangster
I was wrong again. I had Nicole in the original CDW participants list (although I listed her as in 19 shows instead of 20. Nicole, Jason, Lindsey and Emma all have been in 20 shows), but the one I missed was Devin. And I counted his shows at CDW. He has been in ten shows and has received one major award (BEST ACTOR in Broom for a Bride, which was well deserved. Thanks Rachel for clarifying who Gr3389 was.
NICOLE ! ! ! I forgot her. Thats who grl3389, or whatever is. ..looked back at the CDW list, assumed she was on it, but I MISSED HER! ! ! ! She hasnt been around much real recently but I SHOULD have remembered.
NICOLE LOOS has been in 20 shows at CDW! And received 5 major awards. She is another major major contributor
to CDW. And sorry I missed her. Ironically Nicole, Lindsey and Jason have all done 20 shows here.
Who are you, grl3389?
A couple of years ago I posted who I thought should be nominated for Academy Awards. I didnt see all the movies last year so did not do it them, but have this year, and think there are some glaring omissions in most of the media published lists. This is who I think should be nominated after now seeing most of the films this year:
BEST ACTOR: Peter O'Toole for VENUS
Forrest Whitaker for LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Leonardo DiCaprio for BLOOD DIAMOND
Michael Sheen for THE QUEEN
Ken Watanabe for LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
(Will Smith for Pursuit of HAPPYNESS, &
Ryan Gosling for HALF NELSON will prob preempt the last two)
BEST ACTRESS: Helen Mirren in THE QUEEN
Penelope Cruz for VOLVER
Meryl Streep for DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet for LITTLE CHILDREN
Naomi Watts for PAINTED VEIL
(Judi Densch for Notes on a Scandal will prob beat out Watts)
BEST SUPP ACTOR:Jack Nicholson for THE DEPARTED
Eddie Murphy for DREAMGIRLS
Djimon Housmon for BLOOD DIAMOND
Ben Affleck for HOLLYWOODLAND
Alan Arkin for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
BEST SUPP ACTRESS: Jennifer Hudson DREAMGIRLS
Cate Blanchett NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Diane Lane HOLLYWOODLAND
Toni Collette for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Catherine O'hara for FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
BEST DIRECTOR: Martin Scorcese for THE DEPARTED
Bill Condon for DREAMGIRLS
Stephen Frears for THE QUEEN
Guillermo del Toro for PANS LABRYINTH
Ed Zwick for BLOOD DIAMOND
(Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo JIma, may be in instead of Zwick)
BEST PICTURE: DREAMGIRLS
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
BLOOD DIAMOND (this last prob to be replaced by PAN'S OR IWO JIMA)
These are not necessarily my predictions, but instead are my picks of what they should
be, with an admitted bias to Blood Diamond and Little Miss Sunshine and the Queen , each
of which I thought the world of for different reasons.
I have taken MLK week off to take care of a number of things, some ancillary to the theatre, but one thing I did on my own was to go back and figure who has been most active at the shows at the Creative Dramatics Workshop. With The Crucible we are approaching our 68th show at the Creative Dramatics Workshop, the first being Antigone, with a host of college students in 1996, our fiftieth with The Princess Bride three years ago, and right now performing in our 11th season. These are the participations, which sometimes are ironic, because we are appreciative of folks just doing one show, and think it benefits those who have done just one, but here it is:
Robert Picklesimer, 64 shows, 13 Major Awards
Andy Decker, 42, 4 Major Awards
Cole Hieke, 31, 5
Rachel Krein, 23, 5
Jason Reynolds 20, 4
Emma Hieke 20, 4
Lindsey Markel 20, 2
Grace Cowley 19, 7
Nicole Loos 18, 5
Sarah O'Connor 18, 4
Mara Taft 18, 2
Christina Bonse 18. 2
Claire Cowley 16, 5
Natalie Krein 16, 3
Henry Dust 16, 2
Eric Fulkerson 16, 2
Paula Strong 15, 8
Keith Hoveln 15, 5
Ronda Fulkerson 15, 3
Grant Loos 15, 1
Tracy Allison 14, 2
Rebekah Horner 13, 1
Kim Loos 12, 5
Ross Robinson 12, 3
Deanna Terven 12, 2
Sue Cowley 12, 2
Theresa Lawrence12, 2
Kelli Kleiss 12, 2
Lloyd Wolf 12, 2
Morgan Allison 12, 2
(Brian Wilcoxon 9, 1
Chase Rashid 9, 2
Kelsey Heike 8, 1
Josh Bane 11
Maria Zych 9
Veronica Zych 7, 1
Virginia McCreary 7, 1
Rose Dust 7)
These are the backbone of the Creative Dramatics Workshop, and thank you all, many of whom are
also going to be a part of The Crucible, such as Mara, Grant, Keith, Andy, Ross, Cole, Kelli,Henry, Rose,
Christina, Of course many were during different eras, some at the beginning no longer doing
things here, and some being more recent participants. And I probably missed some, and some of
the my numbers may be off, but still thank you all.
Auditions for the Crucible, to be performed February 16-25
Sunday, January 14, 2-5
Monday, January 15, 7-9
No materials necessary, teens to Adults.
Phone 688-2395, or 688-2779 if you would like to have some other Audition time
Who: Rachel Krein, Steffanie Bezruki, India Mullady, Tara Golding, Alysia Prosser, Hilary Boyter, director LaDonna Wilson, and all of the lovely backstage people at Central
What: Steel Magnolias, a drama/comedy about six women, written by one man
When: May 11-13 at 7pm and May 14 at 2:30pm (free flowers for mom on mother's day)
Where: Central High School... for directions, ask me
Why: Because we like theatre! And need money to go to Scotland. And I actually look somewhat like Dolly Parton in the show, which is hilarious.
Please come if you live ANYWHERE near me. I'd really appreciate your support, money, and seeing your happy faces.
I will weigh in on this issue.
At least six of my bad habits are these:
1)I say I am sorry a lot. Ironically, I really am sorry. I feel bad that whatever I have don has stepped on someone's toes. I am like a bull in a China shop at times, am dynamic and crash around, and sometimes hurt others. Most of the time I really am sorry for hurt feelings, etc., but don't know if I would trade it for my attempts to just get something done. I attempt a lot of stuff, and push hard to do good theatre/other things, and sometimes I really overstep, but it is not for lack of trying. So I apologize when I do too much, but think most of the time that is better than doing nothing.
2)Procrastination. I generally have 10 or 12 things brewing in the pot, and only get 4 or 5 of them done. Have to build a set, finish rewriting a play, write a Postal Grievance, call a Union official, get program for next play done, prepare for banquet, start another film. But guess the tradoff is worth it, if at least I do some things that get something done.
3) Closely related to number 1, I am a perfectionist about some things onstage, or in a film. Brian is getting tired of reediting Antigone for instance, and the actors here think I work things to death. They think I sometimes completely ignore the "look" of a play, while I search for dynamic within scenes, and even though I am so laissez faire about some things they think I am positively anal about others.
4)I treat everyone as if they were made just to do my next play or project, and end up pushing on everybody to do things till they sometimes burn out. (I say I am sorry, but that only refers to item 1). But I really am sorry. . . .(and sorry I do this. . . )
5.Being late. I always do things up till I have to go do something else, so I overextend and am perennially late. Even for work (where the mail does not come well anyway, so I am not AS worried there, but it is still bad)
6.Critically judging everything. Especially other acting/plays/etc, but also in Union events/film festivals/my own actors when I direct, even people I know. I also don't take compliments or criticism well, thinking on some subjects I have more experience than most everyone around me (has me sometimes extending that into other subjects and that's just the way it goes. )
By the way Brian and I are changing the beginning (opening credits) of ANTIGONE ! ! !) I had already decided that the later scenes were good, but was bothered by the beginning. I was thinking like a stage director, where the entire story is told by the actors, so I was using actors to show peaceful people before the bad things struck. But I am afraid it looked like a glorified home movie to those who saw it outside our people. So first
we took out the inside party scene with the family, and then just recently I decided to take our all the people scenes under the credits. Instead we now have scenes of an empty city with all the fighting that has gone on, and only Polynieces and Eteocles are left to finish the last fight. The first person we see is Eric running in to start the fight. Think it will be so much better, and we will replace DVD's for those of you who ordered the other kind if you want.
But now the mystery of who these people are and what they do is left for later in the film. Even Antigone shows up only after a long Choral ode to the fight over Thebes. Think it will work much better.
I saw a lot of films at the Ebertfest and thought our film had some as aspects as good as some of them, and some better, but Film Festivals were bowing out in the first couple of scenes. Think this will work. Look forward to it, and forward to showing you all.
Tag for people to tell their 6 bad habits. Sarah, Ross, Henry, John Norcross, Emily, Tracy.
For those who can, and want to, who are involved with the CDW, there will be a clean-up day this Saturday, April 1.
Schedule: 10 a.m. to NOON: We will be moving trash out of the back area to the Sidney clean up days
NOON or 1 to 5: Cleaning up costume room for MSND
Cleaning up prop area
Moving everything out of back room so we can lay carpet later
5 to 9 or so: Jason Reynolda and Bob Picklesimer will be laying carpet in the back room
Long day, we could use your help.
Thanks, Bob Picklesimer