Category: Touring Performances

Public performances other than TWG.

Poetry Show Pics

Posted by Rachel on May 9, 2009

Touring Performances

You may have heard tell about the Poetry Show we’re doing in collaboration with Words @ Play program as part of the 2009 Children’s Humanities Festival “Stages Sights and Sounds.” We did our first two performances for school groups on Thursday at the Thorne Auditorium downtown. So much fun! There are shows open to the public on Saturday, May 16th if you’d like to check us out.

Here are some pics from rehearsals!

Dixie and Matt rap about a girl named Imani Pastrami . . . “So get my name straight before you come up to my face!”

Laura and Laura play the inside emotions of each other’s cool exteriors in “I Seem to Be . . .”

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Stages Sights and Sounds

Posted by Heidi on May 1, 2009

Touring Performances

For the last several years, we have been delighted to collaborate with the Chicago Park District and Humanities Festival on their Words@Play program. Our role is, perhaps not surprisingly, to turn poems written by children into stage performance. Each year we’ve presented an original show based on the kids poems. This year we are super pleased to get to perform this show four times, as part of the 2009 Children’s Humanities Festival “Stages Sights and Sounds”. 

Here are the details (also available at the Chicago Humanities Festival website) for the BOM shows:
Thursday, May 7th 10:00am and 12:30pm at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Saturday, May 16th, 11:00am and 5:00pm at Josephine Louis Theater at Northwestern University, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Single tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults, $5 in advance, $7 at the door for children.
More venue and ticket information is available online.

All of the “Stages Sights and Sounds” programs are fabulous, and we hope that you’ll have a chance to check out the full program listing.

Summering by the Lake

Posted by Heidi on April 8, 2009

That's Weird Grandma Touring Performances

Monkey fans, we have some exciting news. We are pleased to announce that this summer for the first time since 2006 we will be returning to Chicago’s Theater on the Lake. Huzzah!

“Fun O’ Clock: A Very Special That’s Weird, Grandma” will run Wednesday - Sunday, July 22 – 26th.  The show will be similar to a regular TWG performance but with more elaborate production elements (such as, ahem, a set) and more suited to the larger environs of the TOTL space.

Performing at Theater on the Lake is always a great joy for Barrel of Monkeys, and an opportunity for us to show our work to a new audience of folks who haven’t had the chance to check out the Monday night (or Sunday afternoon, as the case may be) show. It’s also a great opportunity for more established monkey fans to see new interpretations of favorite stories. No promises, but in the past we’ve added video and projections to some stories, along with more elaborate orchestrations and the aforementioned sets.

Tickets go on sale June 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Theater on the Lake box office at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Michigan or via phone at (312) 742-7994. More information about the full Theater on the Lake season is available on the Park District website.

That’s Weird, Grandma! Rocks Old Town School!

Posted by Donnell on April 7, 2009

That's Weird Grandma Touring Performances

So much happened a few weeks ago, so let’s hop in the Delorean and buckle up!

We’ll go back to 15 March 2009. Barrel Of Monkeys was invited to participate in “Milly’s (Almost) All-Kid Revue” at the Old Town School and perform our opening song and 2 stories -  we were headlining, you guys! Brigid (“Milly”) personally selected “Going to the Party” and “The Dance of Yousail,” two of her favorites, and presented us with the wonderful opportunity of performing in this almost all-kid variety show that’s been a staple here in Chicago for 21 years! Pictures and more after the jump!

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HEY! Today is day three.

Posted by M.Govier on June 12, 2008

Touring Performances

Right now the Monkeys are waiting to go on WTTW.  We had a few dress runs, and it went really well.  Then we got to the good stuff.  DINNER.  Oh man, we got a bunch of really good food. I had chicken, rice, bread, pita stuff, soup, cookies, and a brownie. And we brought a plate full of cookies up to the green room.

The green room is where we’ve been living for the past four hours. It’s cozy.

The show is going to rock as much as the food.  I have to go. Stage manager Maggie is telling us stuff.  We get to go to the VIP room.  Nice.

Four different people have asked me if I am wearing my costume.  Because we are all just wearing our Barrel of Monkeys shirts. (Everyone else who is on the show really dressed up.)
In this picture, Rachel and Curtis are really excited they got their makeup done. Brennan‘s saying, “This is my costume.”

It is very funny that we all have just t-shirts.  I walked past people with very cool costumes.  I just have a cop hat and my old monkey shirt.  That’s monkey style.