For the first time, the critters decided to go trick-or-treating!
Patrick the mummy, Janey the witch and Gina the vampire spent a week working on their costumes, and took an hour to get dressed with Janey and Gina helping Patrick the mummy get all wound up. Then they headed out, bags in hand to see what delicious treats they could come by.
As they wondered down the street looking for trick-or-treat friendly houses they discussed what the ideal treat would be. Janey thought baclava would be pretty great but they came to the conclusion it wasn't very likely they'd get any baclava because of its intense stickiness. Second on the list was anything chocolaty, they were pretty confident they'd get something chocolaty.
After an hour of dedicated trick-or-treating the critters returned home with their bags bursting at the seams. They'd also received many compliments on their outfits so they were feeling very pleased indeed.
They poured out the contents of their bags into a big pile and were amazed at the amount of sugary goodness they'd collected. They were going to have some seriously tasty days ahead!
Over the weekend Esmeralda and Roman continued their work on the set design for the production of Little Red Riding Hood. The forest setting was deemed the most important so that was the focus of their day.
They begun by painting the sky of their forest backdrop.
This took quite some time, partly because their paint brushes were rather small and partly because they were very fastidious, making sure this would be an exceptional backdrop!
Then they painted the tree props.
And when the sky of their forest backdrop was dry they painted on the trees.
Then they were finished! Esmeralda and Roman stepped back to admire their work. It was indeed quite excellent!
It was finally time for auditions!
Director Gina and co-director Xavier had a quick chat to the aspiring actors before the auditions begun. They gave a brief description of how they saw each character and explained that each actor would get the chance to read all the parts.
Janey the yeti and Willis the turtle were up first. They read with the script.
Next were Alice the Alpaca and Patrick the Yak.
Patrick was quite astounded by the performance he gave, he knew he could act but hadn't quite realise the extent of his talent! As he got to the heart of each character he saw his dazzling future acting career unfold in front of him.
Last but by no means least was Edward the wolf and since there were five of them, Alice was asked to stay and read with Edward as well.
Gina and Xavier were blown away by all the amazing performances! They went off to deliberate and have a private discussion of the merits of each actor. After an agonising nine minutes they had come to a decision...
They gathered their team of actors and announced the parts. Janey the yeti was to play the woodcutter, Patrick the yak - the grandmother, Edward the wolf - Little Red Riding Hood's mother, Willis the turtle - the big bad wolf and Alice as Little Red Riding Hood! Everyone was pleased as punch! Edward was particularly pleased that he wasn't cast as the wolf because he's sick of being typecast as the mean wolf.
Gina and Xavier thanked everyone for their interest in the play and said they were thoroughly looking forward to working together! Then the actors filed off stage ready to start learning their lines.
After a couple of very busy weeks for the critters, it was finally time for the auditions of the best production of Little Red Riding Hood the world has ever seen to begin! But first they needed a stage...
Esmeralda the unicorn and Roman the fox decided they weren't interested in performing in the play, concluding that they were already famous enough, but they were intrigued by the idea of designing the stage. This worked out perfectly because director Gina and co-director Xavier hadn't given the set design much thought as yet. Esmeralda and Roman started with some sketches.
Then collected together some materials. They were beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by the enormity of their undertaking, but they reassured each other that getting started is always the hardest part and it'd be easier than it first appeared.
They found a nicely shaped box which would make an excellent stage.
Then they cut, sticky taped and sawed.
Now they had pillars and a curtain rod.
They put in the blank backdrop and started to see the set take shape!
As luck would have have it they found some trees in their bits'n'bobs cupboard that were exceptionally perfect for the set.
And voilà! The stage was audition ready! Esmeralda and Roman still had plenty of work to do with painting the set, putting in curtains and making the grandma's bed, but they knew how eager everyone was for the auditions to begin so they went off to plan the next set and discuss costume design.
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Thank you to everyone who stopped by the various markets over the weekend and said hello! The critters and I had a great time. After their big weekend the critters are spending a few days resting before the auditions for their grand performance of Little Red Riding Hood begin. In the meantime, Henry has been taken by the travel bug again and is gallivanting around Europe. Here are some pic he sent.
It's going to be a very busy weekend for the Critters this week! Friday night and Saturday they'll be at the Finders Keepers Market in Melbourne, followed by Eveleigh Artisans' Market in Sydney on Sunday! They'd love it if you dropped by and said hello.