Tennessee Williams Tribute: “Kingdom of Earth”

(From Left to Right) Director, M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, and of course, the VIP!
(From Left to Right) Director, M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, and of course, the VIP!

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A storm ‘s a brewin’…the flood waters are a risin’…the levee ‘s a breakin’…one eerie Mississippi night.  All the citizens, doctors, law enforcement, and even “the help” has fled for them higher grounds…except for one lost soul…soon to be joined by two mo’, who seems to be runnin’ toward the danger instead of aways from it… now two half brothers with the same father and totally different mothers and a show business woman transformed into a motherly bride battle it out to see who will gain control of the land.  It’s a testy scrimmage of wits, lust, and who-can-drink-who under the table…these three characters are racing against time. 

The waters keep a risin’ and so does the fear and madness amongst this disgruntled household. What will happen? Will they all make it out alive? Who will get this sacred house and land valued at more than $50,000?  You, tell me.  Go see the astonishing performance of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth in Columbus, Mississippi, April 9-13 at 7:30pm to find out.

Miss VIP chatting with the director about how she began her start in the theatre business. I will have a VIP Interview with Director M.J. Etua on my YouTube channel soon...so, stay tuned:)
Miss VIP chatting with the director about how she became involved in the theatre business.  I will have a VIP Interview with Director M.J. Etua on my YouTube channel soon…so, stay tuned:)

Kingdom of Earth is truly a breathtaking, twisting turn of events play written by renowned American playwright, Tennessee Williams.  Director M.J. Etua made the Tennessee Williams Tribute (TWT) proud as she took on this terrific project to portray Tennessee Williams’ vision of mass controversy set in 1960 in a rural town in the Magnolia State (Mississippi).

(From Left to Right) Sid Caradine (aka Captain Sid), M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, Miss VIP, and Isa Stratton Beaulieu
(From Left to Right) Sid Caradine (aka Captain Sid), M.J. Etua, Brenda Caradine, Miss VIP, and Isa Stratton Beaulieu

Isa Stratton Beaulieu (Set Design), Kay Manzilillo (Costume and Set Decor), Melissa Duncan (Props Mistress), Brenda Caradine (Producer for TWT and TWT Board Chair), Claude Simpson (Set Construction), Ed Moody (Set Construction), and Christopher Blank (Set Construction) did a spectacular job of designing and creating a set that brings the audience into the house with Chicken (David Trotter), Myrtle (Cherri Golden), and Lot (Alex Orsak) as they manipulate to determine the heir to Ravenstock Plantation.

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David Trotter, as Chicken, played quite the interesting character...many viewers of the play says his character's personality varried from sexy to creepy in a matter of minutes. David kept everyone on the edge of their seats as he acted out his character, Chicken in complete and utter perfection.

David Trotter plays quite the interesting and complex character-Chicken…his character’s personality goes from sexy to creepy in a matter of minutes…seconds.  His dark humor, his loneliness, and his rejection by white society leaves the viewer straddling the fence of liking him and despising him.  David’s portrayal of Chicken is complete perfection.  Bravo! Bravo!

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Cherri Golden, as Myrtle, shows off her mad acting skills in the performance of Kingdom of Earth. “As the character of Myrtle, Cherri is now focusing on honoring her skills in whimpering, waffling, and screaming…” (TWT pamphlet) My most memorable moment of her magnificent acting skills is the scene where they talk about “washable velvet”! Cherri Golden’s performance as Myrtle was beyond breathtaking as she was able to transist through each scene with absolute ease.  At times, I found myself unable to catch my breath…and wondering if I should invest in some small appliances….

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Alex Orsak, as Lot, exposed a sense of peace to the intensity of the play.  His character is just as complex and dark as that of Chicken’s.  His weakness, his illness, his paleness are stark contrasts to the attributes of Chicken.  At first meeting, Lot seems to be a charming, sophisticated, and loving young man–full of innocence and dedication to his late mother.  As the play unfolds, the viewer loses faith in Lot…and begins to pity him for not his physical illness, but mental one.  Let me just say one thing without giving away the ending…the last few moments of the play grab’s the attention!  Alex’s portrayal of Lot is stellar.  Two thumbs up and five stars!

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You must see this play, VIP readers! It is so fabulous that I could watch it over and over again!  My goodness!  I must stop chatting about it, or I am just going to give the entire thing away….

Upcoming Blogs, Videos, and VIP Interviews:

  • VIP Interview: Director M.J. Etua

  • VIP Interview: Gabriel Tajeu Part 2

  • Blog: Columbus Spring Pilgrimage–tour of Amzi Love Home

  • Video: Tennessee Williams play coverage featuring Brenda Caradine

  • Video: Amzi Love Home Tour coverage and interviews

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SNEAK PEEK OF THE AWESOME PHOTO SHOOT I HAD AT THE AMZI LOVE HOME IN COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI.
SNEAK PEEK OF THE AWESOME PHOTO SHOOT I HAD TODAY AT THE AMZI LOVE HOME IN COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI.
SNEAK PEEK OF THE AWESOME PHOTO SHOOT I HAD AT THE AMZI LOVE HOME IN COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Sledgehammer

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I want to be your sledgehammer! Why don’t you call my name? Oh, let me be your sledgehammer! This will be my testimony. You’d better call the sledgehammer! Put your mind at rest. I’m going to be-the sledgehammer. This can be my testimony.  I’m your sledgehammer! Let there be no doubt about it. Sledge, sledge, sledgehammer! Oh, hey there, readers! Sorry about my jam-out session to “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel….but these 1980’s high-waist, yellow, acid-washed jeans are so totally rad that I had to break out in song! Wow!Anyway, let’s get down to it, fashionistas! Shall we see what the VIP’s outfit of the week is? Of course, c’mon!

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Shirt: Kohl’s, Jennifer Lopez

Vest: Express

Jeans: Vintage Levi Strauss

Heels: Belk, Zigi Zoho

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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Oh. My. Goodness. Fashionistas. I am so, so, so, so, SO READY for February 15 at midnight! Why, you ask? Wait for ittttttttt……PSYCH SLUMBER PARTY ON USA! Ahh! I am so ready to get all cuddled up in my PJs, eat snacks, and admire the characters Shawn and Gus as they make me laugh throughout the night! I honestly cannot wait….I love you, Shawn and Gus(James Roday and Dule Hill)…y’all are two adorable and funny guys!

I want to be your sledgehammer. Why don’t you call my name? You’d better call the sledgehammer!…I’m going to be the sledgehammer… I’m your sledgehammer! Sledge, sledge, hammer!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: High-Low Dress

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Hello, my lovely fashionistas! It is that wonderful time of the week again…WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Whoo Hoo!

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This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about a brilliant burgundy, high-low dress I purchased at one of my favorite clothing boutiques-Deep South Pout! This dress is so versatile and comfy that I wear it every chance I get! My mom says that it will be the “REO Speedwagon tank top” all over again….but it’s so stylish! That’s enough talk about my fashion obsessions! Let’s get to the topic at hand-the VIP’s ensemble of the week!

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Dress: Deep South Pout (Starkville, Mississippi)

Necklace: Deep South Pout (Starkville, Mississippi)

Purse: Belk, Steve Madden

Heels: Belk, Jessica Simpson

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Oh, I just adore that high-low dress…actually, I love all high-low dresses! Hm…some tips on wearing high-low dresses would be great, don’t ya’ think? Of course, what fabulous fashionista doesn’t love tips! Come on, readers, it’s VIP TIP time! Yay!

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Oh! I almost forgot to tell y’all…Ziva, my precious Giant Schnauzer, is turning two Friday, January 25! My “wittle” sweetheart is growing up so fast! I think I am going to throw her a “Guess Who’s Two” party…hmmm time to go brainstorm for my doggy’s birthday! If you have any super cute ideas, write on the VIP’s Facebook wall! I would love to hear everyone’s suggestions :)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Work That Floral Skirt!

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Long whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, short whistle, long whistle….and whistle some more…Here is a little song I wrote. You might want to sing it for a note. Don’t worry, be happy! Oh, Bobby McFerrin I am very happy! Why? Well, it is time for Weekly Whistle, of course! Oh, Bobby, I am going to have to let you go…I have blog readers awaiting a post! Sing with you later!

Hello, hello, hello, fashionistas! Welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! It is that time of the week again…WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME! Yay! This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about a fabulous floral skirt that I fell in love with at first sight! So, without further ado, I present to you, the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week! *Applause*

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Blouse: The Gap

Skirt: Target

Heels:  Belk, Jessica Simpson

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VIP TIPS:

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  • MIX IT UP: Mixing patterns is a spectacular way to step up an outfit! Floral and polka dots play well together and give off a fun and spunky vibe!
  • WATERFALL OF PEARLS: Do not be afraid to layer different length pearl necklaces! Doing this will create a chic statement that is perfect for any vintage inspired ensemble! Pearls are like neutral heels, they go with everything!

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  • PLAY IT UP: A flowy floral skirt does not always have to be dressy! Play it down with a fun graphic sweatshirt and vibrant hue knee high socks for a exciting and comfortable look!

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To see three more ways you can work a floral skirt in complete style visit my column @ www.realstorypublishing.com “The Adventures of the VIP” in the LifeStyle section!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

High Heels, Tool Belts, and Saw Dust

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Hello, fashionistas, and welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! As you all know, for the past couple of weeks, I have had to trade in my snazzy heels for a tool belt as my family and I renovate a 1981 “fixer upper”. It has not been much glimmer and glamour lately on the blog; however, that is all going to change January 2013! Prepare yourselves for more tips, ensembles, DIYs, Accessory Challenges, and much more! What better way to kick off the new year than with fabulous VIP fashion!

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It has been quite the adventure as I have learned to rip up carpet, carpet tacks, put down floors, paint with the color yellow (I always laughed at my mom when she said that yellow was hard to paint with…),  pick out backsplash tiles, and tear down walls. By the time all of this house renovation is complete, I am going to need a spa day-a refreshing facial and a relaxing mani/pedi!

A strip of the wallpaper from the "his" side of the master bath. I cannot imagine having wicker wallpaper all over the walls....80s fashion was amazing, but their home décor...not so much haha:)
A strip of the wallpaper from the “his” side of the master bath. I cannot imagine having wicker wallpaper all over the walls….80s fashion was amazing, but their home décor…not so much haha:)
My dad and I installing the new butcher block counter tops in the kitchen. Cannot wait to see them all polished and looking fantastic!
My dad and I installing the new butcher block counter tops in the kitchen. Cannot wait to see them all polished and looking fantastic!

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To see more photos of the home renovation project, check out Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art’s Facebook page! www.facebook.com/lollymollyart

You can read more of the VIP on my article @ www.realstorypublishing.com! The Adventures of the VIP in the Lifestyle section!

Town and Gown Magazine is now online as well as printed! You can check out my fashion spread in the November issue @ www.issuu.com/townandgownmagazine! My article is pages 47-49!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn