Paint Horse Rides Out With a Bang!

Old Cowhand, his Paint Horse and the cow punchers

Old Cowhand, his Paint Horse and the cow punchers

The Girl I Left Behind Me drew over 430 people to the Pilot Point Opera House over four performances. Audiences were supportive and responsive and the cast got three standing ovations!

With each show, our 24 young actors and two adults continued to improve and enliven their characters, their delivery, and their team work. By the final matinee, the newbies to the stage looked confident and comfortable and the veterans were obviously enjoying themselves!

We devised new ways to entertain the crowd between curtain pulls, during scenery and mic changes. The Paint Horse was a big hit! (Thank you, Alex!) Calamity Jane and the Paint Horse invented even more creative antics for the last, big scenery switch. (See our Facebook page!)

Big Chief Heap o' Trouble and Scouts

Big Chief Heap o’ Trouble and Scouts

Compliments from the audience flowed freely, for the cast and for the original script and music! That always makes the crazy writer/director feel mighty good!

The band ~ guitar, keyboard, and drums ~ enjoyed the very lively addition of George Merritt’s fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. The music was toe-tapping, for sure.

The young actors benefited from some history lessons and a little cultural literacy. We oldies are realizing that the memory of our Western heritage ~ a subject in which everyone was once so well versed ~ is fading. We had to explain “dogies” and “cattle puncher” and “cattle rustler” and “noose,” and we found that the song Old Chisholm Trail was no longer familiar, even to many parents! And this is Texas!

We also had to explain the old phrase, “the cattle are lowing,” which is the first line of the second verse of the very well-known Christmas carol, Away in a Manger. We made a joke of the “lowing,” and thankfully, many in the audience seemed to “get it”!

Enjoy these photos, then click our Facebook icon and go look at all the “during the show” action shots on our public fan page. Leave a comment on the blog! Like a photo on the Facebook! The Paint Horse will get all excited!

As you can see, this rip-snorting, prairie Western musical was a lot of fun for everyone!! It’s hard to let the Paint Horse go!

But before we do, let’s watch Lilly twirl that lasso!

 

 

 

Sarsaparilla Sal, Calamity Jane, and Lasso Lilly

Sarsaparilla Sal, Calamity Jane, and Lasso Lilly

 

No Whoa Joe, Kate, Adeline, and Gil

No Whoa Joe, Kate, Adeline, and Gil

 

The City Slicker and Admiring Prairie Town Girls

The City Slicker and Admiring Prairie Town Girls

 

Philadelphia color

The Girl He Left Behind in Her Philadelphia Parlor

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2 Responses to Paint Horse Rides Out With a Bang!

  • Ben says:

    This and Sam Shade are the best plays I’ve ever been in!!! Matthew, Elissia, Cooper, Josh and Anthony gave some of the best performances! And it was also the quickest I’ve ever picked up on a song! Keep up the good work!!!

  • Susan says:

    “The Girl I Left Behind Me” was a very fun play for both the actors and audience alike. There was a lot of history and slapstick mixed together for an entertaining show. The music was wonderfully written with catchy tunes in the style of the era. This was another outstanding production, S. A. Cranfill!

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