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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Funtivity Friday - Blindfolded Pictures

Here is a fun drawing game.

What you will need:

Paper
Pencils
A bowl
A blindfold
Directions:

1- Write down objects to be drawn on small pieces of paper.

2- Fold the papers up and put them in a bowl.

3- Have someone pick a piece of paper out of the bowl.

4- Put the blindfold on the person who picked the piece of paper. Once they have the blindfold on,  have them draw what was on the paper.

5- Have everyone else guess what the drawing is.

6- Take turns picking papers and drawing and guessing what the pictures are.




Enjoy!

Tune in tomorrow for a Saturday Special.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Monmouth Park Family Day and Finding Neverland




Me - Monmouth Park Family Day, wow! Monmouth Park Family Day was fun. They had a lot of free activities. The activities were mostly for younger kids but I still had fun there too. There was face painting and a bounce house. I got a star painted on my arm, and my sister got a horse painted on her check.  They had balloon animals. You got to choose the color and the animal you wanted. My sister got a pink dog. They had pony rides for little kids. My sister rode a pony called Thunder. It was really cute.  They had lots of food. The food wasn't free though.It looked and smelled really good though. The only bad part about it was that it was so hot. Because it was so hot, we didn't stay very long. We didn't even see any of the horse racing.*

*The above post is by Melia.
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Me - Finding Neverland was a good show. It was about how James Barrie created Peter Pan.  I never actually saw the movie Peter Pan. I never read the book either. I did see Peter Pan Live on TV. It wasn't as good as The Sound of Music Live and The Wiz Live, but I did like the story. I knew the basic gist of the story before I just never actually saw it or read it. Finding Neverland was interesting. It is interesting to find out how authors come up with the ideas for their stories. I like to know how the stories come to be. The acting was good, but at some parts it was quiet, and you couldn't really hear what they were saying. The show had a dog in it. The dog was so cute. The dog even got a curtain call. I liked the songs. I especially liked the song, Believe. I heard that song before. I think they sang it in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The singing voices were nice. The story was mostly true but not completely. The story was interesting, but I wish I knew which parts were true and which they just made up for the show. The show had some funny parts but not as many as other shows I have seen. I really enjoyed Finding Neverland, and I would really suggest you see it before it closes on August 21.**
**The above post is by Aurella.

Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Monmouth Park Family Day and Finding Neverland

What: Family Day

Where: 175 Oceanport Ave.
            Oceanport, NJ

Who: All ages
Mom's view: Every Sunday and holiday from Memorial Day to Labor Day is Family Fun Day at Monmouth Park. Family Fun Day is great for all ages. There are lot of fun activities to participate in including pony rides, face painting. and a bounce house. There are also may be clowns and live music. Best of all it's all free with admittance to the park, and admittance to the park is free to children under 12. For adults and children over 12, admission to the Grandstand is only $5.00. That makes all this fun practically free.   Food, however, is not free and if it is hot day it can be really hot at the track. For more information go to http://www.monmouthpark.com/index.aspx?id=528.

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What: Finding Neverland

Where: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
             205 W. 46th St.
             New York, NY
Who: Recommended for 10 and up

When: Now through August 21, 2016 only
Mom's view: Finding Neverland is the story of James Barrie's creation of Peter Pan. The show is based on the movie of the same name. This is another movie to musical adaption that works. The songs definitely add to the plot and many of them are memorable and worth listening to again.There are beautiful ballads like When You're Feet Don't Touch the Ground, and If the World Turns Upside Down as well as fun upbeat songs like Believe, We Own the Night and Play. Even though, the story is based on James Barrie's life, his famous characters including Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell do make an appearance in the show. Children will enjoy that as well as the four talented young boys starring in the show as the Llewlyn Davis boys. However, the show deals with some heavy themes including the death of the boys' father and the fatal illness of their mother making it a poor choice for very young children who may get upset by certain plot points. The other problem with the show is that it is often difficult to understand what is being sung particularly during the chorus numbers. The voices are all beautiful though particularly that of Laura Michelle Kelly who plays the boys mother, Sylvia Llewyn Davis. Ms. Kelly is rare performer who not only originated the role she plays but remains in that role over a year later. At this point, since the show is nearing the end of its run, she will probably continue in the role until the end. The show will end on August 21, 2016 so if you want the opportunity to see this enchanting show before it closes don't delay go as soon as you can.

And that's Mom's view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about Monmouth Park Family Day and Finding Neverland. For even more about Monmouth Park go to:

Win tickets to the Musical, Pillars of New York Off Broadway in NYC in the Wonder Woman Giveaway Hop!

Have you ever considered how Wonder Woman was such a tough gal? She probably had fabulous products -- like the ones in the Wonder Woman Giveaway Hop hosted by Savings in Seconds. The grand prize winner can choose $50 in Idakoos products!  This giveaway runs from 7/20 through 8/3. Good luck!

Not every one can be a superhero like Wonder Woman. Not everyone has bullet stopping bracelets and a golden lasso. Some of us are mere mortals just trying to get by like the characters in the new Off Broadway musical, PILLARS OF NEW YORK. PILLARS OF NEW YORK is the story of four couples’ personal struggles with the events surrounding the  9-11 tragedy. As the mental and physical recovery for the couples plays out, therapist and author Jake Kelly evaluates his own personal loss and mortality through the exploration of their stories. These stories are the fabric of the true Pillars of New York; the pillars who comprise the tapestry of  the human condition through tragedy and triumph. See photos from the production below.



The show opened at St. Luke's Theatre located 308 W. 46th St., New York, New York on July 6 and will run through September 7, 2016. Tickets cost between $39 and $99 and can be purchased through Telecharge at https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Pillars-of-New-York/Overview.

For more about this show, go to http://pillarsofny.org/press-release.html. If you live in and/or will be traveling to the New York area between now and September 7, 2016, and you would like to win a pair of tickets to this show enter below.

Giveaway Dates July 20- August 3

Giveaway open to ages 18+ US only
(Must live in or be travelling to  the NYC area by 9/7/16
Lodging and Transportation not provided. Show tickets only)

ARV: $110.00


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tips for Tuesday - Books: 3 Sprites and a Bed

We were given 3 Sprites and a Bed for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. This post may contain affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we may be compensated.

Me - Today I am recommending 3 Sprites and a Bed by Sandra C. Addis. It is great book for parents to read aloud to their little girls. It is a fairy tale about a girl who is a senior in high school and three sprites that are carved into a bed at an antique shop called Castle Antiques. The sprites became alive because an evil woman put a spell on them. This is a good book. The plot was likable. The characters were admirable especially Emily. She tries her best at everything and is really hardworking and loyal. I'd really recommend reading this book to any young girl. The book is a quick read with short chapters. You can easily read it in one sitting but it has a lot of hard words that may make it too hard for a young child to read alone.
Mom - Today I  am also recommending  3 Sprites and a Bed by Sandra C. Addis. 3 Sprites and a Bed is modern fairy tale about a teenage girl, Emily; 3 enchanted sprites; and an antique bed. The sprites were put under a spell by an evil women and if Emily doesn't buy the bed or the sprites don't guess the home planet of the evil woman who put the spell on them, they will be turned to wood forever. Teenage girls are often portrayed in movies, TV, and books  as mean, thoughless and/or selfish.  The character of Emily in this book, however is a very positive role model. She is caring, she is motivated, and she works hard. She is the kind of teenage girl little girls should aspire to be like. That makes this entertaining story a great one for any young girl.

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