Category: After School Program

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First day of Teaching Lab Collaborations Spring Show rehearal!

Posted by Diana on May 28, 2013

After School Program

We’re so excited to be starting work on the end-of-the-year show for Barrel of Monkey’s brand new after-school program in conjunction with Teaching Lab Collaborations at the Logan Center in Hyde Park.  Today’s rehearsal was filled with feuding French mimes, slapstick jokes on the street, a mega wrestling match, a spy with a sweet tooth, and (as you’ll see in the video clip bellow) space horses, in space.  What will tomorrow bring?! 

TLC Show Rehearsal from Barrel of Monkeys on Vimeo.


Loyola Park Spring Show 2013

Posted by Joe on March 25, 2013

Touring Performances School Shows After School Program


Rehearsals have started for the Loyola Park Spring Show 2013: Monkeys
and Kids Unite!

If you are a fan or a fangirl (slang taught to us by super-cool Loyola-
parker Isabella) of “Hunger Games” and “The Avengers” then you
will love the sci-fi thriller “Trapped” written by Siobhan. If you are
craving a PG “Saving Private Ryan” then Iris’ epic story, “A life full
of adventures in the war to save France” will hit the spot. And if
you dream of opening your own pastry shop, like various female
characters in romantic comedies, or you just love eating cookies, then
“Isabella’s bakery” written by the aforementioned Isabella is just the
treat you have been waiting for.

These are just three of the fabulously entertaining stories Monkeys,
Monkey teachers, volunteers, and kids are working on. All of the
stories in the Loyola Park Spring show are written by Loyola Park
kids, adapted by a collaborative team of kids and Monkeys, and
performed by this dynamic combo of kids and Monkeys!

Can’t wait,
Volunteer Teacher

Loyola Park Rocks Like An Irish Jig!

Posted by Rani on March 4, 2013

School Shows After School Program

Here’s a little taste of some of the awesomeness that will occur at the Loyola Park Winter show today…..

This is how many iPods it takes to make the magic

Diego is tired after all that adapting


James trying to talk through the giant space helmet=hilarious


There is nothing I can say to explain this photo


And then this adorable puppy showed up at rehearsal


But that’s not all!  There will also be a self-propelled farting cat, Kate Staiger as a kleptomaniac mother, beautiful and haunting red balloons and a cameo by Abraxes from “When I Went to Wizard World” by Lauren H. from the Dewey School.

It’s gonna be great ya’ll!


Loyola Park After School Program: Asking the Big Questions

Posted by Lindsey D on November 25, 2012

After School Program

Here at Barrel of Monkeys, we get to tackle some pretty compelling questions.  Questions like:
“What does food talk about when you close the fridge?” 
“What happens when there is a Pizza Shortage and you normally eat pizza ALL THE TIME?”
and “What did Pocahontas name her five kids?”

Friends, not even William Shakespeare himself was brave enough to take on these age-old quandaries, but the writers at the Loyola Park After school Program are more than up for the task.  Now as we near the end of rehearsals for our Loyola Park show, the Monkey Actors are glad to know what goats would say if they could talk, what kind of cows live on the Moo Planet, and what it felt like to survive the Chicago Fire. 

And now, some pictures:

Here some Barrel of Monkey cast members focus on learning the “Gangnam Style” dance that Zoe showed you in the last blog post.  Look at that Intense Concentration!

Brandon, Brenda, and Melissa dance like baby snakes.  You didn’t know baby snakes could dance?  Well, now you know. 

Zoe tries to befriend an alien (Caleb).  Could this be the worst first day of school ever…or the best?!

Now I am off to perfect my “Russian Dwarf Hamster” dialect and practice singing about Pies You Can’t Have for tomorrow’s show.  Go Loyola Park!


Posted by Zoe on November 23, 2012

School Shows After School Program

Ah, November. The last few leaves are tumbling to the ground, the days are becoming increasingly darker and colder, and three months of frozen toes lurk just around the corner. As you sit in your car and groan that the airwaves are already polluted with christmas music, fret not! I am here to say “Take solace my sweet friends!” I have found a glorious place of warmth and delight to make this annual transition into winter a GREAT one. And NO, I’m not talking about a certain holiday where you recently cozied up to your besties and stuffed yourself until you could not possibly fit anymore cranberry turkey pumpkin pie into your belly. I speak of the Loyola Park After School Program Fall Show!!!!

This show is made up of stories from 21 incredible students at the Loyola Park After School Program. In case you don’t know- The Loyola Park Program encompasses students from across the city from ages 7-13 and runs for the entire school year. There are three shows throughout the course of the year. The first two are set up as regular BOM school shows (Ensemble and Company members read, adapt and perform stories) but the third show gives some of the older students a chance to get in on the adaptation process and perform their own stories for their peers, friends and family. Its pretty much awesome. But thats later in the year. Lets get back to this tremendous line up of stories being featured this coming Monday!

This show has is all!  A stolen White House! Luxury cars! A walking and talking goat! A glimpse into the beautiful life of Pocahontas and John Smith! A war between gerbils and hamsters! Elvis! Pie you can’t have! Puppets! Smart pens! Pigs! The Olympics! Zombie cheese cows! Three beautifully composed songs! I bet you want a sneak peak, don’t you? Ok, FINE. If you’re going to twist my arm about it.

Rani and Justin practice lifts while portraying a very accurate relationship between a girl and her cat.

Caleb falls to the ground after being knocked out by two very excitable characters- Captain Loaded Underpants and Ultra Fart Fruit!

Meredith and Nick take a break to ponder the age old question: pretzel crisp or regular pretzel?

And last but not least, here is a short film of the cast perfecting our moves to the hit song Oppa Gangnum Style. (For those of you who may not know about this internet sensation: Oppa Gangnam Style is by Korean pop star Psy and has made its way into the hearts of millions including almost every child under the age of 15. I can assure you, this will not be the last time you see or hear Psy on a monkey stage this school year. Psy is to 2012 as Bieber was to 2010.)

LP FALL GANGNAM STYLE from Barrel of Monkeys on Vimeo.

In the midst of these 21 stories, this show also features three brand new Monkeys- Taylor, Mara, and Gwen- and two volunteer teachers- Justin and Melissa!!! They are all doing an amazing job and taking very nicely to their first BOM school show process!

Don’t you feel warmer already!?