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The 23rd Psalm

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We’ve got a special filmography clip for you today! Shortly after we wrapped the adventures of Mr. Kidzpointe I got a call to do a video illustrating the 23rd Psalm. We  still had a bit of a drama team together and I called in a couple other folks to help! this was the result – one of my favorite clips!

 


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Tic Tac Glow

gamerOne of the games my daughter has learned from her Grandfather is Tic Tac Toe. It’s a typical childhood game, and something that we generally grow out of….until we have children.

I found this game in the Amazon App store and downloaded it immediately. it’s still the typical old Tic Tac Toe, but with a slick look and cool neon graphics. You can play against the computer or another person and the difficulty can be set at different levels, along with different size grids, not just the three square by three square we’re used to.

If you have a child in your life, they will love this game. Give it a try, it’s a free download at the app store….and don’t forget, new Violent Blue is up!


Not exactly a convention…

This weekend I took the girls with me to Akron’s Geekfest at the summit county library. I already took time in Violent Blue to expound on how much I hate the name of this event (to the extent that I didn’t even bother with it last year) so we won’t go into that her. we’ll just suffice it to say I won’t use the title again.

10494568_802525469791878_6670581575918017086_nLydia was excited to go and up just after me in the morning jumping into her costume. I tried to explain to her that we weren’t leaving for a couple of hours but she still wanted to get dressed right away. Maddie gets moving slower in the morning, but once morning cartoons were over and we found her green tights it was off to the races.

This was the first time I’ve been out with the girls in my Voltron costume. I had hoped it would actually make things easier on me. they usually help by being my hands when I have none. They were in fact, BIG helpers with getting the armor on, but the costume actually made it a little harder for me to keep up. We parked across the street and each girl carried on of my legs so I could cross more quickly. As soon as we walked in we were mobbed, taking three photos before even getting past the desk!

The girls loved the minion bowling alley set up. This was a great idea, with painted two liter bottles set up as bowling pins and mini dodgeballs to roll at them.
We headed into the craft room where Lydia had a hard time figuring out what to make. At first it was going to be a pet, then a crown, then a banner. Maddie just decided on a Supergirl button. A tale was set up with old comics that kids could cut up and select the picture they wanted from them. Lyds got a little frustrated when she couldn’t find a Wonder Woman picture (later a librarian would find one and actually sought her out during the costume contest to give it to her!)

10538552_802706136440478_1462327137292067926_nWe caught a bit of the band which was a fun quirky pair of girls doing pop culture music. They ended with a song about wishing they could be friends with a the girls in cartoons. One announced that everyone needs to clap along. So I did. I put up the voltron lion heads and clapped along in the same pattern they were clapping on stage. I saw her trying hard not to laugh – and failing.

This event was very cosplay friendly. The number of people in costumes was comparable to any anime convention. Lydia said her favorite was a Meridia from Brave. The girls entered the costume parade but I actually enrolled in the costume contest – at their insistence.

I should have thought about those stairs. Stairs are my kryptonite.

At one point a Sith Witch came up on stage. Her staff was made of real bones and she was wonderfully creepy. Lydia ran up to me in 10462520_277924425742875_2639063874321142221_nline and declared “She’s going to win!”. What’s really funny is that she was right. The witch took first place!

We explored different parts of the library during the day. It’s huge and a marvelous facility. The girls played with Legos downstairs and made bracelets. They had a good day both at the events and at the non-events.

We ended the day trying to get back to the car when out on the side walk as I was taking off my legs a woman came rushing up to me with her mortified teenage daughter in tow.

“That’s my favorite cartoon ever! Can I take a picture with you?”

I ended up taking two more pics there on the sidewalk outside the library before making it across the street back to the car.

We had a great day here and will definitely be back next year. It’s a very family friendly event with a little bit of a con atmosphere, but with far fewer things that you actually have to spend money on. Maddie is already planning on being Star Sapphire next year and Lydia is talking about wanting a Harley Quinn outfit.

We’ll be back to Akron in a few months for Akron Comicon!

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The Adventures of Mr. Kidzpointe part seven

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Part seven of The Adventures of Mr. Kidzpointe! By the way, that lighter he’s using? That’s a Tennant era Sonic Screwdriver.

And don’t forget, new Violent Blue tomorrow!


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The Secret Garden

sg4As you like it isn’t the only play being preformed at the Oberlin Summer Theater festival this year, there’s also the family favorite “the Secret Garden” My wife remember this from High school, she read the book and has fond memories of the film (which we ended up watching wit h the girls after the play that very night).

The cast are adults, but they are able to play young. I don’t quite buy them as ten, but certainly 13 or so.

sg1These are excellent performances all around. My daughter mentioned than she actually liked the play better than the film. The sets are lush and gothic and beautiful. The home feels cold and hard and stone, not the warm woods and libraries of the film version. The set is VERY modular and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many set changes on stage before. It works very well with the feeling of the house servants just doing thier jobs as them move pieces around.

The entrance to the garden itself is backlit, shining an eerie light whenever the door is opened. It’s a very cinematic effect, though a tad overused.  sg2

The back screen is used to great effect. When Lord Craven’t wife calls him back to the manor, all we ever see is her sillouette. When the little girl has a nightmare its created with swirling shapes and figures running around the back of the screen, shadows singing ring around the rosy as her parents die back in India.

All the heart and emotion of the story is here and it’s a great preformace to sg3take you kids too. Reserve your tickets though, the house we went to was packed. The Secret Garden is still running in Oberlin until the beginning of August, so get there while you can!

Check out the trailer for the play below and call them today for your tickets!


Oberlin Summer Theater Festival

IMG_7563Every year I make an effort to come out to the summer theater fest in Oberlin, and Paul Mosier’s stock theater never fails to entertain.

The Shakespere  feature this year was as you like it. It’s not one of my favorite plays, but they always put together a fine interpretation, no matter what the play. This year is no exception. The play is set in a dystopian future (interestingly enough, it’s not the first time I’ve seen it done this way). The set was simple colums with triangle patterns. it serves to give a nice seventies sci-fi feel to it, and still gives the proper impression when the characters in the IMG_7453forest. Teh flat grays on the costumes  help push the sci-fi element, as well as teh evil Duke’s apearances on the large video screen ( the only time we ever see this character).

As we open, we see our hero Orlando preparing for a fight, and before we know it he’s in the middle of a wrestling match. The battle here is extremely well done. Orlando flips and jumps and fights in possibly the best choreographed fight I’ve ever seen in a play. It was exciting and kinetic. The guys who put on the Spider-Man musical could learn a thing or two from these guys!

IMG_4248Afterwards, Orlando flees to the forest, and at the same time his lady love Rosaland is also heading to Arden where we will spend almost the entirety of the second act.

They play the woods very much as the country. I can get past the cowboy hats and overalls, but I have to admit it’s a little unsettling to hear Shakespeare done in these strange southern accents.

I’m fairly certain The Bard never intended one of his plays to end in a square dance.

The real surprise about this part was the music. The deposed and banished duke lives in the forest with his followers who they describe as living like Robin Hood. in fact, they come off more like hippies, wandering the forest playing folk music. The three piece acoustic band consisted of a guitar, a violin and a bass, which blended perfectly. There was a surprising amount of singing here, and it just fit the setting IMG_4469ideally.

There’s plenty of broad comedy here to augment the subtleties of Shakespeare’s story. Among the hippies in the forest is a lone melancholy beatnick whose antics are balanced against the relatively straight performances of the other foresters. A court jester accompanies Rosaland and his antics are just as fun to watch, particularly during the first act back at court.

The play still runs until the begining of August, so head out and catch this while you still can!

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