Soiree (Part 2)

August 21

This is part 2, which means we’re in the middle of three parts . . .

I want my audience to be constantly captivated, bewitched, so that it leaves the theatre dazed, stunned to be back on the pavement. ~ Francois Truffaut

Well the least favourite question is the one that one’s asked particularly about in Japan is what’s the difference between theatre and cinema and I think, well, that’s about eighty bucks. ~ Andrew Lloyd Webber

August 19

Lynn is leading us off again . . .

[Paul did me proud by also wearing trousers of the non-floor length variety . . . ]

I was on a tour of a Restoration comedy in 1996, and in Moscow we stayed at the Metropole hotel, off Red Square. The food there was opulent, but in the Maly theatre canteen, there were just a few pieces of rye bread, peanuts, and gherkins. I stood in the queue and burst into tears. ~ Nicola Walker [Editor’s note: Well, I and the aforementioned father-in-law are big Nicola Walker fans . . . ]

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw

[A new patio will look great in front of the new facade . . . ]

[Dream big . . . ]

[Sandy and Dennis and Lynn and champagne . . . ]

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne. ~ Bette Davis

Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I’m tired. ~ Brigitte Bardot

I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not. ~ Coco Chanel

[The Super thinks this looks like a really good idea . . . ]

Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and there are better days around the corner. ~ Marlene Dietrich

Why do I drink champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone? ~ Noel Coward

Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

[Jeanne and Tom and Debbie, long time friends and patrons of the theatre . . . ]

[Last seen trying to extricate themselves from the channel between lakes Geneva and Le Homme Dieu . . . ]

[Rush Benson from “Wonderland,” performed at TLHD two months ago . . . ]

Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can’t talk and dance at the same time. ~ Ginger Rogers

[Lynn is the master of all she surveys . . . ]

Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays. ~ George Balanchine

[Rush and his wife, Renee Guittar . . . ]

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. ~ Mata Hari

[By special request . . . ]

Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain. ~ Martha Graham

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals. ~ Charles Baudelaire

[One never knows where or when one may run into a high school classmate . . . ]

[Jeanne and Ken . . . ]

[Ken specifically advised in advance he was not wearing shorts . . . ]

[Which may be why they seem oblivious to Paige, the performer on their left . . . ]

[The dining room for 120 attendees . . . ]

[The Super kept a sharp eye on our table (#1) lest someone attempt to pilfer it . . . ]

[The welcoming from Phil and Katie . . . ]

The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd. ~ Sarah Bernhardt

It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work – the night watchman. ~ Tallulah Bankhead

And we’ll have fun, fun, fun now that daddy took the T-bird away. ~ Brian Love/Brian Wilson

If you’re sixty-something, pushing 70, the chances of you getting a tremendously fascinating part in the movies are very low, as to be almost negligible, or even in television. But in the theatre, there are still things to do, very interesting, very profound things. ~ Brain Dennehy

I’m on the outside (looking in). ~ Little Anthony

When we’d suggested doing it, the Theatre Royal management had said, ‘Nobody wants to see Waiting for Godot.’ As it happened, every single ticket was booked for every single performance, and this confirmation that our judgment was right was sweet. Audiences came to us from all over the world. It was amazing. ~ Ian Mckellan

[Nicole somehow generated two seasons of performances through a pandemic . . . ]

[Even thought of putting Thor on sheers behind the stage?]

I think the paparazzi is a necessary evil… and if ya don’t like it, and ya don’t want to do this, go to Iowa and do some community theatre. It’s all about self-promotion, and it’s not always the fun part of it. ~ Gail O’Grady

The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. ~ Michael J. Fox

The cost of a new sewer is how much? ~ Nicole

We should return to the Greeks, play in the open air: the drama dies of stalls and boxes and evening dress, and people who come to digest their dinner. ~ Eleanora Duse

[The artistic director of Minnetonka High School who brought the blockbuster “Bright Star” to our theatre two years ago . . . ]

Then I heard this genius teacher Stella Adler – I recommend you read anything you might find about her and if you have anyone interested in theatre, you get them one of her books. ~ Harvey Keitel

When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people. ~ Vivien Leigh

We depend on the critics to give us a glimpse of what happened. Bernard Shaw championed Ibsen, who got the most terrible notices for his plays. Kenneth Tynan championed young writers, and as a result, the theatre has changed radically. ~ Diana Rigg

[Katie Perry, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer/SVP at Knute Nelson, thanked TLHD for live performances of “WonderLand” at Grand Arbor . . . ]

[Jim and Jan Pence, with Jack Reuler behind Jim, the flow of TLHD leadership over the last decade . . . ]

I just needed a job. Before being hired as an usher at the CBS Theatre, I didn’t even know there was a show business! ~ David Geffen

[My aunt] took me to my first play, too, which was dinner theater. I don’t know if they have that in England, but you eat a dinner while you watch a play. And she ordered a glass of wine. I was like, “Oh my God. This is, like, the most sophisticated thing I have ever done. ~ Geena Davis

[The TLHD staff . . . ]

[Merci beaucoup!!]

[And now with auctioneer Glen Fladeboe, it’s time to make some money for the theatre . . . ]

[Beginning with all the auction items on the easels in the patio-to-be area . . . ]

I get too hungry for dinner at eight. I like the theater, but never come late. I never bother with people I hate. That’s why the lady is a tramp. ~ Lorenz Hart

[Chef Matthew Jensen, fresh from his appearance on the easel poster . . . ]

[And, of course, made the dinners for 120 people this night . . . ]

[My Maque Choux (bell peppers, sweet corn, tomato, onion, garlic, celery, cream) served over wild rice was delicious!]

Seems reasonable to conclude part 2 with the producer of our meals . . .

I have done film, television and theatre – all at a pretty substantial level – I don’t think it’s possible for American actors to do that. ~ Helen Mirren

My plan is to have a theatre in some small town or something and I’ll be manager. Ill be the crazy old movie guy. ~ Quentin Tarantino

Up Next: Part 3 (then back to the Resorters)

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