2019/02/20

Hello Internet;

Where is the TNB YoCo tour this week? Cambellton Area! Here is a photo of us standing on a frozen ocean!

Laura-Beth Bird, Ambica Sharma, Ivy Charles 2019.

Laura-Beth Bird, Ambica Sharma, Ivy Charles 2019.

With a snow storm on the way, i’m going to ask everyone what are they’re favorite things to do in the area, and what are your favorite snow storm things to do!

Comment below!

-Larura-Beth Bird

2019/02/19

Hello Internet;

Have I ever mentioned how much I love children’s animated movies? Lego Movie 2 is out, and let me tell you, I am a huge fan of all these movies. Especially Lego Batman.

There is something about the amount of effort put into the creative process that I really admire. Kubo is a great example of this. Here's a video explaining the creation… enjoy!

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/02/18

Hello Internet;

Saturday was the first time I saw the puppet house in person. It’s still in pieces but I can already see how it's coming together. My partner also saw it for the first time. He has been listening to me talk about this for months and not really able to picture it. Now, he’s just as excited as me about the project.

The unit is smaller than originally designed, we agreed to scale it down to make it fit into more spaces like schools and galleries. It still fits two people, the inside will still be pegboard to hang up puppets but the performance window will also be smaller.

This means I will need to scale down the puppet size to match. I'm building the characters to match the play submissions, so at least I haven't lost time or materials. After the build, I will be able to paint the unit. I am very excited about this part and have been researching painting techniques and styles for the images.

I also have a great big steamer truck that I bought at Value Village for $20 this summer. I will be cleaning up soon, and I think I want to cover it in postage stickers from around the world. Haven't decided yet.

It's slowly all coming together!

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-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/02/15

Hello Internet;

It has been a long week, filled with colds and snow storms. It’s finally the weekend.

I am really very fortunate to visit schools around the province and perform. I get to talk to students about theater and they get to ask myself and the performers about what it's like working professionally in theater. This week, I spoke to a young man interested in costume design and I talked to another young man about stage management. He even mentioned he was looking at Sheridan. He sat next to me as I called the shows from my tech table to see what the programming we used was like and what our books looked like.

(You should note that my tech table also had a bottle of cold medicine on it that I was taking swigs of, multiple packets of Halls and Vics and cold Burger King fries...)

I often wondered where I would have ended up if I had spoken to someone with a theatrical career in high school. If I had seen more options than musical theatre (which I am terrible at) and more sides of the production process. At 18, I was going to become a police officer and paint on the weekends to get my artistic fix because I wanted to be able to pay my bills.

Exposure to the arts is so, so important. I am not much older than the grade 12 students, and I remember the questions I had at that age. The theatre is an industry that involves trade and creatives, and we should talk about that more.

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-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/02/13

Hello Internet;

Here’s is a neat thing that popped up in my Facebook news feed that I thought I should share. I’ve never really understood sound design and hows its made, and this video made it even more intriguing.

Enjoy!

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/02/12

Hello Internet;

Today we headed to Rexton NB today to perform Gretel and Hansel at the Elementary School. Apparently, it's the 12th show TNB has done in a row for the school. Pretty neat.

Other than that I still have a cold... and The Office is a great show…and I thought i should state that I often use Dwight's “perfect crime” plan as a monologue….

“What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years. She's never taken another lover. I don't care. I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.”

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-Laura-Beth Bird.



2019/02/11

Hello Internet;

It happened. It finally happened. I am patient zero. I got a cold.

It started on Friday and is starting to calm down today, but jeez-louise I was working hard to avoid this. It always happens after a show or on tour, but I didn't want to be the first. This put a lot of my personal art aside for the weekend so there isn't much to report on that front.

Kevin, (my carpenter for this project) has been working away on The Vardi Puppet House on the weekends. For those of are interested, here's the last photo I was sent.

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I will be swinging by next weekend to take some progress photos for media, but I am pretty excited. It finally feels like my project is coming together.

There is still a call out for puppet scripts until the end of the month, so get those in ASAP. It's a great project using maritime creatives, so why not get involved.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/02/07

Hello Internet;

This week I have spent a lot of time putting up and tearing down sets with the help of children in schools. It has been interesting to see how children react to the more hands-on side of theatrical production. I like to show them how things work and try to explain why we use certain materials. Some children are interested in AV, others are interested in the construction of the set and some just want to get out of class.

Many children have never considered theater as a career option, it's just not something they are exposed to every day. Yesterday, a young boy asked me if it was fun working with theatre people. I said yes, and he then admitted he would love to do this as long as he worked with nice people. He asked me all about my cue system and who made all the music and came back after to see if he could help me pack up the sound system.

This is why exposure to theatre is important. Every once in a while a kid discovers something new.

Photo Credit: Andre Reinders. TNB Young Company

Photo Credit: Andre Reinders. TNB Young Company

-Laura-Beth Bird



2019/02/06

Hello Internet;

Hanging out in the van with the TNB young company actors has brought up some great discussions. Today we talked out how we have to consistently learn from other creatives around us to keep us from stagnating. Even Meryl Streep.

When I lived in Japan, my teachers would say that “we learn until the day we die.” I love that idea, and I try to learn something new every day because of it.

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-Laura-Beth Bird