Saturday, August 22, 2009

Act 3 and ...Meet the Playwright!

Bienvenue à tous! Welcome back everyone! Before the curtain goes up for my third act, I would like to tell you a little about myself.

I have a fond admiration of the theatre; I was fortunate enough to dabble in acting and dancing after high school and since then, I have successfully incorporated theatre arts in my elementary classroom to supplement my French language arts curriculum. I enjoy creative writing but most of all, my passion is to prompt others to think about developing their own writing skills.

My plays are a fun writing project for me but the best part is giving my audience the chance to pick up where I have left off; so if you would like to try submitting an ending, please see the details at the bottom of this post! Please use the sidebar to help with the definition of French words. Now, without further ado, please turn up the music and...Le Petit Théâtre de Chimères vous présente,

act 3
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Meanwhile back at the famous boutique

M. Bergeron and his fashionable clique

continued their fashion shows hugging and kissing

until Madame Chou Chou said, "C'est bizarre, something's missing!"

Voilà!"She cried out! "I know what's not right!

it's that scamp named Balzac, he's been out of our sight!

Gone is the biting, the growling and stares

nobody liked him, nobody cares!"

Some wondered and asked where Balzac may have been

while others hissed "Tant mieux! good riddance to him!

Now we can show off our beautiful works

without his ridiculous manies and quirks!"

However Balzac was enjoying success

the children had loved him in spite of this mess

for he was Toto, their hero, their friend

who in every adventure was good to the end.

However one evening upon his large bed

Toto or Balzac got it into his head

to wish to become the dog he had been

to be totally transformed, without and within.

The children had hugged him so much he was stained

he needed a wash so once he was trained

to go get his towel and a bar of savon

he got a hot bath from l'artiste de Lyon.

So in order to see what followed his bath

you need to click Youtube so that you can laugh

For now he was back in his own curly fur!

Growling and yapping with each single grrrr...

he loved being real again in his skin

but will he be loved without and within

by all the young children and famous artistes

how goes this ending, magnifique or triste?


Well, it's entirely up to you! While Balzac was a real dog, he could sometimes be annoying to the clientele...GRRRRRR.....

However, as a stuffed animal, his scrappy tendencies went unnoticed while he was trapped in the form of a lovable toy! So what will he choose to live as? Is it better to be free to be himself and roam as a "real" annoyance or exist as a docile, sweet jouet?

Act four is the grand finale. If you would like to participate, please submit your entries to my email by no later than Friday, September 4, 2009:

Entries shouldn't be too long. We want them to be readable and short enough to make them interesting to the readers. I will post all entries anonymously by Saturday evening, September 5 so that all of you will be able to read them and vote for your favorite! Saturday September 12 at midnight, I will count the votes and post the winner!

So now shuffle on over to the main dining room in that skin tight gown

and loosen that tight little belt a few notches

and let's dine together à la française on the terrace of my villa to celebrate a successful ending and a happy, productive school year!


Diana Vreeland
Ives St. Laurent and other black and white vintage photos from
Eze, France - Castles Crowns and Cottages

Saturday, August 15, 2009

ACT 2 - Good Night Sweet Prince

Curtain call! Everyone back to their seats and make sure the music is turned up, please!

What a cavalcade of fashionable theatre goers! Let's see what some of you are wearing tonight

Just lovely...we have some Adrian Brown, vintage classics and Givency! Oh! The curtain is rising....

second act
Build your own Blingee

1, 2, 3...Action:

As was his routine at the end of the day

Monsieur Balzac wanted to wander and play

In and around all the Parisian parks

The Tuileries was one of his favorite landmarks.

He'd putt-putt his way in his little machine

all shiny and bright and incredibly clean.

Once he would get there he'd frolic and stray

on the grounds of the park he would spend all the day

exploring and looking for something brand new

to tear or to sniff or devour and chew

Until he met up with a certain artiste

who happened to spot him with l'accordioniste

"Ce chien est charmant, vachement rigolo!"

he cried out in French and named him Toto.

For Balzac smirked incessantly with his famous grimace

like the artist's main character in his book called Audace!

They made their acquaintances one afternoon

and since, every night under the bright Paris moon

they read the adventures of Toto the great

so much that Balzac was to meet an odd fate

for his link to Toto was incredibly strange

that he suddenly found himself totally changed

his fur had a feel like no other "boy"

Can you guess what had happened? He turned into a toy!

The artist would read from his book to the crowd

while Balzac charmed the children, oh how he was proud

that everyone loved him and stroked his ruff fur

however he couldn't utter one GRRRRR!

There he stood lifeless but loved nonetheless

but how he had wanted to get out of this mess!


"Bravo! Encore! Author!"

Oh, you are too, too kind.

No really, please, you are such a marvelous audience!

What will be become of Balzac? Please come back next Saturday and see Act 3. In the meantime, start thinking about how you would like to see the final act, act 4 come to an end! Next week I will mention the details of our playwrights' night. Do stay in the lobby and mingle with the crowd! There are plenty of goodies left to nibble on!

A la prochaine! So don't forget, act 3 is next Saturday and then it is entirely up to you to submit a final act!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Le Petit Théâtre de Chimères Vous Présente

You made it! How wonderful...Vous êtes ravissantes, you look ravishing, all of you! Whether you have chosen to come in flamboyant colors or in basic black,

you are all gorgeous and appropriately dressed to see the first act of Goodnight Sweet Prince, a little pièce de théâtre that takes place in the fashion district of Paris! So look inside of your little satin bags and get out your lorgnettes and make sure the music is turned up

hang up your stoles in the foyer closet

and use the complimentary phone in the lobby to call your friends and remind them to come

and be princesses of the theatre for the night! Oh, is that who I think it is? Yes...I believe Miss Moussie, Mozes, Gustave and The Dutchess are pulling up in their magical carriage for the evening!

Well then, it looks like everyone is here! Let us begin Act 1 of Goodnight Sweet Prince; please see the sidebar to look up the French words and their pronunciation and meaning...

An old street in Paris, Rue de Sainte Honoré

remains the most famous street still to this day

for boasting the most elegant boutiques in town

to find the loveliest hat or silk gown.

And there a most famous couturier

has an unusual assistant I have to say

for he is a scrappy and shaggy monsieur

with button eyes and an uncanny allure

with floppy ears and a certain knack

for knowing who's buying

his name is Balzac.

He sings and he whistles and warns his patron

his master and keeper, Monsieur Bergeron

who comes and who goes and who browses and buys

nothing gets past his scrupulous brown eyes!

So if you desire a Bergeron brand

you better be serious to pay on demand

and upon leaving this famous salon

please say, "Merci Monsieur Bergeron!

And do not forget to say a "Merci"

to Monsieur Balzac or else you will see

his teeth sinking into your favorite shoes

"Give me attention, or this you shall lose!"

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End act 1

You have been introduced to one of our characters in this short four act, interactive play. For those of you who are new to Castles Crowns and Cottages, I am inviting you, the readers to follow the story line and when the fourth act approaches, you are all invited to submit an ending to this play. We have started out in rhyme but by no means does the ending have to be a poem!

We hope that you have enjoyed the theatre tonight; it is a lovely evening outside and you are invited out on the terrace for music, more calorie-free refreshments and delicacies!

Have a safe trip home and see you next Saturday for act 2!

À votre santé!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Opening Night Compliments of Harrods and Le Nôtre!

Le Petit Théâtre de Chimères is opening its doors once again this Saturday night for a black glove and gown event! Hor d'oeuvres, desserts and champagne all compliments of the illustrious Harrod's of London and le fameux Le Nôtre of Paris!

Curtain call is at 7:00pm but don't hesitate one minute! Once everyone gets wind of the tantalizing little calorie-free delicacies being served up before the show starts, there will be a stampede, so glide on in Mesdames et Messieurs get your tarts, cheese and champagne, vite!

Once you have been served, feel free to browse in the foyer until the bells rings for the first act of

Goodnight, Sweet Prince

Until then, get some rest, give yourselves a little spa treatment and have a great week!

But....before we go, I would like you to know about a very special give-away. Patricia from Patita Dolls is literally at the potter's wheel at this moment, handcrafting the most amazing miniature pottery, just for a lucky winner of her give-away. I will be saying more about this talented and inspiring artist very soon, but I invite you to visit her and leave a comment. By doing so, you stand the chance of winning a give-away where she will make a special miniature piece. Please see her blog for the details. Click on this image on my sidebar and watch what this woman can do. You just might be lured into a magical world from which you don't want to return...Please visit her Woolytales blog as well. And, she is also a master marionette maker! There is no stopping Patricia! Enjoy, et à samedi!