Friday, March 29, 2013

Women's History Month is over, but never complete!

The Coin-Off
It's almost the last day of March! Are you so sad to see it go? Probably not, right? Spring is happening and the weather gets better in April. Plus, it's closer to summer and summer is awesome. So really, March is the last hurdle until good time weather party.

But you are probably most sad that Women's History Month is almost over. Dry those eyes. Did you know you can learn about women's history all year long?

Shut the front door!

No, I mean it. If your front door is open you should go shut it, the cat might get out.

Ok, did you shut it? Oh, it wasn't open in the first place? Huh? How about that.
Too Many Betty Crockers

Cool, fine, let's get back on track.

Did you know you can learn about women's history all year long?

Better make sure that door is still shut. It is? Good.

Yes, you can learn about women's history all year long. Also, if you want to you can MAKE history all year long. I'm not saying I know how to make history but I am pretty sure it is similar to how you make homemade Play-Doh.

So farewell, March 2013! EW look forward to comdeybrating with you in 2014.

Hope your life is full of fabulous prizes!
Fabulous Prizes!

Friday, March 15, 2013

One more night to Comedybrate


I'm Heather.

I am really excited you all came out to the show last night. Do you realize we had a real live Jeopardy contestant get drawn to compete for fabulous prizes?

We did.

And our questions were tough. But she still was smart.

Plus, I dropped an egg on stage.

Look, this is Naomi. She was our Comedybration Ambassador last night. She handed out programs, encouraged you to sign up to win prizes and gave you party hats. She's the best. Tonight, it will be Meggie.

I had this idea for this show in December. I didn't actually get the space until January. Two weeks ago, I started rehearsing with the actors.

And you know what?

I am still amazed that the show is here and almost over! It has been so much fun.

And so much learning.

And laughing. I mean, if you have seen our Emily Dickinson and Sandra Day O'Conner you know what I mean.

Tonight's the last night of the show! Hope you can make it! It is one hour of zany zany joy!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The time is now.

The lines. Memorized.
The props. Made.
The wigs. Brushed.
The prizes. Prizified.

The time is now. The World's first Comedybration is set to being in two hours.

You still have time to rearrange your life for it.

Tonight and tomorrow night only.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Emily Speaks: Do it for the tall girl

Hello! Emily here!

We can all agree that learning about and celebrating women in history is extremely important. And if you don’t agree, well, you should pretend you do, because society says you’re wrong. At least, modern society finally says you’re wrong.

There are obvious reasons why Women’s History Month is necessary. But then, there are the reasons you don’t know about.

Here’s one. You’re welcome.

When I was little, I enjoyed acting out historical events. NERD ALERT. It’s okay, I had friends. ...and I forced friends to join me in this spectacular edutainment. And when those friends went away, there was always my younger sister.

I was also a really tall kid. Like, disturbingly tall. Like, other kids would consistently think I was a teacher in the bathroom. Okay, I also wore a lot of Land’s End.

This unfortunate combination of loving history, loving creative play and being a freak-giant meant one thing: I ALWAYS PLAYED A DUDE. Because there “weren’t enough women parts.” And I “had a deep enough voice.” (I was also always made to be Sporty Spice when “playing” Spice Girls, but that’s another story. A story that also supports the importance of strong female role models.)

If only I had access to all of these great women of history when I was in elementary school! Then, I wouldn’t have had to “be” George Washington! Or Ronald Reagan!

Or Aladdin!

Okay, so...there were other reasons. Look at how women are portrayed in traditional stories. What smart, inquisitive, book-loving, Land’s End-wearing little girl wanted to be the girls presented in media? I had about as much in common with Princess Jasmine as I did with my cousin Katie (...who always played Jasmine).

So, when I wracked my 6 year old brain for ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, I didn’t know Susan B. Anthony or Hillary Clinton or Harriet Tubman. I knew Pocahontas? But no one would play John Smith.

It’s too bad we have to create a month just to remember to remember women who have done great things in history, but the upside is A COMEDYBRATION DEDICATED TO WOMEN WHO HAVE DONE GREAT THINGS IN HISTORY DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.

Do it for the tall 6 year old girls who are sort of sick of drawing mustaches on their faces.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Don't Anger a Prairie Woman

Look it here! Who do you think this is?

Did you say Laura Ingalls Wilder?

Did you?

Well, how about that?

You should pat yourself on the back now.

Did you ever think you would meet Laura Ingalls Wilder?  Especially at a show at the Bryant Lake Bowl?

Probably not. 

Huh, how about that too?

Well, you are wrong, you aren’t going to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder on March 14th and 15th at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

Start your riot now.

OK, you can calm your riot down now. 

You are going to meet Laura Ingalls. (What? I know you are confused! What is going on here! Riot, riot, riot!)

Calm down again.

Think about it Laura Ingalls, is Laura Ingalls Wilder before she married that Wilder boy and added his name on to hers. (Get it now? Of course you do, you are smart and I am being a smartass here.)

Look how cute Laura Ingalls is!

But don’t make her mad. 

Or she might never be inspired to write the The Little House on the Prairie books that then become a TV show that you may or may not remember from your childhood therefore creating an alternative timeline where Houses on the Prairies are actually quite large and full of hamsters.

 Hamsters who wear bonnets. BONNETS!!!!!

Laura Ingalls will be played by Brigid Anderson Kelley. I first met her when she was Brigid Kelley. Before she ran off and married that Anderson boy and added his name to here. Ahh! An alternative timeline is upon us!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meet Shannon: A sort of poem

Meet Shannon.

Once upon a time there was going to be a play
With laughs and learning about women from histor-ay

In the play there's Brigid, Kelsey, Heather and on and on
With some writing by Emily and of course acting by Shannon

Why here's a photo of Shannon now!
All prim in a bonnet, ready to milk a cow!

Now you might be thinking, Hey! This disturbs the flow!
This is a show about women and he's a boy, don't you know?

Do not fear this is sacrilege or a terrible mistake
Because Women's History Month can be anyone's cake!

It may be a month about the ladies of the past
but that doesn't mean other genders are outcast

A comedybration this is! A time for celebration.
We will include everyone to learn about ladies of this nation.

So get our your calendars and make March 14 or 15
Or even better make a reservation, (if you know what I mean)

Your new favorite holiday month, only comes once a year
And at the BLB theater, you can watch it with beer!