As promised yesterday, the fairies have arrived. (They were a little bit late. Something about wing trouble and pixie dust…)
Calling all Fairies!
At The Nest in Woodinville
Saturday, April 27, 10:00-11:30am
Redmond Town Center studios
Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:00pm and 3:30-5:00pm
Ages: All fairies, 2 and up. Must be accompanied by a twinkling grownup!
Sparkle, Shimmer and Glitter are requesting the presence of all fairies to an enchanted Fairy Party.
Discover your inner pixie talents by creating your very own fairy to take home. Dance, sing and twirl with the seasons, eat dainty fairy cakes, and read stories with the Story Fairy. Miss Allison will also be at the Redmond parties!
Put on your favorite fairy outfit. Grownups can dust off their wings, too.
Everyone is invited! You do not need to be a current Studio3Music family to attend. The cost of our fun-filled Fairy Party is only $15 per child. Adults are free. This special event has limited spaces, so RSVP early.
Please fill out the secure form below to register. Payment must be received at the time of registration. Be sure to scroll down to complete all information.
We’ve planned a special event just for the fairies and superheroes in your life! Save the weekend of April 26 and 27. Action plan for all superheroes below: (Fairies arriving tomorrow!)
Friday, April 26, 3:30 – 5:00pm Studio3Music RedmondTownCenter Studios
Ages: All superhero boys and girls, 2 and up. Must be accompanied by a favorite grownup!
The universe needs you, Superhero boys and girls. The evil Dr. Staccato has escaped, and is on a mission to take over the world! Come to our superhero training session and learn secret musical magic powers. Lots of swooping, swishing and sneaking involved! Make your own cape and eat super snacks. Bring your grownup and let’s put a rest in Dr. Staccato’s plans with music, stories, games and problem solving.
Put on your best disguise. (Grownups are welcome to come incognito, too.)
Everyone is invited! You do not need to be a current Studio3Music family to attend. The cost of our Superhero Party is only $15 per child. Adults are free. This special event has limited space, so RSVP early.
Please fill out the secure form below to register. Be sure to scroll down to complete all information. Payment must be received at the time of registration.
As we promised you at our show at the symphony this morning, here’s a great activity that’s portable, provides hours of fun, and you don’t have to be at the beach to do it! It’s a favorite game of our Studio3Music families, and now you can learn the song so you can play, too.
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-posted by Miss Allison, Stacey and Michael, who admit that their favorite part is the crashing waves that knock their castles down.
We’re getting ready for a show this week. And it’s a new one. Which means that as we work through the script and blocking and music, we tend to get a little goofy, which lets off steam and makes rehearsal a lot more fun. Last night was no exception. I think Michael (Miss Allison’s husband) started it. He usually does. He printed labels and started putting them on foreheads, and then everyone started chiming in. So here you go:
These are the Pirates, officially known as Walks-the-Plank, Swabs-the-Deck and Hoists-the-Sails. Otherwise known as Michael and Allison’s boys, Zy and Nathaniel and their goddaughter, Ashlyn Dunn (now you can understand the inspiration for the Dunnce title).
Next, here’s Stacey and Michael, who usually have everyone in stitches, occasionally requiring the pull-back-into-focus-evil-eye from the Director, Allison. (Someone’s got to do it!)
Here’s Allison (who wanted to be labeled “Genius” – do we really need to label her what we already know she is?) and normally easy going Chadd (two d’s, please), who leapt up from the piano and declared, “I want to be Nimrod!” Haven’t exactly figured out what that fantasy is all about…
And here’s me. The Story Fairy. I’m not scary when I snuggle your children at the end of the show. Really. I apparently should have had a label on my forehead that said “Angry Eyebrows”, instead of “Bossy Pants”. But I was trying to look all firm and serious. I am the Producer, after all.
So, after all that, do come see us on Saturday. From Sea to Shining C is all about these hilarious singing pirates who are learning about their colors. Everyone on stage catches a bad case of rhyminitis, and we’ve got some great songs of the sea, and a tin whistle player to boot!
-posted by Miss Analiisa, who has to go finish her headpiece. It’s made from a pirate ship, of course! (And a shark.)
We’ve all heard the stories about the Sistine Chapel. You know, the ones where Michelangelo lay on the scaffolding, 18 inches from the ceiling, for 4 years painting the figures of his masterpiece into wet plaster, and then another five years laboring in more wet plaster to create and finish “The Last Judgment” on the alter wall of the same lovely little chapel.
And we’ve all heard the story of the Mona Lisa – that DaVinci carried it around with him for decades, making minute changes, that it was never finished, according to its creator. It exists as it is today because he died, not because he determined it was done.
Christopher Wren’s journey to build St. Paul’s Cathedral in London after the great fire that took Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre from the world may be less well known, but it took 50 some odd years from commission to completion. He drew plans for five different buildings and even built enormous scale models of some, and then cast them aside and started over. It took seven years to get from commission to the groundbreaking, and then more than 40 years to build it and decorate it, with the statues way above the ground level being the last pieces added, almost 10 years after parliament declared it finished. (It wasn’t finished, they were just tired of waiting.)
St. Paul’s Cathedral, photo by J Salmoral
These guys knew something about creativity, something I think we’ve forgotten about in our very busy and fast paced world. Creativity takes time. Things of great beauty, and grace, things that take our breath away and inspire us to wonder at the marvel of mankind and at our God-given gifts are things that take time. Masterpieces aren’t created in a flash of light and a spray of glitter, although the ideas that become masterpieces often begin that way. But those ideas, bright and sparkly though they be, take many, many hours or weeks or months or years or even decades to complete.
I feel much better now about the amount of time I take to cook a script for one of our shows. It doesn’t actually take me that long to write the script, a couple of Saturday evenings and it’s mostly done, but I sometimes spend months planning the show and thinking about it and talking to Michael and Stacey and Analiisa and Chadd, and sometimes I dream about it and I have scraps of paper everywhere with little scribbles of ideas and lyrics, in addition to a notebook of ideas I keep on my desk.
I leave myself voice messages with little ditties. (I once recorded a song into my phone in a dressing room at Eddie Bauer. I got some pretty funny looks when I came out, and it wasn’t the conservative blue sweater that drew stares.) The time before the actual writing is where all the parts come together. That’s my creative time. Writing is the last step in the creation process that leads us to rehearsal and then performance, and finally applause. (Please. I really like that part, so clap loud.).
Take a look at this video. I got it from my son, Zy, who is 18 now, and occasionally uses wimp.com as a way to decompress after a long day of studying and learning and socializing. I found this fascinating, and it explained a lot about my creative process, and the creative process of the giants of the creative world who came before me.
The difference between 10 seconds and 10 minutes is vast, and I like those pictures. I’d hang some of those on my wall. Seriously, they’d get a place of honor right next to my print of the Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”.
Summer is here! Whether you have babies, toddlers or school-age children, there’s something special about the vibe of the summer schedule. We eat more grilled food and maybe we eat outside more often. Pool parties or backyard parties happen more frequently. With the light lasting longer, bedtimes can become more relaxed. As fun as a [...]