Archive for June, 2017

BYOI – The Lost Art of Pasta

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We’re back at the Warwick Center For the Arts with Ally, Jonathan, Ian, Daniel, Barbara, and special guest Alan! Our FAM was Eric! He does custom framing and is a retired pro wrestler. He likes sword fighting, and made up fun wrestling names for the friends he brought with him. FAM Typewriter had Ian and Eric writing a story of Russians, fighting bears, and ferocious ferrets.

The show started off with What Are You Doing? The cast and a few audience members did things like get a facial, join the Navy in a clown costume, and perform a tonsilectomy. Pillars had audience members Jonathan and Aidan helping out when words were needed. A stomach was caesared, the bathroom was by the orange, and scantroned latches. Chainsaw then started off with a space pilot in the Nile with a cottonball, but in true Chainsaw fashion, things took a turn. The game ended up with a truck driver in a haunted house and lipstick.

Catch Phrase had Alan at the craft store with Daniel and audience member Danielle. Where’s the beef? Bazinga! Next up was World’s Worst, with the worst writer, blender and pro wrestler. Sports Commentator followed this, as Ian and audience member Paul competing for the Parasailing World Cup. The game ended with a tie–and a moral–that friendship is better than winning. The cast ended out the night with Finale Song, where they sang about our great FAM Eric

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BYOI – I Can Do This!

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We started off the Independence Day weekend strong at our family friendly show with Ian, Jonathan, Barbara, Daniel and Ally. But wait, there’s more! We also had a surprise appearance by Alan! Our FAM was Karen! She’s a comedy writer and mom of 7, and one of her daughters was very proud to be her daughter. The family is moving to Costa Rica soon. She’s excited about experiencing sloths, monkeys and surfing! Karen was a super fun FAM, and was so energetic. FAM Greatest Hits was so much fun, with an inspirational song about going to Los Angeles, a regretful pop song, a bluesy duet about plane tickets to Costa Rica, and a group song about wanting to get paid after hard work.

Tableau started off the show with scenes from a New York City gift shop (with a sitting Statue of Liberty) and the aquarium (with an octopus in a box). Meanwhile, blogs were written on the typewriter, muskets weren’t dangerous, and we visited lumberjack camp. Next up, Barbara had to help out Jonathan and an audience member in Marriage Counselor. Jonathan was obsessed with his own name, our audience volunteer only liked eating sushi if it was frozen, and neither of them could find the key to the other’s heart.

Questions had meat and potato juggling, a sloth and a tiger sharing a cage at the zoo, and Ally was mean to the teenagers. Busta Rap was pretty epic, with some intense rhyming! The cast and a few audience members rapped about rats, dictation, the secret cat room, and mariachi. In a surprise upset, Ian was eliminated, with Daniel and our FAM’s daughter Gabriella fighting to the end. In the end, Gabriella won, but she had a great supporting posse. Toward the end of the show, it was time for Freeze Tag! The little fish ate Cocoa Puffs, Jonathan tried to give Daniel knighthood, and Barbara and Alan went parachuting. The show ended with Lines From a Cup, with a visit from Elder Price, a thumb war, and very dubious medical advice.

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BYOI – Cheeeeeeeeeeeeesecake!

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Our June Youth Collective class finished off the month strong with Matthew, Carolyn, Emmie, Hetta and Rowan! Our FAM was Tiff! She works for a hospital and is Emmie’s mom! She loves watching birds and her favorite animal is an elephant, although she has furrier animals at home.

The youth collective cast ended up serenading Tiff in FAM Do Run, before they jumped into competitive gum chewing in Sports Commentator! In the end, the Norwegian competitor with Russian bubble gum was the winner.

Madame Zelda was very creative, with Rowan having to figure out Ally’s future. She was going to make really nice tea, have evil bunnies steal her glasses, and ride a puppy into space. What a crazy fortune! Blank Walks Into a Bar taught us that when a bald eagle walks into a bar, he’s there just beCAWse.

Pillars had Rowan andd Hetta catching tomatoes for cats…to make cheeeeeeeeeesecake! Daphne was too small for a Superman suit, and the cheeecake needed more bubbles and ultimate swords. The game ended with Highlander! Ma, I’m in the ceiling again! Matthew and Carolyn had a close battle for second, but Emmie ended up performing all 4 scenes in the end.

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BYOI – Did you cut your hair?

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Once again we find ourselves at Brown University for their teen STEM summer program. Joining the students are Jonathan, David, Emily, Ally and Josh. Our FAM for the evening is Tycho. Tycho is a counselor for the students and loved breakfast, especially coffee (my kind of person).
Our first game was Pillars with Tycho acting as our pillar. Jonathan and David were at the gym discussing the finer points of spray tans, aloe, and ghost pepper ointments. Next up was Trolley Stop with slippery surfaces, tweens on cell phones, and chickens falling from the sky. Two Headed Monster saw that campfires burn monsters. Emily wowed us all in Timmy in the Well by guessing that Martha Stewart was built into a wall…but not just ANY wall…The Great Wall of China! Highlander saw David win with a rousing rendition of Cinderella. Action Figures involved yoga, exercise, undying love for brooms all while ignoring customers at Starbucks. We closed the night out with a show-stopping version of Curtain Call!

A great time was had by all…we can’t wait to go back later this summer.


BYOI – Knowledge is Power

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Here’s a recap in case you missed our 9pm late-night show at the Warwick Center for the Arts! On cast were Emily, Josh, Erich, Amy, Daniel and Candice.  And our FAM was Chris, who works with medical supplies and solutions like saline. He went to Disney, and it was closed for a hurricane. We played FAM Sing It, and Chris’ sister J controlled the bell. We romped through the rainforest, encountered a snake, communicated with a tour guide, and brought peaches to America.

Try That on for Size let our audience volunteers play along while performing such feats as reluctant Olympic diving, thumb wrestling, finding colorful birds and amateur dentistry. Next up was Meanwhile. Astronauts had an accident, beverages were enjoyed, and helmet safety was encouraged. The handling of hardware was carefully calculated. Very carefully. In our game of Timmy in the Well, Erich had to guess that Johnny Depp had his mustache shaved by a Sloth in Brownsville, Texas. We played Alphabet after that, and things got Goofy. With sound effects!!! Yoda wasn’t there, and Daniel rocked that lighting. Our cast treated us to a tale about the circus in Story, Story, Die. Reynaldo the strong man lifted the long and tall buffalo and juggled them like peanuts.

We capped off the evening by singing a Do Run for our FAM Chris!

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BYOI – These Hedgehogs Ain’t Gonna Raise Themselves

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We had a blast at our home stage at the Warwick Center for the Arts with our 7pm Family Friendly Show! On cast were Emily, Daniel, Erich, Amy, Josh and Candice. Our FAM was Gabriella, one of our youth collective members who likes drinking juice from a juice bar and eats spherical food. She’s going into 10th grade and is learning to be a trapeze artist.

We sang a song all about her when we opened the show with a FAM Do Run. Next up was Sports Commentator, where we saw the World Championship of Competitive Airport Layovers. Our competitors read newspapers, found pennies on the ground, ate Cinnabon, and desperately searched for ways to charge their electronic devices. Lines From a Cup showed us Josh will be sassy if he wants to, even if Emily leaves her faucet running. Mean Girls didn’t make the cut, hedgehogs were pre-planted and side-rules measured portals with only two in the box.

Madam Zelda, portrayed by cast member Candice,  successfully predicted that Josh is going to roll his ankles this week, is going to get an outer-space mohawk boyfriend and is going to lose 17 goats while gambling. During Pillars, the cow got shoes when he ate the souffle that smelled like pergola. We cantankerously swam in oceans of English while up in Wyoming. Fiestas commences when we got sassy and water bottles were in the tacos.

Blank Walks Into a Bar debuted some spaghetti that was “pasta” it’s prime, a mortician who wanted a cold one, and a sardine who just got canned. Our round of Fortunately/Unfortunately involved a seamster stitching a camouflage costume to avoid being upstaged by the choreography of a dancing bull.

We wrapped up the show with an Irish Ditty for our FAM Gabriella!

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BYOI – All the Best Walls Don’t Have Windows

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It’s 6pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts, time for our Youth Collective show! On cast were Rowan, Matthew, Carolyn, Emmie and Hetta. Our FAM was Myah, whose favorite thing about school is the teachers. In her free time, she likes to make slime.

FAM Day in the Life featured friend figurines who were much cooler, pencil slime and broken heaters. Sit, Stand and Lie Down followed, with teleportation to upside-down virtual reality and fantastic walls.

Interrogation Line-Up had our students having to guess that one of them was guilty of having a snowball fight in Africa with Lady Gaga. Turned out it was Carolyn all along!!! Because I Said So featured answers to such important questions like “Why is slime purple?” “Why don’t teachers have laser eyes?” and  “Why is life a circle?”

Last Line, First Line taught us that maps are needed even if chainsaws are involved and spells need to be pronounced properly in order to work. We wrapped up the show with a game of Highlander. There were no blue cards, shuffle juggle Uno championship, and Maya always wins.

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BYOI – “Ready, Set, Rock!” (Part 2)

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We’re back at Norton Middle School in Massachusetts for an awesome afternoon show! We had two shows for 350 students each, and needless to say that’s a lot to fit into one blog! The second show featured Emily, Ally, Barbara, and Erich. The FAMs were two 7th graders named Meg and Mack. Meg runs long distance, Mack is going to New Hampshire for the summer and likes to hang out with her friends, and they both went to Six Flags together. We opened the show with Pillars, where Ally and Emily had a date at Six Flags with a cupcake roller coaster, frozen pizza, and goalie earrings.

In Trolley Stop, we saw gorillas, zombies, and babies. Next in Two Headed Monster, Emily and the Monster were coaches on a baseball team who were rooting for both teams wearing reddish socks. Timmy in the Well was after that, and Barbara discovered that Mario got hit by a shelf in an auditorium. Ally won Highlander, where we found out that having brown hair was not allowed and three legged races start on “rock.”

In Action Figures, Erich forgot the stakes to pitch his and Ally’s tent, and the sleeping bag was not minty pine fresh. Lastly in Curtain Call, we sang about how hard math is, the fairy on the plane to California, and Ally’s knick knacks.

Thank you Norton Middle School, we had an amazing time as usual! And scene!

BYOI – Diamond in the Rough Trade (Part 1)

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We’re back at Norton Middle School in Massachusetts for an awesome afternoon show! We had two shows for 350 students each, and needless to say that’s a lot to fit into one blog! The first show featured Emily, Ally, Barbara, and Erich. The FAM was an 8th grader named Charlie. Charlie was cast as “the Magic Book Seller” in the school’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast,  he has 2 dogs named Nala and Simba, and he is going to Colorado over the summer. We opened the show with Pillars, where Emily and Ally worked at Chuck E Cheese and planned to sell all the left over pizza at Walmart after making it into a giant toad.

In Trolley Stop, we saw confused elderly people and some very angry chickens. Next in Two Headed Monster, Erich was the Peanut Butter King showing the monster his kingdom, and ended with making sunshine sandwiches. Timmy in the Well was after that, and Barbara discovered that Kate Upton was playing Minecraft in a Taco Bell. Ally won Highlander, which had bats scaring people in a large mine, and Barbara traded the diamond she found for a ribbon and a penny.

In Action Figures, Ally and Erich had to clean their dog who had been sprayed by a skunk. Lastly in Curtain Call, we sang about how gross socks with sandals are in New Hampshire, how we couldn’t see Spongebob’s pineapple under the ocean, and that Ally’s dad was sweaty.

Thank you Norton Middle School, we had an amazing time as usual! And scene!

BYOI – Three Pancakes and Dana’s Broken Car

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Tonight’s late night show was very lively, with Emily, Jonathan, Amy, Ian and Daniel! Our FAM was Rose, who is 17 today!! She’s one of our youth collective members, and she works as a secretary at a law office when she’s not at school. She’s starting college in the fall and loves ballroom dancing, fencing with sabers and Bob Ross. She came to the show with her mom and sister. In honor of Rose’s birthday, the cast played Rose’s favorite game, FAM Fortunately/Unfortunately! Ian and Amy told the story of Rose and her date with zombie Bob Rose, while Emily and Rose acted it out. They shared a love of shoes and happy litte toe fungus, which made Rose rich!

Trolley Stop started off with clumsy kids and Rose’s sister, Dana, as characters meeting on the bench. Lines From a Cup had Jonathan and Amy joined by audience member Jim. They ate beautiful donuts and custard and ran out of…something. There is no Dana, only Zul! This fun game was followed by Press Conference, where Ian was slightly stumped for the first time ever. He was Shakespearean Edgar Allen Poe, who had invented Coolidge Logs.

Typewriter had Jonathan and Rose telling the story of a late night trip to Ihop, where Rose had a French accent and Dana had a Texan accent. Grass was on the late menu, the the euphemism button and cliche keys were used frequently. Up next was Spelling Bee, where the cast and a few audience members spelled assorted words, like law (where the rules don’t apply unless you’re getting arrested), saber, reckless, curried chicken, and Rose (child that grew slightly sarcastic beautifully unfortunate). Things had to get serious after that, with Serious Scene! We needed to know the acceptable level of infidelity, an addiction to painting reared its ugly head. The night ended with Debate Club! We had a sister challenge, no one was lying down, clear euphemisms and the ladies took down the patriarchy.

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