Archive for June, 2016

BYOI – Whales are not Fish

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20160629_131004BYOI hits up an end of the year party at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts with Josh, Emily, Candice and Myself. Our FAM for the show is Kayla who loves Musical Theatre, thinks Times Square is the coolest place ever and wants to own a Gigg… or part Giraffe, part pig. So we begin with a scene of Highlander where Emily has to do a scene by herself about aggressive sight seeing in NYC.

Next in Pillars, Candice is my mother who has allowed her son to be a floor. We had excited texters, super squeekers and the shyest girls in Trolley Stop. Then in Timmy in the Well, Josh had to guess that Kim Kardashian was kicked out for being too quiet at a cafe in Toys ‘R Us. It was quite a miracle we got there. Two Headed Monster had us ironically cleaning up after monsters. In Action Figures we learned of the true relationship between Jim Henson and Frank Oz on Sesame Street. And finally in Debate Club, we learned that some fish are addicted to High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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BYOI – Darwin’s Theory of Pecan Pie

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received_1043254235709599BYOI made a trip to Brown University’s Summer STEM program in Providence, RI for a family friendly show! Jonathan, Amy, Emily, and Alan put on a great show with our FAM, Resident Assistant Darwin. Darwin loves the movie “Finding Dory,” likes physics because it deals with real life, loves pecan pie, and he would NOT travel to America.

We opened up the show with a game of FAM Highlander, where we made way too many pecan pies, and there were distractions ranging from mushrooms, to giant squids, to dinosaurs! Next up was Pillars. Emily was a mother running away from home using Martin Luther King’s backpack full of dinosaurs. Her son Amy had a trash bin and recycling bin for birthmarks.

Trolley Stop had Alan putting a raccoon in Jon’s boot, Trump competed to build a wall around the trolley bench, Emily and an audience member busted out in dance, and pecan pie sent Jon running. Timmy in the Well came next, where Amy found out that Morgan Freeman was crying in a casino! After, in Two Headed Monster, Alan was trying to sell the Monster some gold coins. The Monster stole the coins, sold them back to Alan, and told him that the nickel was losing it’s value.

Following after that was Action Figures, where we learned that cleaning up trampolines in a trampoline park requires hula dancing and pirouetting. We closed with a riveting game of Debate Club with audience member Nadeer claiming victory once he promised that all of the students would watch “Finding Dory.”

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BYOI – The Face Will Hurt You

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imageThanks for joining us again at the Warwick Museum of Art for our late night BYOI show! We once again had Alan, Emily, Daniel, Candice, Kennedy and Josh on stage. Our adventurous FAM Lucas would like to visit Bulgaria and he hates Indiana. He has a kitty cat at home, and if you ask Alan, that’s just another Biscuit. The cast sang about the cat and the rain in FAM Do Run, before starting the show!

Trolley Stop had crazy characters like junk coordinators, step dancers and Elmer Fudd. Movie Critics had a secret Instagram stalker,a more attractive lead and ended in song! Next up was Dating Game, with Candice having to decide if she wanted to date a professional skiier, butter or a transforming butterfly.

Six Pack was up with colorful language, and Kennedy really wanted an iPad. Quick Scenes followed this with Hogwarts moving to Colorado and Daniel dancing down Alan. There could be only one in Highlander, with lots of drinking. That’s not salt! In typical Highlander fashion, there could be only one, and it was Alan. Debate Club ended the night with the cast waxing poetic about yoga, lucky numbers (except for Emily), deal days, detachable arms and fat–I mean, fluffy–cats.

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BYOI – Go For the Goal

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imageWe’re back at the Warwick Museum of Art for our family friendly show with Candice, Alan, Kennedy, Josh, Emily and Daniel! Our FAM was Riley, who will be going into the 7th grade and loves soccer. She has 2 dogs and a cat, and would like to see Hawaii. The team had no idea how to play soccer, yet was #1 in the league in FAM Movie Critics! Thankfully, they were able to use their skills to fight a fireball and a tornado.

Tableau took place at an Aruban beach, Applebee’s and art school. Candice was then the middle person in Centerpiece, with a bad employee and a not-so-secret secret. Next up was Everything Emporium, with Daniel selling all the things! Thankfully, he had furniture polish that brought the dead back to life, wart removing toothpaste and a singing monkey in stock.

Shortcutz was fun as Kennedy and Alan hosted their bar mitzvah and we visited a bottle making company. A basement in Oklahoma started off Post It before it ended with a Mexican car. This was followed by Growing & Shrinking Machine, where everyone picked a spot, the cast did interpretive dance and the guys tried to escape weekend inventory. The show ended with Spelling Bee, as we learned about toes, puddles, community and menagerie!

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BYOI – Bronze the Family

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imageGood evening and welcome to BYOI’s youth collective show with Jillian, Charolotte, Rose, Ally, Rachel and Gabby. We also have our birthday girl FAM, Chandra, who loves very fresh strawberry short cake, think she is her own best co-worker and would put her whole family in the museum. In the FAM game of Growing & Shrinking Machine we learned that dairy products do not belong in Bora-Bora and abs are great in the office.

In Freeze Tag, asperagus will not last in a lunch box for the summer, detention is for learning and it is clear that Gabby was just lying. In the Dating Game there was a potato masher, Target and everytime Rachel hears the word “no” she has to kick her leg. Finally in Greatest Hits, we had songs about uncomfortable babysitters who gives the kids away, the scared toaster that wasn’t good enough, and cats in boots.

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BYOI – Because The Door Was Open

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20160617_223221It’s 9:00 at the Warwick Museum of Art and that means it’s time for BYOI! Tonight our cast was Josh, Ian, Emily, Alan, David, and Amy, and our Featured Audience Member was Gordon! He loves surrealism and would love to visit Utrecht, which is an artsy city in the Netherlands. Gordon works as a QA analyst by day and with us as our Door Czar and  has many roles in theater in his free time. Tonight was Gordon’s last show with us, and we’ll miss him!

Our first game of the night was FAM Day In the Life, Josh played Gordon, who kept getting unexpected visitors. He awoke to a cat, then was visited by his boss and other random people. The game ended super accurately, with fake Gordon enjoying the sight of fake Josh. Helping Hands was next, where David and an audience member helped Ian and Josh find what kitchen utensils could be used as a tuning fork. Then we played Meanwhile, with Jquilius Jquilius trying to figure out superpowers. The cast jumped over to the school cafeteria, where students had to cook their own food. Unfortunately, some of them ended up with squeaking, shriveled hands.

This was followed by Chainsaw, with Candice and Gordon rounding out the cast. They started with a meth chef in Amy’s cold heart with a crystal ball, NOT an Arctic explorer at a college dorm or Glamour Shots studio with a “hollowed out tree log thing” or bowl. Next we played Sing It, with Gordon on bell! Amy sang about her favorite deodorant scent, David sang about an epic elevator love story and much to her parents’ chagrin, Emily came home from college.

Post-It was next, with a magic 8 ball+exotic dancer, Zimbabwe+Epi pen, and haunted house+whip as some of the combinations. Then we played Quickest Minute, as Alan, Emily and Josh created “Doctor Who” episodes that were really short, and like the show, it ended with a regeneration! Our last game of the night was Curtain Call, with the cast serenading Gordon and kicking puppies!

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BYOI – The Very Important History of East L.A.

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I20160617_201839t’s 7:00 at the Warwick Museum of Art and that means it’s time for BYOI’s Family-Friendly show! Tonight our cast was Josh, Ian, Emily, Alan, David, and Amy, and our Featured Audience Member was Charlotte. She’s a student who likes Paris, cats, and chocolate chip cookies. Our first game of the night was Growing and Shrinking Machine, which featured scenes in Texas, the post office, and Nabisco’s headquarters. Then we played Freeze Tag, where we saw scenes about the Statue of Liberty getting tired of holding her book, sadistic foreign chiropractors, bobsledding the wrong way, and trombone injuries. Catch Phrase was next, where one person could only say “I’m so excited!” and “Where are the lawnmowers?” while the other could only say “That color looks good on you” and “Where’s our room?”.

This was followed by Dating Game, where our lovely bachelorette had to choose between Uma Thurman, Hawaii, and a rotten avocado. Up next was Say It Again, where we saw a scene about cowboy hats. Greatest Hits was next, where we heard such famous songs as “Gimme Gimme All the Crayons”, “Oh, How Those Colors on the Braces Go”, “Spongebob’s Stupid Stuff”, and “Hidey Hidey, Made Dave Scream!” Then we played Sit, Stand, Lie Down, where we saw a scene about an extravagant lazy anteater. Our last game of the night was Story, Story, Die, which told the story of “Boston Jane.”

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BYOI – Bora Bora Was Not Boring Boring

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It’s20160617_190230 6:00 at the Warwick Museum of Art and that means it’s time for BYOI’s Youth Collective pre-show! Tonight our cast was Gabby, Jillian, Rachel, Rose, Ally, and Charlotte and our Featured Audience Member was Eric. He’s a teacher who likes Pecan Pie, the beach, travel, Bora Bora, and dogs. Our first game of the night was Greatest Hits, where we heard such famous songs as “This Baked Potato is Not Half-Baked”, “Three Cheers for Ham”, and “Alphabetical Addition”. This was followed by Fortunately / Unfortunately, where we saw a scene about an iguana with failed brakes. Up next was Chainsaw, where we saw a surgeon, Antarctica, and crutches turn into a baker, inside an igloo, and a baby. Then we played Famous Last Words, where we heard the last words of such things as the Big Blue Bug, a toothbrush, a teacher, deodorant, and the Washington Monument. Our last game of the night was Sing It, where we saw a scene about a lawnmower.

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BYOI – It Would Be So Majestic

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20160610_223501We had a great show at the Warwick Museum of Art! Our late night cast was Jonathan, Alan, Josh, Candice, Amy and Meredith! Our FAM was Josh! He’s a music teacher and does this improv thing on Friday nights. He loves watching Youtube–I mean, working–doesn’t really love criers, and HATES the recorder. Josh would like to revisit Paris, and would create a giraffe-elephant-cow combination. It’ll be good for drinking water! In FAM Day In the Life, Meredith and Candice played Josh and his girlfriend Courtney, as they started their day. The rest of the cast played Josh’s students. It was hilarious!

Freeze Tag started off the show with no foot licking before a wedding and Amy met Alan online and really regretting online dating. Lines From a Cup had the cast with audience member Paul! They were a little tipsy and came up with “Sharknado The Musical: Caaaaaarrrrrrrlllllllll!” My favorite, Chainsaw, was next with audience members Courtney and Carolyn joined by our Door Czar Gordon! A reptile wrangler was at Taco Bell with a slap bracelet. In typical hilarious Chainsaw style, it went way off track, becoming a cow milker, person who teaches people to wash hands at a high school cafeteria or Starbucks with a balloon animal and dueling gloves.

Say It Again had Josh, Candice and audience member Jim playing with nondenominational light spectrums sliding across the floor. The ballads, rock songs and pop tunes about the life of Bill Nye were the subject of Greatest Hits with hosts Jonathan and audience member Jonathan! We learned about the half life of burritos and did science at Lilith Fair! Next up was The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, with three brave audience members giving advice about things like what to do when you get sick at church. The final game of the night was Highlander! Food was used as an interesting clothing option, and bagels couldn’t be eaten. Thankfully the cold air kept some of the food in place. It was a close competition, but it came down to Candice and Jonathan in the end, with Jonathan as the only one.

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Daniel, get well soon! Emily and Kennedy, happy graduation!

BYOI – The Panda Falcon

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20160610_203738Thanks for joining us again at the Warwick Museum of Art with Amy, Candice, Josh, Meredith, Jonathan and Alan! Our family friendly show’s FAM was 6 year old Lucien, who loves reading and going to the beach. Let’s hope it gets warm enough to go soon! Mom must be very proud, because Lucien actually likes brussels sprouts! In FAM Greatest Hits, Meredith sang the rousing rock song, “Don’t Forget To Put Butter On My Brussels Sprouts” and Josh channeled Jason Mraz in the catchy pop song, “I’m At the Zoo.”

Fortunately/Unfortunately had Amy and Lucien telling a story, which was mimed out by Meredith and audience member Paul. It featured a Mary Poppins-esque lunch box that had all the things! In Alphabet, friendship could be bought, a ship wowed Alan and there was an apologetic riot in Canada. Chainsaw was next, with a personal trainer in the winter section of the department store with a toothbrush. It ended up turning into a model or body builder at a roller coaster or junkyard with a razor. Everyone had fun!

Revolver had a light saber fight and green beans from Greenland. Following that, we had Famous Last Words, with the hilarious last words of marine biologists, customer service and Tomagotchis! Serious Scene had a kitten rescue and lots of laughs, with Jonathan as a tough director. The show ended with Sing It! with lots of pretty dresses at the ball.

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