Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Giveaway: WIn one of two My Own Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Books in the Oh! The Places You'll Go Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to the Oh! The places you'll go Giveaway Hop
hosted by 
The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island. 


Our giveaway is all about homework. All kids hate homework, don't they? No, they don't. Who doesn't hate homework? Little kids who are too young to have any. That is why our Back to School giveaway is all about the little kids. In our experience little kids who are too young to have homework actually like to work along side their older brothers and sisters when they do their homework and pretend they have homework too. That's why we are giving away two copies of My Very Own Caterpillar Coloring Book by Eric Carle so little kids can color in them or scribble in them right alongside their big brothers and/or sisters and pretend they have homework too. And, if your child just wants to color in the book and not pretend to be doing homework that's okay too.


Giveaway Dates 7/27-8/10

Giveaway open to 18+ US only


After you enter our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below to enter their giveaways:




Disclosure policy: Says Me Says Mom is responsible for fulfillment of the above listed prizes only. Sponsors or the individual blog if self sponsored are responsible for the fulfillment of prizes on all other blogs. No blogger is responsible for prize fulfillment of prizes on any blog other than their own.

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats and Motown the Musical

We were given free tickets to Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

What: Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats

Where: TADA! Youth Theatre
             15 W. 28th St.
             New York, NY


Who: All ages

When: Now through August 4


Mom's view: TADA! Youth Theatre's production of Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats is made up of a series of two Ezra Jack Keats stories put together. The first Skates is based on a picture book about cats and dogs. Because it is based on a picture book, Skates is a little different than TADA!'s usual shows. The story is told through dance, and there is very little if any dialogue and/or singing. The second, Maggie and the Pirate, is a more traditional show with songs and dialogue in addition to dance.  Both halves of the show are enjoyable and entertaining. Any fan of Ezra Jack Keats will especially enjoy seeing his books brought to life on stage. Even if you are not a fan of Ezra Jack Keats, you will enjoy seeing this fun show performed by a talented group of kids.  The show is especially great for young children or anyone with a short attention span as it runs slightly less than an hour. The show will be running through August 4 only so if you want to see it get your tickets now. To find out more or to order tickets go to http://www.tadatheater.com/shows/current-season.


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We were given free tickets to Motown the Musical for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.


What: Motown the Musical

Where: Nederlander Theatre
             208 W. 41 St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for 10 and up

When: Now through July 31 only


Mom's view: If you like Motown music, you will love Motown the Musical. Motown is more than the story of the famous record company, it is a like nostalgic walk through the history of music. The score is filled with so many great songs.  The only problem is only parts of most of the songs are sung in the show because it would be impossible to fit all of every song in the show even with a running time of two hours and forty five minutes. The show is like a party with the audience constantly encouraged to sing and clap along.  Definitely, see this show if you want to have a good time unless you don't like really loud noise because this show is definitely loud. If you do go, you may even get picked to go up on stage  and sing with "Diana Ross." The show is recommended for ages 10 and up although there is not really much objectionable about it besides a little bit of cursing and a couple shown in bed together. If you want to experience this fun show, hurry down to the Nederlander Theatre as soon as you can because the show will only be open through the end of this weekend. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.motownthemusical.com/.


And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for Aurella's view of Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats and Motown the Musical.

Photo credits: All Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats photos supplied by TADA! Youth Theatre
                        All Motown the Musical photos by Joan Marcus


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tips for Tuesday - Misc.: Ice Breakers Sours and 1byOne Body Fat Scale With Tempered Glass

We may have been given one or more of the products mentioned below for review purposes. However, any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experiences with the products.

Me - Today I am recommending Ice Breakers Sours. There are a few different berry flavored Ice Breakers The ones I like are strawberry,cherry and mixed berry. They are delicious and addicting. I always have them. There is never a time when I don't have them. They are so good.

Mom - Today I am recommending 1byone Body Fat Scale With Tempered Glass. In addition to weight this scale also measures body fat, water, muscle, calorie, and BMI. It can tell you if you  are overfat, underfat or healthy. It can be set to automatically recognize up to 10 users. There is not only a gender mode setting but there is also an athlete mode setting for those who exercise at least 10 hours a week.  If you want a scale that is really easy to use and does a lot more than just tell you how much you weigh, this scale is a great choice.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monthly Mash-up July, 2016 - Me:The Brady Bunch and Mom:2 By Tennessee Williams

Me - My topic for this month is The Brady Bunch. I really like this show even though it's not current. I like that it's about family because I like shows about family. It's a really good show. My Mom used to watch it when she was a kid. The first episode I ever saw was called "Kachoo". One of the kids had an allergy. At first, they thought she was allergic to the dad, then they thought she was allergic to the dog. By coincidence, it was the first episode my Mom ever saw too. I like all the characters but the youngest girl, Cindy is my favorite. I also like the dog, Tiger. Tiger is cute.  I don't have a favorite episode. I have the whole series on DVD and over the summer my Mom and I have been watching it. We are hoping to finish it before the school year starts.

Mom - My topic for this month is 2 by Tennessee Williams currently running at St. Luke's Theater in New York City through September.The two shows, a couple of one acts put together into one show, are 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Kingdom of Earth. If you want to see something different than the same old shows that are done over and over again, then these shows are a good choice. If you want to see shows that are well acted, these shows are a good choice. If you prefer your entertainment light and happy than you may not enjoy this show. However, if you like shows that examines the darker side of life and has characters that may not always be completely likeable than you may enjoy this show.  For more information about these shows or to order tickets go to http://twobytennessee.com/.

And that's our view. What's on your mind.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/24/16- What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon


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Upcoming at the State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Tuesday July 26, 2016  10:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Despicable Me - Free Movie Screening
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Upcoming at the Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Anything Goes
Friday July 29, 2016 to Sunday August 7, 2016 
Cruise on in to The Kelsey Theatre aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, when M & M presents this rousing American musical. A shining example of classic musical theatre, complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, and eminently hummable songs like De-Lovely, I Get a Kick out of You, and Anything Goes courtesy of the unforgettable Cole Porter.
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News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Summoners Ensemble Theatre
In Association With Voices of the South Theatre Company
Presents

Eudora Welty – Mississippi Stories
“One Writer’s Beginnings” and “Why I Live at the P.O.”

An Original Production
Adapted from the works of Eudora Welty
By Voices of the South and Gloria Baxter
Performed by Jenny Odle Madden and Alice Rainey Berry
Directed by Gloria Baxter

At The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, August 7

Post-Show Talkbacks Announced:
July 29 and 30 Featuring Reilly Morse, President of The Mississippi Center for Justice

July 31 Hosted By Theater Journalist Zachary Stewart


Summoners Ensemble Theatre’s Eudora Welty – Mississippi Stories, adapted from the works of Eudora Welty by Voices of the South and Gloria Baxter, arrives in New York next week for eight performances only at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Shows are Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, August 7 – Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm.

Eudora Welty – Mississippi Stories, features Welty’s short story “Why I Live at the P.O.” and her memoir“One Writer’s Beginnings,” and is performed by Jenny Odle Madden and Alice Rainey Berry, co-founders ofVoices of the Southa non-profit theatre company based in Memphis, Tennessee.

Patrons are invited to attend three newly announced post-show talkback discussions:

Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30
Reilly Morse, President and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice, will briefly address the audience about MCJ’s ongoing work with Mississippi House Bill 1523.

The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice, was instrumental in obtaining the preliminary injunction against H.B. 1523, the so called “Religious Liberty Accommodations” Act, which was to take effect July 1. MJC is continuing its work to make certain that the bill, which allows for discrimination based on a person’s religious and moral beliefs, goes down in defeat upon any appeal.

Eudora Welty, a Mississippi writer, simply loved words. Although she did not regard herself as a “crusader,” much of her work subtly displays the social inequities of race and gender she saw around her. In honor of Welty’s home state, Summoners Ensemble is donating 10% of their gross sales from the run of Mississippi Stories to the Mississippi Center for Justice.

Sunday, July 31
Theater journalist Zachary Stewart will lead a panel discussion featuring Jenny Odle MaddenAlice Rainey Berry, and Gloria Baxter.

Each talkback will also be live-streamed on https://livestream.com/accounts/20545556.
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News from DKC/O&M

VASSAR & NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM’S
2016 POWERHOUSE SEASON

The second Readings Festival includes:


Sacred Valley (July 23), written by Josh Radnor, directed by Sheryl Kaller, and

featuring Amber Tamblyn (“Two and a Half Men,” “Joan of Arcadia”), Thomas

Sadoski (“The Newsroom”), and Michael Oberholtzer (Hand to God).


Between the Lines (July 24), music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson

book by Timothy Allen McDonald, based on the booksBetween the Lines & Off the 

Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer, directed by Jeff Calhoun, and 

featuring Sarah LaskoCurt Hansen (Next to Normal), Becca AyersChristina 

DeCicco (Evita), Krystina Alabado (American Psycho), Luke Hawkins (Hail, 

Caesar!),  Matt StockeMadeline Doherty (The Producers), Martin Landry (Twilight: The 

Musical), Janice Landry (Deployed), and Megan Rozak.


Rancho Viejo (July 24), by Dan LeFranc, directed by Daniel Aukin, and featuring Judith 

Ivey (The Audience), Peter Scolari (“Girls”), Mark Zeisler(Piece of My Heart), Lisa 

Emery (Casa Valentina), Johanna Day (“Madame Secretary”), Tyrone Mitchell 

Henderson, Socorro Santiago (“All My Children”), and Luke Slattery (“The Family”).

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater casting by Telsey + Company / 

Will Cantler, CSA; Karyn Casl, CSA.


Members of the noted Powerhouse Theater Training Program will present a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (July 22-24), directed by Andrew Willis-WoodwardSoundpainting (July 21, 28), a series of improvisational performances; and The Price of Salt (July 24-25), by Emily Mendelsohn and Maggie Namaulyanga, directed by Mendelsohn. Young actors, playwrights, and directors from around the country and internationally, along with an exceptional faculty of artists, comprise this important component of the Powerhouse artistic community.

For tickets and additional information on the season, visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu

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Producers John FreedsonChristine Pedi, and David Zippel, and author Gerard Alessandrini have today announced an unprecedented 10-cent ticket lottery to Spamiltona sneak peek into Forbidden Broadway’s Alessandrini’s ongoing obsession with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Coined #Spam4Roosevelt based on FDR on the American dime, this 10-cent lottery takes after the popular #Ham4Ham lottery tradition being offered before select performances of Hamilton. This lottery began on July 19, at the show’s first performance, which was one of many already sold-out performances.

Participants can enter the lottery in person at the Triad (158 West 72nd Street) 40 minutes prior to curtain time to enter their names for the chance to see that evening’s performance. 30 minutes prior to the show, names will be chosen at random by Alessandrini himself. Limit one entry per person and up to two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. 

Ticket for Spamilton are $49, plus a 2 drink minimum. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here:http://www.triadnyc.com/buy-tickets
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News from Richard Hillman PR

ROBERT CUCCIOLI AND GLORY CRAMPTON
REUNITE FOR THE OFFICIAL RELEASE
OF THE NEW CAST RECORDING FOR THE
YORK THEATRE COMPANY
 PRODUCTION OF 
“R O T H S C H I L D  &  S O N S”
MUSIC BY JERRY BOCK
LYRICS BY SHELDON HARNICK
BOOK BY SHERMAN YELLEN
PRODUCED BY JOHN YAP/JAY RECORDS
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 AT 6:00PM
AT YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S
ADMISSION IS FREE.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton will reunite at a special gathering for the official release of the new cast recording of the York Theatre Company production of Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Sherman Yellen’s musicalRothschild & Sons on Monday, July 25 at 6:00pm at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue)Featuring appearances by cast members Mr. Cuccioli and Ms. Crampton, along with Sheldon HarnickSherman YellenJeffrey B. Moss, and others!

Admission is free.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling the York Theatre Company Box office at (212) 935-5820, online atwww.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Tuesday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). 
For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for the Monthly Mash-up.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Special- An Interview with Dancer and Actor, Nia Sioux


15 year old, Nia Sioux (NS) is best known for appearing on the Lifetime reality series, Dance Moms. She is currently starring in the musical Trip of Love, a 60s musical review.


When did you first start dancing?

NS: I can not believe I have been dancing for 13 years.  Wow!!  My mom signed me up for dance as a recreational activity but I decided I wanted to do competitive dance when I was 5 or 6.  I do not remember life without dance.

Have you ever been in another musical?

NS: Although I love musical theater, Trip of Love is my first musical experience. Musical theater is one of my favorite styles of dance so I am thrilled to be able to use my skills in Trip of Love.  I grew up going to Broadway shows but being IN a musical is a totally different experience.  I have learned so much from the director/choreographer, James Walski, as well as the rest of the cast.

What was your favorite thing about being on Dance Moms?

NS: Being an original cast member of Dance Moms has been awesome!  I had no idea what a positive impact Dance Moms would have on dance education when I started at age nine.   I love inspiring others and being part of such an incredible movement.  The challenge of learning a new dance or two every week really prepared me well for this current role in Trip of Love where I had to learn the show in one week. Dance Moms prepared me well for the real world.

What was your least favorite thing about being on Dance Moms?

NS: One of the most challenging parts of being on Dance Moms is the schedule.  I spend the majority of the year away from my family and I rarely spend a weekend at home.  Sleeping in my own bed is a luxury.  I miss spending time with my dad, brothers and my 2 dogs.

What is your favorite thing about Trip of Love?

NS: The use of intricate partner work is one of my favorite things about Trip of Love.  The choreography involves a ton of partner work and I have different partners depending on the track.  There are a lot of lifts and you have to trust your partner and help them do the work too.  Safety is really important but you have to make these incredibly complicated moves look easy. My favorite dance in Trip of Love is my duet to Moon River.  I love this duet and my duet partner, Brandon, is very encouraging and talented.  It is a ballet and we do some beautiful lifts which make gorgeous pictures but they are really difficult.

What is your favorite Broadway show?

NS: Picking a favorite Broadway show is difficult.  I have so many favorites and it depends on my mood.  Right now, I am still in awe of The Color Purple which I recently saw but Wicked and The Lion King will forever be in my heart.

What is your dream role?

NS: Cinderella would be a dream role! Who wouldn't want to be Cinderella?  Of course, I love the vocals of Elphaba's character in Wicked.  I think she is a fascinating character and she would be fun to play.

Who are some people you admire?

NS: There are so many people .... I really admire Misty Copeland.  Her story inspires me and I hope to see her perform Firebird one day. I also admire my parents because they give great advice and life lessons.  They support everything I do.

If you couldn't dance what would you do?

NS:It is hard to imagine a life without dance but I am sure I would be involved in the performing arts- either singing or acting. Entertaining people is in my blood and I do love a stage!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?

NS: Star in Your Own Life is my motto!  I live by those words and I encourage everyone to recognize that no one gets to star in your life but you.  Live your life knowing that no one can be you and being you makes you special.  There is tremendous joy and confidence that comes from recognizing that only you can star in your life.


What: Trip Of Love

Where: Stage 42
               422 W.42nd St.
               New York, NY 

When: Nia Sioux will be appearing through August 21, 2016

For more information or to find out how to order tickets go to http://tripoflove.com/.
We will also be featuring more about Trip of Love in future posts.

We thank Nia for taking the time to answer our questions.

Tune in tomorrow for this week's Sunday Scoop.

photo credit: All Trip of Love production photos by Jason Woodruff

Giveaway: Win A Pair of Tickets to 2 Short Plays By Tennessee Williams in the Good Ole Summertime Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Nothing Like The Good Old Days of Summertime Giveaway Hop 


A good thing to do on a hot summer's day is sit in an air conditioned theater. That's why here at Says Me Says Mom we are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to two classic short plays by the great playwright, Tennesse Williams. 27 Wagons Full of Cotton is a show about two rivals in the cotton business. Kingdom of Earth involves a fight for  an inheritance and the threat of an impending flood. The two shows are appearing together at St. Luke's Theatre located at 308 W. 46th St., New York, NY from now through September 4, 2016.  Due to the subject matter these shows are not meant for children. For pictures from the shows, see below.


For more about 2 by Tennessee Williams or to find out how to order tickets go to http://twobytennessee.com/. To enter to win tickets, see below.

Giveaway dates 7/23-8/12

Giveaway open to ages 18+ US only
(Must live in or be travelling to the New York area by 9/4/16
Tickets only. Transportation and Lodging not provided)

ARV: $110.00


Disclosure: Neither LeahSay's View, Planet Weidknecht, nor the other bloggers participating in this hop are responsible for prizes or shipment of said prizes. Sponsors are responsible for prizes and prize fulfillment.

photo credits: All 2 by Tennessee Willams photos provided by the production
 
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