Thursday, December 24, 2009

Recommended Reading

One of my favorite books this year. The story of 13 women who share a diamond necklace and the uplifting and empowering power of friendship.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rothschilds Back on Broadway

The Miami Herald reports that Miami producer and former director of Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse, Arnold Mittelman, who ran Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse from 1985 until it's closing in 2006 is planning the first Broadway revival of The Rothschilds, a 1970 musical written by Sherman Yellen and featuring a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

Based on The Rothschilds by Frederic Morton, it tells of the rise of the Rothschild family from humble beginnings in Germany, to their founding of their financial empire and growing political influence under the guidance of patriarch Mayer Rothschild, to their assistance in funding Napoleon's defeat, and how they secure a declaration of rights for European Jews in the midst of an oppressive era. The Rothschilds was the last collaboration between Bock and Harnick. The show won a Tony Award for its original star Hal Linden,

Mittelman presented the show at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in April 1995. The Herald reports that he intends to hire that version's director, Jeffrey B. Moss, to helm the Broadway installment. Financing is allegedly in place, however, no venue has been secured. Mittelman has indicated that he plans to first open the new production outside of New York, with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Old Globe being top options. He aspires to bring the production into New York in 2010 or 2011.

The production will have a capitalization of $7 million.

"I believe it's a story that has extraordinary relevance, and that it can be an inspiration,' Mittelman said of the endeavor.

As a producer, Mittelman is responsible for more than 200 ethnically diverse plays, musicals, educational and special events performed on two stages during his 21-year tenure at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. These plays and musicals were highlighted by 28 World or American premieres. Forty Playhouse productions, featuring some of the industry's greatest theatrical talents and supported by innovative partnerships between the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, transferred directly to Broadway, off-Broadway, toured, or went on to other national and international venues. This body of work includes three Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights directing their own work for the first time in a major theatrical production: Edward Albee - Seascape; David Auburn - Proof; and Nilo Cruz - Anna In the Tropics. Musical legends Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman, Jimmy Buffett, John Kander and Fred Ebb were in residence at The Playhouse to develop world premiere productions. The Coconut Grove Playhouse has also been honored by the participation of librettist/writers Herman Wouk, Alfred Uhry, Jerome Weidman, Terrence McNally and Mario Vargas Llosa. Numerous Tony Award winning actors, directors, choreographers and designers worked with Mr.Mittelman. In addition, while at The Playhouse he oversaw the creation of an education program that included an ongoing professionally taught theatrical training curriculum, internships, scholarships and in-school touring program that commissioned and produced 35 socially relevant plays reaching thousands of children.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


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Thursday, December 03, 2009


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Saturday, November 07, 2009

What's in a Name

Many women fill out a lot of paperwork to change their names after marriage.

When my husband Larry and I married more than 25 years ago, I kept my name. I'm a Falion, he's a Savoie; a point of pride, for professional reasons and mostly one tiny effort to preserve and honor a family name in danger of dying out. The other day Larry sent this to me.

It made me smile. I did a little dance. I felt a little vindicated!!

(Reported by CNN from

Lots of folks have Sunday morning rituals -- church, pancakes, watching football. I turn to the wedding pages.

Every Sunday, I open up The New York Times to check out the wedding announcements.

They call that "the sports section for women," which is annoying, because it presupposes that, because I'm a chick, (a) I don't like sports and (b) I love weddings. To which I say, (a) I know what a hat trick is and (b) wedding invitations are just bills written in calligraphy.

No: I check out the wedding announcements because I want to see how many women change their names.

I am freshly gobsmacked every single Sunday morning when I see that about half the women -- mostly under 35, all women with careers, all women who chose to submit their announcement to the putatively liberal New York Times --are electing to give up their identity.

What would Lucy Stone say? She was a 19th-century suffragist who was the first American woman to revert to her birth name after marriage. She even had to chastise one Susan B. Anthony by writing to Suze, "A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers." Stone's followers -- women who refused to change their names upon marriage -- were called Stoners.

Today only about 20 percent of American women are Stoners. In other words, 80 percent of women change their identities -- I mean, names -- upon getting married.

It makes me wish we were a more progressive country like...Iran. Yes, Iran, where Muslim women keep their names for life. So must women, by law, keep their names in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Malaysia, Korea...I could go on, but I really like the way they do it in Spain.

There, people have two surnames -- their father's and their mother's. When they have a child, she receives the first surname from the father and the second surname is the first surname of the mother, and the parents choose whether the father's or the mother's surname goes first, although this order must be the same for all their children.

If that was a bit confusing, it's just because they use the metric system.

Names are our identity. They matter. Think about it: What does the Witness Protection Program do when they want you to disappear? They make you keep your first name and change your last name. When someone illegally assumes someone else's name, we say an identity's been stolen; when someone legally assumes someone else's name, we're married.

Let's cut through the most platitudinous argument: "A family shares a name." Um, nuh-uh. Did your grandmother have the same last name as you? Was she still your Nana? Conversely, does having the same last name mean you'll always stay a family? Ask the Gibsons or the McCartneys or the McGreeveys or...

What's in a name? You tell me...

• Would you want to lay down seven grand to buy a wedding dress from Vera Becker? (Vera Wang?)

• How about listen to a song from Mariah Cannon, Jennifer Anthony or Barbra Brolin? (Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand)

• Read a cover story on Angie Pitt? (Angelina Jolie)

• Netflix an old film with Elizabeth Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Warner Fortensky? (Elizabeth Taylor, natch)

• Or get your nightly news from Katie Monahan? (Katie Couric)

• Gloria Bale needs her surname like a fish needs a Steinem. (Gloria Steinem)

• And does the name Sonia Noonan suggest an "extraordinary journey"? (Sonia Sotomayor)

By the way, my wedding announcement was in The New York Times. When I submitted it, I wrote, "The groom is keeping his name." The Times did not publish that sentence. I guess they thought it was a typo.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mark Your Calendar

The Mason Holiday Craft Show and Home Tour is coming soon. Thursday-Saturday, November 12-14, 9-9 Thurs and Fri. and 9-4 Sat.

I'll be back at the Iron Pig Antiques on Columbia Road with gorgeous new jewelry designs.

Keep following this blog for more information and a peek at my new designs.

Give well! Spend Less!

Monday, October 19, 2009

World Premeire

SISTERS a staged reading of a play about the conflict between love, family, faith, and fame will premiere at Riverwalk Theatre, Sunday, November 8, at 7 p.m. One night only. Free

Louisiana, 1944; a young opera singer must make the ultimate sacrifice. Gabrielle is on the verge of a career breakthrough in the lead role of Lucia di Lammermoor with the Metropolitan Opera when she must make an excruciating choice.

Featuring a stellar cast of local performers: Addiann Hinds, Kat Cooper, Evan Pinsonnault, Mara Schaberg, Bill Shipley, Bill Henson, Mark Zussman, Colleen Bethea, Lindsay Palinsky, Theresa Spisak, Sierra Olsen

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hot! Potato

This is my Ah Ha moment about the baked potato. Why did my baked potatoes never taste as good as the restaurant ones? I've wondered that for years. Was it the foil? Was it the oven? Was it the potato?

Last night after having a wonderful dinner with the GNO group, I carried home delicious left overs for lunch today.

As I was enjoying said leftovers, I was still asking myself, why was this potato so good?

I took action.
Went online and googled restaurant style potatoes and found the answer!

Ah Ha! It's the oil and the salt. So tonight, a little experiment.
I oiled my potatoes with olive oil, salted them with sea salt and baked them the proper way, in the oven for more than an hour.
Voila! Restaurant potatoes; crispy, chewy skins with a rich deep flavor!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bath Massacre by Arnie Bernstein

Arnie Bernstein has written a wonderful book about the Bath Massacre. Check it out. He will be at the Grand Rapids Library this Saturday (10-4) along with Dave Cullen (Columbine) and Mardi Link (Isadore's Secret) for a book reading.

Below is my review for Amazon of his book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Bath Massacre, October 14, 2009
By Jane B. Falion (Okemos, Mi USA)

Bath Massacre is the compelling account of the tragic events of May 18, 1927 in the tiny town of Bath, Michigan where Andrew Kehoe dynamites the local consolidated school killing 45; 38 of them children.

Bernstein takes the reader back to the bustling and growing town of Bath and lays the foundation of the town and its people leading up to that fateful day when a disgruntled farmer and school board member sets out on a path of destruction: mudering his wife, setting his farm on fire, blowing up the school, and eventually killing himself and others in a final devastating explosion. He delves into the mind of this madman trying to make sense of a senseless act.

Thorough, detailed, and gripping.Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Where I Went for Summer Vacation

Soo Locks, Frontier Town, Deer Ranch, Our Lady of the Pines, Totem Village, The Underground Forest, and Hiawatha. If these names conjur up visions of summer vacations of your childhood you can relive them in all their glory...but you have to be quick! The Michigan Historical Museum is ending it's eight month exhibit MICHIGAN'S ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS and it is WONDERFUL!
The museum is free, parking is inexpensive and the exhibit can be easily seen in an hour but you'll want to spend more time. Bring your camera, you can take photos.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Every Dog Has Its Day

Why is a hotdog with meat sauce called a "Michigan Dog" in New York and a "Coney (Island)Dog" in Michigan? a pressing question I know, one I've wondered about for several years but it was this weekend in Royal Oak that prompted the answer.

After passing at least a dozen or more "Coney Island" named restaurants we started talking about this phenomenon and also wondered why there were so many "Coney Islands" in Detroit.

Several years ago in upstate New York I had this conversation with the deli guy. "I'd like a hot dog, please." The deli guy said, "Regular or a Michigan dog?" "What's a Michigan dog" I asked? "Oh, its a hotdog with meat sauce." "Wait, I said, "Isn't that a Coney dog? You know, after Coney Island IN NEW YORK."

So a little googling was in order. Apparently there are competing claims to fame about the invention of the "Michigan" dog. Here's what I found...

Coney Islands are a unique type of Greek American restaurant that originated in Detroit. Several restaurants claim to have invented the name and concept. Claimants include American Coney Island in downtown Detroit, established by Greek immigrant Gust Keros in 1917, with the then-owner contending that he had bought a similarly configured chili dog at the well known New York park. The first Coney Islands were started by Keros and his brother, who got into an argument quite soon after and split their restaurant into two parts--the present day Lafayette and American Coney Islands which are next door to each other, and who to this day argue about which is the "original." Similar claims are made by Todoroff's in Jackson, Michigan.

The Todroff Claim....

Although there are many different varieties of Michigan sauce[2] available today, the original Michigan sauce was created by Mr. George Todoroff in Jackson, Michigan. The sauce was originally created to be used as chile sauce. In 1914, Mr. Todoroff took his recipe to Coney Island in Brooklyn New York and opened his first restaurant. However, the hot dog hadn’t arrived on the scene when he first opened his restaurant, so he had to wait until 1916 to make his first famous "Jackson Coney Island" hot dog. Todoroff's restaurant in Jackson remains in business to this day.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


AN ACT OF MADNESS: The Bath School Bombing


7 P.M.



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Encore Performance

An Act of Madness: The Bath School Bombing has been invited by the township of Bath to perform our piece for the community. Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm is the tentative date. As soon as the place is finalized I will post details. If you were not able to catch the show or were turned away at the door, you are invited to this performance. An Act of Madness tells the heartbreaking story of one of America's worst mass murders in a school at the hands of one individual. More information to follow


Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Bird's "Eye" View

The sound of chirping birds can be heard at the Long Island Railroad waiting area in Penn Station. The birds, however, are recorded, and the sound is used to guide visually impaired travelers to an automated information booth with a talking map and telephone keypad.

From LKFAWKP : New York mentioned earlier

Friday, August 14, 2009

Deconstructing Columbine

I'm in the midst of reading Dave Cullen's book Columbine; I plan to go to a book reading where both he and Arnie Bernstein the author of The Bath Massacre will appear. With 20/20 hindsight and access to previously sealed documents, this book gives a complete accounting of the events that day. Along the way he debunks almost every myth you might believe about the killers, the last words of a dying student, the police, and the investigation. Incredible book. A MUST read!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Great White Way

A few weeks ago Matt Lauer of NBC's Today show did a stint as a celebrity tour guide on one of NYC's Circle Line Tours. He was asked why New York was called The Big Apple and why Broadway was called The Great White Way. He didn't know the answer but you will.

"The Great White Way" was originally the title of a 1901 book about the South Pole. The term was applied to Broadway by Shep Friedman of the New York Morning Telegraph, after a snowstorm on Broadway in 1902 had turned the street into a "white way." Later, "white way" referred to the lights of Broadway.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In a New York Minute

"Thanks to an uncanny knack for getting his guests to reveal more than they ever intended (without even asking questions), James Lipton, founding Dean of the Actor's Studio and host of TV's Inside the Actor's Studio has been asked by the N.Y.P.D. to coach homicide detectives in the art of interrrogation."

Today's random fact from Little Known Facts about Well Known Places by David Hoffman. Hereafter, the acronym LKFAWKP.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bon Appetit

Julie & Julia opened this weekend. I've been dying to see this movie, so much so that I went to a 10:50 a.m. screening! Two of my favorite actresses Amy Adams and Meryl Streep; what could be better?

Meryl Streep is brilliant in this role. She channels Julia almost better than Julia. She's hilarious, tender and her relationship with her husband is a thing of beauty. Amy Adams is fabulous as well but it is really Meryl Streep's show unlike the book Julie & Julia by Julie Powell.

If you've read the book (and you should) you'll find the focus of the movie is a little different. We see and hear a good deal more about Julia than Julie. The movie is more about Julia's life than her impossible and improbable recipes. No hacking out bone marrow for gelatinous aspics of floating eggs, no puree of cauliflower and watercress with cream and sadly very little about her riotous friends. You'll have to read the book for all of that . And DO read the book.

I dug out my mom's old copy of Mastering the Art of French cooking just to see if she really described in such detail some of the processes and it did not disappoint. You could read this book for entertainment without lifting a copper pot. I think I've come to the conclusion, that although I am French through and through, French cooking would strain my delicate palate not to mention my patience. Give me Italian every time. Sorry Julia.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Soups On!

I love soup but I don't really make it with one exception. This is an incredible soup! I've had a few requests for this lately so I thought I'd post it here.
Thanks to my friend Nora for passing this one along.


Chop 4 tomatoes
Brown 1 lb. Italian sausage
1 can (15 oz.) Italian tomato sauce
4 c. beef broth
1 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1 c. sliced carrots
1 tsp. basil and oregano
Combine and simmer for 30 minutes

Add: 2 c. sliced zucchini or squash
1 c. mushrooms
1 chopped green pepper
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley or 1 tsp. dried parsley
1 c. chopped dill pickle****
2 c. refrigerated type cheese tortellini
Simmer 1 hour

****this is the ingredient that makes all the difference! (of course unless you are allergic)
This recipe makes a LOT of soup. It can be frozen or give 1/2 to a friend

Saturday, August 01, 2009

On the Road

A bit of random trivia for Rothschild fans and cast.

Matt Ottinger, in his many travels, came across both the 1776 and Rothschilds programs from their pre/Broadway tours, in of all places an antique shop in Howell. He gave those to me the other day and I have read them cover to cover. Thank you Matt! What fun.

The Rothschilds is the most fascinating since it was on the way to its Broadway opening. As often happens a show will change along the way; scenes dropped or added, cast members changed, characters written in or out, songs rewritten or dropped. So here are some songs that we didn't get to sing:

Jew Do Your Duty
I Will Bow
Mayer's Fine Coins
William's Fine Troops
My Cousin Christian
You're a Fraud, Sir -
probably Hannah's song before they wrote in the love story
Gold Smuggler's Gavotte-
just think ensemble, you may have gotten to learn another dance

Monday, July 13, 2009

Crossing Over

In Scouting there is a ceremony where a Cub Scout "Crosses Over" and becomes a Boy Scout. The scout master announces, "You have been called before the pack because you have satisfied the requirements for Cub Scouts' highest rank." A scout is then presented with The Arrow of Light Badge with bands of color each with its own meaning. The boys walk across a wooden bridge, usually built by some of the scouts Dad's, into the new world of Boy Scouts. Still scouts but a rank higher.

And so it is with my daughter. Still a student, not yet a full fledged doctor but doing "Dr." stuff. It's a huge transition; this crossing over from student to professional. It means 14 hour days, working days, nights, and weekends, no time for laundry, shopping, or cooking , reading charts, interpreting tests, having patients she calls "my" patient, assisting, doing, watching, and learning.

And so my brilliant, witty, caring, beautiful daughter I award to you your own Arrow of Light Badge. The meaning of the yellow of the Arrow of Light seems to transcend scouting. The scoutmaster intones: "Within the teepees of many braves, the Arrow of Light has an honored place. Its shaft is straight and narrow : just as is the path that you (Scouts) should follow throughout your life. Its tip points the way : the way to success in all that you do. It is pointing to the right : a symbol that nothing should be left undone; if it is within your power to do it, see that it is done. And lastly, this is the symbol of the seven rays of the sun, one for each day of the week; this is to remind you that every day is a new day : a day to Do Your Best in everything:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Casting Call

Gearing up for Renegade, August 20-22 in Old Town, with research and rewrites to An Act of Madness.

An Act of Madness: The Bath School Massacre is a 20 minute performance piece that tells the story of that tragic day. It grabbed the headlines nationwide knocking the Lindbergh flight off the front page. It still remains the largest mass murder in a school in U.S. history including the killing rampages at Columbine, Virginia Tech and the University of Texas at Austin. It is a story however that has also been lost in history and needs to be told.

I am looking for at least two young actresses (16-20ish) to fill roles. If you're interested please email

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza blog is up and running. Well, "running" might be a bit of an exaggeration but there is some early information about audition dates and a basic character breakdown. There might not be a lot of updates until closer to audition time but I will attempt to post pertinent information that you might need before auditions.

Click on the MUSICALS TITLE above to go directly to the BLOG

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Thanks to Bill Kennedy for the lovely review of the Rothschilds in Riverwalk's Ripples

The Rothschilds: Review
In her director’s note, Jane Falion touches on the enduring appeal of The Rothschilds, as “a testament to family, dignity, honor, and unflinching tenacity against all odds… [and] a story that transcends time….” Having seen her expert adaptation of this mighty musical, one might employ those same descriptors for her cast, crew, and production!
With more characters than an entire season of Riverwalk black box, more musicians than a downtown “Blues on the Square” concert, and more costumes than the annual Tony Awards, this cast and crew of “more than a few” pull off a tour de force at once powerful and poignant, epic and intimate.
The Rothschilds, by Sherman Yellen and Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock, tells the true tale of the remarkable rise of this international banking family, from its plebeian plantings in the Jewish ghetto of 18th century Frankfort to its patrician blossoming in the courts and capitals of 19th century Europe.
Lead protagonist Mayer Rothschild is affectionately and energetically portrayed by Riverwalk regular Doak Bloss, who wins over audience hearts from the start as a humble and hardworking Jewish shopkeeper in love. By show’s end he is no less admirable as the principled patriarch and endearing entrepreneur behind Rothschild and Sons!
Mayer’s loving wife, Gutele, is tenderly played by Colleen Bethea. The cornerstone on which he builds his familial and financial foundations, she gives him five sons (four in one song!), tempers his temper (though not his resolve) regarding anti-Semitism, and moderates his monetary concerns, reminding him, “We have enough. We have each other.”
Joel Reynolds (Amshel), Dominic Redman (Solomon), Nic Roberts (Nathan), and Lexie Roberts (Jacob) sparkle as the young Rothschild boys, while Scott Larson, Simon Tower, Joseph Baumann, and Logan Emlet, with Danny Bethea (Kalman), shine as their elder counterparts after a transition made mid-song.
While his brothers emigrate throughout Europe in search of financial advantage, Nathan heads for London to invest the family’s ever-multiplying money. He eventually woos and weds the spirited Hannah Cohen, staged by Sarah Sonnenberg. While all five brothers fight for Jewish justice abroad, their parents stay home to battle the ghetto from within.
The text is “on the money” with a “wealth” of ageless aphorisms, advising:
“There is no virtue in riches. There is none in poverty either. Only in the acts of man;” revealing: “War makes money, peace makes money, but money makes money most of all;” and warning: “You think your new power can change the world. It won’t. It will only change you.”
Two thumbs up for Tom Klunzinger in his two distinct renderings of two distinguished princes (William and Metternich) — in two successive acts. He was simply “two much!” And two hands two-gether for Matt Lago, Rich Helder, and Patrick Monroe (vendors), Cameron Bethea and Scotty Arbour (urchins), and Matt Szymanski and Paul Gordon (bankers).
Additional acting credit to Jeff Massey (Joseph Fouche and Herries),
Tony Zappa (Buderus), Alan Bloomfield (Blum), Lindsay Palinsky (pauper), and Mark Bethea (swing), as well as Theresa Spisak (Mrs. Kaufman), Mara Schaberg (Mrs. Segal), Laura Johnson (Mrs. Feldman), Donna Green (Mrs. Rosen), and Charlotte Rupert (Mrs. Greenberg).
On the technical end, kudos to those responsible for the set, scenery, and properties, for the sound, music, and lighting, and of course for the costuming! From the grand attire and courtly cadence of the European ballroom to the red-shifting and transcendent tension at the nightly closing of the Jewish ghetto, the atmosphere was tangible.
So thanks to Larry Savoie (master builder and technician), Bob Nees and Tim Stapleton (design technicians), Tim Fox (lighting design), Ray Kurtis and Melody Teodoro-Kurtis (properties and set dressing), Dan Moore (hair design), Javier Rivera (hair assistant), Ruth Jean (clarinet), Andrew Herrbach (trumpet), Jackie Bernott (flute), and Jesse Slocum (bass).
And congratulations to Jane Falion (director), Rich Helder (assistant
director), Tom Ferris (producer), Roberta Otten (choreographer), James Geer (music director and keyboards), Val Lea (stage manager), Jane Falion (again!) and her four assistants (scenic design), Mary K. Hodges-Nees and her ten technicians (costuming!), and the full stage and running crews.
—Bill Kennedy

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hear! Hear!

Congratulations to The Rothschilds' Barney Winners:

Colleen Bethea....Best Lead Actress in a Musical,
Joe Baumann...Best Supporting Actor in a Musical,
Scott Larson, Simon Tower, Joe Baumann, Logan Emlet, Danny Bethea...Best Ensemble
Mary K Hodges Nees...Best Costumes
Ray and Melody Kurtis...Properties

Friday, June 19, 2009

Transition! Transition!

To all my friends, family, and dear readers of this blog;

You may notice that for a week or so there will be a post or two or even more about The Rothschilds, the musical I just finished directing, and perhaps a new ones ortwo on the Rothschilds'blog. It is addicting! I ask for your patience. I'm trying to transition from an intense, all consuming 12 weeks of rehearsals, comraderie, hard work, and just plain fun into returning to a "normal" existence. I'm resuming the Jane in the Jungle blog and phasing out The Rothschilds blog.

As I mentioned on Facebook one night, "I am bereft. Closing a show is like losing your best friend." It is a real loss and there is a time of mourning. We call it the post show blues, kind of like post- partum blues. You can't go through an intense experience like either without feeling a bit of loss, aimlessness and sadness.

Thank you to my dear, dear friend Wendy who reminded me that SHE was still here and that I hadn't lost my best friend afterall.

"Over a 1,000 props"

(Click chandelier photo to go to story)
As stories go, the one about the number of props in The Rothschild's and the value of the chandelier took on epic proportions. But it doesn't take epic proportions to fit the props from a closing Hollywood prop store into just one of The Rothschild's palaces.

A sad commentary on our precarious times.
(Thanks to Mary K for the link)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Royal Vacation

I've just spent the most amazing three months with the fascinating Rothschild family; Mayer and his 5 sons and the various Crowned Heads of Europe including Prince William of Prussia, Prince Metternich of Austria, Joseph Fouche, Napoleon's Minister of Police, and John Herries, the King of England's Exchequer.

With great regret and sadness, I have returned to the real world from the fantasy world of the theatre and a whirlwind round of royal parties.

After an intense 3 months of rehearsals we opened The Rothschilds at Riverwalk Theatre on June 4 and had an amazing run. The show garnered fabulous reviews, accolades, great press and some very nice awards.

The Lansing State Journal awarded our show 6 of them

Doak Bloss.......Best Lead Actor, Joe Baumann.....Best Supporting Actor, Mary K. Nees Hodges.....Best Costumes, Dan Moore....Best Hair Design, Joel Reynolds, Dominic Redman, Nic Roberts, and Lexie Roberts.....Best Child Actors, and myself for Best Direction of a Musical.

Hear! Hear!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On Vacation

I'm pooped already!

In case you haven't noticed this blog has not been updated for a while. I'm back to working full time for about four months and trying to direct a show at the same time, so Jane in the Jungle needs a little vacation.

However, The Rothschild's blog with all kind of interesting stuff will be updated frequently.

The show has been cast and I'm excited to start blogging about the fascinating Rothschild family with a smattering of history as well. The blog will be more than just a show blog. it will be crammed with all kinds of interesting tidbits and trivia.

So from now until June 4 when the show opens please visit me at.......

Monday, March 02, 2009

Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music

It's March!

As Robin Williams said, " Spring is Nature's way of saying, 'Let's Party.'"

So what's so great about March? Well....

19 days until Spring

21 days until Auditions for The Rothschilds.

26 days until Katie's 25th birthday. Happy Birthday Kate!

We celebrate Women's History month, St. David's Day, National Reading Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and St. Joseph's Day. And of course, "Beware the Ides of March".

Some March milestones....

  • Alexander Graham Bell was born
  • a 30 mph speed limit was in effect in "built up" areas is 1935
  • in 1886 Coca Cola was introduced
  • in 1889 the Eiffel Tower opened
  • the "birthstones" of aquamarine and bloodstone means Courage
So take courage, Winter is almost over and Spring is on its way.

Let's party!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

34 Days And Counting

A continuing reminder about the upcoming auditions for the musical THE ROTHSCHILDS.


For more detailed information click on the Rothschilds link under "All The World's a Stage" to the right or go to

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Prayer Bead Workshop

Are you longing for a way to bring more spirituality into your life? Are you looking for a practice that will focus your attention on meditation, prayer and growth?
If so, please join me a People's Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing for a contemporary prayer bead workshop. We will be designing and making nondenominational prayer beads that are unique to you and will reflect your own story and journey. You'll learn about the history of beads and prayer beads, color and number theory, and jewelry making basics and techniques.

The workshop is Saturday, February 28 from 9-12 and the cost is $15. No experience is necessary.

Interested? Contact Robin Weber 332-5073
to sign up and receive a materials list and further information.

This workshop is ideal for women's groups, spirituality groups, church organizations, libraries, and shops . If you are interested in hosting a workshop please email me at

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

May it be a sweet treat of a day.