Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Many Famous Faces of Kelsey: A photo essay

Look! Here's Kelsey as Rosie the Riveter. 

I bet Rosie wishes she had a rubber chicken in her photo, instead of the secret bicep she's about to reveal.

So, yeah we all know Kelsey makes a good Rosie, but...

 Kelsey also is can be everyone's favorite primate pal, Jane Goodall.

Oh, I see what I did there.

 Women's History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes) opens on March 14th at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to celebrate Women’s History Month: A step-by-step dialogue with yourself

Don't know how to celebrate? Didn;t realize March had something to celebrate in it? Well, have no fear (unless you are wearing a No Fear t-shirt, in that case, nicely done to keep that in wearable shaped after the mid 1990's, I mean that shirt has got to have some wind burn from all the people running away after reading your terrifying, inspriational yet catchy T-shirt slogan.)

Step 1: Realize March is Women’s History Month.

Self: It’s Women’s History Month

Step 2: React.

Self: What? March is Women’s History Month?

Step 3: Get distracted by cats.

Self: Oh, there’s that one cat video I haven’t seen yet.

Step 4: Keep being distracted.

Self: Look at those kittens!

Step 5. Remember.

Self: Oh yeah? What was I doing?

Step 6: Memory kicks in.

Self: It’s Women’s History Month! But how am I supposed to celebrate it? I use the internet for cats, not for learning about historical women.

Step 7: Solutionize.

Self: If only I could go to a sketch comedy show that is held in a combo theater/restaurant/bowling alley in Uptown, Minneapolis and have the chance to win fabulous prizes.

Step 8: Reap rewards.

Self: This.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rehearsal Update!

Tonight we laughed a lot.

And determined that the Secretary of State sketch must go in.

Even though that means Shannon has to learn some pretty spot on presidential impressions.

Look, there's a photo of Kelsey as Jane Goodall.

That's not a really gorilla.

She's not really Jane Goodall. Except she is in the show.

Did you know that if you buy tickets in advance they are only $10? That is to reward you for planning ahead. And we get really giddy when we get to the theatre and they tell us there are reservations.

Plus, did you know that you can eat and drink during the show at the Bryant Lake Bowl? It's one stop shopping. I really like the Pad Thai, if you are looking for a recommendation.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Even more things in the mail!

The show postcards arrived!

All 29 lbs of them. 29lbs in one box. that is impressive. Not that I am talking about Kelsey, the cover girl's weight.

Look at her, being all Rosie the Riveter-like. And there's a rubber chicken with her.

Here's the story behind this photo. I had a different idea for a photo that involved shots off all the people the show in various historical women garb, to look like a photo booth thing, actually took those pictures (don't worry, you will see them soon enough on this site), then remembered, I don't have the photo editing skills to pull that off. (or more like, I don't have the patience to figure out, take a class, ask a pal). Plus, even though iPhones are great, they don't tell you when the shots you are taking are too dim to turn into magic on a postcard.

So I decided to redo my whole postcard idea. Because nagging at the back of my brain the whole time was this voice "Heather, if you are going to create a show about iconic women in America's history, there is one image that you should work from." This voice kept creeping up. I would say to it "No! I want to do this elaborate idea with tons of people and photos and props and costumes." And the voice would say "Rooooooooooosssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss(it speaks parsaltongue)sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssie." Finallly, when my first idea fell a away, I embraced this voice, dressed Kelsey up as history's favorite poster girl and made her hold a chicken. Viola! Postcard image!

I had to learn some Photoshop skills for this, like how to remove a background from an image and make a PNG. It worked out pretty well, for those of you with eagle eye graphic design skills, there are some small mistakes for you to find. You are welcome.

Did I tell you I got that chicken my freshman year of college after being on the props run crew for the show Ripe Conditions? That show featured a tornado that left rubber chickens across the stage, the technical director bestowed one of them to me at the close of the show for my excellent feather throwing and chicken placement. That was many years ago (fall of 1999). In fact, my work as chicken girl in this show was immortalized in a mural in the Clarke University Student Union. Check it out!

That's me in the black (because that is what run crew wears), my reddish hair, holding chickens! That is TDH the theatre, in the background. My friend and artist Joanna Griebel painted that her senior year. Proof of the start of my life in theatre doing wacky things.

So if you want a WHM postcard, let me know!

I have a lot!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Flygirls in my mailbox

It was a regular day like all the others, I arrived home from work and opened my mailbox. As usual, it was filled with empty space and a promotion from a local theatre show and this piece of unsolicited "junk" mail. But when I looked at it I realized this is no ordinary mail, this mail means....

Everyone is getting ready to celebrate Women's History Month!

 Look at that envelope. You can't see in the picture but above the computer generated address next to the photo is the message "Do you remember me?" And my answer was "No, I don't know who you even are!"

After letting the envelope sit on my table for a few days, (I like to age my mail.) I opened to to see that I received this book from the National WASP WWII Museum. At first, I though WASP mean the other WASP (no not the insect, the White, Anglo-Saxon Protetsant one) but it turns out WASP stands for Women Airforce Service Pilots. (I wonder if this use of WASP pre-dates the other one.) Though I did wonder if these airline ladies were also that type of WASP, but no! The WASP pilots include women form Native American and Chinese descent too. And that is what I know from flipping through the book sort of with a cat on my lap.

But from what I have read so far, these women filled roles testing and training so that more male pilots could be available to fly on the front lines.

The Women in Airline Service flew in WWII. They came from all walks (flights) of life and 38 died in service and we all know about WWII. You can learn more about these women at the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas.

The Flygirls even had their own mascot, designed by Disney: Fifinella.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Check out who is in the show!

Official Cast Announcement!

I know you've all been waiting for this, the same way you wait for Women's History Month every year. You make your Women's History Month list, you write letters to Women's History Month Claus, you bake your Women's History Month cookies.

But wait no more!

Tease your anticipation for your favorite holiday of the year by salivating over this cast of Women's History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes)!

Featuring the performing talents of:

Kelsey Cramer!
Brigid Anderson Kelley!
Shannon Troy Jones!
Heather Meyer!

With sketches written by
Kelsey Cramer, Heather Meyer and Emily Schmidt!

Woo! You are welcome!

Also the "who's in the show" tab has been updated with even more info about these talented yahoos.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Coming soon!

Mark you calendars for the most educational and hilarious show of your life!

Playing two nights only, March 14 & 15 at The Bryant Lake Bowl is Women's History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes) the part sketch comedy, part game show adventure of historical proportions.

Tickets are $10 in advance or with a MN fringe button and $12 at the door.

Written by Heather Meyer and Emily Schmidt featuring Kelsey Cramer and more!