We all know the Grimm’s fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel; they leave a trail of bread crumbs to find their way out of the forest, only to have the crows eat the crumbs and they stay lost, then happen on a gingerbread house owned by a witch who wants to cook them…
JAX Theatre has it’s own adaptation of this classic tale. Jordan Nickles is the creative mind behind the characters and the song lyrics in his adaptation of Hansel and Gretel: The Musical. If you have followed JAX over the last 4 years you have seen Jordan transform himself from a “young Scrooge” to the “elder Scrooge” for A Christmas Carol: The Musical. For this, we need to start from the beginning.
In 2011 JAX Theatre had it’s first production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Nickles portrayed “young Scrooge”, Marley’s ghost, and Ol’ Joe. Marley and Ol’ Joe required extensive make-up applications and removals between scenes. Jordan designed his own make-up for the parts and applied and removed one character’s features to transform himself into another character. Jordan brings such energy to his performances and each production is bigger than the previous. In 2012 and 2013 JAX brought in the talent of RJ Haddy to transform Jordan into the “elder Scrooge”. (See blog post:https://pamdecampphoto.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=101&action=edit) Other plays produced by JAX Theatre have been Steel Magnolias, Sleepy Hollow, and Alice’s Wonderland.
In 2013, not only did Haddy transform Jordan into Scrooge he applied his creativity to transform actors into Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Marley’s Ghost.
For the JAX production of Hansel and Gretel: The Musical, RJ Haddy’s talents were called upon again to transform the lovely actress, Eva Martin, into Beatrix the Witch who lures the Hansel and Gretel into her home.
Eva was thrilled with the opportunity to work with RJ. During the time in the make-up chair Eva sat very still and RJ was amazed at her patience while he glued, sponge painted, and airbrushed her features on. The process began with Eva having her beautiful locks of hair covered with a bald cap.
RJ applied a layer of white on Eva’s face. He used his signature Shadow airbrush to apply the contours and fine details to give her face dimension and depth.
During the play the Beatrix takes on her own transformation so cracks are painted onto her “skull” and some of Eva’s own hair is pulled through the bald cap to add to the witch’s realistic appearance. After all Beatrix is 900 years old!
A long flowing wig was added to complete the look.
When RJ is working he attracts on-lookers. These are not they typical on-lookers though. Stacey Morrison and her fiancé Jerod Walker both enjoy crafting sets and experimenting with special effects make-up. They helped to design and build the set for Hansel and Gretel plus provided make-up design for the ballerina Petra.
Below Jerod provides his talent to bring Petra to life.
Below are scenes from Hansel and Gretel: The Musical.
I realized after reading Terrance Jones blog on using bicycles as advertising that I had quite a collection of bicycle photos. Why are we intrigued with shooting bicycles? I think it has to do with the shapes and colors they come in. Enjoy the collection I am going to share with you.
The above photo was taken at Shady Trails Family Campground in Hillsboro Ohio. It sits at the entrance to one of the trails on the property. It has the colorful silk flowers in the basket on the front and the saddlebags on the back. It has been a fixture at the campground for as long as I’ve been there (at least 7 years).
The above bike is also located on Market Street in Portsmouth Ohio, in front of the Market Street Cafe. It is a Huffy and I liked the fact that it was rusted and the wheels are flat! Not exactly “road ready”.
This bike is suspended above a bicycle shop in Chillicothe Ohio. It causes images of ET to flow through my mind.
The above bikes were seen at the Wheelersburg Ohio Flea Market in 2010. I loved the colors and how the vendor had them lined up at his “booth”.
This bicycle is located on Second Street in Portsmouth Ohio and is decorated for fall. I like how people are “re-purposing” these old bikes and using them as decorations.
Last, but not least, this is a bike that is used by the Amish in Bainbridge Ohio. It was parked outside the produce market there.
I hope you enjoy viewing this photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. I am sure I will take more pictures of bicycles as time goes on. It is such a simple yet efficient mode of transportation and it makes for a nice “center piece” for your shop or yard.