There is a special show coming to Windsor, CO this August and I need some help. The show is called Spectacular, Spectacular and it is a modern vaudeville. What is vaudeville you ask? Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Each performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Types of acts included popular and classical musicians, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, female and male impersonators, acrobats, illustrated songs, jugglers, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and movies.
This is where you, my dear friends come in! I need you or someone you know to be an act. If you or they have a talent, I want them. They can be a pro or an amateur. The show will run for 3 weekends and acts do not have to do all three. I am looking for any act that is family oriented. There are try outs in June, but I would love to talk to you now as well.
Want to know a little more about me. This is a good start.
1. I love a really good scifi story, whether books, movies or TV shows.
2. I am a closet musician and I am working on a CD project. Don’t know if it’ll see the light of day.
3. Usually I end up going job to job to job. I’ve been at my current job for over 2 years now and I am now in a leadership position.
4. I participate in local community theater as a hobby. Sometimes I wish I could get paid for it, but in the end I get to keep my sanity.
5. I have been with Windsor Community Playhouse for almost 8 years now. The only other two organizations that I was or am part of that has lasted a long time was my stint in the Navy and the other is my marriage which has lasted 17 years and counting.
6. I used to work for a company in Boulder, CO that broadcasted adult entertainment.
7. I love music.
8. I play bass for the most part. But I can strum a little guitar and play drums and poke my way around the piano.
9. In high school I played trombone.
10. My kids are now going to the same school I went to.
11. I just finished 2 back to back plays where I had the lead role. Very exhausting.
12. I’m proud of my brother for wanting to throw down his wrentchs to go to college and study music.
13. My kids are 16 and 17.
14. I love sharing my birthday with Mozart!
15. Halloween is my favorite holiday.
16. I was born in Kansas and we moved to Colorado when I was 6.
17. I lived in Seattle for around 6 years. I miss that place. Wonderful music scene.
18. I’ve lived on both coasts of the US.
19. My two fav sci fi shows are Babylon 5 and Doctor Who!
20. There is this band I really like and I try to get other people to listen to it. Some laugh most look at me in horror. They just can’t get their head around the concept of Country Metal Rap.
21. My fav colors are black and red.
22. If I could live anywhere I want, I’d choose England.
23. I really don’t like American beers. I love English beers, especally John Smith’s Yorkshire Bitter.
24. Movie I have seen the most: Star Wars
25. Book I have read the most: The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson and Shogun by James Clavell.
Yes I know it’s now past my birthday, but I still wanted to share.
Things That Happened
• 1606 – Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.
• 1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
• 1870 – The first women’s fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta, is formed at DePauw University.
• 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C..
• 1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
• 1945 – World War II: The Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
• 1951 – Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.
• 1967 – Apollo program: Apollo 1 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of the spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center.
• 1967 – More than sixty nations sign the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear weapons in space.
• 1973 – Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict’s last recorded American combat casualty.
• 1984 – Pop singer Michael Jackson suffer second and third degree burn on his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.
• 1996 – Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
• 2006 – Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.
Cool People Born
• 1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1791)
• 1832 – Lewis Carroll, English author (d. 1898)
• 1850 – Edward J. Smith, English captain of the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
• 1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)
• 1940 – James Cromwell, American actor
• 1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-born dancer
• 1950 – Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
• 1956 – Mimi Rogers, American actress
• 1957 – Janick Gers, British guitarist (Iron Maiden)
• 1957 – Frank Miller, American comic book author and film director
• 1965 – Alan Cumming, Scottish actor
• 1968 – Mike Patton, American singer (Faith No More)
• 1968 – Tricky, English rapper
Gone but not Forgotten
• 1595 – Sir Francis Drake, European explorer (b. c.1540)
• 1837 – Alexandr Pushkin, Russian poet (b. 1799)
• 1851 – John James Audubon, French-born naturalist and ornithologist (b. 1789)
• 1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (b. 1813)
• 1910 – Thomas Crapper, English inventor (b. 1836)
• 1967 – Roger Chaffee – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1935)
• 1967 – Virgil “Gus” Grissom – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1926)
• 1967 – Edward White – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1930)
• 1973 – William Nolde, last American combat casualty of Vietnam War (b. 1929)
• 1989 – Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
• 1993 – André the Giant, French professional wrestler and actor (b. 1946)
• 2004 – Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
• 2009 – John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
I’m on twitter and on Fridays they have what is called #FollowFridays or #ff. What you do, you take some of the names of people who you follow or follow you and you say hey, maybe you should follow these folks too. I’ve had many people say that they should follow me – my twitter account is Duffyman23. I never get a hit. No one follows me. My thought was to forget ever doing this again because the lack of response.
Last Friday, I decided to give it one more go and try something different. Here is an example of what I said.
It’s time again to play #FollowFriday. Who are our lucky winners this week? Find out in the next couple of posts.
#ff A great 80’s band making their comeback, you must follow @wangchungband to get all the latest info on the new CD.
#ff A woman with a sultry voice, and a wicked sharp tounge @Betty_X
#ff This man is not only a great actor, but is also a writer and director from the UK. You know him as Mickey Smith – @NoelClarke
I will now return you to your normal tweeting…for now.
So you get the idea. I ended up with 8 new followers that day. Not because I had someone else speaking up for me, but what I said about others. I guess in the end, no matter what we say or read or do we still want to be entertained.