Saturday, October 27, 2012

Come Back to Me

I've been digging through my piles and boxes of ephemera. Sifting through photos, programs, reviews and letters. Yesterday I found some papers from a show I had done and decided to use them to make an Art Journal page. Using gesso, acrylic paints, pens, glue and chalk I delved back into the past.

The year is 1989, the show is Kurt Weill's Johnny Johnson, I am playing Minnie Belle, Johnny Johnson's flag waving girlfriend, and our time at the Banff Centre for the Arts is coming to an end.

The border for this page is torn from a congratulatory letter given to me by 'Chris'. Was he one of my cast mates? In an inspired gesture he has written his kind words to me on the back of "Come Back to Me", Minnie Belle's big song from the show.


The designer or the director handed me this photocopy of a photograph of an early film star and asked me to model my hair and makeup on her look. I can't remember who she is, does anyone recognize her?


Performing in "Johnny Johnson" was a tremendous experience for me. I got to have both a featured role and perform in the chorus. Keith Turnbull's brilliant direction made the production live in my memory. Roy Scheider was in the audience and congratulated me on my performance in the bar after the show. That would never happen again. My future gigs would be "Third Girl From the Right" in Phantom of the Opera and with Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik Baroque Choir.

The torn fragment that turned into a bird says 'We all knew'. We all knew that our time in the Professional Music Theatre Training Program at the Banff Centre would come to an end, that we might never see each other again and from here on in our careers were up to us.






9 comments:

Leovi said...

A beautiful composition with excellent blue, I like.

Jane Wetzel said...

beautiful blue...nice

Linda Brightwingsofsummer said...

It's fun to use up our old ephemera in art - I also do this. Great piece. Sorry I don't recognise her!

Ritu Dua said...

Great composition :)

Za faran said...

Love the color and the lady with expressive eyes!

Carolyn Dube said...

How fun! A walk down memory lane and a fabulous art journal spread!

bohemiannie! art said...

Beautiful memories...beautifully rearranged.

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

What a wonderful piece! I love that bird and the blues are so fantastic.

Rita said...

Beatuiful wasy to preserve your memories!