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April 25, 2004

Theatre Reunion, of sorts

It was a lovely evening yesterday; sitting in the "Black Box" Studio Theatre at Ball State University seeing people, I have not crossed trails with in 20 years. We were a small group and tightly knit back then. It was a running joke among the students that there were supposedly something like 300 listed theatre majors and minors, but we could never name more then 40 at any given time.

I did got to say hello to Scott Sandoe. I have no idea how many classes Scott and I were in together...Probably all of them. Scott is now a screenwriter in LA and has done a lot of choreography over the years. I had known both of those facts but had not known that he wrote the screenplay for What a Girl Wants. I saw the film twice on HBO while I was in San Antonio this month, really enjoyed it. I had not expected that after seeing the advertising, but as often happens the marketing had portrayed it inaccurately as a teen flick when the work has a far larger appeal. My two sentence review, see it yourself, and let me know what you think. Scott also has another movie script that is coming out on film this year, An American Girl.

Of course, many of the people I knew as an undergrad were not present because of other demands. I am not in regular contact with most of them, but that doesn't mean I don't know what they are up to - professionally at least. *flexing her fingers over the keyboard as she looks stuff up in Google*

One of the people I had hoped to see was Doug Jones. He was unable to attend the reception because he is making a movie. Doug is what I think of as a costume actor, I'm sure that is not the correct technical term but it works for me. I normally go see a movie and only find out later that he was in it because he is often obscured in heavy makeup with prostheses.

I specifically remember when Doug and I were in directing class together. For our directing performances, I tackled scenes from some of the popular comedies of the 1980's; I wasn't very good at it either. Doug, as a theatre education major as I remember, pulled scripts from the library that one might see done by very small high schools. Plays with a children's theatre bent. Plays with wonderful titles along the line of "Mike Gets a Break". Doug was good at it. He took these little plays and made them interesting and enjoyable with the actions he added. I'm sure his work as Charlie Cardinal, the University mascot, made him sensitive to the nuance of performance.

When he landed the McDonald's "Man in the Moon" commercials after we graduated, it was almost an obvious step for a tall lanky guy who had experience performing in a heavy costume head. My personal favorite performance is Billy Butcherson in the film
Hocus Pocus. I understand he won a comedy award for his performance in that movie. Oh and the picture of the toy is just to remind you of the advertising campaign, it's not a likeness of Doug.

Another person I had hoped to say hello to was Joyce O'Connor. Joyce is an actress, with whom I had many classes. You've undoubtedly seen her on television in one of the commercials she has made over the years. She was the one member of our cadre that immediately went on to do MFA work in acting, attending Southern Methodist University. As I research links for this blog post I am finding that she has done at least one Broadway play, a show called The Secret Rapture. I had heard that she and her husband ran an off-off-Broadway theatre in the 1990's, not sure if that was true or, if so, that it still is true.

Of my close friends as a student, many are still in the theatre. Ray & Kathy (Pinneker) Chambers were both close friends of mine. Ray is a resident actor with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. He and Kathy played host for me in 1999 when I took a driving tour of LA (Lower Alabama). Kathy is a talented painter who was doing canvas work, when I saw them last, and raising their son.

Timothy (Tim) Casto, an actor and playwright, performs with PCPA Theaterfest. When we were undergrads and living on the shoestring I used to take Tim out to dinner to feed him. LOL It was my job for a while, not letting a talented actor starve to death.

Jason Weber, a costumer, is still in New York as far as I know. After undergrad, he started MFA work at University of Michigan but the program was not a good fit for him. So he moved on to NYU. During his graduate work, he interned with Jim Henson Co. making Muppets. Per Google, it looks like he is still there or at least we there in 1999. He is listed as Fabric Dyeing and Painting for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland and Muppets From Space . He may have also worked on the televison show NewsRadio though since I don't have access to Variety online I can't be sure.

Mark (Rocky) Hart, who has no presence on the web, was my best buddy for many years. With Rocky, I toured most of the seedy coffee establishments in and around Muncie Indiana. He was (and probably still is) a coffee addict, who likes it black and hot and strong and in very large quantities. Me, I'm a whimp, I don't particularly like coffee and when I have to drink it I want it with lots of cream (preferably the real stuff) and sugar. His way is probably healthier. LOL

Rocky remembers every detail of every story he has ever heard, sounds impossible but believe me he really did remember it all. Once I ran across a couple here, who had come back from vacation in LA (Los Angeles) and been surprised that 1) their waiter had heard of Columbus Indiana, and 2) could recount in graphic detail the story of the First National Bank robbery, in Columbus, from the early 1980's - it was a story I loved to tell because of the individuals involved and the police chase that ended the incident. Apparently, he is telling it for me now. *S*

Rocky also has the most original laugh I have ever heard. It is loud, and staccato, and you can't help but laugh along when he starts going. There were several comments last night that we were waiting to hear Rocky's gattling gun laugh ringing out from some part of the theatre.

After college, I stayed in contact with Rocky the longest. Many long distance phone calls to LA and back probably for six years or so. Nevertheless, time often wears down long-distance relationships that were formerly face-to-face and keeping a long distance relationship up required skills, I'm not sure I had in my twenties. So we slowly stopped talking as our lives went down different paths. I often think of contacting him again to say hey. So maybe I will consider this post to be my letter in a bottle. As he has no web presence - thereby leading me to believe he probably doesn't use the net much - I am clearly throwing the message into a huge sea that is unlikely to carry it where I want it to go. But I'll risk the winds of the web and see what comes my way.

Here's to all of you, you knew your dreams and you followed them where they did and still do lead you. My hat is off to all of you and to everyone who knows early what they want and isn't afraid to work to get it.

Posted by prolurkr at April 25, 2004 10:13 AM

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