Posted by Joe on April 6, 2016
The That’s Weird, Grandma 15th Anniversary Show is just around the corner! Here is a wishlist list from company member Tom Malinowski!
That’s Weird Grandma: 15 for 15
Hey! It’s me Tom! And here are my 15 favorite TWG memories! So many great ones, but here you go!
15 Toothless Beaver & Broom - Probably one of the fastest adaptations for a school story I was in
14 Croc & Eggnog - Halena gave us the easy direction of “Do this exactly like Toothless Beaver & Broom.”
13 Funny Bunny - Kristie is my main antagonist who finally gives in to the silliness of the story
12 Superheroes - Only two awesome women have played ?, Lacy and Laura who each bring a similar hilarious yet deliver it differently
11 Magical Place - The only story where I’ve used an annoying high voice over and over and not gotten tired of it
10 The Lobster Factory - The only story when we did it at TWG (5th year anniversary I believe?!) where Beau supplied me a blood packet to burst when the lobster first claws me. I haven’t used a blood packet since. Fake blood.
9 The Meat one (with puppets) - I usually held one end of the curtain the puppets hid behind and I continually, genuinely laughed at the ridiculousness of the reasons why meat is good for you
8 The Raven - The only adaptation of a story into a song about a roller coaster by Geoff Rice which is all full of amazingness
7 The one where I’m in a movie theatre and when it was at TWG Jeff did the voiceover - Whenever he mimicked Carol Channing I lost it
6 The Boat War - This might’ve been the first piece I was in where a non-musician did the music on Garageband (Anthony!)
5 We grouped three stories under the umbrella “A Very Scary Scary Story Minute” We spread this throughout the school show and eventually TWG Green Glob, The Ugly Girl, and one more….. probably one of the first adaptations where we did something like that. We came out singing the jingle, said the title of the story, and then the very short story started
4 The Opening - When we first did the opening for TWG, we would change up the choreography constantly as the schtick
3 Closing Speech - Remember when we did the closing speech and we also did the dance while we did it? That was a first!
2 The basketball one that Jeff and I were in.. - Jeff was the main driving force, and he picked “On to the Next One” song which I hadn’t heard before until he brought the song for rehearsal
1 Old old story I can’t remember the title - But Charlie and I would start on opposite sides, stomp to each other at the center, growl, then I put him over my shoulder and walked off stage. I haven’t put someone over my shoulder ever since.
More information about THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: 15th ANNIVERSARY SHOW directed by Joseph Schupbach and Halena Kays
Company members old and new will reunite as Barrel of Monkeys celebrates 15 years of its hit revue THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA with two special anniversary performances on Sunday April 17 at 2 pm and Monday, April 18 at 8 pm at its long-time home, the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available here!
The special 90-minute production will feature 30 sketches and songs, two from each of the 15 years THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA has been performed at Neo-Futurist theater, including plenty of audience favorites. Directed by current Artistic Director Joseph Schupbach and Founding Artistic Director Halena Kays, the 15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS will feature long-time company members, as well as out-of-town artists returning to the show they performed in years ago. Back in the booth is Maggie Fullilove-Nugent, who served as the company’s stage manager for ten years. All of the stories are written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members. The 15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW cast includes active members Ashley Bland, Kassi Bleifuss, Brandon Cloyd, Anthony Courser, Lindsey Dorcus, Linsey Falls, Michael Govier, Nick Hart, Mary Winn Heider, Jennifer Johnson, Elizabeth Levy, Laura McKenzie, Spencer Meeks, Matt Miller, Meredith Milliron, Shá Norman, Tai Palmgren, Zoe Schwartz, Jason Sperling, Kate Staiger, Brad Stevens, Rawson Vint, Curtis Williams and Rachel Wilson.
Emeritus and out-of-town members include Brenda Arellano, Lisa Barker, Brennan Buhl, Sarah Garner, Luke Hatton (former Artistic Director), Mike Lubin, Tom Malinowski, Philip Markle, Jonathan Mastro, Lauren Sharpe, Eric Silverberg, Mike Spatafora, Kristie Vuocolo (former Executive Director), Ryan Walters and Donnell Williams.
“I am absolutely thrilled about this celebration! I have the incredible opportunity to co-direct with Founding Artistic Halena Kays, who led the company for ten years – and welcome back alumni into the cast. My relationship with ‘Grandma’ now spans eleven years, so I’m delighted to put some of my favorite stories back on stage. Long-time audience members will enjoy some ‘oldies’ and brand new audience will be delighted to see this mega-sized cast perform the written work of Chicago Public Schools students. There will be song, dance, puppets, short films, surprises, blasts from the past and much more. It will undoubtedly be a magical place to spend 90 minutes.” -Artistic Director Joseph Schupbach