Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Last Sunday Cliff, another friend and I went up to Foothill Community College to see their production of

Although Foothill is only a two year institution, they have an absolutely remarkable Theatre Arts department. Amalie and I had been going to their summer musical productions for many years, and we have never been disappointed. The acting, singing, set design, lighting, costumes -- everything is really top notch. I took my camera with two purposes in mind. One was to give you a look at the campus, and the other was (hopefully) to get a few pics of some of the cast. Mission

The brains behind these theater productions is Jay Manley. I took this pic while he was standing on the stage and I was halfway back in the darkened theater.

This lovely young lady plays one of the ushers in the musical, and here she was helping with the ushering at intermission.

This young man plays one of the effete gentlemen in the play. He was also doing usher duty, as did many others in the cast.

This is Gary De Mattei, who played the lead, Bialystock. He was the one Actors Equity in the production, and he was outstanding!

This is Tim Reynolds, who played Bialystock's accountant and sidekick, Leo Bloom, in the story. Tim lives in this area, and acts in many local productions. Interestingly, he is an accountant in real life.

Intermission, and people lined up outside for refreshments. There was a funny line in the play after intermission: In act one, Bialystock and Bloom hire Ulla, a beautiful, tall, statuesque blonde. And in act one Bialystock's office looks dark and dirty. As the curtain rises after intermission, the office is now a pristine white, and Ulla is up on a stepladder with a paint roller completing the job. Bialystock and Bloom come, are startled by the looks of the office, and Bialystock asks, "When did you do this?" Ulla answers sweetly, "During intermission."

Okay, let's have a look at the Foothill campus. This is the new Student Center.

The campus sits up on a hill. Here is a view that takes in part of the football field.

Outdoor events are staged here.

Pathway to the theater. That's a classroom straight ahead.

More classrooms on campus.

And funny time:

Have you seen this person?
Please Call Grandchildren!

Grandma's on the net again, the kitchen's not her home.
She used to make us cherry pies, and call us on the phone
She would talk to us for hours; now she leaves us all alone.

We miss her homemade biscuits, and I'll make this little bet,
If you want to contact Grandma, you'll have to surf the net.

Grandma's surfing on the net, you bet,
She is surfing on the net.
We've been calling her all morning, and we haven't got her yet.
She's on the E-mail network, with her electronic friends...
If you want to talk to Grandma, you'll have to surf the net.

She's never surfed at Malibu, or caught a wave at Waikiki,
She's never seen a surfboard: hang ten doesn't mean a thing.
She's never met a beach-bum--Moon Doggie is just a pup.
But when she heads for her computer, you know the surf is up.

Grandma's getting older and her eyes are getting dim
Her random access memory, is half of what its been.
When Grandpa comes to call on her, She'll say I can’t go yet.
He'll have to wait for Grandma, cause she's surfing on the net.

1 comment:

  1. "Springtime for Hitler and Foothill Community College"....erm doesn't have quite the same ring.

    Every summer my mom takes Ems to the Kansas City Dinner theater and they love it!