Photo Flash: First Look at Barrel of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: BEHIND THE [MONKEY] MUSIC
Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to present THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Behind the [Monkey] Music, an all-musical revue featuring a full evening of student stories adapted into songs by Barrel of Monkeys talented team of composers, co-directed by Artistic Director Molly Brennan, Company Member Erick Deshaun Dorris and Musical Director Gwen Tulin. This first-ever Behind the [Monkey] Music retrospective will include live interviews with composers, adaptation anecdotes and onstage antics that have become the signature delight of That's Weird, Grandma. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in action!
Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 16th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.
Clever and funny - touching and poignant - Barrel of Monkeys' collection of short sketches are equally entertaining for both adults and children. The line-up changes each week by audience vote - so no two shows are ever the same.
Barrel of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL, featuring an array of holiday themed favorites, continues through January 13, 2014. THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Winter Matinees (Sundays at 2 pm) will play January 26 - February 23, 2014.
THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Behind the [Monkey] Music, written by Chicago Public School Students and adapted for the stage by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members, features co-directors Molly Brennan, Erick Deshaun Dorris and Gwen Tulin. Starring Barrel of Monkeys Company Members at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago, March 2 - 31, 2014. Opens March 10. Curtain Times: Sundays at 2 pm and Mondays at 8 pm. Tickets: $12 for adults; $6 for children under 12. Tickets are available at www.barrelofmonkeys.org or by calling (312) 409-1954.
Photos by Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (unless otherwise specified).
Lindsey Dorcus (center) and Barrel of Monkeys company members perform 'Big Hipped Martha'
Barrel of Monkeys company members
Barrel of Monkeys company members Annie Calhoun and Joseph Schupbach perform 'Grannies Lean Like a Cholo'. Photo by Dean Ponce.
Barrel of Monkeys company member Kate Staiger performs 'My Song (New Jersey)'. Photo by Beth Bullock.