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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
Just to see if you're paying attention, here's a real Throwback! Okay, okay, I realize it's the WRONG uniform, but I've been thinking of some of my other misadventures from stage & screen. This one's from a stint I did in Fall, 1986 as a supernumerary (or super for short) with the Dallas Opera in productions of Andrea Chenier (here), Verdi's Rigoletto, and La Sonambula ("The Sleepwalker"). Make no mistake - I can't carry a tune in a bucket! However, a super is a warm body for crowd scenes or other actions not requiring a regular member of the cast or chorus; here I'm a member of the French Revolutionary Garde Nationalle leaning against the tumbril or manure cart used to carry victims to the Guillotine. Below, as a valet in Sonambula I received regular professional stage makeup - above, I'd had to do it myself. I'll draw your attention to the GENUINE, AUTHINTIC ca. 1795 French Revolutionary musket from my collection that I smuggled into the theater to use during one of the Sunday matinees. In a subsequent season and another with the Fort Worth Opera I served as armorer, renting out part of my collection and supervising its use by members of the firing squad in the final act of Puccini's Tosca when they shoot the tenor - Vive l'Opera!
Anyone else having (preferably) old (preferably) Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia from reenactments, living history or other events, or vacation or other travel they would like to share is welcome and encouraged to post them in this weekly thread!