Monday, August 18, 2008

One Down, Two To Go

What a weekend! Sorry about this belated post, but Sunday was a day of needed rest with the family.

But I'm happy to report that the first weekend of Walkabout: Theater on your Feet and the Alley of Art in downtown Elgin was a huge success. Yes, we had some minor issues when we arrived at Du Page Court. The court was a mess due to the previous night's festivities generated by the Pub Crawl. And we also had no power for The Rory Miller Band. But thanks to the help of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission liaison Sylvia Grady, the stones were swept and the lights were turned on.

Much thanks also goes out to our wonderful volunteers. They helped us set up the whole event and they also made their way through a downtown that's still under construction. Actually, we had to adjust our route because the sidewalk at the corner of Chicago Street and Dundee Avenue was out of commission and not even one person could pass, let alone a group of people.

Needless to say, it was an eventful day - where the weather was fine, the people were excited, the actors performed, the musicians played, the artists displayed, and the malts flowed - at Al's Cafe.

PHOTO: Lynn Wirth can't contain herself during her Walkabout performance.

Oh, did I also mention that we filled up all the tours? That's right. All five theater walking tours were packed with people ready for anything.

I will be posting more this week, featuring stories about people's perceptions of Walkabout. In the meantime, take a look at the picture above. It's actor Lynn Wirth, who performs in Face-T-Face's "Mrs. Sorken." At this moment in the play she has a revelation and is elated. (Actually, I didn't quite get the shot right because she was coming right at me.) Regardless, that photo captures the excitement of the day.

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