White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Amy's Garden, Bartlett Pond, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

As summer reaches it's peak, it's time to capture the wonder and beauty of Amy's garden for this year.

I like an intermittently cloudy sky - it reduces the contrast that bright sunlight would otherwise create.

The clouds were dramatic, both in the sky and reflected in the water, and are a nice complement to the colorful beauty of the flowers.

Tinman lurks in the background, most of his arms and legs rusted away. Like the flowers, his beauty is fleeting.

As I was framing an image of the flowers, this hummingbird flew right into my view.  Who would have thought? Too bad I couldn't focus on it quickly enough before he flitted away.

Same bird, different angle, hovering seemingly with no wings attached to his body.

And here's the proud gardener, posing amidst her's and nature's creation! Life is good in Manomet, especially in the summertime!

Note:  all images in this post were captured with my Samsung S5 smartphone - one of those times I was without a camera at hand.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Building the Set, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

It is quiet on the Barn Stage at Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT). "A Chorus Line," has wrapped after an incredibly popular and successful 14-performance run. These mirrors are all that remains from that show, waiting to be disassembled and removed. I can still hear the echoes of that powerful ensemble closing number, the performers lined up across the stage, their glittering costumes, legs kicking, hats raised - what a show that was!

But life and theatre moves on.......the cast of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," is well into their rehearsals and today it's time for set construction to get moving.

The theatre stands regally and quiet on this hot summer day.

The iconic 1937 Chevy truck is parked nearby. 1937 was the year when PBT first opened.

Inside, the master carpenters from Kelleher Fine Builders, Kingston, MA, are here again to begin construction of the new set for "Forum." These are the same builders, Paul and Van, who spent much of 2014 and 2015 carrying out the extraordinary renovation of the venerable PBT Barn Stage and other campus buildings.

They begin assembling the pieces they built offsite into the basic framework for what will be three adjacent house facades.

The mirrors from "A Chorus Line" help make a fun image.

The man in the red shirt is Josh Patino, the Production Manager for PBT discussing the set with Paul Kelleher.  The mirrors illustrate a good point about Josh, Paul, and Van - they've done so much around here that there surely must be at least two of each of them to get it all done.  

It takes a big team to pull together a seamless professional performance and PBT has set and achieved a high bar on that point.

In short order, these master craftsmen have the rough shell up and almost ready for finishing.  After the carpentry is complete, a talented set painter/designer will come in and paint the wooden pieces as well as creating a cobblestone street on the stage floor.

Here is a sample set of what a Canadian designer developed for his production of the show in Vancouver. (Source: Lance Cardinal).

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," opens on August 4th for 11 performances.  If you don't have tickets yet, you'd better hurry up before they're all gone.  Contact PBT online at this link or by phone at 508-224-4888.

Support local live theatre in our community! PBT is a local treasure and resource that enriches us all.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Panorama, White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

At Gellar's Corner, one of only two traffic lights in the village of Manomet, turn east and follow the road to White Horse Beach. I've always liked this view - except for the power pole and wires.

I wanted to experiment with the panorama mode today. Normally I use the panorama mode built into my camera to make a panoramic image but, this time I decided to take two regular images and use the software tool Photomerge in Photoshop Elements 14 to let the computer stitch them together and see what it would look like.

I am impressed - I cannot detect the seam but, the clear giveaway for where it is can be seen by looking at the man in the white shirt with the dog - there are two sets of them - but in reality, there was only one man and one dog! The seam runs vertically between them.

So that's how someone can be in two places at once. (As always, click on the image to view in higher resolution and width). This opens up all kinds of future possibilities, hmmm?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

"The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," is the third of five shows in this summer's Children's Workshop series at Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT). Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaption of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from ‘Chicken Little’ to ‘The Gingerbread Man’ gets a complete makeover.

This show is produced by Bob and Sandy Malone and directed by Allyn Morse.  You may remember Ms. Morse as a performer for her starring role in last summer's inaugural production of "Fiddler on the Roof" on the newly renovated PBT Barn Stage. 

Each of the five productions in the series affords the young performers a two-week rehearsal schedule followed by two public performances.  (You can click on an image for a higher resolution version).

These images were created at the final dress rehearsal and are in order of occurrence in the show.

Come out and support our local youth.  You can contact PBT at this link or by phone at 508-224-4888 for tickets or information.