WAIT! DON'T TURN THAT DIAL!
BONSOIR MESDAMES ET MESSIEURS....and welcome to my mind. I am honored to be a contributor to the blog Nowhere where wit, whimsy, and wild adventures meet up with creative and carefree spirits to produce some of my most memorable moments in Blogland and where my dormant drawing skills have been revived. Please visit us in Nowhere, but I warn you, ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK of becoming a child again....
So, like Tea Rat and Rattus, take out your opera glasses and click on all the images to see the details of a night at the theatre in Nowhere....
"I say old man, where are your trousers? And that purple velvet cape and green boots, what were you thinking?" nervously chirped Rattus, as he realized that this was Nowhere's first cultural event of the year and that first impressions are of the utmost importance. "Old thing, tonight is a night to bring out one's best. LOOK! THERE'S THE PLAYBILL; let's dash over to be the first to see it. OH BOTHER! Where are my opera glasses...the print is quite small," said Tea Rat as he discretely inched and squinted his way closer to read. With a tone of admiration and a quiver in his voice he read each word as if savoring every last morsel of his favorite cheese:
Gingerly entering the gilded foyer, it was evident that Tea and Rattus were not the first patrons there; the interior of The Royal Theatre of Nowhere was buzzing with distinguished guests. Quietly taking their seats at the balcony, the lights gently dimmed to announce the slow rise of the heavy velvet curtain...the music swelled as Tea suddenly hurled his husky little body to the rim of the balcony, snatching Rattus's pince-nez, and forgetting all dignity accorded to a rat of such distinction.
"MIND YOURSELF OLD MAN" hissed Rattus as discretely as possible. But it was too late for there was the esteemed but impulsive Tea Rat, perched over the balcony like a rube piping out, "THERE SHE IS...ISN'T SHE A PEACH? I HAVE WORSHIPED HER FOR YEARS..."
As the illustrious Miss Moussie gave the signal with her paw, the curtain majestically elevated to great heights as an enormous gilded moon slowly descended and introduced the pageantry in all its luster:
CIRQUE DE LA LUNE
The atmosphere of the theatre rapidly transformed into a Parisian Cabaret as the musical number LE CAN-CAN seized the moment; then suddenly, a loud roar erupted from the audience as none other than the lovely cabaret star JOLI entered stage right...AND THE CROWD WENT WILD!
The front row of young mice could not contain themselves, and if you think they got an eyeful with Joli's entrance, think again! These boys are gonna have something to write home about after seeing Joli's spectacular ending!
The dynamic juggling and clown duo of BEBE
kept the jovial rhythm spinning, when suddenly who else comes a rollin'in?
MOZES,THE DANCING BEAR!
Agility and grace doesn't stop here folks....JASPER THE KING OF THE DANCING POODLES has demonstrated extraordinary skills!
And Gretta is back with RACCOON THE MAGNIFICENT AND HIS FLYING TRAPEZE to, OOPS.....HOLD ON TO RAC'S PAWS, GRETTA! Isn't she a troopa?
And now, for the grand fina-l.........uh, we seem to have a....WAIT! There appears to be an individual who is frantically running down the main aisle, and...is now on stage and is vociferously proclaiming, "WELCOME DISTINGUISHED GUESTS....I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF...MY COLLEAGUE AND I ARE TONIGHT'S CRITICS...
"Yes Sir, thank you very much but,..." said Bebe, dressed for her final number, as she gently nudged Tea Rat towards stage right...
"I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW WONDERFU........."
The orchestra took this as its cue to strike up the band for the final number and present all the magnificent players of Miss Moussie's Travelin' Show
and wrap up a most memorable evening in Nowhere.
Tea and Rattus decided to walk home under the silver sliver of the Nowhere moon. "That was a smashing show tonight, wouldn't you say old thing? We have much to write about for our critique tonight, don't we sir?" asked Tea Rat.
"We certainly do, old man, we certainly do" whispered Rattus with a smile for his friend.
All text, pencil drawings and paper cut-outs by Anita from
Castles Crowns and Cottages ©
Drawing and creation of Miss Moussie by my esteemed friend and fellow artist
The ideas of Mozes, Gretta, Raccoon, Bebe, Jasper and Joli and Tea Rat and Rattus were conceived by The Dutchess, Jacqueline, Patricia, Penny and Anita and Ruben, respectively.
If you would like to read Tea and Rattus's Theatre Critique, it's only a click away!