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“Three blind mice. Three blind mice. See how they run. See how they run. They all ran after the farmer’s wife, who cut off their tails with a…”

Hitty Taffenous spent a shivery afternoon at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”, the longest running play in the history of London’s West End. She was grateful for having friends close when the lights blinked out and *gasp* murder was done!

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Balcony seats for the matinee

As requested, Taffenous shall never reveal the surprise ending, but aren’t you just dying to know?

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”

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Marooned

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The 2 o’clock sun unfortunately filtered through the blinds, faintly illuminating the stage manager’s station. No need for a work-light during the matinée performance of ESCC’s “GODSPELL”. Suitably costumed, in case an understudy might be required, Hedydd gathered tools of the trade around her, to assist in the task of calling the show: script, com, flashlight, pencil…chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Godspell Matinee

Day by day, or show by show, there’s always Hedydd

You can see more photos of ESCC’s “Godspell” on Facebook at ESCC Theatre.

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Over the Presidents’ Day week-end, Hedydd once again joined her theatre family in a re-mounting of Vaughn McBride’s “Pass My Imperfections Lightly By”, a one-woman play about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. She made herself useful, of course, assisting with last minute technical issues and checking the props.

Gel Frame

Framed! Hedydd helps change the gel for a lighting instrument.

Before the doors opened, she made sure everything was in its place, ready for the hands of the actress – the scrapbook, the old photos, a handkerchief.

Scrapbook

A glance at Mary’s memories

There was also a quick moment to inspect a most interesting prop: an old stereopticon.

Stereopticon

A stereopticon – the View-Master of yesteryear

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THE POPPET-DOLL

Daddy aims to cyarve out a poppet for his babe.

All the long day

He must fare away
Putting in a corn-crap, perviding for his babe.

Lonesome for a human to kindly help you play ?

Nary little brother,

Nary loving mother.
Poppet might look human, and shorten up the day.

from “Kinfolks, Kentucky Mountain Rhymes” by Ann Cobb, 1922

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The Mad for the Farthing Crowd was pleased to send the beautiful Adelle Zabaglione as their representative to Southern Broadway’s newest production, “Hawkins Pass”. Set in the mountains of Kentucky during the Great Depression, “Hawkins Pass” is a heart-warming tale of romance, adversity and love of unique community. Oh! And moonshine – can’t forget the ‘shine.  A delicious supper of preceded the show, and Adelle enjoyed the admiration of the diners as she was passed from person to person before the first course was served.

Adelle Zambaglione on the set of Hawkins Pass

Adelle Zambaglione in the Hawkins General Store on the set of Hawkins Pass

It was a delightful change of pace for the usually retiring Mrs. Z. The good food, company and music allowed her to remember sweetly her long-ago Kentucky heritage. She returned home to her wooden sisters, thankful for such a special evening.

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The full text of “Kinfolks, Kentucky Mountain Rhymes” may be found here.

 

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On the final day the the repertory season, Hedydd returned to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to see “King Lear”.  Knowing tragedy and sorrow would be her fare for the afternoon inside the theatre, she took time in the Shakespeare Garden to bask in the sunshine and frolic in the roses.

Shakespeare Garden

Warm sun bathes the garden.

 

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Roses blossomed throughout.

 

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“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

There has been a flurry of play production and theatre-going in The Wiregrass of late, supported by friends and family of the Mad for the Farthing Crowd. Good stories, well told, never go out of style. Neither does Hitty Hedydd, at least in her own estimation. This particular outing, however, prompted Hedydd to require something special in terms of elegant millinery. An invitation had been extended to see Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, playing at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. One could hardly attend the Festival in last year’s bonnet, so Hedydd set her own costumier to creating a hat to rival any on the stage.

ASF 2

Hedydd enjoys an evening at the theatre and is especially fond of visiting the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nestled into Blount Cultural Park, ASF is a treasure in which Hedydd loves to revel.

Indeed, Hedydd’s new hat rivaled, surpassed perhaps, even the lovely creations worn by the actress portraying Lady Bracknell. She was feeling rather self-satisfied until she noticed the lobby display advertising “King Lear”…

lEAR pREVIEW

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” ~ Henry IV

…and realized that her own wooden head wouldn’t lie easy until she, too, wore a crown.


Hitty Hedydd’s beautiful new Liberty of London dress is another creation of Kay DeMattei.

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