READ the Stories in… That’s Weird, Grandma: Goes Trick or Treating!

Posted by Brandon on October 2, 2019

We are getting so excited about That’s Weird Grandma: Goes Trick or Treating as we bring you a collection of new and old stories to help celebrate Halloween and the horrors imagined by our brilliant students.

Did you know you can read all of the stories online before you come to the show? Check them Out!

ADDED THIS WEEK!
The Fire King! A Bob-Fosse-Inspired Must See!!!

Stories About Halloween
Ninja Lovers has been brought back as a favorite of last year’s Halloween show. Its a musical adventure in trick or treating!
The Day it was Halloween provides advice for those who are scared on halloween… eat a candy bar!
Bee careful watching Candyman and other scary movies around Halloween, they may haunt you…

Ghost Stories
The Orphan Girl is an audience favorite, featuring the ghost of Mia Blake 1873-1885
In The Haunted Mansion even ghosts can have sibling rivalries.
The Key reveals dark family secrets

Stories About Revenge
Johny’s Revenge and The Bull Boy is the ultimate story of a 20 year grudge over who should be Benny, the Bull’s Mascot
Don and the Three Mimes, come find out why these mimes love to sabotage Don
Jonny’s Last Day is the Tell Tale Heart with Pigs!

Scary Animals
Family Road Trip Gone Wrong features some freaky pigs
And in The Story of the Weird Monkey, its scary to find out your new name.
The Hair Stylest, mixes werewolves with cosmetology

Real World Horrors
McDonalds is about the horrors of fast food
Evil Devil Printer is about the horrors of home office appliances
And The Wind and the Rain is about the horrors of rain and snow

Monsters, Vampires, and Bears Oh My
We have TWO Monster stories including The Monster which all about being misunderstood Monster Monologue, is about growing up.
Vampire Kiss is a teenage after-school special
And The Darkness, features a bear among other monsters….

I hope you enjoyed reading all of these spooky (and not so spooky) students’ stories and we can’t wait to perform them for you at That’s Weird, Grandma: Goes Trick or Treating. P.S. There will be candy!

Sundays, October 6-November 3 at 3pm at The Neo Futurist Theatre

Cast Includes: Elisa Carlson, Linsey Falls, Barry Irving, Cedar Larson, Tom Malinowski, Nic Park, Brad Stevens, Rawson Vint, and Rachel Wilson
Stage Manager: Daniel Parsons
Director: Brandon Cloyd

Behind the Scenes with Brad

Posted by Ashley on August 5, 2019

A whirlwind, in the midst of a stampede. I think that best describes a typical first week of That’s Weird, Grandma. Things are moving so fast, with songs to learn, stories to remount, choreography to clean up, that when the lights go up, you’re not really sure if you’re truly ready to start the show. But, as is always the case, you settle in, take a deep breath, and trust your amazing cast will rise to the occasion (which they always do), and knock the ball out of the park. This round of Grandma, “Fantastic Beast and the Stories about them”, was no exception.

Dark, weird, quirky, funny, “Fantastic Beast and the Stories about them”, has something for everybody. So take a break from the heat, and get down to the Neo Futurist Theater, for some end of summer fun. The Fantastic Beast inside you will be glad you did.


Brad
Nancy and Bryan

Linsey and Kaylyn

Bryan

MEET The Fantastic Beasts and READ the Stories About Them!

Posted by Brandon on June 21, 2019

This Monday is the Preview Performance of That’s Weird, Grandma: Fantastic Beasts and the Stories About Them and I’m thrilled to share with you now, the BEASTLY student-written-stories kicking off this round. As you know, each week we change a few stories,so make sure you plan your visit before the stories you love TWG.

The Beasts
The Bear with Steel Wings Tells About Opposite Day: A classic BOM story that brings together beloved cartoons with a knowledgable beast.
Extreme Alien Party!: This is a brand new 2019 story that has been turned into an extreme techno dance party!
Attack of the Onomatopoeias!: Who knew figurative language could attack!?!
Unicorn AKA A Horse: A true story about dressing a pet up for halloween. And whether Lucy is a unicorn or a horse, she definitely is the sweetest beast on the list.

The Creatures
Glacier Living with Sharks: This story is all about dolphins saving the world from global warming through dance.
The Oregon Trail: This classic computer game remains relevant even in 2019. Let’s hope the cow makes it to Oregon
Car Insurance Big Accident (Fart): Tigers, Giraffes, and Farts, Oh My
A Toothless Beaver and A Broom: The oldest/fastest story on the list. These characters will not disappoint!

The Goblins, Ghosts, & Ghouls
The Unknown Granddaughter: You thought you knew the Townersons… Well think again because KONNY is back in TWG!
Gobby Got His Freedom: Even though this a new story, Gobby the Goblin feels like a folk tale from long ago.
Horror At Key Lime Cove: This story will make you rethink your trip to the Wisconsin Dells.
The Orphan Girl: Another new story set long ago, that features Mia Blake, 1873 - 1885

The Objects That Come Alive
I Need to Use the Bathroom: This story will dance its way into your heart.
The Living Toilet: Another Bathroom Story?!?! YOU KNOW IT! And you won’t forget it when this toilet opens their eyes.
Evil Devil Printer: Its a hilariously haunting Opera written by a neighborhood student at Peirce International School.
The Fridge: A classic about the importance we put on the material possessions that bring us joy.

I hope you enjoyed reading all of these amazing students’ stories and we can’t wait to perform them for you at That’s Weird, Grandma: Fantastic Beasts and the Stories About Them.

Mondays, June 24-July 15 at 8pm at The Neo Futurist Theatre

Cast Includes: Noah Appelbaum, Linsey Falls, Aissa Guerra, Jennifer Johnson, Tom Malinowski, Emily Marso, Laura Mckenzie, Nic Park, Leo Thorp, and Rawson Vint
Stage Manager: Cedar Larson
Director: Brandon Cloyd

Then Starting July 22 through August 12,  A Brand New Director (Nick Hart) and A Brand New Cast, take over with all new stories in: That’s Weird, Grandma: Fantastic Beasts and the Stories About Them (Part II).

Executive Director Kemper Florin Reminisces on “That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories that Sing and Dance”

Posted by Brandon on May 25, 2019

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New Executive Director, Kemper Florin, speaks on her opening night experience:



As the new Executive Director for the amazing Barrel of Monkeys Productions, I was particularly excited for opening night of That’s Weird Grandma: Stories that Sing and Dance!! (It also didn’t hurt that my background is in musical theatre and opera, so this round was right up my alley!) On opening night, I welcomed our audiences and sensed the excitement as I took my seat. From the upbeat opening number to the last clever closing pitch for supporting Barrel of Monkeys, everyone, including me, laughed out loud and laughed often. The display of talent is truly remarkable and made me feel such pride and gratitude that these artists are also the same ones doing such remarkable work in our schools. As we enter into our closing weekend, I’ll always remember highlights from this run, including when one of our students came with his parents and saw his story about riding in his Bugatti come to life as a catchy K-pop song! The beaming bright smile on his face said it all, and that, my friends, IS something to sing about.

My Bugatti, written by Angelo from McPherson Elementary
                                    My Bugatti, written by Angelo from McPherson Elementary

What are the Stories that Sing and Dance?

Posted by Brandon on April 26, 2019

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We are a week out from opening That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories That Sing and Dance and I am very excited to share with you the incredible stories written by our students that are going into this Musical Extravaganza. You can click on the links to read the student’s original story.

Stories That Sing
Breakin Phone. We are thrilled to finally debut in TWG this groovy song from 8 years ago.
It Hurts is a love song composed in collaboration with the student author herself.
The Prince and Princess is a TWG classic with a twist ending (spoilers ahead).
Evil Devil Printer is a hilariously haunting Opera that is making its TWG debut and was written by a neighborhood student at Peirce International School.

Stories That Dance
Glacier Living with Sharks is all about dolphins saving the world from global warming through dance.
Dear Government was a TWG audience favorite for over a year and its now its back again, asking the question is our government fair to dance teams?
The Queen with No Friends features Voguing, Duck Walking, Sissying that Walk and it continues to be an audience favorite.

Stories That Sing and Dance
Shame is a brilliantly crafted melancholic poem we will sing word-for-word.
Lost Mouth is a cautionary tale about sharing.
One Day Washing Clothes brings a ton of funk to an otherwise tedious chore.

Audience Favorites from the Previous rounds of TWG
The Girl and The Panda returns after premiering in TWG Rings in the Holidays
Malcolm X and the Monster and Zombie Infection. Audiences can’t get enough of Malcolm X fighting zombies to music.
IRS Moles. Now that tax season is over, the IRS Moles are returning!
The Girl Who Said NO! The title says it all!

Brand New Stories (That also Sing & Dance)
My Bugatti is a new story from the nearby McPherson Elementary performed by BOM’s first ever Kpop band.
I Need to Use the Bathroom i also new from McPherson and will dance its way into your heart.
Twisted Trumpet #DontBuyATrumpetFromAWitch

I hope you enjoyed reading all of these amazing students’ stories and we can’t wait to perform them for you at That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories That Sing and Dance.

Fridays and Saturdays, May 3-25 at 7:30pm at The Neo Futurist Theatre

Cast Includes: Noah Appelbaum, Bryan Bosque, Kaylyn Carter, Linsey Falls, Gaby Hirsch, Arielle Leverett, Nic Park, Stewart Romeo, Rawson Vint, Carly Wicks, and Rachel Wilson
Music Director: Jon Schniedman
Stage Manager: Krista Mickelson
Director: Brandon Cloyd