Olive Us: Lost Theater

October 29, 2013

Images and text by Gabrielle.

I’m so excited to share another Olive Us episode today, because this one feels magical to me. It’s called Lost Theater, and we filmed it in France. While we lived there, we became friends with Roger and Colette Sineux — the parents of our landlord. The Sineuxs were so good to us. Very welcoming and kind. In fact, on the day we arrived, Colette prepared the house with a fire and a homemade cake! Anyway, Roger and Colette live in a wonderful home with an old barn on the property. During one of our visits, Colette mentioned there was a theater in the barn and invited our kids to check it out.

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Well. When we opened the door, we just gasped. It’s an amazing space! The light filters in beautifully, and it’s full of props and costumes and sets from past productions. When we visited, the theater hadn’t been used in awhile, so it had a romantic, dusty feel, and the whole family felt as if we were “discovering” the space. It was so dreamy we just pinched ourselves, and kept saying things like, “Can you believe this place really exists?”

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Over a year later, as we were brainstorming Olive Us episodes for ulive, we remembered the theater and knew it would be the perfect spot to film something special. I hope you enjoy the show!

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P.S. — Would you like to know more about Olive Us? Here you go:

- Find the official Olive Us website here, and subscribe to the Olive Us Newsletter here.
- Find all the posts I’ve written about Olive Us here.
- We’ve collaborated with ulive for 20 episodes, you can find the Olive Us page on ulive here.

 

 

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 teresa October 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

Magical indeed- every-time I see one of your “olive us” productions…my heart warms…so wonderful to see children using their imaginations.
Happy Day

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2 sofija October 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

What a magical place!! Can you imagine living there with kids and be able to tell your children: go play in the theater! That would take their creativity to a whole new level…

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3 Helen October 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

Oh, that was magical, perfect and beautiful. June couldn’t be any cuter. x

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4 Emily C. October 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

My favorite one by far! It was like a fairy tale.

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5 Brimful October 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

WOW! Was it ever a working theatre for the community or just something your friends set up for their children? I love the special cinematic touches that “Tiger in a Jar” included: the creaking door, the dust particles in the light…and the cobwebs. Brilliant!

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6 caroline October 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Magical !
Ps : i remember June’s teardrops when she had to leave and let the dress !

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7 Jess. October 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm
8 kristi October 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Oh, I love this and I know this video is just as special for the Sineux family as it is for yours.

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9 Patty October 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Ohmigosh! June looks so adorable in that dress! It looks like a 19th century portrait! This theatre looks amazing and so fun – I don’t think you’re ever too old to play dress up with costumes like these!

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10 Sascha October 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

This was the dreamiest thing I’ve seen in a long time. It reminded me of what my siblings and I imagined we were doing when we played dress up as kids. Loved this!

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11 mom in mendon October 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Sweet little fantasy!

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12 Charity October 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

Wow. What a great time! The possibilities of that place. I am dreaming of that back drop for a fun “opulent ” family photo shoot! It would be so perfect! Filtered dusty light streaming in, family all dressed to the nines. Fun Fun.

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13 bliss October 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

We are huge Olive Us fans in this house and while I wanted to wait and watch the new episodes as you posted them, my kids begged and begged to watch them one right after the other the first day we found them on ulive. This one is a definite favorite. Ralph’s delivery always makes my kids laugh and they are so interested in Betty’s genie. I can’t tell you how often they request to watch “Ghost Town! Ghost Town!” out of the clear blue. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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14 Sarah October 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Charming! What a treasure!

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15 Tricia Whitworth October 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Oooooooo, love! It reminded me of when The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. . .when the children discover the old house and then the room and then wardrobe and then. . .Narnia! I almost expected a faun to step out on the stage with your kids. <3

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16 kim October 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

How charming – what a gorgeous place! :)

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17 Mairi October 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

Oh so lovely! Like something out of a russian ballet. The NutCracker!

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18 Mindy Gledhill October 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I want to do a concert in this theater!

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19 Jocelyn November 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

Wow, it is completely magical! Surely a place like that can’t really exist. Those things are only in storybooks. I am blown away by all the places your family has gotten to experience. Such a wonderful episode. Thank you for sharing!

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