Friday, May 25, 2007

Three Love Songs - Three Divas

I was thinking about the OC and wondering how singer Katie Dixon is doing these days. Apparently she's just fine, just finishing a run of "Phantom of the Opera".

Here, Katie Dixon, Katie Ulrich, and Erin Bull show their talents!

Contractor Brings It In!

C.C. Myers finishes the Interstate 580 connector in time for Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Baby Blue Update

Not good. I finally summoned the courage to call W., the WCA volunteer, and learned that they had put the bird under. The bird had rickets from poor nutrition. W. says the bird's need for protein and calcium sometimes outstrips even what Scrub Jay parents can provide, and my ignorant feeding just couldn't keep up. Because of the rickets, the bird was vulnerable to injuries from falling. Despite the small fall, the leg injury was too severe (shattered hip), and there was nothing they could do.

So, learn from the experience, for the next time....

Three peregrine falcon babies via San Jose City Hall live-cam.
Cat Hoarding Frenzy in Southern NM

All the cat lovers in Las Cruces losing control and coming out of the woodwork:
Marilyn Davis, who was charged with animal hoarding after 73 cats died as a result of a fire at her Las Cruces home earlier this month, is facing new charges after officers found 21 more cats at her downtown office on Wednesday, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

"I just want people to know that not all people who own large amounts of animals are crazy," said Davis, who told the Sun-News that some people with lots of animals spend lots of time and money taking care of them.

...The fire in Davis' van was the first of a series of animal-hoarding cases in the Las Cruces area that surfaced over a four-day period.

On May 15, 129 cats were taken from a Mesilla Park home, and while one died on the way to the Humane Society all the others were euthanized when it was found they suffered from a variety of ailments, including leukemia and AIDS, the Sun-News said.

Gina Gentile, 40, a Mesilla town employee, was arrested when she tried to sneak one of the cats away from her home in a suitcase during a welfare check at her home, the paper reported.

Then on May 16, another 34 cats were found alive and 16 dead at the Las Cruces home of 72-year-old Betty McArthur, who has not been charged in that case.
Cheney's Coup

Dick's pulling levers:
The person in the Bush administration who most wants a hot conflict with Iran is Vice President Cheney. The person in Iran who most wants a conflict is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran's Revolutionary Guard Quds Force would be big winners in a conflict as well -- as the political support that both have inside Iran has been flagging.

Multiple sources have reported that a senior aide on Vice President Cheney's national security team has been meeting with policy hands of the American Enterprise Institute, one other think tank, and more than one national security consulting house and explicitly stating that Vice President Cheney does not support President Bush's tack towards Condoleezza Rice's diplomatic efforts and fears that the President is taking diplomacy with Iran too seriously.

This White House official has stated to several Washington insiders that Cheney is planning to deploy an "end run strategy" around the President if he and his team lose the policy argument.

The thinking on Cheney's team is to collude with Israel, nudging Israel at some key moment in the ongoing standoff between Iran's nuclear activities and international frustration over this to mount a small-scale conventional strike against Natanz using cruise missiles (i.e., not ballistic missiles).

...There are many other components of the complex game plan that this Cheney official has been kicking around Washington. The official has offered this commentary to senior staff at AEI and in lunch and dinner gatherings which were to be considered strictly off-the-record, but there can be little doubt that the official actually hopes that hawkish conservatives and neoconservatives share this information and then rally to this point of view. This official is beating the brush and doing what Joshua Muravchik has previously suggested -- which is to help establish the policy and political pathway to bombing Iran.

The zinger of this information is the admission by this Cheney aide that Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake by aligning himself with the policy course that Condoleezza Rice, Bob Gates, Michael Hayden and McConnell have sculpted.

According to this official, Cheney believes that Bush can not be counted on to make the "right decision" when it comes to dealing with Iran and thus Cheney believes that he must tie the President's hands.

On Tuesday evening, i spoke with a former top national intelligence official in this Bush administration who told me that what I was investigating and planned to report on regarding Cheney and the commentary of his aide was "potentially criminal insubordination" against the President. I don't believe that the White House would take official action against Cheney for this agenda-mongering around Washington -- but I do believe that the White House must either shut Cheney and his team down and give them all garden view offices so that they can spend their days staring out their windows with not much to do or expect some to begin to think that Bush has no control over his Vice President.

It is not that Cheney wants to bomb Iran and Bush doesn't, it is that Cheney is saying that Bush is making a mistake and thus needs to have the choices before him narrowed.
Push Coming To Shove

Slouching towards Urinetown down in SE Queensland:
SOUTHEAST Queensland councils will be forced to give up ownership of billions of dollars' worth of infrastructure under the State Government's radical takeover of major water supplies.

The Government has accepted a Queensland Water Commission recommendation for the state to control all bulk water assets such as dams and pipelines, while councils will be reduced to retailers that bill households.

The plan has created a new rift between the state and councils, with some mayors threatening increased rates because of lost revenue and the "inadequate" compensation for their assets.

Premier Peter Beattie said the plan would end the "spaghetti nation" of numerous council bodies that control water and create a more efficient regime.
America's Immigration Solution

Alicia Silverstone in the 1995 movie "Clueless":
Cher: So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, "What about the strain on our resources?" Well it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. 'cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Extreme Unicycling

Another silly little game on the Internet.
Lunchtime Service

When most people go to a sandwich shop, they get polite (if predictable) service.

When I go to a sandwich shop, I get personal attention from the manager. First, he shouts "your wife cheats!" This, of course, is a reference to DMTC's "Titanic - The Musical", which he saw on DVD, where I played second-class American passenger Edgar Beane, and where my social climbing wife, Alice Beane (Lauren Miller) spends altogether too much time trying to wheedle her way into first-class circles. Then, he grabs my bag of Fritos, kneads the bag, and crushes all the chips into corn dust. Then he opens the bag, fills the rest with salt, and hands it over with a cheesy smile and says: "Have a nice day!"

Nothing like personal service!
Weird Disasters

Jim McElroy points to MikeMac's post regarding the 1986 Lake Nyos Disaster. Take a read! Indeed, this was among the strangest ways people died in the 20th Century.

As counterpoint, I suggest the 1963 Vajont Dam disaster in Italy was just as strange. All that water in the new reservoir lubricated rock, eventually triggering an avalanche, and the resulting phenomenon of a megatsunami:
On October 9, 1963 at approximately 10:35pm, the combination of the third drawing-down of the reservoir and heavy rains triggered an enormous landslide of about 260 million cubic metres of forest, earth, and rock, which fell into the reservoir at up to 110 km per hour (68 mph). The resulting displacement of water caused 50 million cubic metres of water to overtop the dam in a 250-metre high wave. Despite this, the dam's structure was largely undamaged — the top metre or so of masonry was washed away, but the basic structure remained intact. However, the flooding caused by the landslide destroyed the villages of Longarone, Pirago, Rivalta, Villanova and Fa√®, killing 1,450 people. Many small villages in the territory of Erto e Casso and the village of Codissago, near Castellavazzo, were largely wrecked. Almost 2,000 people (some sources report 1,909) perished in total. Damage was also caused by the air displacement caused from the immense "splash" in surrounding villages.
Democratic "Defeat"?

Publius is more optimistic:
With that in mind, let’s look at the “defeat.” First, Democrats had absolutely no chance of forcing troop withdrawal. None. The votes weren’t there because the margin of control is very slim, and because the Republicans are simply not yet frightened enough to abandon Bush. In addition, a chicken-like shutdown over war funding would, sadly, be blamed on Congress and could single-handedly revive Bush (which is why he refused to budge – he was hoping to trigger a shutdown).

The only way to end the war is to put political pressure on the Republicans and/or expand the Democratic majority. Accordingly, the reason the Democrats’ efforts should be seen as a success is because they drew very clear distinctions between the parties on Iraq. Virtually every single Republican is on record as supporting blank-check, endless war. Realistically speaking, the purpose of these votes (and forcing a veto) was not because troop withdrawal was realistic, but to set up the chess board for 2008. Even if the Great Pumpkin appears in September, it doesn’t matter now. These people voted for endless war and blank checks, and that should be the message and the theme for 2008.

That’s why the Democrats should stop sulking and be happy with the result – because of their spending bills, the parties are polarized on an issue where the public overwhelmingly and increasingly supports the Democratic position on the war. For this reason, the “capitulation” should instead be a time for offense – We were forced to do this because Congressional Republicans support endless, escalating war and blank checks for Bush and Cheney.

For similar reasons, Bush and the GOP should think twice before celebrating their victory. Very often, people lose sight of the substance of a debate because they get too caught up in the horse race. Sure, in some sense, Bush “won,” but what exactly did he win? He successfully obtained blanket authority for endless, escalating war – the one issue that cost the GOP Congress and will likely cost them more in 2008.

If Bush had started withdrawing, it would have taken Iraq off the table for 2008 and moved the debate elsewhere. But by escalating the war – and forcing votes on blanket authority – Bush has ensured that Iraq will still be raging during next year’s election season, thus making these early votes relevant.

In short, the war will continue until Republicans abandon Bush. That will only happen if they fear political defeat (or themselves get beaten). The Democrats’ spending bills furthered that goal, and in doing so, likely shortened the war as much as is possible. Under the circumstances, I consider that a success.
Life In The Bubble

Must be nice!:
Relieved White House officials say President Bush has finally broken the cycle of bad news and political setbacks he has endured for months.

The officials say the bipartisan agreement on immigration, backed by Bush and now being considered by the Senate, did the trick. And even though that deal is fragile and under attack from the left and the right, the fact that key Senate leaders of both parties approved it, including Democrat Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Republican John Kyl of Arizona, is seen as a sign that times will get better for Bush as he pursues his second-term agenda.
Socorro Tremor

Magnitude 3.3.
Bad Week For Wolfowitz

Girl friend dumps him.

Middlesbrough Police

The students were wise, but the cops weren't.

'Cause He Talked To A Liberal

Hyper-conservative Arizona Senator Jon Kyl stumbles across a wingnut tripwire:
The head of the Arizona Republican Party launched criticism Monday at a U.S. Senate immigration compromise bill, saying the party base is "incensed" by the deal and, particularly, by Sen. Jon Kyl's involvement in drafting it.

"We have people coming in every day, tearing up their registration cards and throwing them on the floor, or coming in and changing their registration from Republican to independent," said party Chairman Randy Pullen during a press conference at the state headquarters in Phoenix.

Pullen held up what he called a "graphic" representation of how Republicans feel. It was a drawing of a hand with the middle finger pointing up and highlighted.
"This is basically the outlook that many of our party faithful are feeling right now about the Republican Party," he said.

Kyl defended his stance on the Senate floor, referencing criticisms from his Arizona constituents, noting in a chamber now controlled by the Democrats that it's necessary to work with them to get things done.

Kyl's involvement in the compromise — he was a lead negotiator in the deal and has defended it on the national stage — has exacerbated conservative border activists' ire over the proposal.

...Kyl, whose Washington staff did not return late-afternoon phone calls, has said while he doesn't like every aspect of the bill, with Democrats now controlling Congress, the legislation is the best opportunity for action on immigration.

He reiterated that position Monday on the Senate floor, stating: "Of all of the criticism that I have received for being one of the sponsors of this legislation, the one that I don't quite understand from my constituents is, why would I sit down with Sen. (Ted) Kennedy," Kyl said, according to a transcript provided by his office.

"And what I've tried to tell them is, I understand your anxiety about sitting down with Sen. Kennedy, but on the other hand, in a body of 100 senators that are supposed to try to work together to find solutions to problems, do you not at least acknowledge that every now and then you have to sit down and talk to each other, even when you're on the other side of the aisle?"
Holiday Approaches

May 28th - not Memorial Day - rather, Kylie Minogue's 39th birthday!
Animals Under Stress

Whales not doing very well.

And my rabbit, Cloudy, seems to be faring poorly as well....
The Second Surge

It took years of pleading by the military before the Bush Administration finally - finally! - consented to increase the number of combat troops in Iraq, but characteristically, they are trying to do it all in secret, without even bothering to get popular support for a what is now a very-controversial (and likely doomed) policy. 200,000 troops is a Vietnam-like level, and probably unsustainable for a volunteer force. Looks like Bush is going for broke!:
The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.

The little-noticed second surge, designed to reinforce U.S. troops in Iraq, is being executed by sending more combat brigades and extending tours of duty for troops already there.

The actions could boost the number of combat soldiers from 52,500 in early January to as many as 98,000 by the end of this year if the Pentagon overlaps arriving and departing combat brigades.

Separately, when additional support troops are included in this second troop increase, the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000 -- a record-high number -- by the end of the year.

The numbers were arrived at by an analysis of deployment orders by Hearst Newspapers.

"It doesn't surprise me that they're not talking about it," said retired Army Maj. Gen. William Nash, a former U.S. commander of NATO troops in Bosnia, referring to the Bush administration. "I think they would be very happy not to have any more attention paid to this."

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

CORE Dance Collective

I saw Tina DeVine tonight, and complimented her on her recent dance concert. She says that some 'Pulse' dancers from last year, plus others, have formed a new dance company, called CORE Dance Collective, with their next concert scheduled for August 10th and 11th. To my surprise for a new dance company, they already have a Web Site (apparently they've already been in existence for a few months). Keep an eye out for these folks - they're bound to be great!
Don't Disrupt The Funeral!

Violence in the name of righteousness, I suppose:
And Campbell County authorities arrested a Liberty University student for having several homemade bombs in his car.

The student, 19-year-old Mark D. Uhl of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service. The devices were made of a combination of gasoline and detergent, a law enforcement official told ABC News' Pierre Thomas. They were "slow burn," according to the official, and would not have been very destructive.
Alms For The Charitable

I try to make a habit of donating small amounts of money to various favored charities, but because I spread the love far and wide, over the years, I have ended up on far too many mailing lists - American Red Cross, Covenant House, United States Mission, Archaeological Conservancy, Catholic Relief Services (and I'm not even Catholic), March of Dimes - on and on the lists roll, and because I hate tossing funding appeals in the trash, the letters accumulate. I had several barrels were stuffed with mail, and drawers stuffed with mail, and bags stuffed with mail - Macular Degeneration Research, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Paralyzed Veterans of America - everywhere, everywhere! Indian Tribes, foreign missions, obscure fauna, strange diseases - I suppose it occupies the same space that sweepstake entries do for bored Reader's Digest readers.

In any event, this weekend, I assembled just about all the unopened appeals that accumulated for the last three years and tossed them out.....

Monday, May 21, 2007

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Time for recess:
ROCK crushes scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers rock. But nothing beats an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and a shot at winning $US50,000 ($60,000).

What was once a game to settle playground disputes has grown to be on the cusp of recognition as a global sport, with this year's finals of the USA Rock Paper Scissors Tournament drawing more than 300 contestants from all over the country.

...Sunday night's final was the culmination of more than 300 regional heats involving, according to Mr Lesham, "hundreds of thousands of people" who all beat their fists twice in the air (three times in Australia) before revealing one of the symbols.

The $US50,000 prize went to Jaime Langridge, a male nurse from Odessa, Texas.

The pre-tournament favourite, Antonie "Shears" Maanum, was eliminated despite trying to put off opponents by wearing a red silk boxing gown.

Paramedics were on hand in case of "wrist or shoulder dislocations", while each bout took place under trained referees.

Fouls include the vertical paper throw, known as "the handshake", illegal because it resembles scissors - as well as the horizontal scissors throw, outlawed for the opposite reason.

More legitimate techniques include "cloaking" - concealing your choice until the last possible second - or "shadowing", where players pretend to choose one symbol and then change at the last second. Some players use special fingerless RPS gloves.

"A lot of people tried to cheat. They throw early and then roll their hands," Mr Leshem, a 44-year-old Hollywood producer who clearly understands the value of hype, said.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

"Hair" - Artistic Differences - Midnight Show - May 19, 2007

Left: A party atmosphere prevails just minutes before the start of Artistic Difference's midnight showing of "Hair". A few guests were seated virtually on-stage for "Hair", including the talented (and highly-visible, for lack thereof) Roger Clark and Kevin Caravalho, at left.

Wow! Everybody tried to come! Normally it's difficult to rope all the community-theater people into one venue, because they have shows of their own to do, but there are many determined night-owls in the various groups and they all wanted to see this landmark show while they could. Turtle was there from Magic Circle, and from DMTC, Steve, Jan, Dannette, Monique, myself, as well as Tev, and from RSP, Robin, Jason, Amber, Tristan?, Karen, Dave, etc., and from River Stage, Maggie, Francesca, Kevin, Scott, just to name a few - a cornucopia of actors!

Prior to the show's start, the atmosphere of fun was elevated by Nic Candito (Woof) handing out sugar cubes at the door. The cubes were innocent, but one couldn't tell unless one tried them! Several times in the show, the scent of (false) MJ could be detected - another theatrical gimmick! The effort to generate the thrill of illicitness was very helpful to establishing the mood of the show.

Craig Howard made a video cameo as Officer Titus, explaining where the exits were located, and trying to balance on the knife edge of irony and information.

"Hair" is a great success, artistically and politically. Some of the best people in Sacramento were involved in the acting, music, and design. Nevertheless, certain things struck me as strange about the show. Gay themes were stressed, reflecting less about concerns prevalent in the 1960's than about today's concerns. In the counterculture, clothing styles changed so abruptly and so radically in the late Sixties that it is possible to pin styles down by individual year. So, looking at the cast, I thought "Hmmm, not quite right .... that look is SO 1969, and why are styles from the early seventies bleeding into this 1967/68 show?" Verisimilitude is a bitch, I suppose, but when it comes to some things, place some trust among those over age 30! The set was functional and sturdy, but non-specific to exact locale (which was NYC's Greenwich Village).

(Looking at the program just now, I suddenly realized Ryan Adame's hilarious but tolerant character of 'Milty' is based directly on comedian Milton Berle's female impersonations. I missed that connection during the show, since it's been several decades since he was on the air, and I don't watch much TV anymore anyway. Milton Berle's television variety show was very popular in the 60's, but Berle's female impersonations drove my dad - as well as all others in his cohort of WWII - absolutely ballistic with sputtering rage, because Berle's impersonations were too close know.... homosexuality!)

Nudity in a musical is rarely practiced, which makes it all the more interesting when it's done. Nudity is an extreme state, usually reflecting extreme emotion, thus attracting actors like a moth to a flame. In history, nudity is explosive. For example, the Puritans of New England went to Sunday church in their best finery, with a steady gradation of dress from the best-dressed people sitting in the front, to farmers dressed in homespun sitting in the back. When the Quakers, who detested all gradations of grace, appeared in New England, they would sometimes walk into these churches on Sunday morning stark naked, which upset the Puritan Elders for the rest of the week (source: college lectures regarding American Cultural History as taught by Dr. Ferenc Szasz, perhaps remembered imperfectly 30 years later).

An aside - Gabe has asked for more detail regarding Quaker attitudes to nudity and its inspiration to the more-flamboyant hippies - here is what I've 'uncovered':

The Quakers were an extreme Puritan sect founded in 1650 by George Fox, so extreme, in fact, that they almost ceased to be related to other Protestants. They rejected priests, rituals, and the sacraments. A de-emphasis on church hierarchy and the idea that no mediator was needed for the individual to talk to God were principles held by all Puritans. But the Quakers rejected even baptism and communion, which are mandated by Scripture. They also believed in the "inner light," God's direct revelation to each individual, and thought that through the "inner light" everyone had the ability to overcome sin, whether they had heard the Gospel or not. In stark contrast to most Puritans, the Quakers thought human nature naturally virtuous. Thus, in their view, there was really no need for formal religious institutions of any kind.

The "Friends" took pride in their drab appearance, believing outward adornment to be a frivolous distraction from the pursuit of virtuous deeds. Some of the more extreme Quakers chose to live in the nude, a sight especially distasteful to Puritans (and most other people). One Quaker woman entered the church in Newbury, Massachusetts, stark naked and strolled down the aisle shouting insults at the minister. After her arrest, she explained that she was trying to illustrate the nakedness of Puritan religious practices.
Nudity is also used for political protest. The Doukhobor Russian immigrants in Canada, no hedonists they, have been known to resort to nudity under provocation. Nudity can also be a form of theater - streaking, for example, or the recent mass photo shoot in Mexico City featuring 15,000 people.

Nudity was used three times in "Hair", first just before intermission ('Where Do I Go?'), in a presentational tableaux, then later, in an amazing, ecstatic, bacchanalian way that was just great, just great, because it illustrated extreme emotion perfectly. Finally, Woof sat naked for exposition, but the nudity seemed unnecessary (see comments!)

My understanding is that the character of Claude (Christian St. Croix) was written to be white, but here, he's black. Nevertheless, this inspired casting works very well, particularly when he yearns for magical invisiblity, and ultimately succeeds. My understanding is that the character of Berger (Jerry Lee) is written to be straight, but the bisexual edge here caused confusion for me (not even thinking about the confusion among the rest of the Tribe).

The song 'Air' featured great singing by Joelle Wirth! Lindsay Grimes is perfect as Sheila Franklin, displaying once again her amazing versatility as an actress (after her hilarious rendition of 'Tessie Tura' at Magic Circle, and as Rita in 'Prelude To A Kiss' at Chautauqua Playhouse).

The White Boys/Black Boys number was not as unsettling in the show itself as it had been for me when I saw Act II in rehearsal several weeks ago, probably because I was better-prepared this time around. It makes me wonder if it should be the first musical number in the show, in order to get maximum punch. Of all the songs in the show, it is by far the most subversive, because of the delightfully-wicked play with racial and sexual issues. I suppose it's too abrupt to start with, but there's nothing like it to shake your world!

Just prior to the show, presiding from above and almost lost in the lights, I espied Choreographer Darryl Strohl. Afterwards, I asked him how he managed the movement, as I had gotten lost trying to keep up with the repeated coalescence of coherent movement from apparent chaos, and it's dissolution back into randomness. He said he gave the cast very common movements to work with, then told them, 'here's what I want; here's what we are working towards', then relied on the talented cast's ability to innovate within the constraints of time and place. A very good job there!

Left: 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning, and the happy theater-goers depart. Striding across the stage is Artistic Difference's Producer Erik Daniells (left). Watching in the foreground right is Musical Director Elaine Lord.

Ohmigod! Moon and Venus were in conjunction Saturday night! So pretty! But why hadn't NASA alerted me? Oh, they did, I just didn't read my E-Mail:
DON'T MISS THIS: When the sun sets tonight (Saturday, May 19th), go outside and look west. Venus and the crescent Moon will pop out of the twilight barely 1-degree apart. It's a spectacular pairing of the two brightest objects in the night sky. The display will be visible from brightly lit cities and even through thin clouds. Visit SpaceWeather for a sky map and photos.
The omens are good. What's that siren song from Artistic Differences?:
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!
DMTC Teen Cabaret Dessert Benefit - May 19, 2007

A few photos......

Left: 'Time Warp', from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Left to right, Anna Miles, Meeka Craig, and Cody Craven.

Left: Scott Scholes and the company sing 'Seasons of Love', from "Rent". Left to right, in back: Sarah Rudy, Erin Carpenter, Bridget Egan, Meg King, Rachel Pinto, Rebecca Rudy, Lindsay Carpenter, (obscured) Andrew Lampinen.

Left: 'We're All In This Together', from "High School Musical". Left to right: Meg King, Julia Spangler, Jasmine Elfant-Strode, Chris Petersen, Bridget Egan, (obscured) Kat Holder and Alexandra Franke, Rebecca Rudy, Emily Hirsch, and Lindsay Carpenter.

Left: Alexandra Franke (Sister Sarah) and Meeka Craig (Adelaide) sing 'Marry The Man Today', from "Guys and Dolls".

Left: "Time Warp", from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Foreground, left to right, Meeka Craig, Cody Craven and Anna Miles. Left to right, in back: (obscured), Erin Carpenter, Jasmine Strode-Elfant, Bridget Egan, (obscured) Emily Jo Seminoff, (obscured), Chris Petersen, Kat Holder, Emily Hirsch, David Schloss.

Two shots from 'Time Warp', from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Foreground, left to right, Meeka Craig, and Cody Craven. On floor: Sarah Rudy. Background, left to right: Meg King, Bridget Egan, Ariella Wolfe?, Erin Carpenter, Emily Jo Seminoff, (several obscured), Rebecca Rudy, Chris Petersen, Maya Abramson, (obscured), David Schloss, Lindsay Carpenter, Rachel Pinto.

It's just a jump to the left

And then a step to the right

With your hands on your hips

You bring your knees in tight
But it's the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane
Let's do the time warp again
Let's do the time warp again

Left: 'Just One Person', from "Snoopy". Left to right: Chris Petersen, Jasmine Strode-Elfant, Rebecca Rudy, (partly-obscured) Rachel Pinto, Alexandra Franke, Ariella Wolfe?, Maya Abramson, Julia Spangler, Emily Jo Seminoff, Andre Lampinen, Meg King, Sarah Rudy, Lindsay Carpenter, Erin Carpenter, Meeka Craig, Bridget Egan, Emily Hirsch.

Left: Julia Spangler and Emily Jo Seminoff in 'Happiness', from "Charlie Brown".

Left: Cody Craven and Anna Miles sing 'Here's To Love' from "Down With Love".

Foreground, left to right: Meg King, Emily Jo Seminoff and Bridget Egan sing 'Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now', from "Hairspray".

(check Mama Meeka's expression...)

Left: 'I Wish I Could Go Back To College', from "Avenue Q". Left to right: Elsbeth Poe, Scott Scholes, and Rhiannon Guevin.

'Agony' from "Into The Woods". David Schloss and Chris Petersen.

'Suddenly Seymour' from "Little Shop Of Horrors". Ryan Warren and Katherine Vanderford.

'What I've Been Looking For' from "High School Musical". Erin Carpenter and Julia Spangler.

Left: 'Money, Money, Money, from "Mamma Mia". Foreground, Rachel Pinto and Maya Abramson. Background, left to right: Lindsay Carpenter, Ariella Wolfe, Kat Holder, (several obscured), Meg King, Bridget Egan, Emily Jo Seminoff, Rebecca Rudy, Meeka Craig, Jasmine Elfant-Strode.