[The good folks at Olney Theatre invited me to attend this production but I was going to be giving a keynote talk on a cruise for the Midwest Women's Empowerment Summit, so my mom - who traveled to Maryland to watch the kids - went instead! This is her review... thanks Mom!!] I went to this musical production excited to hear one of my favorite scores, which my children have sung since they were toddlers, and I was not disappointed. From the moment Little Orphan Annie’s character, played by Noelle Robinson, appeared on stage, revealing her captivating personality, to the final bows, the show was upbeat, funny and tore at the heartstrings. The production presented some changes to the original score but the old standbys, It’s a Hard Knock Life, Little Girls, I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, Easy Street and, of course, Tomorrow were all show stoppers. The performances by members of the diverse cast (i.e. it was exciting to see the lead Annie and Daddy Warbucks played by African-American actors) brought energy and humor, showcasing enormous talent from the delightful orphan Molly, played by Kylee Hope Geraci to the imposing Oliver Warbucks played by Kevin McAllister. The sets, though simple, vividly brought the show to life, transporting the audience from the orphanage to Daddy Warbuck’s mansion and locations in between. This is a ‘must see’ for youth and adults; music lovers and drama aficionados. It is great theatre! --- Annie runs November 10, 2017 - December 31, 2017 and tickets begin at $47. Visit OlneyTheatre.org to purchase. ABOUT THE SHOW From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to develop a love of live theatre, with this 40th Anniversary production, a new generation gets its shot. It's the middle of the Great Depression in New York City, and hard-knocks abound, especially for Annie and her friends at the orphanage run by Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents, prompting Miss Hannigan to concoct a scheme intended to get her hands on Annie and Warbucks' cash. Featuring Patricia Hurley (Mary Poppins), Kevin McAllister (Ford's Theatre's Ragtime), Rachel Zampelli (Evita), and Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent - Tony Award® Winner). Annie is recommended for ages 5+. **Parental Guidance for the performance HERE. Disclosure: We received complimentary show tickets for this performance. All opinions are Mommy's own! … [Read more...] about A Guest Review of Olney Theatre’s Little Orphan Annie #sponsored
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CRAZYTOWN. I was nominated for three Iris Awards®. Pinch me! The Iris Awards® honors the parent blogging community and its body of work throughout the year. The Awards recognize the finest expressions in art, commentary, commerce, philanthropy, ideas and connections, all the while celebrating the emerging industry created by its pioneers and leaders. Through the act of expressing both the everyday and the exceptional, we individually create and collectively achieve. And great achievement deserves recognition. My nominations are for Influencer of the Year, Game Changer of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. And, the coLAB: collaboration for a diverse alliance project that Blogalicious was a part of with Latina Bloggers Connect and Alt Summit also was nominated for a Game Changer of the Year award! What is truly surreal is the company I am keeping - the bloggers nominated in every single one of the categories are bosses. These awards are so very special to me because they are community-conceived (by the Mom 2.0 Summit team) and community-chosen. I remember the giddy and goosebump-y feeling I had when I had the honor of presenting at the first-ever Iris Awards in 2014 and then to be nominated for Game Changer of the year in 2015. This so amazingly special to me and I am so grateful to live this nutty, fulfilling, unpredictable and FUN blogging life. I love everyone!! Congratulations to all. See you in Laguna. … [Read more...] about That Time I Was Nominated for 3 Iris Awards®. Like, WHOA.
In this, my wildest edition of Wildcard Wednesdays to date, I do, indeed, have something WILD to share. Hopefully by now you've heard of and joined in the #Blogust campaign created by Shot@Life. Throughout the month of August, the blogosphere has come together around Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation to provide life-saving vaccines to children where they are most needed. Shot@Life's Blogust: Blog Relay for Good has brought 31 bloggers, one each day in August, to write about people from our communities who have inspired us. Comments on the posts are being matched with a $20 donation (up to a maximum of $200,000). $20 is what it costs to give one child four life-saving vaccines to help protect them against measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio. That's 10,000 comments - and 10,000 children saved. Twenty bucks. That's it. And guess what? 10,000 Blogust comments ~ sometime this morning we'll reach that number!!!! Really, YOU did it. You and everyone here and across the web who has posted, commented and tweeted about #Blogust this month did it! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment together. At time of me writing this, only a hundred or so more comments are needed to reach this incredible goal. In the spirit of Blogust and the impact the small action of commenting has had over the month, I would love for you to comment here. A few ideas you might think about for your comments: share what healthy kids mean to you; say what you'd like to give a child a shot at; write about what your commenter(s) have meant to you; or share your thoughts on Blogust! And then take action to help by pledging your support, writing Congress, getting involved and share the campaign with your social networks. Help us keep the power of Blogust going by visiting shotatlife.org today. Thank you for being here. Thank you for caring. As for me? I'd like to give my children a shot at self-actualization. And I don't even mean that in a trite way. There's nothing I'd love to see more than them achieving their full potential, on their terms. I think it's fitting that this particular Shot@Life campaign is rooted in blogging because I genuinely believe that blogging is helping me to do just that. And yesterday, at L'il Buddy's 4-year-old checkup, we took another step towards making sure he has that shot. I'm humbled and overjoyed that I was able to play a role in giving a shot at life to mothers and their children in developing countries through this Blogust effort. I've always said that one day I'd be an ambassador - Blogust is secretly helping me to achieve that potential in a special way and, for that, I am grateful. But it ain't over yet! Let's shower the relay with even more comments until the end! Please visit my friend Jyl Johnson Pattee tomorow and you won't want to miss Jim Lin's post on Friday as he brings it home for us. Go Team Blogust! You can learn more about Shot@Life by joining their email … [Read more...] about WE. DID. IT. ~ Bustin’ It Out for #Blogust: Shot@Life’s Blog Relay for Good
I just got a special delivery of cookbooks from my friends at Everywhere as a thank you gift. I'm already a fan of cookbooks, but my excitement level shot through the roof when I opened the envelope to find this big (4.36 lbs!), beautiful cooking bible in front of me: 500 photo-filled, glossy pages of lessons, recipes and techniques from Miss Martha herself. In this book, she promises to teach the home cook a core set of cooking skills and techniques by providing guidance on the fundamentals on how to cook, rather than just what to cook. I think I shall make this my summer project. … [Read more...] about The Most Excited Student
Next month, I'll be at BlogHer Food in Atlanta! Besides looking forward to meeting tons of fellow foodies and to hear the latest about food blogging trends, I will also be presenting a session called: Fast, Healthy, Family-friendly: Not the Oxymoron You Might Think! Delicious dinners and “family friendly” need not be mutually exclusive. This session will provide tips on how the family cook can serve up quality food, even on a tight schedule. Bust out of your rut. FOOD”e” Justice Fergie will lead a discussion and brainstorm around how to: Shop and Stock the Pantry for Success, Meal Planning, Creative School Lunch Ideas, and even the joys of Bringing Back Sunday Dinner. Can't wait! Check out the entire agenda here. … [Read more...] about BlogHer Food’11!