Thursday, March 5, 2009

BIENVENUE À SCÈNE 1 - Au Commencement

I dedicate this play to little Bronwyn, a true lover of nature, beauty and truth.

Le Petit Théâtre de Chimères
vous présente une pièce de théâtre en 4 scènes d'après l'auteure dramatique Camille Benoit AKA, Madame Anita! Make sure that your volume is up so you can hear the sounds...

Il était une fois une fillette
Once upon a time there was a young girl that lived in a little cottage carved out from an old oak tree nestled in the heart of the forest.

Her most beloved possession was a magnificent blue bird, whose feathers sparkled by the kiss of the morning sun and shimmered by the rays of the nocturnal moon. When the little creature sang, the sky would shed tears of joy, sending dainty droplets of sweet rain to nourish the forest while the sun would immediately follow suit in a symphony of warm tones and vibratos.

For long ago, the little songbird and her kind had been visited by the infant fairy Condelezza who blessed her with sweet harmony and sprinkled her wings with the blue gossamer dust of angels.

One early morning as they stepped out to the garden to pick wild lavender, the little bird's heart was overtaken by a desire to sing graceful melodies heard only where fairies dwell. Simultaneously, a magnificent being suddenly appeared; she was enveloped in roses as red and intense as passion itself.

She murmured to the little duo, "From where does this gentle music flow?" The child responded, "My lady, the sound you hear issues out from the soul of my sweet Isabeau." The lady slowly knelt on the mossy earth and whispered faintly, "I have found La Diva and she is destined to greatness; Isabeau shall come with me to present herself to the outside world and she will have all of Anastasie at her feet." The young girl's heart broke for she loved Isabeau greatly and could not bear the thought of being separated from her, for the sun was always warmer and the sky forever blue with the song of Isabeau in her soul. However, the child knew that she could not keep Isabeau from the great city of Anastasie, whose name signifies "resurrection. " And though it was painful, she made her farewells. Isabeau then flew away on the shoulders of the messenger in the direction of the great kingdom, while the young girl's eyes followed the waning trail of blue gossamer dust in the ashen morning sky.

La Fin de Scène 1


Champagne now served in the foyer. Scène 2 will begin next week so take your time and sip your bubbly slowly!

Painting by Charles Amable Lenoir - La Bergère

La Diva© is the creation and property of Camille Benoit of Castles Crowns and Cottages and although it is very amateur in nature, we would ask that you respect the author's copyright of all text and photography. Merci beaucoup!


GrandmaK said...

Enchanting. And the champagne is perfection. Thank you! Cathy

Fete et Fleur said...

Wonderful! I am enjoying the champagne and truffles!

My dearest Anita,
This post has come after your latest and I think your patrons might still be waiting in the lobby. You need to go in and change the publish date under your post options. Then they will rush in like crazy.


The Victorian Parlor said...

The champagne est tres bonne! Merci beaucoup for an enchanting evening at the theater. I am looking foreward to the next act:)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Anita, Oh, I just adore this story. I can't wait for the next act next week. How beautiful.

Bluebirds, fairies, the spirit, and spiritual lessons, this is my kind of story. My favorite book is The Children's Bluebird of Happiness. Your word pictures make me want to paint. I love how your words speak a language that suits your lovely castle.


Bonnie said...

I am enjoying your exquisite champagne poured in a delicate crystal flute but my heart is breaking for la petit jeune fille. Act II cannot come soon enough!

The Blogland Diaries said...

Anita, I just love your style. I just went browsing into your favorite places. Oh, I loved the decorating ones and the French ones too. Ahhh, it was like a little vacation. Happy weekend.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Mon chere Madame Benoit,

Bravo! Magnifique! I can not say enough wonderful things about the first act of your new play, La Diva! I has touched my heart deeply, with your tres bonne words, painting a lovely portrait before our eyes.
I am anxiously awaiting Act 2! I would like to reserve my front row seats for the entire play Madame, I MUST have a bird's eye view!

Merci beaucoup & bisous, Madame S.

Excellent champagne!! And please forgive my comment for being so late this evening Madame.

kari and kijsa said...

Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for your kind comment- Kijsa is the younger sister in the old photo- we both blog ,post, comment and skip through blogland together!!
Yum to champagne and truffles!
kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita, I love the idea of our play! And I am dying to see your theatre in person whenever you have some time let's get together and talk about life! I miss you!


The Dutchess said...

We are beautiful this was...a feast for the eye! We fell in love with Isabeau(we do have to tell this is the name of the dutchess's daughter!!)Did you notice that dear Gustave was sitting very still...frozen like..He still is very "dreamy" today.He askt me to tell you the truffels where devine!
I do apologize for me being a bit tipsy.Champangne is like heaven for me ,but Mice a very sensitive persons you know..I do have a bit of a headache!
What a wonderful dress this lady was wearing..almost as beautiful as mine...did you see me?
We are all so looking forward to the next act..
So sad for the sweet young girl to see her beloved fly away...there where tears in my eye..luckely I always have a little flowery handkerchief in my purse..even Gustave had to blow his nose..well ,he blew so hard the handkerchief flew through the theatre I'm afraid..We did find it again under Mozes his seat..he was sitting in a dark corner..(because he didn't want to scare the others!)
He was wearing his top hat and looked like Fred Astair..Mozes is a great dancer!
As you might have noticed..we had a lovely evening..Thank you so very much..
Your friends..
Miss Moussie..Gustave, and Mozes.

The Dutchess said...


How enchanting was this evening in your beautiful Theatre..
I do hope our company wasn't to loud or disturbing..It was the first time Gustave went along with us and dear Mozes decided to follow us in the dark!
I am so enjoying myself in this event..It must have been hard work for you... but isn't it good for the heart and soul.

So happy to have shared this beautiful evening with you.
Merci beaucoup:)

A Bientot..

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest friends,

Thank you for your attendance and your kind words are so much appreciated! Your work inspires me to create. Blessings to all your beautiful women! Anita

Grace said...

What a lovely tale so far!

I have to say, I think you would be utterly enchanted to experience the tale Through the Cobweb Forest if you haven't already. The bird song accompanied by your stage presentation reminded me of this atmospheric story:

A toast to you, and I look forward to act II!

Anonymous said...

Delightful! I am so happy to find you.

Barb said...

Bravo my friend! Well done! I thoroughly enjoyed myself (hubby too). I wanted to thank you for all your prayers as well. They are heard!
I haven't forgotten my award and will be posting soon.

Have a wonderful week.

hugs and more hugs,

Chrissy said...

Lovely, just lovely!!!So glad I came by!!

Marie Antionette said...

Hello sweet Anita, This is truely a very enchanting post.I did not want to the to stop yet.But I will sip on my champagne and wait for the next scene.XXOO Marie Antionette

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Lovely blog!

Grace said...


So glad you liked Through the Cobweb Forest! A friend of mine, Lisa Stock, wrote and co-created it. It's so haunting, and unlike anything else out there online!

Rest assured, I'll probably submit a third act when the time comes. Sounds fun!


Joyce said...

I loved this so much....

The script writer of this fine story was so creative and witty. And the set design was detailed in every way.

Although I only had the "Ginger Ale"..(in a Champagne glass ...Waterford Crystal of course)I felt a tad overwhelmed by all of this.
I been honored to be a part of this special viewing!
Merci Beaucoup,

Castle in the Air said...

What fun!
With all my best,

Ulla said...

Truly Delightful! I am tottering on my heels in anticipation of Act II.
kiss kiss

Grace said...

One random question I wondered about, and the pictures made me think of it.

Where did you get your diamond pane windows?

cityfarmer said...

how did I miss this premiere??
I have a good imagination ... I'll guess there was standing room only!


Grace said...

Oh what a wonderful website!!! It's funny...Tom (husband) and I were just in Home Depot last Saturday and we had someone in the window department price quote us on diamond pane windows. A single standard size window in white vinyl diamond panes was about $320 per window, just the window itself, not even installation. Despairing, I said "I wish they made those vinyl window clings with faux leading."


And the proof is in the pudding...just the pictures I've seen here that incidentally show the windows have me thoroughly impressed as to the finished product! It may be a while till we can use the stuff (though I'm dying to now) because we currently rent, but we're dreaming of home ownership, and keeping an eye on the local market.

Thank you!!

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Hon,I came back to take a secon look and retrive your link ,so that I could put it on my side bar.Hugs Marie

Rosemary said...

Beautiful, enchanting, plus champagne. Wow!!
Thanks so much for visiting me.
Chat soon,

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Je suis sans mots.

Does that make sense? You are so talented and I am so happy that you have shared your wonderful imagination with us!


Barb said...

Hi my dear friend,

I have finally posted on the lovely award. I'm sorry it has taken so long. I can't wait for Scene 2.