Saturday, 17 April 2010

The Unicorn

Every Saturday morning in April around 10:00am, cars start arriving in my driveway. People carrying pots of paint, brushes, large sheets of cardboard and styrofoam start filing into my garage and workshop.
It's Music Mania Variety Show time again.... and this year the blacklight number is "The Unicorn" recorded by The Irish Rovers back in the 1960s.... or was it the 70s? Remember the words?

A long time ago, when the Earth was green
There was more kinds of animals than you've ever seen
They'd run around free while the Earth was being born
And the loveliest of all was the unicorn.

There was green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born
The loveliest of all was the unicorn.

This morning the artists took over the whole garage, creating these images with fluorescent paint, so they will glow in the UV light when the theatre is in darkness. This part of the show is a favourite with the kids, of course!

In addition to these props, there's also a huge styrofoam ark. All these props will be transported to the local High School auditorium, where we'll be putting on the show at the end of April. We've been rehearsing the various elements of the show since January, so now we have a couple of weeks to put it all together.
We may not be quite up to the singin'n'dancin' standard of Glee, but we certainly try!

17 comments:

Beverly said...

What fun! That sounds like a song we might enjoy. I love the artwork.

edward said...

i wuld pay to see it!

photowannabe said...

Wish I was in your neck of the woods. I would definitely see the show. it really looks like a lot of fun. You are a very talented group.
I haven't heard that song in a very long time.

jinksy said...

Oh, yes , I know the song- sung by Val Doonigan, as far as I remember. Thanks for passing through my Blogland havantaclue home...and my son actually works in Southampton! What a small world we live in!

Xtreme English said...

you really know how to have fun! will there be a youtube of this song this year????

to whoever the artist is behind the designs of these critters--how lovely!!

Craver Vii said...

Oh that looks like tons of fun! I remember hearing that song as an introduction to a local television program hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo. The artwork is as cute as can be.

Suldog said...

Those are some great pieces of art/props! And that was a favorite (sad) song of mine when I was a kid. I may even have cried the first time I heard it.

Hilary said...

Those are some colourful props. Of course I remember the words. Who could forget them? :) Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun.

madretz said...

that's a project i'd love to sink my teeth into! looks like sooo much fun! I'll be there next Saturday! heehee!

TorAa said...

Haha, you bring me into Fantasyland.
This post is really a source for joy

Ginnie said...

I LOVE your life, Sham...so chock-full of exciting things. May you live forever! :)

tut-tut said...

Hello, Shammie! I've been a remiss blog reader, but I vow to mend my ways!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These are really Fantastic! So beautifully rendered and so incredibly colorful...I guess the show will be "happening" and day now...!
BREAK A LEG, ass we say in The Theatre...!

Vagabonde said...

I do not know the song but the painted pieces are quite colorful and gay – I’d love to see the show. Maybe you can have someone take a small clip ? It must be a lot of work – but I know you enjoy it.

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

Aww the props are just cute! Oooh I would love to see it!

rosemary said...

I had forgotten all of the words. This musical is gonna be a good one.....I can tell.

Gledwood said...

That stuff is amazingly bright! I love the artwork, too