THE RANDOM PERFORMANCE HALL
So, I imagine that by now
you're wondering exactly what the heck the term "Random Performance"
means. The Random Performance Challenge is a game played
annually at Heart of The Finger Lakes Live (HOFL). It was
born during an afternoon of dremeling Breyers and playing with
Martin Carbone epoxy in Ithaca NY.
Leslie, Steph and I spent some discussion on how various
"inappropriate" Breyer models could be used in performance
classes. The main example was the Grazing Mare, and we did
come up with a couple of viable situations where one might have
a grazing horse (or one with its head down) in a performance situation.
And someday, by God, I will recreate this Top Secret set
But, CEFOMAC, being what we are,
took the concept further and further and suddenly it seemed VERY
reasonable to offer showers coming to the inaugural HOFL a chance
to flex their creative muscles by offering an extra class in which
exhibitors would be given a "performance challenged"
model and given a few hours to show how it could really be shown
Thus was the Random Performance
Challenge released screaming unto the hobby.
The game is played with a new
variant each year. The second RPC had players using their
own horses set up in a scene that had to include a "random
object" drawn from a hat. The 1997 HOFL went back to
using the randomly selected models AND a random object. In
1998 players again used their own horses but were subjected to
"The Random Performance Challenge--The Musical!" in
which they attempted to get the judges to guess a song title.
I personally would love to see "Random Performance
Challenge Goes to the Movies," as I am dying to recreate
key scenes from "Titanic" ala model horse.
CEFOMAC welcomes other shows
to use the idea. So far, Salt City Sizzler and The Nutmeg
Classic have offered their own versions of the Challenge. It
certainly keeps the day fun!
After a thorough perusal of my
photo albums, it seems I don't have ANY pictures of RPC entries.
I have no idea how this happened. If you attended
any of the HOFL shows and have RPC pictures, please please please
and maybe we can work something out...?
Eventually, there will be pictures