The Emperor and the Nightingale

October 13th, 2015

What if Marco Polo brought Commedia dell’Arte back from China along with silk and spaghetti? This is what it would look like.

Scenes from 2013 CTC production of THE EMPEROR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Gayle Cornelison. Staging and video by Will Huddleston. Choreography by Corinne Bupp and Logan Helm. Set by Paul Valerga and Ralph Ryan. Costumes by Jane Lambert. Lighting by Ben Brotzman. Produced by the California Theatre Center.

Madeline’s Christmas

October 13th, 2015

Scenes from MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS from Ludwig Bemelman’s book, adapted by Jennifer Kirkeby with music by Shirley Mier, directed by me and produced by the California Theatre Center. It’s my Christmas card to
everybody. Merry Christmas!

Set by Will Lowry, costumes by Jane Lambert, choreography by Kim Saunders, lighting by Ben Brotzman and Eric Johnson, props by Charlie Shoemaker and Lauren Hatten. Produced by the California Theatre Center. Featured performers are Brina Lemke as Madeline, Robert McFletcher as Harsha, Courtney Toepel as Miss Clavel, Callie Bonne as Regine with Jack McCarthy as Martin the Mouse.

BEN FRANKLIN INVENTS AMERICA

March 31st, 2013

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A collage of scenes from the play BEN FRANKLIN INVENTS AMERICA written and directed by Will Huddleston. When this production was produced by the California Theatre Center the play was titled: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN FRANKLIN and it featured Charlie Shoemaker as “Big Ben” along with Stefan Fisher, Justin Karr, Jenna Pinchbeck, Kelly Caitlin Sullivan, Sarah Thermond and Brendan North. The play is published by Eldridge Publishing and can be found on the title page of their website.

The Tooth Fairy

April 26th, 2011

A goldie but oodie. MCHUD directed this in 2008. In it you see Kyle Payne as “The Tooth Fairy”, Cynthia Zitter as the “Bunny” and Jonathan Shue as the “Mouse”.

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

February 27th, 2011
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MCHUD has two plays for young audiences on tour this spring. Here’s a piece of MOST VALUABLE PLAYER.

Scenes from MOST VALUABLE PLAYER on West Coast tour. Play about baseball great, Jackie Robinson, first African American to play in the Major Leagues, written by Mary Hall Surface, directed by Will Huddleston, produced by California Theatre Center. Featuring Charles Shoemaker, Thor Bautz, Justin Karr, Sarah Ondocsin and Donnell Hill as Jackie Robinson.

AMELIA EARHART – Flights of Fancy

February 27th, 2011
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Scenes from “AMELIA EARHART, Flights of Fancy” by Will Huddleston. Produced by California Theatre Center. Published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.  Cast: Chris Eubanks, Alexandra Hensley, Taylor Jeffers, Justin Karr, Vivian Lamolli, Hilary Ann Stevens and Sarah Ondocsin as “Amelia”.  Set: Jenn Scheller. Lights: John Keenan. Costumes: JaneLambert. Stage Manager: Kyle Schuller. Sound and direction by Will Huddleston.

It’s as much of the play as Mchud could pack into a 10 minute clip. Perhaps it’s better this way.

Banksey on Valencia Street

September 11th, 2010
Banksey Over Amnesia

Banksey Over Amnesia

Banksey over Amnesia II

This haut-grafitti lasted only a few days before it was painted over.
Hey, David Hockney can break into my house and paint my walls any time he wants.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I have an interesting, old fashioned dresser that needs painting. I will prep the dresser, buy the oils, and pay $300 to any credible painter whose work I like and who would enjoy the job.

Further Adventures of TEDDY-WITHOUT-A-FACE

September 9th, 2010

The First Fairy-Dwarf carries the Moon-egg-changeling Child who is weeping because she has fallen from her place in the sky. Before she can return to her home Titania must make love with the Beast which you see here. But do not worry, the Beast will suffer love without harm, and Teddy-without-a-Face will steadfastly protect the Moon-Child until she can return to her home in the sky.

It is with great sadness…

June 28th, 2010

Brer Fox Dies

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Will Huddleston – Man of Letters

June 26th, 2010

The Man of Letters is very clever. The Man of Letters knows how to use letters from friends in order to avoid writing an original blog post. Here he uses an email from his friend Jonathan Shue who played “Brer Fox” in a production of BRER RABBIT directed by the Man of Letters.  Says Jonathan:

“Saw this at Fred Meyer in Bellingham Washington…I guess Brer Rabbit went on to quite a career after he escaped Brer Bear and Brer Fox! Jonathan”

The Man of Letters replies:

What a flash from the past! Molasses used to be my specialty. If I remember correctly Brer Rabbit Molasses  is light and runny, sweet enough to pour directly onto your pancakes.  Compare it with Plantation Brand Molasses. (Molasses is nothing if not “southern”) Plantation brand was heavy, thick and black as tar. (It would not do to think of the “Tar Baby” at this point, though “Tar Baby Brand Molasses” would be a good name) . If you hold the Brer Rabbit bottle up to the window you can see the light shine though it. The light does  not shine through Plantation brand. Brer Rabbit Molasses is to Plantation brand as Kent cigarettes are to Pall Malls, as terriers are to hound dogs, and as a high school students are  to 36 year old bar maids. It is a question of taste. I remember liking Plantation brand the best. But I can not remember how I ate it.