Monday, August 19, 2019

The Tempest

We closed last night. What a fabulous experience. To a one, fantastically great people to work with. Helped me have a super first-time experience with Shakespeare. As Tracy said, everything was on point. Everyone in blacks with costume "hints" worked exceptionally well; never any question as to who is who. Lighting, sound, convincing set though extremely minimal. She said she needed dramamine for the opening scene, the tempest itself; the coordinated movement of the people gave an all-too-real feeling of extreme ship motion. And the little bit of audience immersion genuinely sucked them in for the whole show. Wonderfully reactive audiences. And Ariel (the puppet), eerie, mystical, very cool. And all original music (that I got to play, too).

The Tempest
Counterweight Theatre Lab
Directed by Megan Michelle
August 9-18, 2019

Front: Roxanne, Shelby, Mikala, Megan.
Back: Madalyn, Delaney, Dalton, Joe, Ethan, Jo-Jo, Jamie, Jeremiah.

That's me (King Alonso) sitting center (light blue) during an early rehearsal.

Director, Megan Michelle

Stephano, Ethan Everhart

Musicians (and several other roles): Roxanne Rankin and Jeremiah Walter
Miranda, Shelby Evanoika

Caliban, Jo-Jo Hurford-Reynolds

Ariel, played by several actors

Ferdinand, Jo-Jo

Delaney Watson, Joe O'Rear, and Madalyn Rilling

The Harpy


Prospero, Madalyn Rilling

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Back to School

Tracy: She was the first baby of our group of friends.
14 years and 14 kids between all of us - she is starting high school today.
How did that happen?!?!? Guys we are getting OLD!!!!!
Tracy: First day - 9th (HS), 6th (MS), 4th, 2nd, 2nd, and pre-K.
It’s going to be a busy year!

AJ is in the hoody. His carpool group arrived AOK for its maiden voyage.
AJ gets to do his 4th grade year at School in the Woods.
A "sculpture" at School in the Woods!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

SLO-COS Wormhole

A 2-way wormhole opened up on July 16 between San Luis Obispo and Colorado Springs. And the Gibsons and the Fosters traded places for a week. A few more pics.

Nana and Papa with the Nipomo Grands and Sam at the SB pier.
After a train ride to SB for a zoo visit.

Three years of GibGusci gatherings: top-to-bottom, 2017-2019.

Pappa Pia at the Melodrama with Zach and Rebecca.

Peacock Cellars on Los Berros Road.

Rolld (sic) in SLO.

PTA moms (for decades) gathered at Giuseppe's in SLO.

Friday, July 12, 2019

AJ Goes to Camp

A real camp. A real overnight camp. And, of course, he loved it. AJ took all the pics below. Lutheran Valley Retreat. He went with his good friend, Griffen.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Fina's Birthday Party

It was a gorgeous day... Until party time when a storm came through. And the party was to be outdoors. No problem. It never got really bad, and the new easy-up jumped into action just when needed. I think the party-ers got the wettest out on their video scavenger hunt. All the photos are here.

During the video scavenger hunt (clips are in the main gallery, here.)

Everyone got to have s'mores!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Playing with Da Vinci

We headed out to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science today specifically to see Grand Exhibition's traveling Da Vinci Inventions exhibit. Here's an article from the Denver Post. Totaling engaging for everyone (from 4 to 65). I had no idea what I was going to see and experience, which is why I left the camera behind. Don't ever leave the camera behind; all I had was my cell phone (all the pics are here). The reincarnation of the inventions was astounding. And some you could even play with! But the Mona Lisa... I saw it at the Louvre; ho hum. Never really intrigued me. But I had to tear myself away from this exhibit which was all about the studies, the techniques to get beneath the top layers, the way it looked over time. Who she started out as and who she ended up as. It was fascinating! And we hit Sam's No. 3 for dinner on the way home. If this traveling Da Vinci exhibit comes to a museum near you, don't miss it - even if you're not a Da Vinci fan. You might become one.

Da Vinci's self-supporting bridge.

The "play with" machines were marked with the green emblem at David's left hand.

Fun! Da Vinci catapult practice.

I had a cheap version of this clock for the longest time.

Then we did a little bit of their regular exhibits.

That's an adult T-Rex brain cast center-right foreground, life-size!

He's working on a triceratops bone recently discovered in Highland Park.

We all got into this mind game, literally make the ball move with brain activity.