Artificial Intelligence

It’s no secret that this is an especially productive time for the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch), with every news cycle delivering a goody bag full of ready-made scripts to add to the American Drama Series.

Today’s episode taps into the winning combination of tragicomedy and the latest in spy technology and stars the besieged Great Fabricator’s team of loyal Apologists.

Being true the story, the prop crew acquired a new appliance for the set — a special microwave oven with surveillance capabilities. When asked to elaborate about the custom zapper, the red Apologist quipped, “I’m not inspector gadget!”

Can you spy an example of strategic product placement on the set?

An operative sat outside and patiently listened in for signs of intelligent life. His set of noise cancelling headphones were fashioned out of old cloth covered buttons.

When it became evident that a cut away set was required for the scene, the exterior wall got some spiffing up.

As of press time, the saga is unresolved and threatens to become an international incident. Will the Apologists continue to stand by their chronically unapologetic man? Please stay tuned.

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I am happy to report that the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) have been pressed into service once again, with this special edition of a Lewis Carroll classic, set in the White House rose garden.

The lead, playing the Red Queen, delivered a brief quote-worthy headline, all in caps. As the story unfolded, more than a few questionable members of the press pool found themselves on the cutting room floor.

With an eye toward accuracy, the costume department used a variety of media and some anonymous sources to make articles of clothing.

They produced this corresponding video, too.

Other costumes were thoroughly researched and authenticated.

Here’s the Royal Apologist painting the roses red, in accordance with the Queen’s wishes.

Backstage, the cards shuffled around aimlessly when Seven, after calling his bluff, decked the Ace of Spades.

Strictly off the record, it was a challenge for the cast to stay on script while the cameras rolled. However, they pulled through with few revisions and even made the deadline!

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Tap dance

PUN ALERT!: The Wee Folk Players have been tapped to perform a new episode in the American Drama Series. The troupe has listened in and answered the call, even though they’ve been busy working right down to the wire. This impromptu tableau stars two leading men, who’ve both been clamoring for a role that puts them in the center ring.

For the set, the crew reused old furniture and costumes that have been through the ringer more than a few times! For props, they dialed back to the cold-war era and spied a previously untapped resource – a vintage Barbie princess phone.

Backstage is looking a bit worn and disheveled these days, but spirits are high and creativity abounds! Now if only the wee folk would help out and move that tub and couch, so the show can go on!

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Little Red, White and Blue

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The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) turn to the classics to tell an age-old cautionary tale about hidden danger and hoodwinking, which is as relevant today as it was in the time of the Grimm Brothers. In this latest installment of the American Drama Series, Little Red, White and Blue meets Big Bad Bannon.

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The backstage crew scoured the storeroom for furniture and props to enhance the indoor set, including hints at Big Bad Bannon’s hidden persona. An article from his distinct wardrobe hanging on the bed post is an obvious clue, as is his instruction manual.

Also, you can tell a lot about someone by what they keep on their bedside table. Explosive rhetoric (c/o GI Joe) could come in handy when “blowing up the establishment”.

Pausing on a cliff hanger, this episode begs for a sequel. Will Little Red, White and Blue succeed in her quest for truth and survive being tested to the limit by Big Bad Bannon and his front man?

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And now for a glimpse behind the scenes: Make Up and Costuming devised Big Bad’s convincing guise for the scene in Grandma’s house.

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The part of Little Red, White and Blue is played by a child star who relished the idea of stepping out of her previous roles and into a more edgy drama.

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Here’s an overhead view of the wooded snow scene in the studio.

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Coffee break

The Wee Folk Players are back with another installment in the American Drama Series.This week’s episode is set in a cozy mid-century style kitchen and stars the Leading Man and his Alt-Right Hand Man.

Opening Scene: The morning sun streams in the window, as two men have a heart-to-heart over percolated coffee. Waxing philosophical about the meaning of life, they discuss their favorite books and share hopes and dreams for the future:
Leading Man: “Is it all going according to plan?”
Alt-Right Hand Man: “Yes, the deconstruction of the administrative state is underway.” (quote by Stephen Bannon, Conservative Political Action Conference, 2017)

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During the break, the actors complained about the stale white bread, remarking that they prefer a healthy diet of fresh multi-grain and pumpernickel slices.

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The prop team scoured second hand stores for nostalgic items to dress the kitchen set, evoking an earlier, simpler time. To complete the scene, they also procured a copy of Alt-Right Hand Man’s instruction manual, The Art of War.

overcoffee-1-of-1-2Here’s a reflective candid shot through the window…

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and here’s one of the Leading Man’s understudy, during a pensive moment, while he waited in the wings (below).

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Strategy session

Trying their best to avoid being distracted by real life dramatics, the cast and crew of the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) focused their nervous energy into producing this new skit.

Backstage, the mood was hectic, as all hands worked to stage a war room scene that looked like a “fine-tuned machine”. The prop manager located a portrait of Andrew Jackson, though the poor old fellow is in jeopardy of losing his standing as the worst president ever.

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Despite rushed and competitive auditions, the newest actor was cast without incident. He/she wasted no time practicing lines and getting into character.

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There was even an opportunity for product placement on the set.

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Here’s a candid shot (below) of a rare lull in the action, as viewed from the wings. The troupe will take a very short break before starting rehearsals for the next episode in the American Drama Series. They must keep up their stamina because there’s sure to be a lot of exciting and compelling theater ahead!

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Well suited

twitterblogeditThe Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) have recently added a new cast member who will play the part of councilor to the leading man. To stay in character, she keeps up a grueling maintenance schedule of peroxide touch-ups and has reserved every size 2 crimson costume available. And the hair and makeup takes forever!

The costume dept. made special pumps because the boss prefers his girls to look lady-like.

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There’s always some drama happening on and off the set and she’s learned to avoid upstaging the Tweety Bird star, like in this bathroom scene below.

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An experienced improvisational actress, she’s making use of her natural talent for telling tall tales. She explains her method this way, “It’s really very simple. In theater, we create the illusion of truth. If we do it well, the audience suspends belief and enters our alternate reality. You have to stick with fantasy over fact, or the spell is broken.”

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The down-filled blue collar suit was first introduced in Fireside Chat and the leading man is so attached to it that he wears it all the time, way into the wee hours of the morning.

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