Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Awards Ceremony...???


by Willow Vanderling from SEVEN THREADLY SINS by Janet Bolin

I love sewing. I love embroidery, especially the way I do it, with machines and software.

I also love clothes, and I love adding my creations to my wardrobe.

So, when Antonio, director of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling, asked me to make four outfits for a charity fashion show, I liked the idea.

I was a little less enthralled, however, when I found out I wasn't going to design the outfits myself. But then Antonio said he would design the garments and I could work from sketches. It sounded like a fun kind of learning experience, and a challenge.

It was a challenge, all right! The outfits as he sketched them didn't suit me at all. I like many different types of clothes, but one outfit was clownishly gaudy, one was dull, drab, and dowdy, one was so bare it would have to be glued to my skin, and the fourth one was just plain ludicrous for anyone over the age of two.

I modified the outfits a little, made them carefully, and added the machine embroidery for which my shop, In Stitches, is famous, er notorious, and I felt pretty good about the whole thing.

Then, during the dress rehearsal, I became concerned about the way Antonio treated some of his students. The actual show went well, though, until my six friends and I went onstage for the "Awards Ceremony."

Antonio thought he was being very funny.

The rest of us did not agree.

Have you ever been in a show of any sort where things did not go as well as you expected? Tell us what happened. One lucky commenter will win a copy of SEVEN THREADLY SINS.

Janet Bolin writes the Threadville Mystery Series and also enjoys dressing up in costumes and going onstage, where she undoubtedly commits various sorts of threadly and theatrical sins...





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17 comments:

  1. My sister and I were part of a "talent show" (when we were teenagers). So as the acts were setting up behind the curtain, members of the show would do a little skit until the group (behind the curtain) was ready. For our skit my sister and I did Abbot and Costello's classic "Who's on First." It seems not all of audience were aware of "Who's on First," and were very confused as to what was going on. So our skit wasn't a crowd pleaser.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I was once in a church play where I was supposed to lip sync a song. The congregation must have thought I looked silly because everyone started to laugh. I was embarrassed so I just laughed too.
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  3. I haven't got a show gone bad tale but I would love to win a copy of Seven Thread Sins.

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  4. I was always too shy to enter a show/contest. But, I wish everyone "Good Luck" on winning and I look forward to joining Willow for another Threadville mystery! ~ Donna E.

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  5. My mind has conveniently forgotten those events!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  6. I remember the boys trying to set the strings on the cuff of another boy's jeans during the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Play at Church one year. Not the way I thought things were going to go.

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  7. One time at a local theater there were auditions for Beauty and the Beast so I auditioned, got in, went through the entire rehersal process. Now here is the important part. Do you recall how Gaston shoots a duck out of the sky? Well for the show we made a box that could get attached to the ceiling and would open if somebody yanked on a rope backstage. Instead of a duck we used a rubber chicken! So whenever the time came for the rubber chicken to fall out of the "sky" we yanked on the rope but nothing happened. But the show must go on so we continued. But then a few scenes later when Belle was trapped in the castle she was singing a very emotional song. The lights were all dimmed and she had a spotlight on her when all of a sudden a rubber chicken falls onto the stage! It was so horrifying at the time, but now it is hilarious!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  8. I never really was in a show, but I did play handbells in church. I learned that, when one makes a mistake, one must keep a very straight face and keep playing, so no one really knew who made the mistake. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  9. Oh my! I had hoped that I had forgotten this incident but unfortunately I can remember it as if it were yesterday. When my daughter was a Brownie Scout, I was the troop leader. Just before Christmas one year, the 17 third graders decided to put on a play of Twas the Night Before Christmas. We made costumes, created their parts and practiced, practiced, practiced. Parents and families were invited to watch the production at our local high school's small auditorium which we obtained for the evening. The problem was...I didn't time the play from start to finish before the big night. The girls performed brilliantly...and it was over before a few of the parents found a parking place and entered the venue! I had a choice...do it all over again or have a Christmas carol sing-a-long. We chose the latter. Refreshments were served and some had a really good laugh over the whole thing. Lesson learned! Thank you for a chance to win.
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  10. I have been in a few high school productions in the past. Talk about a comedy of errors.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. At a musical evening at church, our music minister had put all of the different singers music on one CD for the convenience of the sound person. As I was singing, the music stopped. He was down front gesturing for me to keep going. Not sure if the music would start back at the same place, I waited for the next section of the song to resume singing. Another time, a passing motorist who was using a CB radio came through on the sound system while I was singing. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  12. I have not been involved in any kind of show gone bad. But my mother keeps telling the story of a "show" at the church where several little girls were supposed to sing rock-a-bye-baby, they got stage fright and I (at the tender age of 4 or so) went up to the stage and sang the song. I don't remember it though.

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  13. oops, I forgot to add my e-mail:

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  14. I don't know if my previous comment was published or not.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  15. We do murder mystery dinners at my winery. During one show, we started one of the skits that was filled with clues. All of a sudden one of the guests jumped up and joined in. Somehow the six of us managed to get the clues out while dealing with all of his unexpected one liners. Kept us on our toes for the rest of the evening. He even got votes as the murderer! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  16. Thank you for your wonderful comments and stories. I'll try not to do anything too terrible in the next play I'm in...

    And the winner of a copy of SEVEN THREADLY SINS is...(drum roll)...Abby Fabian!

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