Today we’re bringing you some treats from our resident illustrator, Mr. Meekins’ very good friend, Sam Bertken. Sam has been making illustrations for our shows since the very first one, O Best Beloved, before the Peripatetic Players even knew how to peripatet.
For O Best Beloved (2013), Sam drew each of the animals who starred in the stories:
The Elephant’s Child
Old Man Kangaroo being chased by Wild Dog Dingo
Aesop Amuck (2015) also featured some animal stars:
The Ill-Fated Mouse Council
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Beat Poet Crow
Town Mouse & Country Mouse
And this year, he’s drawn the pirate Players mid-adventure aboard their ship! Click the image to download a coloring page of your very own!
…here’s how we colored it in for our poster!
There are just FOUR MORE PERFORMANCES of Shiver We Timbers… click here to see the full schedule!
Last week I sat down with Mr. Samuel Peaches himself to ask him about his creative process. My primary question?
“How do you write a song?”
He gave me his answer in the form of a short essay, which was… interesting to transcribe to say the last. I bring it to you here:
How To Write A Song
Samuel Nathaniel Xavier Peaches III esq.
Writing a song is my Favorite Thing To Do.
I often write such terrible and precious songs that I am unable to continue for my eyes weep rivers or my body reels so. I’ve had songs whisper to me from the driest darkest corners of the earth. Songs that have crushed my back as the sun falling from the sky. Songs that have splintered my core and like the Fearsome Phoenix streaking from the ashes I am Reborn! I have tasted starlight on my tongue, and felt the molten core of Earth almighty on my footsoles.
You must turn yourself inside out and backside in to write a song. Upside Down and Rightside over Left. Only when you are bereft of every single faculty your mind and heart can offer, do your begin to realize your song just might be finished.
But there are many more steps to take and paths to follow before peaking through the leaves: just ahead of you is that little moonlit harbour, sparkling reflections of silvers dance across the water, contrasted by the slowly bobbing amber glow of windows in the village, smoke ambling lazily up into our diamond fretted roof. Grazing clouds feast on the warm tropical air. Fireflies drift past hunting for love and a drink. In the purple distance your ship floats anchored. Dark sails hoisted, gaping portholes slowly lilting back and forth.
You leave the black humming jungle and start down the grassy path, gravity filling your bones with buzzing we haven’t tasted since our youngest years. Your feet pick up speed on the hot earth as your crew lies snoring; dreaming and resting for the voyage that leaves at daybreak; the journey across the sea to lands unknown and wilds untamed.
I think that means that Samuel must travel on a boat to a jungle at sunset to write a song…
How do you write songs?
The Peripatetic Players present a Port Costa FluxFest!
Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25
The Peripatetic Players’ final stop on their 2016 tour will be Port Costa, where the Players are traveling-troupe-in-residence (though they’re rarely spotted in town).
The Players’ performance of Shakespeare or Space Wars at 2pm on Saturday, at Port Costa School House will feature delicious picnic fare available for sale from the Bull Valley Roadhouse — so save some room in your picnic bellies! And that’s not all… the performance kicks off a weekend-long festivity of music, comedy and clowning. The festivities continue thusly:
7-10pm Saturday 9/24:
Fluxxie Cabaret – music next to the Bull Valley RoadhouseCome and go as you wish and your dinner reservations allow!
10am-noon Sunday 9/25:
Flux Brunch – chill morning music and performance next to the Bull Valley Roadhouse
Come and go as you wish and your needs for caffeine and brunch dictate!
2pm Sunday 9/25:
FluxWagon Variety Show – comedy, clowning and music for all ages, in a variety-show format aboard FluxWagon at the Port Costa School House.
Bring a chair or blanket – this is the highlight of the weekend! Clowning from Slater Penny and Danielle Gray, music from Carl & Beatrice and The Port Costa Darlings, and more — hosted by your favorite Peripatetic Players, with eats available from the Bull Valley Roadhouse.
Have you not yet visited Port Costa? Now is your chance!
Be sure to refresh yourself at the Bull Valley Roadhouse or The Warehouse, delight your whimsy at Wendy Addison’s Theatre of Dreams, or stay all night at the Burlington Hotel — and soak up some casual summertime performance in picturesque Port Costa.
No reservations required; donations for performers accepted — that’s how they get paid!
Click here for the full lineup of FluxFest festivities.
The Peripatetic Players first presented Romeo & Juliet in Port Costa in November, 2015
Hi Everyone! Marlene (Princess Gwen) reporting in here.
In t-minus 2.5 hours we will be having our first full rehearsal with the full company, and I couldn’t be more excited! The energy with the troupe is so amazing, and to finally have everyone present is going to super stupendous.
So far we’ve been working on a skeleton outline of what Aesop Amuck is going to look like, and how each fable will flow into the other. We’ve also been exploring more moments for audience interaction and games, and I can tell that one game is going to — well…. you’ll just have to come and see the show to find out!
Lastly, if you want an inside peak into my brain, I’ve created a Pandora shuffle station between “Hot Club Jazz” (listen to some Django Reinhardt) and “Bluegrass”-eqsue (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, anyone?) — it helps to put me in my groove!
Well, I have to keep getting ready for today’s rehearsal — Au revoir!
PS. You can catch Princess Gwen on the following media platforms:
-Email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
PPS. Here is a picture of Princess Gwen playing around as the Country Mouse (from my own Instagram):