Who is for scrounging cardboard boxes, scavenging bits of fabric, rummaging through scarcely opened closets, and dusting off the old sewing machines in the interest of creating the perfect Halloween costume? Some will plan ahead, "Honey now that she's three it's the perfect year for the Flintstones. Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, we can dress up Freckles as Dino..." Because let's be honest, the dog is the first born.
There are the classroom parties, "MOOOOOOM we are having a party tomorrow!" you hear from your child at the dinner table, between dishes and homework,
"I want to be a pirate AND a monster....OOOOooooh
A MONSTER PIRATE!"
Then he runs off to fight a battle in the living room with sister diligently at work on her costume for weeks now. She screams "STOP! you're ruining my robot suit!"
Then there's the year you awake in a cold sweat. It's October 31st, you pop out of bed, "OH NO, trick or treating tonight! What do I have in the house?" Super-mom-cap on, you start thinking through book characters, "Cinderella, Snow White, Robin Hood, that Frozen Girl....." (and you kick yourself for that thought later when " let it go..." is running through your head all day...) WHAT CAN I MAKE IN THREE HOURS?
We are here to help you.
She is spunky, sassy, funny, smart, courageous, brave, and has a very unique style. What a role model AND a fun costume.
What you need:
Jumper of some sort.
Everything should look kind of "rough n'tumble'
PIGTAILS- use a hanger to make them stand up!
There is a certain freedom to be found in stepping out of the black and white and splashing the world with a little color.
Exercising the imagination can be scary, true, but this "out of the box thinking" is extremely edifying. The cliche is almost laughable because "thinking outside the box" is basically asking you to solve a cliche problem with a cliche! BUT, wouldn't it be wonderful if you lived in a space where you never got "boxed in" in the first place? Where you lived in the space OUTSIDE the box? Not the BLACK and WHITE, but the place where all the other colors reside.
Hiding in the crowd and "playing along" is safe, but is it satisfying? There is an artist inside you, and you deserve that self-exploration. Don't let the fear of others-thoughts get in the way. Pippi sure didn't think twice about what the perceptions of others in her journey; and that mindset served her very well! We could stand to learn a thing or two from the girl!
Pippi is a very spunky girl who doesn't always follow the "rules." She is all about painting BROAD strokes and defining her own lines inside which to color. (Sometimes on the page, sometimes the ceiling! Why create limits?) She shakes things up...in some marvelous and beautiful ways!
There is a freedom to be found in the pursuit of curiosity and imagination, determination and personality. Sure there are times when the lines make sense, but there are other times when the lines and shapes...well they can be challenged! They can be reshaped, recolored, and REINVENTED!
What are some ways you have "colored outside the lines" this week?
How are ways we can pursue our creativity through "outside thinking" together?
In the words of Karen Gross:
"To be sure, some of the rules of kindergarten are important. But this message, about drawing outside the lines, is equally if not more important: Be Bold; Use Bright Colors; Design Your Future; Color Freely In and Outside the Lines."
Being on tour has taught us a lot about "working as a team" and "being in an ensemble," both on and off the stage. When you spend three months with five people, you get to know their quirks, habits and wit! We have laughed a lot, (i.e. at Cameron's ability to turn anything into a Rascal Flatts impression...literally anything, and it's SPOT ON.) But more importantly we have learned to work in harmony with each other.
This week Pinocchio opens on Taylor stage!
Join us March 20-27! Get your Tickets today!
Call: 336-334-4392. or online: BUY TICKETS
by Aurand Harris
Directed by Abigail Van Patter
Coming to the UNCG stage March 26-28, get your tickets today!!
This quirky play, in the style of commedia dell'arte, will fill your heart with joy as you follow the young Androcles' (harlequin) journey of self discovery and learn the meaning of true friendship. Come join us for an hour of fun for the whole family!
By: Kody Hopkins.
The two most valuable experiences I have had by being a part of this tour are the chance to perform for children of multiple ages and to work in a tightly knit ensemble. This isn't the first children's show I have done, but it is arguably the most rewarding. It is my first time getting to visit these children in their schools rather than having them come to us, which I think provides a much more engaging and provocative experience -- both for myself as a performer and the children as an audience. Nothing is more thrilling than seeing the children pour into the space and having the chance with the set up of this show to engage them before we put on our hats as performers. These little moments before each show -- whether it's a high five, a handshake, a good morning, or even an exchanging of names -- really cement for me how much of a blessing it is that we get to perform for such bright, inspiring, and wonderful people. There came a time where I realized I no longer wanted to perform the show for myself (i.e., with the focus being on my own performance), but rather for the children. I wanted to share with them this beautiful thing we call theatre and inspire them through the morals of the story and the engagements we make with them to grow as people.
On top of that, I have had an amazing time bonding with the best cast in my theatre experience thus far. After being exposed to large casts upwards of thirty people and small casts down of just two, it is interesting to be in a five person show that places equal importance on each role. There are no "walk on" parts, no small jobs. The show truly lends itself to a fully engaged cast and ensemble, and as a result, I have never felt more connected to my fellow actors outside of the show, and consequently more truthful in the performance of the show. It has truly been an eye-opening experience all around.
Performing in a school is like no other kind of performing. Children's energy is visceral, completely alive in that moment...I had to stop to smile while I typed that last sentence because so many memories just flooded into my mind. There is a moment in the play when Pinocchio heads toward the "robbers" and the children are so invested in the story at this point, they shout "TURN AROUND! DON'T GO OVER THERE!" (and other variations of this warning.) When do we lose this outward response as adults? We go to the theatre now and stifle our laughter so as to not disrupt to not (heaven forbid) "stand out," but children, what gems; they can tell us exactly what they are feeling, precisely when they feel it. How refreshing!
This is one of the many reasons why the TYA movement is so important. Children should be attending shows because of the enormous impact even just ONE show can have on those children's lives. We see everyday that our youth CONNECT to these shows, so it is our duty as TYA representatives to produce shows of the highest quality- to challenge, to ignite in the children visceral responses like "TURN AROUND!" or empathetic coughs ( like we read in last week's post.) So, as a humble TYA rep, I can say I'm honored to be in the field, as are my Pinocchio cast-mates.
It has been one snowy tour season! One snow day after another. This cast has been CRAVING a sunny 5 am wake up call just so we can take this puppy on the ROAD. I passed Ashley in the hall the other day, "I MISS TOUR!" she shouted out. The feeling is mutual all around...we feel it in our bones. The snow is pretty on a wednesday- even a friday- but TUESDAY and THURSDAYS are reserved for Guilford county school tours; and that's that. So here is to filling up the bus with gas and rolling out in the morning for two shows at GES because we are READY! That "ice storm they are predicting 'aint got nothing on us!