Getting Started

To get started as a Mom Blogger for Childsplay, I had to meet with the Media Specialist, Samantha Johnstone, and the other Mom Bloggers at the Childsplay administrative offices. The offices are located in Tempe, in a converted elementary school that the city of Tempe sold to Childsplay at a minimal cost. I walked in, so excited to be in the building that creates the magic I so love to see onstage. Here and there are pieces from the sets of different plays I have seen. I want to point and whisper with my fellow mom bloggers, but I don’t know them, and sometimes it takes awhile to get to know  the weirdness and enthusiasm that is me. Didn’t want to freak them out by screaming. “OH LOOK THERE IS THAT DOG FROM “GO DOG GO” HOW COOL  IS THAT DID YOU SEE THAT PLAY WASN’T IT SO GREAT??”

We were given a tour of the offices, and got to see where all the creative forces of Childsplay do their thing. We saw where Childsplay Academy classes are taught, giving aspiring thespians a peek into the magical world of live theatre.

The absolute highlight of this visit for me was when we passed the copier, and none other than Jon Gentry was making copies. Jon Gentry!  My family and I LOVE Jon Gentry.  He is absolutely wonderful in every role he plays, from the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical”, to the Bunny in ”Good Night Moon”, to Eddie’s Grandpa Luke in “The Color of the Stars”. When choosing what productions we want to see, whether or not Jon Gentry is in it always is a factor.

I am pleased to say I did not scream “OH MY GOSH , I AM A HUGE FAN” and then throw myself on the poor actor in a huge bear hug as he made his copies.  Ms. Johnstone introduced him, and I smiled politely, never revealing my squealing inner fan girl. I did, however, the minute I could politely do so, text my kids. They were as excited as I was.  (“NO WAY!! He was making copies? So cool!!”)

I am also a huge fan of D. Scott Withers and Katie McFadzen.  I wonder if they make copies too?

I Love Childsplay!!

I was just asked to be a Mom Blogger for Childsplay! Woo-hoo! I mean, how completely cool is that??

I have been a passionate and devoted fan of Childsplay for over a decade. To have the opportunity to share my passion is exciting, to say the least. I sometimes feel that Childsplay is our community’s best kept secret, so to be able to help spread the word about something that is truly special…count me in!

My love affair with Childsplay began about 11 years ago, when I was called upon to help chaperone my daughter’s preschool class to a Childpslay production of “Go Dog Go”.  Field trips to a Childsplay production were a twice a year event at this preschool. And my daughter was super excited to be going to see a play. Me? Not so much. I mean, how were a bunch of three year olds going to sit through a live performance? They could barely sit for a 10 page story, and the whole concept of listening politely had not quite gotten through. I imagined myself chasing unruly preschoolers through a darkened theatre, telling them to “Please be quiet” and “Hush!” in an overly loud whisper repeatedly. Not to mention, how were they possibly going to adapt  “Go Dog Go” into an engaging theatrical production? While it has been one of my all time favorite stories since I was a child, how  on earth would “Green dog on a yellow tree” translate to something fun to see on stage?  I had no idea, and I dreaded the field trip.

The day came, and my daughter chose her most resplendent theatre going outfit (I remember lots of sparkles and sequins. She was very into sparkles and sequins at 3). My outfit was designed for quick movement and lots of shushing.

I needn’t have worried. When the lights went down, and the stage filled with actors on roller skates portraying big dogs and little dogs, and black and white dogs, I was mesmerized. More importantly, so were the three year olds. When I remembered to tear my eyes from the stage to actually check on my charges, I saw they were as enthralled as I was. The show was funny, the music was amazing and the set had all these wonderfully familiar elements directly from the book. As I saw the effect that live theatre had on this very young audience, I knew I had stumbled onto something magical.

Soon after this wonderful experience, I was hired as a preschool teacher at the school where my daughter attended. Attending at least two Childsplay performances during the course of the school year was a fundamental part of my curriculum for my class of three year olds. I was so happy to have the opportunity to introduce the magic of Childsplay to the young families whose children were in my class.

Childsplay performances became a must see an event in my family. I would scrimp,  save, and find deals  so I could take my family to see as many performances each season as we could possibly afford. About 4 years ago, my wonderful mom, who also is also a passionate devotee of live theatre, treated us to yearly play passes. The play passes afford me, my three kids, my two nieces and my nephew the chance to see four Childsplay productions a year. We save money for the others we want to see. Childsplay productions are a cherished and anticipated event my family looks forward to sharing together.

Blogging about one of my all-time favorite things? I couldn’t be happier.

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