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The 24 Hour Rush for the ARTS Project: #rsh4tap #ldnont

- April 2nd, 2012

Congratulations to all involved with the the 2012 edition of The 24 Hour Rush . . . it was an honour to supply the idea* which was the nominal inspiration for so much #ldnontcreativity.

JBNBlog applauds the 20-minute or so plays enjoyed at the Wolf Performance Hall on Saturday . . . IDing by playwrights: Aimee/Dave Adler (Nick & Nora Charles meet cold fusion-style mistake for gravity fun & frolic) . . . . Clara Medrenas (city hall mania with Russian-killer robot) . . . . Jason Rip (Citizen Kane, complete with part of famous Bernard Herrmann score** reimagined as one Lawson Ivey’s death croak memories of the Merla Mae, complete with two original songs, melodies supplied by the singer) . . . Jayson McDonald (four philosophers battle in a series of one-on-one bouts, Ayn Rand wins with v. sharp knives).

Acting, directing, stage management, costumes all sublime & ridiculous as needed.

The visual art at The ARTS Project was impressive, with Kristen R. Poisson’s work employing The Free Press as papier mache to good purpose.

A quick JBNBlog salute to musicians Catherine McInnes and the Marrieds & others for creating songs to the theme on Saturday night . . . my one serious suggestion would be to find a way to keep the happy chatter from the crowd or those in the crowd who aren’t listening to a minimum. It was hard to hear the songs. Which can’t be right. We face the same challenge at the Jacks . . . it’s great to hear happy Londoners having a creative bantering exchange. But.

My suggestion would be to start the musical section with a loud O Canada to get our collective attention.

Of the musicians contributing, Catherine and Brent Jones have already been excellent guests on Reaney’s Picks & The Marrieds have been featured in other spots & as a video duo. To the rest of the musicians, then, we would love to have you join us for the Tuesday afternoon video feature on lfpress.com . . . there’s no money, but we have a lot of fun.

My apologies for such #rsh4tap attractions as Shock Stock which were part of the fun & I didn’t focus on enough.

Best wishes to The Arts Project . . . you merit all this Rush of love & the fine Geddy impression from a wit in the audience at the Wolf.

*The idea, voiced first on Friday at 9 p.m., was: “London is the centre of the universe. Deal with it.” So you can see the good stuff from everyone arrived later.

** Bernard Herrmann is having a good year when it comes to having his legendary scores used to new purpose. Some of his score for Vertigo is heard in The Artist. V. effective, though the iconic Kim Novak (James Stewart’s mad pursuit of her is backed by the music in Vertigo, that would be Jimmy Stewart the actor not me James Stewart Reaney) objected to The Artist’s use.
Possibly true Bernard Herrmann London connection … when the great man was introduced at Western as a guest speaker c. 1970s on film etc, he took a violent Kane-like objection to some phrase or other & almost did not speak as scheduled. Well. The unfortunate introducer may have been Ross Woodman. More details, corrections & Herrmann music always welcome.