Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nov 24th Part 1 - On the Set with Julie, The Smothers Brothers and Jack Cassidy

     Arriving at ABC this Friday was a completely new experience, as it always is. Today they had a circus ring set up onstage and Julie, who was wearing a bright red jacket, was standing in the middle of the ring. It seemed rather funny because today, not having school, I had dressed up a bit, and was wearing my new red jacket, which was exactly the same color as Julie’s. The only difference was hers had tails. She was playing the circus ring master and singing “If We Could Talk to the Animals” with great verve. She seemed quite different from the 1920s girl I saw last week.

The dancers came out dressed in animal costumes and began running around the ring. This week’s guests were also dressed as animals; The Smothers Brothers were wearing lion costumes, Jack Cassidy was a panther and Rich Little, a chicken. When Julie introduced Alice Ghostley, who was dressed as a rabbit, she called her “Alice Margaret Ghostley” just as she had a week ago.

In opening number, Julie had a big bull whip and, in between takes, she came to the front of the stage waving it around and hitting the floor with it, “cracking the whip” so to speak. “Alright! Let’s get on with it!” she said as she flicked it at the stagehands, who pretended they were shocked. It was rather funny to see how much she enjoyed cracking that whip....

After the “Talk to the Animals” scene, they called "lunch," so I went home to get some school books to study during the breaks between scenes. That morning, I got into the studio easily, but I was surprised to find that Vivian was not there yet.


When I got back, Julie and Alice were dressed in “shimmy” dresses (1920s dresses with rows of fringe from top to bottom that move when the dancer shakes).  They performed “If I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.” The set looked gorgeous with lights running two ways around a small stage set. The music was very fast and Julie and Alice were singing and shaking as hard and as fast as they could. In the middle of one take Julie stopped and said,
“Shit! That’s too fast!”
We all laughed. They did it again.

After they finished that scene, Alice Ghostley wheeled a baby buggy onstage, smiled, posed, and then wheeled it off. Directly after that, Rich Little came out in a sleeper suit, made up like a woman. He was going to play Carol Channing as a baby. They strapped him to a board, made to look like the inside of a baby buggy with pink blankets and he sang, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” as Carol....

When they finished that scene, everyone went to change. Alice Ghostly came out into the audience wearing her terry robe and sat down. I hoped she would sit by me, but she didn’t.

Please note: In working toward the publication of a new book, only small sections will be available to be read in this blodg.

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