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Belated Chicago TARDIS babbling

The Sylv and Sophie Show: As entertaining as I've always heard, even without the fabled spoon-playing. Sylvester has an amazing ability to not actually answer questions. He just goes off on a tangent and never comes back. He did it with a good 80% of the Friday Q&A, but less so the rest of the weekend. I'm inclined to attribute the difference to jet lag.

Sophie is warm, bright, funny and approachable. This was her first US con since her boys (seven and three-and-a-half -- "The half is very important") were born, and it says a lot about the con that she felt comfortable not only having them on stage with her (not to mention wandering the halls chatting with fans), but letting the seven-year-old roam the audience with a mike taking questions.

The Voice of Doom and the Queen of Accents: A/k/a Gabriel Woolf and Maureen O'Brien, who both had loads of fascinating things to say about working in radio and other voice-only projects. Gabriel is an exceedingly quiet, unassuming man who considers himself a "reader" rather than an actor. He doesn't get along well with boisterous, extroverted personalities, for which Tom Baker is of course the poster child, and thus claims to have taken a great deal of glee in having Baker writhe at his feet in "Pyramids of Mars". *giggle*

Maureen, had she not become an actress and mystery author, sounds as if she would have done quite well in linguistics, and specifically dialectology. I cracked up at her story from drama school about the speech professor insisting that they all had to start speaking in Received Pronunciation all the time, and how she didn't buy this and determined to treat it as an accent like any other. The professor insisted she couldn't do that, it had to be her default, and tried to prove his point by having her read a passage. When she did it flawlessly, he declared -- and here she popped into a hilariously dead-on impression of the epitome of the old-school Shakespearean type, in the fullest and lowest register possible -- "OBviously, Miss O'Brien is the exCEPtion that PROVES the RULE."

I am the clockdroid, coo-coo-ca-choo: Yay for Best in Show! Although to be honest, if I'd known how much costuming appears to have atrophied in this fandom, I probably would have gone in as non-competing. (I'll most likely do exactly that next year, especially as I'll be doing more the talent end of things, and there are no provisions for professionals in that part of the rules, the way there are for costuming.) Elf was adorable, and did exactly what she was supposed to. She thought she didn't get there in time to wind me up, but she was in the right place, and the sound was on the recording, so even though she didn't really have time to do the full mime, I confirmed with a couple different complete strangers on Sunday that it came across. Wish I'd had time to cut down the music a bit, as it was just on the edge of too long, but luckily people didn't seem to mind.

Final roundup of Things Wot I Have Learned in the process of constructing the dress will be saved for another post.

CT's masquerade follows the GenCon/Visions model, i.e. it's a sort of hybrid of the "conventional" ICG-model masquerade and a talent show. There's been some discussion as to whether the five-minute time limit is excessive. I think for most things it probably is, but there are always exceptions, and I appreciate what someone told me at Visions once, that the masquerade chair had been burned as a result of being the one who had to decide whether an exception was warranted. It's a challenge for kids in particular to learn what does or doesn't work, and unfortunately kind of a pain for the audience when they're learning it.

I think I was most disappointed by Elf being the only one of the four kids in the show who was in an actual costume. It's great that the others got up to do the talent thing (one monologue -- what I presume to have been her own work, and very respectable creative writing for an 11-year-old, but a little long as a monologue; one skit involving a stuffed cat and a toy Cyberman that unfortunately nobody could quite figure out; and one pint-size "cheerleader" for K-9), but I really miss seeing the next generation of costumers. Or, heck, THIS generation -- there were 12 entries, and only a small handful of those were in the "I made this costume and I'm going to show it off" category. Where did everybody go???

Caught part of the "Mysterious Theatre 337" sporking of "Battlefield," which was pretty funny. (Albeit kind of an easy target. And after third comment about the size of Jean Marsh's nostrils, I kinda wanted to bop somebody. But most of it was right on target.)

Managed to render taraljc positively crestfallen by explaining that we can't go to Gally because we'll be on a ship somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean that weekend. Which makes me doubly sad after meeting Shaun Lyon, who seems a very cool guy whose con I'd certainly like to attend. Maybe for 2008.

All in all, fun con. So very very very going to stay in the hotel all weekend next year.

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thanatos_kalos
Dec. 7th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
sounds like you had a great time! Oh, and on the subject of accents; according to what I heard whilst in UK, regional accents are actually now being looked for when casting, rather than the received. < / useless fact >
wiliqueen
Dec. 7th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Not useless, but known. :-)

You'd probably find Maureen very interesting. Even Gabriel looked impressed when she said she could discern 17 different Liverpudlian accents, counting variations for class, neighborhood and gender. I may have been the only person in the room not surprised...
thanatos_kalos
Dec. 7th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
*shakes head* I should've done linguistics... :P
aceofkittens
Dec. 7th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun! Are you going to the Los Angeles Gallifrey con? :)
wiliqueen
Dec. 7th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Alas, that would be the "Gally" referred to in the last paragraph. :-/ Maybe in 2008...
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