Maybe you’re like me. Maybe every day in some way you feel like a newly fallen turnip. A rookie. A beginner. A little wet behind the ears. When I had a baby, I glanced over my shoulder to discover regurgitated breast milk dripping down my back. That’s when everything — not just motherhood — seemed a little more important. A little more up in a ponytail. A little more up in the air.

Posts Tagged "entertainment"

Celebrating 100 Issues of Chatter

(Chatter Letter From the Editor, July 2013) Except for the few months I was busy bringing a human baby into the world, I have been Chatter’s editor since March of 2009 when someone saw my blog and thought I might be odd enough to fill such a position. The years since have accounted for 53…   read more

Review: Casa’s “Seussical jr.”

You’ll give a loud, spontaneous YOPP after the last note of Casa’s joyful production of “Seussical jr.,” playing now through May 12. A fantastical conglomeration of the best-loved Seuss storylines and characters, “Seussical jr.” hones down the full-length Broadway production into a fast-paced, neon ClifNotes extravaganza. What Kids Will Like Kudos and blessings should be…   read more

Review: Casa’s “Disney’s Winnie The Pooh, Kids”

If you and your kids have a hankering for the simple pleasure of Winnie the Pooh, then follow the rumble in your tummies to Casa Manana’s sweet-as-honey production. The whole gang is here — Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and of course Tigger (a fabulous Scott Zenreich) — and they’re facing existential…   read more

Review: Casa’s “Rapunzel! Rapunzel!”

If you’re having a bad day, or worse, a bad HAIR day, nothing will cheer you up like Casa’s production of “Rapunzel! Rapunzel!” Cursed with a name that won’t rhyme with anything, a name that calls to mind similar-sounding words like Ra-pulsive (that actress Alison Hodgson sings about in the delightful “What’s In A Name?”),…   read more

Auditioning 101: Avoid it if You Can (And You Can’t)

The following post is part of a guest blog for my dear friend Sarah at She is kicking off a fantastic series for Creative-types to help inspire, challenge, and inform the creative process no matter what your creative outlet may be. And for you actor/singer types, you know there’s one part of the process…   read more

My Kids Belong on “Downton Abbey.”

It might just be that I am obsessed with “Downton Abbey,” but I really think Drew is developing into a British aristocrat. First, he has begun speaking in the third person. “Drew would yike a cup of yemonade, Mr. Mommy; Drew is scared; Drew went to the yittle park yesterday.” His speech therapist says he…   read more

Meeting Kristin Chenoweth: A Memoir

Sometimes you just have to sigh. On Saturday, I met one of my all-time idols, Kristin Chenoweth. With her chipmunk voice, springy body and Barbie blonde locks, she was everything I’ve always thought her to be. I also learned that I am a Shrek-ish ogre, or at least that was my impression standing there with…   read more

Leaving The Things: Italy

When you read this, I will be in Italy. It sounds so strange to say, “I will be in Italy” because I’ve never said “I will be on the moon” before and yet, they both feel like the same thing. My in-laws (God love-em) are keeping Both Things for the 10 days we are gone,…   read more

REVIEW: “Parade” at Casa Manana (Apprentice Program)

If you’re not familiar with Casa’s Apprentice Program, here’s the skinny: kids as young as 14 and as old as 19 put on a full-length Broadway show as the culmination of an audition-only, 3-week intensive rehearsal process. Students learn the ins and outs of putting on a professionally produced show with industry pros, and the…   read more

Let’s Go to the Movies. Kinda Sorta.

On Monday, the staff of the church where I work took a “family movie day” at Hollywood Theater down the street. Drew has only had one movie-going experience (“Cars 2”) which was only a success because we found our seats so early that all the lights were on and the cleaning crew was still sweeping…   read more