September 5, 2012
Dear BareBones Nation,
The acorn falls and the apple drops. With the imminent cracking of the milkweed pod, the bird and the butterfly return to the Gulf, the Isthmus, the Equator, and beyond. The monarch and the oriole have each caught out southbound on a northwest breeze. Orange is outta here if it can fly and now these are the days of the yellows of Fall – goldenrod, corn cob, school bus, and leaf.
There will be a half-moon on the Autumnal equinox in a couple weeks which will keep waxing to the Harvest Moon, even as the nights will begin to grow longer. On the first day of Fall, it will hang there as a giant sign of “yin and yang”, even as the orbital pendulum of our planet swings us back towards shadow and frost, darkness and cold.
For the 19th spectacular year in a row, BareBones will gather the neighbors of Twin Town and beyond to collectively celebrate the changing of the seasons and honor the mysterious arc of death and decay that traces half the circle of life. Such is the beloved “Halloween Show”, the annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza.
This annual letter goes out to over 700 addresses for the first time. There’s a saying I’ve heard repeated for years inside the BareBones scene: “Many hands make light work.” Considering the aforementioned ancient Chinese principles, we need your helping hands right away in both of the following two ways:
Yin) Cold Cash. Please donate generously to this appeal according to your community values and personal means. Times are still tight so it works when we pool it by the dozens. We need your $5′s, $10′s, $19′s and $38′s, but consider mindfully whether you can help us with $76, $152, or $304 this year. If you have an employer who offers non.profit matching donations, please leverage the help of the boss. A donation now is best.
Yang) Warm Hearts. The Halloween Show is produced each year by a remarkable community theater-style cast and crew, that has grown to over 275 volunteer and contracted staff. Our stage door is wide so please come in. Whether as an artist, puppeteer, usher, musician, stage hand, bale bucker, or helper of many kinds, you’ve never had as much fun as being part of the grassroots spectacle theater tribe that is BareBones in the Fall. Check out the schedule on the website and just come on down.
BareBones Productions is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable performing arts corporation, registered with the State of MN, and donations are income tax-deductible as allowable by law. Our Federal ID Number is 41-1974225.
On behalf of the BareBones Board of Directors, thank you all and see you soon!
Brent Harring, BareBones Productions
The 19th Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza
Get in Touch
- Website www.barebonespuppets.org
- Facebook BareBones Productions (Group)
- Phone Scottie Hall, Production Manager at 415-640-2116
- Volunteer email@example.com
Community Kickoff at Karmelita Central
TU 09/11 from 7-9pm at Karmelita Central Building (side) behind Royal Cafe, 2601 Bloomington Ave. This is the SE corner of Bloomington Ave and E 26th St. View the storyboard, meet fellow cast & crew, and join in the 2012 production.
Community Build Workshops at Kamelita Central (13) + (1)
SA’s 1-6pm and TU’s & TH’s 7-9pm from 09/13-10/11. Plus, Final Fix-It Workshop on TU 10/16 from 7-9pm. Make puppets, props, set pieces and masks from papier-mâché and cardboard.
Daytime Stage Rehearsals at Hidden Falls (5) + (1)
SU’s 1-5pm from 09/16 -10/14. Plus, SA 10/13 at Hidden Falls Regional Park – North Gate at 1305 S Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul south of Ford Plant. Take to the stage, backstage or offstage as part of singular community theater.
Music Rehearsals (TBD)
Dates, times & locations TBD.
Contact Matt Larson, Music Director, at 612-251-6818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nighttime Technical and Dress Rehearsals at Hidden Falls (3) + (1)
MO, WE, FR 10/15, 10/17 & 10/19. Plus, FR 10/26. The theatrical layers begin to run deep when electricity, sound, and light get added.
Caravan to the Farm & Straw Bale Seating Load-In at Hidden Falls
TH 10/18 from 10am-3pm, starts at Karmelita Central and ends at Hidden Falls. Be the bale buckers of BareBones’ legend. Brunch provided by BareBones.
Stage Raking & Straw Seating Set-Up at Hidden Falls
SA 10/20 from 10am-2pm. Uncle Sam Hain wants YOU for manual labor! “Get behind the mule and plow in the morning!”
Performances at Hidden Falls (2) + (2) + (1)
SA-SU 10/20-10/21, SA-SU 10/27-10/28 and WE 10/31 from 7-10pm. Cast call at 5pm. Cast & crew circle at 6pm. Showtime nightly from 7-9pm followed by live music, dancing and food till 10pm. Strike till 11pm.
Performance Site Cleanup at Hidden Falls
TH 11/01 from 12-3pm. Help us leave our beautiful riverside St. Paul park space the way we found it.
Build Site Cleanups at Karmelita Central (2) + (1)
TH-FR 11/01-11/02 from 6-10pm & SA 11/03 from 1-5pm.
Volunteer Appreciation Potluck & Feedback Party
SU 11/11 from 4-8pm, location TBD. Share food plus stories and ideas from the 2012 Halloween Extravaganza!