Got my Royalty Report today. I wasn't expecting anything; after all, it's a Christmas play, and this report is for January through June. But apparently, somehow, there was a payment that didn't end up on the last report and now it's on this one...
Long story short, someone else performed my play! :D
(And, another instance that just shows I should keep on top of this because it was in the next state over and I totally could have made the trip to see it. D'oh).
The erstwhile troupe performing on this occasion was the Drama department of Lewis Cass High School in Walton, Indiana. A high school! The kids these days with their spirit and their moxie and their "Let's put on a show"! I immediately googled it and found a few articles. Here's one from the Pharos-Tribune (http://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_7bf4144a-c300-595c-bff1-37ec3bb2084e.html)
A review from the school paper, the King's Courier (http://lckingscourier.net/8471/ae/the-family-fruitcake/)
And, another offering from the school paper, a "come-see-our-show" bit written by one of the young ladies in it (http://lckingscourier.net/8430/features/a-nutty-family-play/).
Yes, I have full links. Weebly is still giving me problems on creating hyperlinks. SIgh.
So at least I can get the jist from the articles how it went. There were a few changes, which with a 20 member cast and a lot of wackiness I think is par for the course. Scott became Sarah; the triplets became twins; Christine Carter became a man. There were a few other changes which I potentially love: David Dodson's problems also involved wigs and possibly a rubber chicken? I would have liked to have seen that in action! Emma and Pat Jr. rolling in the auditorium aisles? DEFINITELY would have loved to have seen that!
Other changes I question: Ripley and Francie fighting over the remote to a Hallmark movie... when did that happen? That's definitely not something they'd do. And Luke reading a Bible verse after he comes out from under the table...that DEFINITELY did not happen. I'm not necessarily okay with that. I kept this secular for a reason; because there are more than enough Christmas plays out there that deal with the religious end (and of course it's, in modern times, a holiday with a religious bent, ain't no denying that!). I am not myself religious; and thusly my personal family doesn't concentrate on the religious end. I know we're not alone; so I wanted something for both the religious families and those who aren't so much to enjoy.
The meat of the play was kept intact, from what I can discern. A play is a collaborative process by its very nature, and everyone has something to offer. So most of the changes I can be cool with. I just wonder at a purportedly non-religious high school putting in a Bible verse. If it had something to do with the character, ok. But... it didn't.
Okay, that's enough about that. I don't want to crab on one thing, I want to concentrate on the good stuff, and there is plenty of that. From the articles, it looks like everyone had a great time, and did a great job, and I am so excited about it all! I couldn't resist checking out the FB HS Drama page. They've got pictures! I snagged one! Thanks, all you guys and gals! This is only the third time someone has performed this; but even if it was the two hundred and fifty-third (fingers crossed) I would still be over the moon. Hopefully I'll have another one for you guys in due time. ;)
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