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14

Apr

ArtDayLA

IMG_1645Art ROCKS LA at ArtDayLA Friday. It was a very impressive turnout of LA art folks. Love living in Creativetown, USA.

27

Mar

Vox Lumiere @ Ciclavia

o-CICLAVIA-2013-facebookLA is shutting down Wilshire Blvd. to all car traffic Sunday April 6th for CicLAvia and Vox Lumiere will be there! They even gave us our own intersection – silly people.

Come join us at Wilshire and Western. It’s gonna be a blast. A lot of the cast and crew will be there AND, if you want to help – there’s a FREE -T-SHIRT in it for ya.

Send us a note at info@voxlumiere.com if you’re interested in helping out!

Walk this way! ~ Kevin

26

Mar

Enlightenment?

tumblr_n28d9tE64d1roo4t5o1_500Thank you design guru and Spanking Machine chanteuse Victoria Vaus for this awesome find! Enlightenment – just a ring away. The weird thing our doorbell *just* broke. I wonder what isle these are on at Home Depot?

Shine on ~ Kevin

15

Mar

She’s mad I tell ya

20140315-193005.jpgDowntown again tonight to see LA Opera’s Lucia Di Lammermoor. Downtown, a good place to see a show like… Vox Lumiere. :)

14

Mar

It’s all happening downtown

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

dtla-art1-01Had a great time last night at the downtown ArtWalk here in LA. The weather was perfect, and LOTS of people were out having a good time.

Thrilled that our new production is going be part of all this fun!

Onward ~ Kevin

13

Mar

What’s that smell?

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

pi boatsOkay, I wanted to steal this idea from the creative French folks who are filling a theatre with water and watching “The Life of Pi” in lifeboats. Like… tapping into the LA River for that “real” Paris Sewer effect for PHANTOM, right?

Never mind, I’ll keep thinking. Thank you Bob Weitz for sharing this inspiring photo!!!

Onward (and bring your “wellies”) ~ Kevin

11

Mar

What’s in your cup?

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

photoIf “an army marches on its stomach”, then Vox Lumiere *definitely* marches on it’s cup. The VOX ARMY just received this little package of caffeinated love today, so I wish to apologize now for any uncontrollable jumping up and down, crazy twitchy eyes and 3AM posts that sound like Dr. Seuss.

Faster ~ Kevin

05

Mar

Limelight & Gasbags

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

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Yeah, we all know a few pompous, talkative, bloviators (Gasbags) who hog all the attention (Limelight) but, did you know where the terms come from? I didn’t. Turns out it’s from… “the theatre” (Thank you, thank you)

“Limelight” is the predecessor of the spotlight which was made by an oxyhydrogen flame directed at a cylinder of quicklime (calcium oxide), and a “Gasbag” was needed to store the gases required to produce the flame used in the limelight.

Turns out the term “Gasbag” was coined by early followspot operators to refer to a politician who’d speak long enough to extinguish the gas that fed the limelight! Check out all the pictures here: http://bit.ly/1q6Z35Z

I know, right? If it’s one thing theater folk know about, it’s Gasbags hoggin’ all the Limelight!

Onward (but stay out of my light) ~ Kevin

And thank you Dan Reed for this awesome tech talk.
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04

Mar

Happy Fat Tuesday!

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

sydney-mardi-gras-2012-642-380Oui, c’est Mardi Gras aujourd’hui!

For you history buffs, the origins of Mardi Gras can be traced from medieval Europe, to the French House of the Bourbons and from there, the hangover fest of the “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed French settlers to the new world. (Leave it to the French to use a Bible story as an excuse to get wasted.)

For the rest of you, grab your beads and meet me on Bourbon Street. Have the Fattest Tuesday ever!

Onward ~ Kevin

28

Feb

Survey says… !

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

richard-dawson-ripA *very* big thank you to everyone who took our recent SURVEY! It was a huge help, and the information is going to be invaluable as we dream up our new shows and map out our future show dates (more on that soon :).

Now, “smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em” * and enjoy a free download ~ ‘cuz we love you!

Here’s a link – http://bit.ly/1hlIb6J

* okay we’d rather you *not* smoke – ‘cuz we love you!

Onward ~ Kevin

27

Feb

New Set Design

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

I am *very* excited about our new set design. Check out these pictures and video of the 1st draft by Vox Lumiere Set Designer Dan Reed (http://danreedlighting.net/). I drew some rough sketches (not on a napkin, but close) and Dan took his genius to make us *this* happen. Fantastic!

And this is just the FIRST DRAFT. Thank you Dan!

Click the link to see how Dan went from sketches to 3D rendering – http://wp.me/p4a6r6-2en

Onward (to the 2nd draft) ~ Kevin

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26

Feb

Touch my wings dammit!

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

tinkI think that’s why this man’s so happy. Wouldn’t you be? I mean look at that wing span!

One of the coolest things about VOX is that people dress up for the show. I don’t mean *just* tuxes and formal gowns, I mean things like full-on INDIAN COSTUMES at PETER PAN!

It started a year or so ago, now there’s always an awesome turn out of people dressed up in the theme of the show. I think we’re gonna start giving out “best dressed ” prizes at each show.

So… what are you wearin’?

Onward ~ Kevin

25

Feb

Art Money

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

il_fullxfull.248622947Last Friday I had the honor of sitting on one of the panels that reviews grant proposals for the LA County Arts Commission. There were some fun and *very* smart people on this panel, and Lindsey Schoenholtz did an amazing job of organizing the day, and making it all run smoothly. I learned A LOT, and we recommended giving a whole bunch of $$$, to a whole bunch of worthy groups.

What did I learn?

One – There are just a whole bunch of deliriously talented men and women out there struggling everyday to bring art into the world. It’s thrilling and inspiring.

Two – We “right-brained people” have to get better at telling folks what we do and WHY IT’S SO DAMN IMPORTANT!

Three – We’re really lucky to live in a place like Los Angeles, because there are a bunch of people here who are dedicated to and love the arts, and they want to help spread the love.

Most importantly, I want to say a big “thank you” to all our fellow artists. Thank you for performing your free concerts. Thank you for performing free for retirees and underserved kids. Thank you for doing this yesterday, today and tomorrow – it’s so inspiring and so needed!

Onward ~ Kevin

24

Feb

Metal Diva

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

Juliette, Ali, Danielle-Release Me repriseHappy Birthday to Vox Lumiere “Metal Diva” Juliette Dwyer! Why “Metal Diva”? Because she can sing all the way to an F6 (that’s like dog whistle range), with big crunching guitars backing her up, and… she makes it look and sound effortless. More about Juliette on her website (http://www.juliettedwyer.com/), AND our upcoming shows.

Happy Birthday Juliette!

19

Feb

Clothes are hard

  • By Kevin Saunders Hayes

CourtnayI love beautiful clothes, but have *no* idea how to do that Project Runway thing.

Thank goodness for Sharell Martin. Sharell is a clothing / costuming genius. With Sharell it’s not just about the clothes (which are always a-ma-zing), it’s about the soul of the character and what that character has to say in our story.

This is the “Hip Hop Ballerina” Sharell created for our Celebrity Cruise Line production. Modeled by killer dancer and aerialist Courtnay Mariani (who is totally rocking it).

More soon on Sharell’s creations for our new show. In the meantime, check out her site – http://sharellmartin.biz/

Strike a pose ~ Kevin

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