Snow Day

By , November 11, 2017

Haines has gotten an occasional fine skiff of snow recently. Friday overnight, we got the homestead’s first snowfall of the year.

We awoke to a light but steady snow. By mid-morning 2¼ inches had accumulated, with more on the way.

Zeiger family homestead cabin in snow 2017

The Zeiger family cabin in the first snow of winter 2017 (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Crowning Achievement

By , November 8, 2017

Directing The Lion in Winter has made me try many new things beyond directing. I’ve made props before, for other plays, but this time around, I tried something completely new: making crowns.

My cast and I really try to keep our costumes and props from looking like something from a grade school class play. It helps that most of them are, on some level, LARPers (Live Action Role Play, a.k.a. Creative Anachronists). They know what they’re doing, and where to lay hands on “the good stuff.” Nobody has any crowns, though.

I looked on line for advice/instructions on making our own, and found this excellent advice. I used it to create four crowns for the cast. I’m pretty pleased with the result.

crown props for The Lion in Winter, Haines, Alaska

Crowns for Lion in Winter royalty: (L-R) Princess Alais, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry II, King Philip II of France (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

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