HAPPY WORLD "VIRTUAL" THEATRE DAY!

In honor of World Theatre Day, we are sharing with you some live performances that have been made public, so that we don't forget that art is always needed and much missed right now! Keep on creating!

If you have made some art since you have been practicing social distancing share the video with us so we can make sure that your art is seen in a future post.  You can email us the link to your video to contact [at] better-lemons.com.

And now, sit down, relax, and enjoy!

The Center for Puppetry Arts has created videos about how to make puppets (great project for kids of all ages), the science of puppetry, and also puppet shows. You can join and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vimeo.

National Theatre Live in the UK will release live theatre from their YouTube channel starting next Thursday April 2nd, at 7pm UK time. Each streaming production will be available to watch for 7 days for free. Their first production will be One Man Two Guvnors. Watch the trailer below.

In this TEDx talk, Andrew Russell, Producing Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Intiman Theatre, talks about the importance and power of live theatre.

If you want something funny, here is a video of theatre fails, stage falls, and theatre bloopers from TPMvids on YouTube:

Saturday Night Live also had a couple theatre related sketches. Here is Reese Witherspoon:

And here is Emma Stone:

The Vienna State Oper offers daily opera for free. Look at their incredible list! Today you can view Le Nozze di Figaro from 2017 and tomorrow Götterdämmerung from 2019.

Here is a little tour of the opera house, so you can get an idea of where these productions take place:

If you like opera, here is a list of all the free opera streams from European and North and South American companies.

Gus from Minnesota started a Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off last week and here is the result. You can follow his Quarantine Bake-Off channel on YouTube to either participate, get inspired, or to stay up-to-date of their next event.

The Globe Player offers all of their Shakespeare performances at a small fee to rent or to own. They also have some free content, so check them out on their website. Here is a trailer to get a taste of the quality of their shows and videos:

Watch Jimmy Fallon record The Tonight Show from his home. Here with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

We, at Better Lemons, wish you a creative weekend! Stay healthy!


JOAN OF ART: An Old Fashion Musical, Puppets, Whales and Books (yes they still exist)

The 1952 MGM song and dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds is considered by everyone one of cinema's greatest. A true classic. Adapted for the stage in 1985 by the film's legendary creators Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singing in the Rain comes to The Soraya thanks to a lavish new production by McCoy Rigby Entertainment before it moves to the La Mirada Theatre.

This will be one antic-laden spectacle as Hollywood history is made when silent film transform into talkies.

The show is choreographed by Spencer Liff who has earned two Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Choreography for his work on the hit Fox TV show So You Think You Can Dance. As always McCoy Rigby entertainment casts their show with the top notch people many who have performed on Broadway. I'm seeing it Saturday night and can't wait.

The show runs at the Soraya on April 12th at 8pm, Saturday April 13 at 3pm & 8pm and Sunday April 14th at 3pm. To purchase tickets or for more information go to TheSoraya.org or call 818-677-3000.

Now I for one love to read...Not on a Kindle and not on my iPad, but books. I love to read books so I was so happy to hear that this weekend The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has returned. Since 1996, this event has become a world renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. There will also be signing areas where various authors will sign for about an hour.

 

Today over 150,000 people attend, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United States. How cool is that?

The Festival of Books runs Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10am-6pm and Sunday April 14th from 10am -5pm. On Friday at 7m there is a Book Prize Ceremony at Bovard Auditorium, USC Campus.

General Admission to the Festival and Newstory is free. There are certain additional special presentations and conversations which even though free, there is a service fee charged.

The event takes place on the University of Southern California campus located near the historic Exposition Park.

For more information visit Events.LATimes.com/FestivalOfBooks

I don't know about how you all feel about puppets, but I just love them. I also love the musical Les Miz so I happy to report that LES MIZ and FRIENDS!: A PUPPET PARODY will be at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood every Friday and Saturday until May 11th.

A human production of the Broadway classic 'Les Miserables' is overturned by a bunch of foul mouth puppets who throw a revolution of their own. Both a loving tribute and a brutal deconstruction of the beloved musical, 'Les Miz and Friends!' will delight the show's lovers and haters alike.

Full of irreverent humor, parody and original music, improvisation and no-holds-barred attacks on musical theatre this production is definitely not for kids.

The Hudson Theatre is located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles. To purchase tickets go to LesMizAndFriends.com.

And now for something completly different. One of the most majestic creatures in the ocean is here in Calfornia and you have an excellent chance of seeing it. I'm talking about WHALES...

One of the most amazing sights in nature is that of majestic whales swimming and playing on the ocean's surface leaping out of the water and slapping their mighty tales. On this 2.5 hour cruise of the shores of Newport Beach you may see giant blue whales during the summer and fall months or the annual grey whale migration that brings tens of thousands of grey whales along the coast during the winter and spring months. Huge pods of several species of dolphin are very common, as are the resident sea lions.

You might also get glimpses of killer whales, sharks and many other marine creatures. This is an event for anyone that loves these sea creatures. I know I do and can't wait to go on Sunday.

For information go to NewportWhales.com. The cruises go on through September 30, 2019.

So most importantly whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun one.