Saturday, March 11, 2017

DA CAPO - Stairwell Caroling at the Rideau Hall Skating Party - 2001

Pete and Diane in the awesome Green room at Rideau Hall
Back in 2001, when Adrienne Clarkson was The Governor General, we got to do a singing Gig for the Annual Rideau Hall Skating party.
Driving up to Rideau Hall in the snow
The plan was to remain inside, caroling for the guests when they came indoors to hang out, eat and drink, and warm up from the cold (yes, there was skating outside!)
Soprano, Denyse, shows off her theatrical experience and costuming chops
Dress up time!!

Here's my Blog Post all about costuming  with tips and tricks to pulling together  a Victorian Look!
I want Diane's Hat!
I used my Drama teacher costume scrounging skills to toggle together an outfit for myself  and encouraged Susan, Diane, Denyse and Jen to raid their own closets for pieces to create a Victorian silhouette.
I think we looked amazing!
The men were a problem. No, not like that. There is never anything in a guys regular closet that can approximate Victorian costume, so I went to Ottawa Little Theatre and got authentic Tail Tuxes for them. At the time, Ottawa Little Theatre was the best resource for Fab costumes on a shoestring budget.
The Stairwell Carollers Victorian Troupe circa 2001
The choir was smaller then, but not this small! The gig was a bit of a last minute request, so the most available of us went. It worked out well, with the parts divided fairly equally.

We had a wonderful time singing and soaking up the opulent Rideau Hall ambience. Sadly, we never got a photo with Ms. Clarkson, but I snapped a shot of these guys...
Every day is Costume day for these fellows!
Rideau Hall is a living museum, and it was great to visit, but I can't imagine living there. Room after room are set up as parlours, sitting rooms, dining halls.
Singing in one of the many portrait galleries at Rideau Hall
Huge, echoing spaces with marble floors - a bit cold and castle-like for a home.
Portraits everywhere!
Of course our voices echoed marvellously too. It was very easy to sing there. People were very appreciative and we wandered freely through the endless rooms, singing a couple of songs and then moving on.
I don't think these guys got to eat either
Our only disappointment was that they didn't feed us.

Oh, there was food! tons of food. But, not for... the hired help.

So I took photos in the bathrooms!
Jen in the Rideau Hall facilities

The Director washes his hands in style.

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