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Below are excerpts from thisstrife.com/sluggy/tmstsept03.htm.
The second show, another three-night-only extravaganza is the 2003 MuSoc show, Cantabrian Idol, a piss-take of the most popular reality show in NZ at present, American Idol. Featuring the musical and comedic talent of a small-ish cast and band, CI is one of the most anticipated UCSA performing arts shows this year, with movie-trailer-like rumours being whispered excitedly throughout the university. See poster for details.
The third and final show for the year is a tradition started by the other component of Canterbury's performing arts triumvirate, the Comedy Club. And that show is IMPROV D3ATHMATCH - the THIRD clash of the improvisational talents of Comedy Club, DramaSoc... and now, MuSoc, a newcomer to the improv arena. With DramaSoc having reigned supreme since the first Improv Deathmatch back in 2001, they'll be clinging with a thespian deathgrip to the trophy (a polystyrene tombstone) as vengeance-bent Comedy Club will be determined to get third-time-lucky, whilst MuSoc invests in the "beginner's luck" theory to prove itself, especially since I am on the MuSoc team, rising at last from the ranks of the Muso. (Fear not, the position of Muso is to be filled by Luke diSomma, the Musical Director of Cantabrian Idol.) It ain't gonna be pretty, as the holy trinity of performing arts at Canterbury are turned against one another, even though most of us have ambiguous - or in some cases amtriguous - allegiances anyway.
I'd love to stay and chat but I've gotta go and play the accordian in "Cantabrian Idol", which ALSO features some of my award-winning animations as background projections behind the singers. As of today (er, "yesterday", but still "today" for Americans) I may call myself an animator (as opposed to merely a cartoonist).
In other news, Cantabrian Idol was a resounding success, with 314 being the official number of audience people who came to see the show over the three nights. In fact it was such a success that there is going to be a "New Zealand Idol" TV series being made in NZ soon (in Auckland, probably...) in the tradition of "American Idol" and "Australian Idol". It'll be interesting to see how closely Cantabrian Idol has predicted the course of reality, as so many of my creations do. Anyway, I'm pleased to say that my (sometimes animated) backgrounds were quite impressive on the big projected background screen thing behind the singers, and my Fanimutation skillz came in handy for one song, Bridge Over Troubled Water, for which I used a photo of the Bridge of Remembrance (a local war memorial). [...]