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3 Gobblers at Ellensburg Film Festival

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The Cast of 3 Gobblers

Arctic Star Productions film 3 Gobblers, in which I am a “Speaking Camper” and my brother is “Ralph”, will be showing as part of the Ellensburg Film Festival on October 5th.  For more information, go here.

Click here to watch the official trailer!

 

My other posts about 3 Gobblers:

3 Gobblers…A Film Based on a True Story

Arctic Star Productions ‘3 Gobblers’

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Cover photo for Cause and Effect!

IMG_1289This is the cover photo for my next book, Cause and Effect.

Fun fact: The yellow orb in the background is the sun and the photo was taken in the afternoon.  In addition, it is not photoshopped, only edited with the app Snapseed.

About the story:

At the age of eight, Melena is taken to an isolated school. She struggles with friends, loss, and bullying. Her life is changed one night, and she realizes she has more potential than she ever could have imagined. She and her friends are faced with a tough decision that could have big consequences.

The ozone layer has been polluted dangerously. Death has occurred in many areas, and scientists decide to investigate. Surviving children, who suffer from mysterious amnesia, are placed in isolated schools to be observed. Could the observations lead to one of the greatest scientific discoveries of mankind?

My sixth novel, Cause and Effect, can be expected to be published in eBook format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in 2015. In the meantime, check out my other books here!

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Excerpt from Next Stop

Here is a short excerpt from my book Next Stop.  You can find a link to the book’s Amazon or Barnes and Noble page here.

 

Dear Mama,

            I’m in Gold Creek, living with a kind young lady named Mrs. Clapps.  She is boarding me for very little.  I am very well taken care of by her.  I have a job and have sent along the first amount of money I received, after I took out the rent for Mrs. Clapps.  It should be enough to pay for Gretel’s school fee, and a bit more for anything you find you need.

            Write me often, Mrs. Clapps will read the letters.  Tell me if you hear from Father. 

            I miss you all.  Do not fret about me.  Mrs. Clapps is God fearing. 

 

            With Much Love,

                                    Fanny    

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Cause and Effect

I have officially announced my next novel, Cause and Effect, on my website: The By Kids for Kids Series! It is in the beginning stages of writing.

Here’s a little history on the story. I first had the idea for Cause and Effect about five years ago, while on vacation. After writing thirty pages, and drafting many ideas about the life in Melena’s school, the manuscript lay aside as I waited for a plot breakthrough idea to come to me. Meanwhile I wrote California Girl, Only 7 and Next Stop. In the beginning of 2014, after much thought, I was struck with a brand new back story idea for Cause and Effect. Since then, I have been writing and writing getting my new idea together!

Here is the (current) official summary of Cause and Effect which I published on my website:

At the age of eight, Melena is taken to an isolated school. She struggles with friends, loss, and bullying. Her life is changed one night, and she realizes she has more potential than she ever could have imagined. She and her friends are faced with a tough decision that could have big consequences.

The ozone layer has been polluted dangerously. Death has occurred in many areas, and scientists decide to investigate. Surviving children, who suffer from mysterious amnesia, are placed in isolated schools to be observed. Could the observations lead to one of the greatest scientific discoveries of mankind?

My sixth novel, Cause and Effect, can be expected to be published in eBook format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in 2015. In the meantime, check out my other books here!

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Leavenworth Summer Theater Casts Announced!

The casts for Leavenworth Summer Theater’s 2014 productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Drowsy Chaperone have been announced!

Playing the lead role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof is 5th Avenue Theater vet, Ernest Palmer.  Last year for LST he played Max Detwieler in The Sound of Music and Those Canaan Days soloist in Joseph…

Also in the cast of Fiddler on the Roof is Kelly Allen (Golde), Marissa Ryder (Shaindel), recently seen as Meg in ArtsWest production of Little WomenGary Spees (Rabbi) and Victoria L. Smith (Fiddler).  That’s me!

The daughters of Tevye are played by Sarah Hadley (Tzeitel), Liz Oyama (Hodel), seen as Maria in The Sound of Music at LST in 2012, Kaylene Jackson (Chava), seen last year at LST in The Sound of Music as Liesl, Morgan Van Vleck (Shprintze), and Lexine Forsyth (Bielke).

The three men the oldest daughters married are played by Austin Raver (Motel), Morgan Bader (Perchik), recently seen as John Brooke in the ArtsWest production of Little Women, and Jeremy Adams (Fyedka).

The ensemble is for LST Fiddler on the Roof includes Jeremy Klarich, Arwen Dewey, Lexi Jason, Sarah Karnes, Christina Locatelli, Marissa Ryder, Megan Smith, Josh Preston, and Grayson J. Smith, recently seen as The Artful Dodger in Oliver! at The 5th Avenue Theater.

The Drowsy Chaperone will be led by John Mausser as Man in Chair and Marissa Ryder as Janet.  The cast also includes Daina Toevs (The Chaperone), Morgan Bader (Adolpho), Susan Gubsh (Mrs. Tottendale), Gary Hesse (Underling), Marcus Bingham (Feldzieg), Lexi Jason (Kitty) and Nicholas Main (George).

The ensemble for The Drowsy Chaperone includes Jeremy Adams, Ryan Anderson, Kaylene Jackson, Jeremy Klarich, and Liz Oyama.

The cast for The Sound of Music has not yet been announced.

 

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A Short Play Scene

This is a short scene written by Victoria L. Smith, in which two characters want the same thing.  A third character plays a role in how it turns out.

“The Coveted Role”

(high school hallway. Leah and Sandra are standing outside an auditorium in the school with sheet music.)

Leah    –           Hey, Sandra.  How are you?

Sandra-           I’m fine.

Leah    –           Are you auditioning for the school musical?

Sandra –           I have always wanted to be Cassie in A Chorus Line.  Now I can.

Leah    –           I am auditioning for Cassie too!

Sandra-           Wonderful, Leah.

Leah    –           I wonder if anyone else is.

Sandra-           I’ve talked to everyone.  I’m the only one.

Leah    –           Oh my, I wonder which one of us the director will like better.

Sandra-           It should be obvious.  You might as well pick a different part to audition for.

(the assistant director comes out of the auditorium.  The two girls hush.)

Assistant Director       –           Welcome girls, thanks for coming to audition for the role of Cassie.  Sandra, you’ll be first in about two minutes, and then you’ll go next Leah.

(he exits)

Leah    –           I mean to at least audition.

Sandra-           They’d never pick a girl with an accent like yours.  (beat) I better go in.  I don’t want to be late.

(Sandra enters the auditorium.  Leah stays outside.)

Leah    – (to herself)    She thinks she so much better than me.

(Sandra emerges.  She looks pleased.)

Sandra-           I did amazing.  As usual.

Leah    –           I’m next.

Sandra –           Good luck (sarcastically).

Leah    –           Thanks.

(Leah enters.  Sandra stays outside, looking very pleased and humming ‘One’)

(Leah emerges and stands outside.)

Sandra-           Well how’d it go?

Leah    –           It went well.

Sandra-           See, I told you.  My audition went ‘amazing’, and yours only went ‘well’.You should have given up before making a fool of yourself.

Leah    –           Nobody has been made a fool yet.

Sandra-           All things come in time.  Did you get a callback?

Leah    –           Yes.  In ten minutes.

Sandra-           Mine’s in five.  I have to sing The Music and the Mirror again.

Leah    –           Me too.

Sandra-           Look, we both know who is going to be cast as Cassie.  Don’t go to the callback.

Leah    –           Don’t be afraid.

Sandra-           I am not afraid.  What in the world would I be afraid of?

Leah    –           It’s been five minutes.

(Sandra leaves huffingly.  Leah remains.)

(Sandra emerges)

Sandra-           You don’t have a chance.

Leah    –           We’ll see.

Sandra (trying to make her mad)        –           Go on, keep deceiving yourself into believing you are better than me.  It won’t get you the role anyway, so there’s no harm in it.

Leah (getting angry)   –           If you are so sure, why are you even auditioning?  Wouldn’t the director seek you out if he didn’t find anything he wanted in me?

Sandra-           I’m auditioning, you nerd-girl, because that’s how it works.

Leah    –           Isn’t it how it works that everyone should have a fair chance at something?!

Sandra-           You believe that?

Leah    –           Yes!  I absolutely do!

Sandra-           Then clearly you are cloudy minded.  (smartly)  Yelling will hurt your voice.

Leah    –           Mind your own business.

(Leah starts to leave, realizing her callback is about to start.)

Sandra-           Don’t go away.  We aren’t finished out here.

Leah    –           I’m finished.

Sandra-           Why do you want this part so bad anyway?  Why are you willing to fight so hard for it.

Leah    –           I want this part because I believe that I may have the potential and motivation to play it.  I’m willing to fight for it, because I don’t believe that it is fair that people like you should always get what they want.

Sandra-           And it’s fair for a person like you?  Leah, you have to understand.  The world isn’t fair.  It will never be fair.  If you keep deceiving yourself –

Leah    –           I wish you’d stop saying that.

Sandra-           I’ll say what I like.

Leah    –           I’ve learned th-

Sandra-           You are missing your callback.

(Leah jumps, and rushes into the callback.)

(Leah comes out.  The girl stand and don’t talk to each other.)

(Assistant director comes out.)

Assistant Director       –           Okay, girls, we’ll be having a quick dance audition. Just come on in in about two minutes and I’ll show you a series of steps to repeat after me.

(the assistant director exits into the auditorium.  A few moments pass.)

Sandra-           I better go in.

 (Sandra goes to the door, smirks and holds it open for Leah. Leah unsuspectingly walks through, and Sandra sticks out her foot to trip Leah.  Leah falls flat on her face.  The trip sprained her ankle.)

Leah    –           Ouch!  My ankle!

Sandra-           Did you trip?

Leah    –           Yes, I don’t know how in the world I could have.

Sandra-           Some people are just born clumsy.

(Leah frowns, the girls enter the auditorium. Sandra takes the stage and the assistant director shows her a few steps to try.  She performs them successfully to music.)

Assistant Director       –           Okay, thanks.  Come on up Leah.

Sandra-           Are you going to be able to dance?

Leah    –           I’ll have to try.

(Sandra crosses her arms, watching Leah struggle up the stage stairs.  Leah limps through a dance combination that, subtracting the limp, looked very complex and pretty.)

(The assistant director shows Leah a couple of different steps.  She does very well, although she limps badly.)

Assistant Director       –           Did you just hurt your ankle?

Leah    –           Yeah, coming in.  I tripped on accident.

Assistant Director       –           Could you do the combination once more with music?

Leah    –           Absolutely.

(the assistant director plays the music and Leah does the combination again, pushing against her bad ankle.)

Assistant Director       –           Great. Girls, wait in the hallway for the casting decision.  It will be about forty five minutes.

(as the girls exit the auditorium)

Sandra-           I’m sure you would have done okay.  But with that ankle it looked pretty bad.  He must think you are pretty clumsy just tripping on your way in like that.

(Leah shrugs)

Sandra-           Now we wait for the casting decision.  You have to be there to accept the role, or it will immediately be given to someone else.

Leah    –           I can wait forty five minutes.

Sandra-           You do look like you need medical help.

Leah    –           I can wait forty five minutes.

(The girls exit to the hall.  Leah crosses the hall to use the restroom.  Sandra looks around, and places a desk in front of the bathroom door. It is around the corner, so nobody could see the desk without looking.)

Sandra(to herself)       –           Just in case.  (beat)  Now it’s all mine.

(a moment or two passes before Sandra hears a knock from the inside of the bathroom door.  Sandra ignores it.  The knock comes louder this time.  Sandra seems to be worried that someone will hear.  She thinks about what to do.  She slips out her iPod and begins to listen to music.  For added measure, she goes around the corner.  Now she has an excuse if someone asks her why she didn’t hear the knocking. The assistant director comes and posts the cast list. He looks around and doesn’t see anyone.  He finds this odd.  He hears a knock.  He looks around and wanders to find where the knock came from.  He sees the desk in front of the bathroom door and moves it.  Leah emerges)

Assistant Director       –           How did you get stuck in there?

Leah    –           I don’t have any idea.  Has the list been posted?

Assistant Director       –           I put it up just a moment ago.  I thought it strange when I didn’t see you or Sandra around.

Leah    –           Sandra’s not here?

Assistant Director       –           Not that I can see.

(Leah goes over to the cast list.)

Leah    (to herself) –    I can’t believe it.  I have made a fool of myself.  Sandra got it.  I am her understudy!

(she stands there mummified.)

Leah    –           At least I tried.  That’s worth something, I suppose.

Assistant Director       –           Technically since Sandra isn’t here, you, as her understudy, could sign for the role.  At the top of the paper here it says “Being present at the casting announcements for your role is mandatory.  If the recipient of the role is not present at the time of the casting announcement, the understudy can sign for the role.”

Leah    –           Are you serious?

Assistant Director       –           (nods) It’s your decision whether you want to take on the role or not.

Leah    –           Of course I do.  But, I just wonder –

(Leah seems to be considering whether or not to do this.  After all, Sandra is nowhere in sight, for she is sitting around the corner listening to loud music with earbuds.  Leah bites her lip, takes the pen and signs her name.  Satisfied, she forgets about her ankle.)

Assistant Director       –           Great!  I’ll see you at rehearsal tomorrow.

Leah    –           Ouch!

Assistant Director       –           Are you okay?  You should see a doctor, you’re ankle looks like its swelling.

Leah    –           I will, I just needed to finish the audition.

(Sandra hears this cry, and pulls out her earbuds, and comes around the corner.)

Sandra-           They’ve posted it!

(She goes up to the sheet.  Leah sees danger and begins to limp away.)

Sandra-           What in the w- You signed for my role!

Assistant Director       –           You weren’t here, so Leah had the right to sign for the role.

Sandra-           I was sitting around the corner!

Leah    –           Sorry, I didn’t know you were here.

Sandra-           Like I would leave?

Assistant Director       –           You weren’t here, so Leah had the right to sign for the role.

Sandra-           That’s not fair!

Leah    –           Now I realize, like you said, that not everything in life is fair. I’m sorry I didn’t see you.

Assistant Director       –           You can sign for her understudy.

Sandra-           Yeah right!  I’m not doing the show!

(she storms off. )

Assistant Director       –           Whew!

(he exits into the auditorium.)

Leah    –           Yup.

(Leah exits a different way humming One.)

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The Outcome of Studying Well

Paragraph by Victoria L. Smith    

Studying hard has value beyond good grades on a report card.  For instance, if you study well you will learn more than one who does not study well.  The more you learn, the smarter you get.  An intellectually lacking person cannot intelligibly interact with older people, because they lack the ability to say something that is not foolish.   If you study and are able to learn from older people by being around them, you can be influenced and advised by older people who are smarter than you.  This can make you wiser and more mature.  You can accomplish more as an adult and be more successful if you become smart, interact with people older than you and are mature at a young age.  All in all, studying hard and studying well should make you a smarter and more mature person as an adult.

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“Next Stop” by Victoria L. Smith

The By Kids for Kids Series Book 5 Next Stop by Victoria L. Smith is now available for Nook!  It will be available for Kindle soon.

Next Stop        

Charlie Enslow’s father works away from home on the great railroad.  His family receives regular monthly checks from him to support themselves.  When the money suddenly stops, and no word from Mr. Enslow is received, Charlie and his family must make sacrifices. 

 To see more books by Victoria L. Smith and learn more, visit The By Kids for Kids Series website.

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3 Gobblers…A Film Based on a True Story

3 Gobblers

3 Gobblers is a upcoming film set in 1935 about three brothers after being run out of Texas during the dust bowl.  The brothers live in a camp in California with hardly any food.  The story begins a few days before Thanksgiving, when the boys overhear their parents talking about not having anything special for Thanksgiving dinner.  Determined to find a solution, the brothers head out and happen to find three turkeys wandering around near a farm.  They decide to clobber the turkeys and take them home to surprise their mother.   Consequences come when the sheriff arrives.

It is based on a true story written by Joe and June Bussard.  3 Gobblers screenplay was written by Ashley Scott, who is also directing the film.

The cast includes Michael J. Smith as the boys’ father, Ollie Bussard, and Grayson J. Smith as the oldest brother, Ralph Bussard.  Grayson J. Smith recently appeared in the world premiere production of Secondhand Lions: A New Musical Adventure at The 5th Avenue Theatre and will be performing as The Artful Dodger in The 5th Avenue’s upcoming production of Oliver!.  The son of Ralph Bussard, Harold Bussard, is the Executive Producer for the film, as well as part of the cast.  Victoria L. Smith, author of The By Kids for Kids Series, is also in the film as a camper.  Benson Kain will be portraying Joe Bussard, the youngest brother.

Grayson J. Smith is my younger brother, and we are so excited to begin shooting!

To learn more and to contribute to the making of the film, click:  “3 Gobblers Arctic Star Productions”

To view production photos and see what else Arctic Star Productions is up to, visit their Facebook page here.

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