What do you collect?

COVID changed many things in our lifes. Some of us work from home, others have to stay in Quarantine…Time to take more care for our precious collections.

No, don´t tell me, you don´t collect…Most of us do. From common to weird things.

Some collect Asian art….

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Some love everything green and blooming!

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Others….Well….

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And there are those, who admire the treasures of the earth….

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…Oh…There might be a misunderstanding! Animals are NO collectible items! NEVER! Not even in times of COVID 19!

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Other people just collect antique books and vintage musical instruments…At least those collections stay rather small…

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And some are totally mad about the items, they´re interested in…

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So…What do you collect????

Nightmare at the Museum

In January 2020, in a world before COVID, I visited one of the fantastic museums, we have in our capital city. Usually, I enjoy that a lot. But this time, it was weird!

The museum was empty, only a few visitors, but lots and lots of black-dressed guards hanging around, bored and looking for some distraction. So they started to follow the visitors, as soon as they entered a room, tried to make conversation and observed every move, a visitor made. Some came very close, almost touched,  when a person stopped, to look at the content of a display case.

Others exchanged secret messages with signs and gestures, when someone passed them by…It started to get a bit creepy,  I felt more and more stalked with every hall I passed, until I finally left and ran off to another museum.

But it gave me the idea for this little play….Curtains up!

NIGHTMARE AT THE MUSEUM

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You love to visit a Museum on Sundays? You enjoy artefacts and ancient art? That´s nice. But be aware, there might be hostile eyes, staring at you!

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You feel a bit awkward? So you leave the room, pass the hall to get to another section…But there are steps behind you…And you still feel the hostile eyes in your back!

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You search for shelter at the Egyptians department….Only to find some more trouble waiting there for you!

Now you have to deal with four of them. They watch your every move, don´t let you go out of their sight for just a moment!

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You pass another hallway, entering the stairs to the lower level, but the eyes still follow you. More of them have crept from the dark corners of the corridors, to join the haunting crowd.

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You walk faster, try to escape, your heart sounds like a drum…But there´s no chance! They´re like shadows, waiting until you pass and then start to follow, driven by a silent command.

You can hear their footsteps close behind you, but you´re too afraid to turn and face the chasers, because you know: There will be some more of them!

And if you stop, their steps will stop as well…

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Panic is flooding your system. You start to run. Another hall, some more shadows lurking and joyning the black crowd behind you!

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Suddenly the sound of the footsteps stop. Did they let you escape? You don´t care for the reasons! All you want right now, is to leave the museum. You chase down the stairs, desparately try to find the exit, but every door you pass, is locked.

The only possible entrance leads you to a the museums cellar and you soon realize, that you´ve been herded there.

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They wait for you down there, try to catch you…But you luckily escape and run to another room, still looking for a way out!

But do you think, they let you get away that easy?

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Another room, deeper in the old building´s dungeons. They´re waiting for you in the dark!  You climb up a platform, but this time, you can´t escape.

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They drag you down like an animal….You lose balance… the feeling of suffocation grows stronger….And then….

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“Excuse me, madame…”

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“NO! LET ME GO! TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF ME!”

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“…Sorry…I didn´t mean to frighten you…We´re closing in 10 minutes and you have to leave the museum now!”

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So it was just a nightmare…One should never fall asleep in a room full of  cold-eyed statues and mumies! You leave and a few minutes later, you´re out in the open with the towns buildings, crowded places, birds singing and the wind whispering in the park trees… It was just a bad dream…Everything´s alright….

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But is it? Is it real…….?

 

Working with narrow backdrops and 13 dolls at the same time, was a nightmare of its own.

I had to use a few stands, because some of the dolls always tipped the other ones over in a domino-effect. If you look close, you can see parts of the stands in some scenes…

Another problem wasn´t that easy to solve…A backdrop, hanging from a stand is a great pleasure to every cat in the room….And if there is more than one…Some scratches and little holes in the fabric from cat´s teeth are the result. Also stranges “bows” and uneven spots in the background of the scenes, where cat´s paws tried to explore the secrets behind the curtain, while you try to shoot…

Some dolls did a great job. I never knew, how CREEPY Brother Dreary can be, if you place him in the background and my Cullen twins and Bella were absolutely perfect!

Biggest surprise was Lee. Without a wig and in a black hood, he really looks weird!

 

 

 

Another Garden Murder!

THIS IS A SATIRE!

This time, I was hired as a “contract killer”….Yes, other people have “bad neighbors” too!

Curtains up!

You work hard all day and when you finally get home, you don´t collapse on the couch, but take care for your loved ones and work in the garden, to make your dream of a private little paradise come true.

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Another Garden Murder

But we have another saying here: “The devil always has his slippery tail in between!” And so he sends the “neighbors from hell”!

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They lurk behind the shrubs with eyes full of hate and envy!

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Then they come to complain about all and everything…

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And if they don´t come in person, they wait until you´re outside, then open all doors and windows and turn on the radio, to drive you crazy…With hit songs and yodeling…

You take it as long as you can, but in the end, you have to run to your house and hide. But there´s no escape from the endless yodeling!  Another Garden Murder 7

So your desperation grows…And you´re looking for some help!

In a situation like this, it´s always good to have a friend who has…well…”some experience” in things like that…

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A person, who exactly knows, what to do…

“First, you need to buy a lot of foil!” And then…

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“…there are some jobs, better done by men!”

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“…And others done by women!”

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“Isn´t that venomous spider lovely? I just milked it!”

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“All you have to do now, is let the neighbor come close enough, to let him have our little surprise….Make sure, he won´t scream!”

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“Well done! It´s always good, if one does the job thoroughly!”

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“Meanwhile, your spouse will put on her best little black dress and “socialize” a bit…She´ll give the neighbor´s wife a nice “conciliation gift” and encourage her, to consume it now, before her husband comes in….That woman will be greedy enough, to take her advice. Then we just have to wait for a little while…

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“Success! Now all we have to do, is a good, efficient wrapping! If you don´t want a flower-stone bed in your own garden, just take the cart and wheel them into the woods! But be careful: Don´t let the surviving neighbors see you! It might give them ideas! Now you have to dig as deep as possible…And don´t forget to burry the radio as well!”

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” Finish your work with some lovely stones, you might find in the woods!”

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The yodeling became silent. Peace is back. Hopefully this time forever…Well… there is some foil left, just in case….

Supermarkets Then and Now…

Once apon a time, long ago in another world, we could go grocery shopping at the supermarket without thinking.

The biggest problems we had, was to avoid long lines at the cashpoint, not to argue with the idiot in front of us (and sometimes behind us)  and to chose the things we wanted from an overwhelming offer.

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“Say, CAN´T you pack your stuff a bit faster?”

“I can´t do magic!”

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“Hey, listen girls! Can´t you stop snapping at each other and go on? I haven´t got all day!”

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“DARN! I can´t find my favorite yoghurt! Do they ALWAYS have to change things?”

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“That girl behind the cash-desk lookes sweet…Maybe I ask her for a date!”

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“My legs are killing me…I hope, that schmoes at the desk are finished soon…I need to go home and lay on my couch!”

 

Well…those were glory days!

But, for the moment, they´re gone.

Curtains up for today´s shopping:

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Some turned into a bunch of hamsters…And toilet paper is still more precious than gold…

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“Sorry, but will there ever be toilet paper again? The shelfs are empty for the last 8 weeks!”

“How do I know? Am I a psychic?”

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“I die, if I run out of coffee! And I don´t care a damn, if I´m the last one to get some in here!”

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“SOAP??? What the heck should I do with soap? I need SANITIZER! Darn! Where is it?”

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“Jippiiieeee! Grabbed the last pack of paper towels!”

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“Grandma! What are YOU doing here? Why aren´t you at home? Can´t you let ME do the shopping for you?”

“But I ran out of water!”

“And you don´t have a faucet? Or a phone to call me?”

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“I want the last pack of paper tissues! Let go!”

“NO! I want it! Give it to me!”

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“Well…I didn´t get those tissues, but THE LAST PACK OF SPAGHETTI!”

Once, there were times, when we didn´t have to fight over tissues or spaghetti!

But as long, as COVID rules, nothing is like it was before.

But one day, it will be over and maybe, some things will slowly go back to normal again….

STAY SAFE!

 

The Little Garden Murder

THIS IS A SATIRE!

We all know people, we really would love to kill…

In my country, we have a saying:

“The best can´t live in peace, if the bad neighbor don´t agrees!”

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So never feel too safe…Not even in your private backyard on a sunny summer day!

Because if your neighbor is a special one, the kind of stubborn and invasive feller, who always knows best and never gives in, no matter how wrong he is…Then you might be in trouble.

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He comes uninvited, creeping through the shrubs, walking into your garden, like it´s his own property. And why? Well… only to kill your nerves and complain endlessly about everything you do!

You´re not neat enough, your garden isn´t tidy the way he wants it to be, your house should be more proper and you should be a much, much better housekeeper…

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Whatever you tell him, he won´t listen, none of your points are important to him. He just goes on grabbing.

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He won´t even keep his distance or respects your privacy!

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He makes you feel threatened and awkward!

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Until you finally run to your house for shelter!

And even then, you can hear him deplore in your back!

But do you always have to run? Always being the one, who gives in? Isn´t there another way to get rid of the problem?

Oh, YES! There IS!

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Garden tools can be very versatile!

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But what to do afterwards? You need to tidy up…just the way, he always told you to do!

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You might need the saw…

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But acctually it´s much better to just wrap…

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…and dig!

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And then make a nice stone bed and plant some lovely flowers!

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Peace is back…But not for long. The next bad neighbor lurkes around the corner…So keep your tools ready! You might need them again!

 

When Guys Go Shopping…

I made this play just before COVID, but never had the time to put in on my blog.

Now it seems to be something from another time or even another world…But maybe, when it´s all over, we get a bit of our lost freedom back and it will be almost like this, only with masks:

Sometimes, even guys have to go clothes shopping…

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“Flower patterns? For me? Are you totally mad?”

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Should I buy this shirt or the one with the green pattern?…I don´t know…It´s just a hard decision to make….I´ll call my girlfriend…Honey, can´t you come over?  I need your help…I´m at the fashion store! No….I don´t care if you´re on a mission to safe the world! I want you right here! My task is much more important now!”

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“Those shoes don´t really fit. Bit too tight…But they look pretty cool! The chicks will like them!”

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“Oh, here you are! You really took your time! Now tell me…should I buy this shirt?”

“I´ll kill you, if you do!”

(And she would! That´s the drawback in having Lara Croft for a girlfriend. That girl really knows how to use an ice pick!)

The Mask-Dilemma

Recently, somewhere on this planet….

“Now listen honey, you don´t need a mask, when you´re just making a phone call! Using a cell phone is NOT infectious!”

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Meanwhile, “on the other side of the line”…

“Child, I can´t barely hear you…I don´t understand a word…you´re mumbling…Like you´re wearing a mask or something!”

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“Darling, I think our granddaughter´s gone mad….Does that COVID have an effect on the brain?”

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McManbun and the Cell Phone Witches

A very short and modern version of the witch scene in  „The Scottish Play“!

This Time performed by Barbies and Kens…

McManbun and the three cell phone witches:

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One dark and gloomy day, on their way to the big game battle, the noble McManbun and his second in command “BanQuette” find three cell phone witches, waiting for them in the deepest part of the ancient forest.

The beautiful witches call for McManbun and beg him to come closer. BanQuette feels as sudden fear and tries to make her friend continue on their way to the battle, but McManbun is numbed by their lovely faces and refuses to leave.

The witches invite him to stay for a while and  offer the keys to success. So he could crush down his competitors in the battle and be king of all  games.

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BanQuette does not trust them and keeps both hands on the dagger. But McManbuns mighty sword sleeps. He sees only the witches beauty and their sweet words are like music to his ears. So he takes the keys.

But BanQuette was right. (Of course!) The witches might have offered the keys, but secretly hold back the magic lock, that would have kept the success in McManbuns life.

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When they finally walk away and the witches wave their goodbyes, BanQuette feels not well, turning her back to them. She knows, desaster stretches its claws out to get her friend! But McManbun only thinks about the success, he got promised. He holds the keys in his hand and it feels, like they´re burning his palm.McManbun 4

 

So he walks straight on to his doom. And there is nothing to be done, because “real men” will never listen to their “BanQuettes”, no matter how right they are!

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But that´s not the end…

McManbun made it! He´s now king of all games and satisfied with his success…But Lady McBun has different planes…And a dagger. We all know, how that story ended…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was fun, to play a bit with 12″ dolls. I didn´t for a long, long time. Mostly, because I found many Mattel dolls far to “Barbie-ish” for  my taste. Dull faces, non-articulated bodies. And the few ones, I found appealing, had those stiff bodies too…So I just pushed them in a box and forgot them. Not what I needed for my humble little plays.

But then the “made to move” entered the stage and that changed a lot for me.   But I still was not convinced, if I could play with them the way, the 16″ made it possible.

Until I stumbled accross the BMR 1959…

I really love them! They´re highly articulated and very well made with pretty faces. And my favorite is “BanQuette” (from Banquo)!

Please Mattel, give us more in that direction!

 

My “three witches” are actually Wicca Kaylas from some years ago. But I always loved their faces and when I got a chance, I swapped bodies and now, they´re “made to move” too….

How will your Christmas be?

 

Another Christmas is coming up…So it´s time for a little “doll philosophy”.

Ask yourself: How will your Christmas be?

Will you celebrate with friends and loved ones in your favorite restaurant and enjoying great food, beautiful decoration and good company?

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Or do you like to meet with friends for a snowball fight on Christmas Eve?

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And maybe you´re feeling lonely and chasing the streets of your town, restless and sad…XMAS 2019 Szene 3

Or do you prefer a quiet Christmas at home, with only a few beloved people for company and some good books?

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But maybe your Christmas is more like…THIS:

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When you feel like beeing in a survival camp, where only the strongest stay alive….Then you need a strategy…

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Some numb themselves by overeating.

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Others….well…

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And there are such, who feel ashamed and wish, they could be far, far away…

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…While others love to fight about nothing..XMAS 2019 Szene 5 15

And want to hurt each other…

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And all is just waste in the end…

What great expectations for your holidays!

But there could be a chance, to get your own private little Christmas at a quiet place…Maybe with furry friends and a bit of the lost magic, Christmas once held.

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The Humble Little Doll Theater Plays: A Lee for Christmas!

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Another Christmas party. Gifts are exchanged and Edward and some of the girls sing Christmas carols in their corner

The Choir is still singing The Choir sings

Carrie and Elsa sings

 

 

Others just listen and enjoy.

 

 

Others listen

 

A new member of the doll theater was hired recently: The Artist Davinia, a non articulated Painter and stage designer. She´s a bit rough and straight forward , but a nice person, if you know her better.

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The Miss Ghastly made their own corner as dark and gloomy as possible this year and were ready to quarrel like every Christmas- But then something unexpected happend:

They finally found a friend, with whom they can share their liking of darkness and gloomy things: Thekla the witch, who is now guest with her dragon Draco at the dusty room of Eve and Angeline. And uses some descret magic, to prevent the sisters from fighting again.

Gastlys wanted her room gloomy Ghastlys finally found a friend

 

 

 

 

 

And while Angeline recites dark and sadly lyrics, the other girls have fun with excellent sweets and good wine.

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Delicious cakes

 

 

 

Helena thinks about learning to play the trumpet.

Helena thinks about learning the trumpet

 

 

 

 

 

And some other girls meet in the notorious “cozy corner”, where they can gossip on soft sheep furs…

Girls meet to change news

 

 

 

 

 

“Have you seen Midnights gown and hat? What happened to her? She seems to have changed her style completely!”

“She has a personal style coach now! That woman did wonders on her”

Have you seen Midnights new style

“She lookes like a complete different person!”

 

She has a style coach now

 

 

 

 

 

But outside in the cold is someone….Watching the girls celebrate….

But there is someone outside

 

 

 

Someone lonely  with yearning eyes,who wants to go in and find some friends and a new home.

Someone without a home This someone is watching

But that´s not quite easy…

A Man

 

“There´s someone outside! I think it´s a man!”

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“WHAT?” The girls are upset!

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“Have you heard? They say, there´s a man outside!”

“Another one?”

Its true, there´s a man

 

 

 

 

“It´s true! There IS a Man!”

I thought men were extiinct

“I thought men were extinct…Except Edward of course!”

I could terminate him with witchcraft

 

 

 

 

“I could use my witchcraft on him!”

No, it could be Mortimer

“No! Please don´t! It could be Mortimer!”

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” I hope, he´s dressed this time!”

Please, not another one

 

 

 

 

 

“Oh PLEASE! Not another one! Isn´t Edward enough?

But Edward thinks a bit different about the situation and decides, to go outside and talk to the stranger.

OK feller who are you

 

 

 

“Who are you and what are you doing here?  Are you a kind of Peeping Tom?”

“No! I swear, I´m not! My name is Lee and I´m desperately in search of a new employment…”

“According to the jacket you wear, your last employment must have been a circus!”

“I´m a fashion designer!”

“Well….that explaines everything…You should better come inside. We already have a fashion designer named Elsa. She takes care for the girls theater costumes. But maybe she needs someone to help her….”

This is Lee

 

 

 

“Girls, we have an unexpected guest. His name´s Lee and he´s a fashion designer!”

Why should he stay

 

 

 

“But Elsa is our designer…We don´t need another one!”

But Lee won´t give up that easy!

Please let me stay

 

 

 

 

 

“Please! Don´t throw me out! I´m lonesome and homeless!”

I die out in the cold

“I´ll freeze to death, if you send me back on the streets!”

Hes a very good actor

 

 

 

 

“Now look at him! What an excellent breakdown! He seems not only to be a fashion designer, but a very good actor too!”

Lets keep him

 

 

 

 

“But would it be wise, to have another man here?”

“He looks, as if he ran away from a traveling circus! Have you seen his jacket and hairstyle?”

Ineed a male friend

 

 

 

 

“Oh, come on girls! I like all of you very much, but I feel a bit lonely among so many women! I need a male friend at my side! I know, he looks a bit strange, but that can be changed in time!”

So What, lets keep hin

 

 

 

 

“So what! Let´s keep him for a while…And if we don´t like him, we can throw him out later! And we shouldn´t forget: It´s Christmas!”

You really let me ytay

 

 

 

 

“You mean, I can stay?”

Glad you´re here girls are nice but just girls

 

 

 

 

 

“For the moment. And maybe forever, but the girls will watch you closely. So be careful, what you do…

What will happen to Lee?

We don´t know the future. But for now, he´s safe and warm at the doll theater. And the girls are self-satisfied with their generosity…..

Merry Christmas

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018!

 

This time everyting went wrong. I had planed to provide the set a few days before Christmas, but never had the time. So I had to do in a grreat hurry within a few hours at the day before the holiday.

And I cheeted a bit about Lees arrival. Actually, he came month before Christmas, but I never made it , to set up a storyline for him.

The story also had to be very short and I needed so much time for the set´s providing, that I could only shoot after it got dark outside.

Therefore, the pictures are a bit greay. But I did my best, as always…