Jasmine believes the original “Poltergeist” is spine-chilling.
“Silent Hill” is unnerving to Jen.
The original “The Omen” has haunted Jean for years.
Lev feels “Annabelle” is frightening.
And I still have nightmares about “An American Werewolf in London.”
Any of these give you the creeps?
If you want a Halloween experience that’s a bit more on the silly side, join us for That’s Weird, Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Talking Potatoes this Sunday at 3. And to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, we’re throwing a special costume party this weekend only – kids 12 and under who wear a costume to the show get in for free!* We’ll see you at The Neo-Futurists Theater!
*Applies to walk-up sales for the Sunday, October 28 performance only. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Limit three free kids’ tickets per party.
There’s no shortage of creepy creatures in Barrel of Monkeys students’ stories. Our teaching artists often find themselves reading pieces about zombies, witches, ghosts, and new supernatural beings that our students invent.
Rayan S. from Dixon Elementary, the young author of “The Unknown Granddaughter,” describes this story’s title character as a “photo terror.” Is the granddaughter a ghost? A ghoul? We aren’t entirely sure, but we do know that her name is Konny, she appears in the Townerson family’s slideshow, and she’s incredibly terrifying.
One day two grandparents John and Michelle Townerson wanted to look through pictures because they were getting old and wanted to remember memories. SO as they looked through pictures they came across a picture of their daughter Melinda and her husband Kyle Bollywood and their three children, one boy and two twins. The Townersons only knew about two of the grandchildren, the boy Kyle Jr. and one twin Jayla. The other twin looked creepy . . .
Should vampiresses be able to be in the light and drink anybody’s blood? Bella P. from Cleveland Elementary considers the question in this persuasive argument:
I think Vampiresses should be able to be in the light and drink anybody’s blood
1)That’s the only thing they eat and drink.
2)The whole world would be vampiresses and vampires
3) We wouldn’t be afraid of each other
I think Vampiresses shouldn’t be able to be in the light and drink anybody’s blood
1) Vampiresses and vampires get bernd from the light
2) Everybody would be dead if they had no blood
3) There would be no one to be a vampiresses and vampires ‘cus they would be all dead
3. The Old Lady in the Ceiling With So Much Coins
During True Story Day in our residency at Graves Elementary, Angelica recounted a story that her family from Las Vegas told her about an “old lady that lives in the ceiling with so much coins.” Anyone who touches this lady or her coins dies - and when Angelica visited her Grandmother and Grandfather in Mexico, she had her own frightful encounter with the Old Lady.
Is that last part fact or fiction? We may never know . . .
My family that lives in Las Vegas came to visit to Chicago and We did a bonfire and my God mother was telling a scary story about a old lady in the ceiling with so much coins and if you touch it you would be dead and this story happened in Mexico. My God Mother and My God Father were sleeping when the story happens that was the house of my Grama and Grampa. When I went to Mexico I went to the house of my Grama I went to the room and i saw the old lady I saw so much coin . . .
Our cast brings these characters (and more!) to the Neo-Futurists stage every Sunday at 3pm through November 4 - get your tickets here.
Plus, join us next Sunday, October 28 for a special one-day-only Halloween offer. Kids twelve and under that wear a costume get in for free!*
*Limit 3 free tickets per group; must be accompanied by an adult. Door sales only.
Learn more about the show in our interview with him below - and then grab your tickets here. We’re performing every Sunday at 3pm through November 4. And if you want to make a full day out of theatre-going, check out our newest package in collaboration with The Neo-Futurists - The Monkey Wrench. You’ll save money and get to see both That’s Weird, Grandma and their 60-minute barrage of short plays The Infinite Wrench!
If you’ve seen the subtitle of our upcoming round of That’s Weird, Grandma - Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes - you might be wondering who exactly this talking potato is. Well, he’s the title character in “Old Man Potaters,” a story by Brian B. from Wharton Elementary School.
While Old Man P. hasn’t made his debut on the Neo-Futurists stage yet, he was featured in our school show in the Summit, IL school district, and he also made an appearance during our annual end-of-year performance, Celebration of Authors. He’s become one of our favorite new characters, and we’re excited to finally share his story with Chicago theatre-goers in That’s Weird, Grandma!
Here’s a quick look at the beginning of Brian’s story:
Old Man P was a very curious potato he would wander everywhere
One day he wondered little bit to far. . .
. . . and he said “Oh no wheres my wittle farm he cried and cried AAAAh! Farm where did you go?”
Do Old Man Potaters’ animal friends end up finding him? And does he make his way back to his beloved farm? We don’t want to spoil the story for you - so come find out for yourself in just a few weeks at That’s Weird, Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes, performing Sundays at 3 p.m., October 7 - November 4. This Halloween-themed line-up includes scary (and silly) stories by Chicago elementary school students, featuring new characters like Old Man Potaters as well as classic characters from BOM’s repertoire.
We can’t wait to kick off our 2018-19 season with you, so be sure to book your tickets ahead of time here!
We’re wrapping up the final production of our 2018-19 season, That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories About Food, this Monday night at The Neo-Futurists Theater - and it’s your last chance to catch a BOM show ‘til October. We’re taking a short hiatus to prep for our next year of teaching creative writing in Chicago elementary schools, and adapting new stories to eventually share with you!
Sadly, this Monday night is the last time you’ll see Zoe Schwartz in That’s Weird, Grandma for awhile. She’ll be moving to Los Angeles within the next two months and heading onto a new adventure. We asked her some questions about the most memorable parts of her eight years as a BOM company member.
What’s a BOM teaching memory that you enjoyed?
One time at Logandale- Avondale, our teaching team approached the school in our BOM shirts and all the kids in the playground went wild like we were mega celebrities. They started screaming and ran to the fence to try to touch our hands. It was pretty special.
What’s a BOM adaptation that you treasure?
So, so many - but if I had to pick ONE it would be “Sad Butterflies at The Wedding,” which was from my first school show and was the first time I was like, “Oh yeah I should be doing this forever.”
Three things you’ll miss about Chicago.
My friends and family
Monday nights at TWG!
Three things you’re so looking forward to in L.A.
Fame and Fortune! JK maybe all the succulents.
What’s a story that’s in TWG now that you’re thrilled to be a part of?
“Nacho At Work” (pictured below).
We don’t want the final blog post of the 2018-19 season to be entirely sad, though! So with food on our minds, we gave the cast and crew a silly task - telling us their favorite (and least favorite) foods. How do you compare?
Cedar likes potatoes, not raw mushrooms. Joe likes corn, not tomatoes. Nancy likes tacos, not pizza puffs. Deanna likes potatoes. Laura likes tacos al carbon, not licorice. Mary Winn likes peaches, not dill. Mari likes tacos de carne esada, not liver. Raquel likes sweet potato fries, not olives. Nick likes shrimp, not brussels sprouts. Rawson likes protein, not spamone. Zoe likes hot dogs, not mustard. Jen likes pizza, not salmon. Jean likes rice and beans, not artichokes. Noah likes Jet Puff marshmallows, not Natto (fermented soybeans). Diana likes cornbread, not eggplant. Tom likes sushi, not liver. Ida doesn’t like stale potato chips.