Virginia Air & Space Center Sci-Fi Fest

Ooh, there’s a lot to catch up on, isn’t there?  I had a convention about a week ago, I’ve got two more coming up in August, not to mention photoshoots and new costumes and … well, we’ve gotta start somewhere.

So, about a month ago, Luna-C was invited to appear at the Virginia Air & Space Center’s Sci-Fi Fest, set up to coincide with the opening weekend of Star Trek Into Darkness.  While I didn’t stay for the movie (I have issues with IMAX), I had a look at the different exhibits and stuck around to see Dr. Madblood and judge the costume contest.

Unfortunately, being in the show means I don’t have much by way of pictures. Suffice to say we had our own dressing room.

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Things actually went really well, all told and even with our rather small cast (grand total of six if you include Cyne on sound).  In all seriousness, it was one of the best ‘feeling’ shows I’ve done in a while. I’d been having one hell of a week or two and I got some amazing energy off this show.

I’m hoping that if this becomes a regular thing, they’ll call us back again next year.

Luna-C will be at Shore Leave next, so expect to hear more. In the meantime, I’ll be gearing up to post a bunch of Anime Mid-Atlantic stuff, so be ready!

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Tidewater Browncoats’ ‘Can’t Stop the Serenity’ Big Damn Shindig!

On 11 June, Luna-C was invited to perform at the second annual Big Damn Shindig at the Naro Expanded Cinema, hosted by the Tidewater Browncoats.  The event raised money for Joss Whedon’s two favourite charities, Equality Now and The Samaritan House.  In addition to our performance at the front end of the afternoon, there were vendors, short films, and — the big entertainment of the day — big-screen showings of both Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

After expenses, CTST netted $947.50 for Equality Now and $353.50 for Samaritan House — down from last year, apparently, but still very impressive!  The turnout was great, and the crowd was very fun.  We’ve done Firefly skits at cons before, but we’ve never had a crowd that got every single joke in every single skit.  I’m still very flattered that I got to be a part of a performance at the Naro — I’ve been for both films and Rocky Horror shadow-casts, but have never performed there myself!

The show featured some new skits written specifically fir the event, as well as a handful I’ve mentioned on here.  I was, as usual, Kaylee.  And while there was a Browncoat there who put my Kaylee costume to shame (even had the parasol!), I like to think I went over at least all right enough for the show itself.

Keep your eyes on the Browncoats’ website, because there will be more updates coming soon on the event, including (I hope) photos and video!  They’ve also got another event or two in mind, including next year’s charity shindig and a possible fall showing of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.  If you’re in the Hampton Roads area whenever they’ve got something on, be sure to swing by and show your support!

RavenCon 2011: Bringing the Luna-C

All righty, after way way too long comes my RavenCon (albeit mostly Luna-C) summing-up.  It’s been crazy here just trying to find time to do this, but here we are!

Sadly, I ended up spending a good portion of the convention holed up in my room due to the aforementioned bum knee, but I did make it out to a couple of panels and parties.  Capclave threw a great one that I spent pretty much my entire Friday night at, and thanks to them for both the party-time and the variety of free books.

The first bit of Friday night was Luna-C improv, and thanks to those who came out for that, especially those who took the time to write up suggestions for our humble comedy stylings.  I hosted this time rather than straining my leg onstage, and I’ll say making the buzzer go was rather fun.  It’s entertaining to toy with people that way — though after having seen about twenty episodes of Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, I suddenly have dozens more ideas I wish I’d had available to me for the games this past time.

The central bit of the weekend, though — for me, at least — obviously the Luna-C Saturday night show!  Thanks to Barb Fischer for the stealable photos.  No video just yet, but perhaps before long (and with the permission of our fearless leader) I can rip a skit or two.

I actually wasn’t in many skits this time, but we had a fairly packed show with a fairly packed cast.  We did the majority of these at MarsCon as well, but I figure you could use the reminders (and some new pics), yeah?

First up, our lovely Ape App skit — apparently when parodying a certain tiny church protesting, the writer of the skit didn’t know that said certain tiny church had actually protested San Diego Comic Con.  Which only makes the skit better.

There's an APE for that!!!

Second was one of my personal faves, featuring two Masters fighting with each other about how Mr. Saxon has gotten, erm, a bit soft.  And food-obsessed.  And far too willing to emulate the Doctor and help him save the universe from Timothy Dalton.

One thing we started doing at MarsCon, as you may recall, is the Geico commercial parodies.  Apparently this one was a reference to True Blood, which I fear I’ve never seen … but apparently telepaths really do make good waitresses.  I don’t usually play this role, but our regular for the part couldn’t make it in for Raven, and thus it fell to me to wear that wig.

'We're all out of your favourite beer, but we do have your second favourite.'

The first of our two Twilight skits (which ends with another True Blood reference, it seems — perhaps I should just man up and see this show) was ‘Pro-Fic Writer’ once again.  Any excuse to get Dwight and Cheri playing Edward and Bella, as far as I’m concerned, is a good one.

Oh, hey, remember my triumphant turn as Eleven?  Yeah, he’s back again in that there Geico parody.  I’ll admit that I’ve started to enjoy playing him, to the point that we’re hashing out a couple more skits featuring Mr. Smith’s Doctor.  More on that later — don’t want to spoil it.

'Is THIS your card?!'

Remember the Fringe skit I mentioned last time?  Well, I’ve got a new action pic of Susan having her head slammed into a table by a giant cat.

Makes sense in context, I swear.

We whipped up a new Firefly skit as well, featuring De as Jayne — he does a magnificent job of that.

'What's the MATTER with my cunnin' hat?'

Another we’ve done before is one more ‘There’s an app for that’ parody.  Sadly, Ensign Redshirt couldn’t get the proper app downloaded in time to save himself from … uh.  That thing.

The Primeval skit was back, too, and (in my opinion) with the extra practice on the physical bits ran a lot more quickly.  I’m pretty sure Rick gave Mike a ‘close call’ hit that the audience actually winced at.

Ooh, ooh!   One of my faves was back this time, too!  The Firefly skit featuring ‘Malware’.  And not just because I’m in it and get to throw shiny underwear around.  Well, that’s a major part of it, too.

The audience totally beat us to the joke.

An encore performance of MarsCon’s Twilight skit, this time featuring Rick as the old-school vampire since Chris couldn’t make it out, either.  I can see why they vie for playing this part.  It looks fun.

An oldie but goodie featuring Spock training with Yoda … with the new Abrams Star Trek reboot, we can use the excuse that it’s young Spock being sent away to train by his older self.  I only showed up at the end, so that Spock could be encouraged to demonstrate pon farr.

Hmm ... that dress looks familiar.

And finally, a super-sweet Harry Potter skit that’s apparently a retooling of a Xena: Warrior Princess skit from the Before Times.  Whilst on their Deathly Hallows camping trip, Hermione teaches Harry and Ron the basics of outdoor cooking whilst they beat up a variety of similar-looking Death Eaters.

A very well-done skit and a good closer, I thought.

That’s all for Luna-C for the year — well, for me, anyway.  A contingent may still be going to Shore Leave, but several of us are taking off for a Discworld convention up north that same weekend.  Next up for me?  Anime Mid-Atlantic and new costumes.  Including the ugliest prom dress ever.  Bah, you’ll see what I mean soon.

In the meantime, Yunmao has started posting her Katsucon report, starting here.  Yes, it’s only in Japanese, but even if you can’t read it you can still look at the pretty pictures.

MarsCon: The Luna-C Show

Well, while I’m waiting for information and pics to come in on the other stuff I did this past weekend at MarsCon, I’ll write up the big thing, which was my performance with Luna-C.

We always have a big (and very receptive) crowd at MarsCon, and the attendance was up by about 200 this year so we had our fair share of amused spectators.  Everything was fresh this year, and except for a wardrobe malfunction and my inability to remember a couple words of Chinese in a Firefly skit, I think I did all right.  The rest of the cast certainly did.

My main personal concern was I’ve had a bad cold for several days and my voice was almost completely gone.  Fortunately I had enough to get through the afternoon.  After that … not so much.

Hopefully there’ll be some videos up soon of skits, but in the meantime, here are some photos taken by Barb Fischer of the performance. More