Archive | July, 2011

Fowler We Need You!

30 Jul

With the show drawing ever so closer by the day we have a few production roles that we need to be filled!
We are looking for-

1 puppeteer: You will assist the lovely Birdie and Lynn with making puppets prior to the show and will help work the puppets during the show… No experience necessary, you will get taught everything you need to know!

Cheerleaders: You will be learning and performing a few routines for the show.
For these roles your commitments would be all day Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August and then afternoons and evenings of Tuesday 9th- Saturday 13th.

If you are interested in any of these roles please contact Nikki on 616 443 7715 or 800-578-1335

We are also looking for 2 people to assist our lighting crew and 2 people to assist backstage Your time commitments would also be all day of the 6th and 7th and afternoons and evenings from the 9th-13th August.

If you are interested in any of these roles please contact Geoff Korf on 323-353-1709 or 800-578-1335

If you can fill any of these roles or know anybody who can, please contact us asap!

Thank You Fowler we look forward to hearing from you!


The Poster Has Arrived!

30 Jul

A Man Comes to Fowler Poster

An Afternoon Exhale

30 Jul

Just got fitted with a perfect 1950s formal farmer outfit.  Hat and all.  Sounds cliche, but I felt the part. Kudos to Kim our costume designer.  She done did her job.

This production experience reminded me of just how fast time is now moving.  The Cornerstone Institute is surely a time space continuum that defies and re-defines time at whichever pace it needs.  The first week and a half felt like eleven weeks, and now a day feels like a flashing image in a dream. That flash is all you can feel and remember, but the whole dream definitely happened and is longer than that one flash.

That being said, we have much work to do, we have much playing to do, we have much learning to do.
Sleep will become a thing of the past, but for now it is the thing that we must negotiate to remain present.

My day in a few flashes:

Little Sally Walker visited us with her rich voice.

MJG stretched our “Collaborative” minds

Dirty-Soapy water waving back at me.

Quesdaillas!!! Yeah!!! and Corn Dumplings! What? They’re amazing.

“Would the barber shave the burns?”

“I really like the people I work with. (smile. raising on her tip toes.) Not many people can say that?”
-Our Captain P.



Community Engagement Team !!! Whoo Hoo :)

29 Jul

Community Engagment Team working to create Library Display Board

The last two weeks has felt like two months. And working closely with the Community Engagement Team, I can truly say the work that they have turned out in this short amount of time (as well as the work that is happening in every other department) is amazing and you would think we had been here much longer.

The team is made of three wonderful women, Melissa, Sabrina and Siobhan. Tirelessly they have come up and executed some wonderful ideas for promoting “A Man Comes to Fowler” and connecting with the residents.

Sabrina hard at work on Marketing Materials for the show

They have …
Organized a Theater Workshop at the Library
Visited community members
Created a Display Board for the Library
Created “A Man Comes to Fowler” Flyer
Facilitated the creation of “A Man Comes to Fowler” Poster

And they are still working! Being able to work with these wonderful women has been a highlight of my days here at the Institute and I just wanted to share.

Short and Sweet
Ashley Walden, Institute Associate

Looking at the library display board to fellow Institute Student Mary

Community Engagement Team, Ashley and Dorothy Feaver (Fowlerite)

Lovely Visitors & Friendly Welcomes

29 Jul

I am appalled at myself that I haven’t yet blogged about our most frequent visitor here at Cornerstone HQ… George Teraoka.

George is a member of the Buddhist church here in Fowler and is absolutely fascinated by the project we are doing.

We met him first last week when he came to talk to us about the Japenease Internment that is part of Fowler history.

My face lights up when George enters the room. Even at 90 years old he brings an energy and presence to this place, everyone loves to see him! He is also making a short film about our time here, so he can regularly be seen wandering around with his camcorder, filming the hubbub of activity that is our daily life. I can’t wait to see it! George is very computer literate so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is reading this – so thank you for everything George, we love having you here!!

George filming inside the Buddhist Social Hall for his documentary project.

To continue the theme of great people in Fowler, Sabrina, Melissa, Ashley and I went to visit a lovely lady called Dorothy today. Dorothy is 97 years old and lives in a lovely house out amongst the vineyards and orchards. We spent an hour talking to Dorothy and her son George, about the play and our experiences in Fowler whilst having a soda and very tasty biscuits! It’s great getting out into the community and giving people insight into the work of Cornerstone Theater and the process of creating a community engaged play. Both George and Dorothy are coming to see the show and will also be joining us for dinner next Wednesday… woohoo!


Late Night Rehearsals

29 Jul

I spent a wonderful 4 hours in rehearsals last night. We were working on a beautiful poem that is part of the play and the whole cast was working together to create a movement sequence to accompany it.

It was great to see the whole cast together. During breaks I looked around the room to see community members deep in conversation with each other and Cornerstone members. It feels like we have gotten to a stage where the lines have become blurred between the two and we are an ensemble.

As part of a display board we are putting together to archive in the Fowler Library we are gathering some quotes from community members in the play. I wanted to share with you all the response I got from a lady called Rose. I asked her what she thought the play says about Fowler.

“People talk about a broken America, the corruption, the wars, but this play shows the heart and values of America, the sacrifice and service of the people of Fowler”

Amazing stuff.

An integral part of the Cornerstone process are our “check in’s” to see how everyone is doing at the beginning of a rehearsal/session/class and a “check out” to see how everyone is doing at the end. The check out at rehearsal last night was powerful. Amongst other amazing things people said ‘I’m going to miss you guys when you’re gone” and “after a day at work I am tired but this energizes me, I love being here” It was a great check out!

So rehearsals are going well! In less significant news I went to cheerleader rehearsal today. As an English girl I was deprived of such experiences, but I think I’ve got what it takes to make the cut (please Laurie please!)


Feedback from Community Participants

29 Jul

Last night, Siobhan, Melissa & I were lucky enough to attend rehearsal and get to talk with some of the lovely cast members. We asked some specific questions to see how they felt the process was coming along – and we were so grateful for their responses. It really affirmed once again that something magical is happening here.

Here are just a few of the responses we were able to collect last night:

– What do you think the play says about Fowler?

  • “It gives a great historic perspective, and I am learning many things about Fowler that I didn’t know before.”
  • “It brings the past and present together. Change is always with us – and this city has adapted to change over the years and that is what I love about this town.”
  • “It says everything!”

– What has your experience been like doing this play?

  • “It has been really cool to see everything that goes into creating a brand new play.”
  • “This has been rewarding & energizing, and has brought me back to before my injury. I’m starting to see a glimmer of the old me.”
  • “This has been an amazing opportunity for people to pull together – we are taking ordinary moments and elevating them.”
  • “I have many lines to memorize. For example, when The Man says something, I have to say something back – so I have to know his lines too.”
  • “This is the most fun I’ve had in a very long time!”

So, with our first run-through of the play scheduled for Sunday, it looks like the cast is feeling confident and that they are well on their way to an amazing production!

More to come!

Sabrina, Melissa & Siobhan

Community Engagement Team