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Meet the 2015 Child Actors of The Grinch at the Broward Center

The daily routine for the child actors of The Grinch (who play Cindy Lou and Annie Who in this year’s national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, coming to the Broward Center December 15-27, 2016) is quite different from the life of a normal grade schooler.

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Rachel Katzke is a fourth grader who plays Cindy Lou Who and Stephanie Ticas, a fifth grader, plays Annie Who. The girls have very busy schedules while on tour. We had the chance to speak with both child actors of The Grinch and find out about their daily routines…

Chid Actors of The Grinch: Daily Routines

9:00 AM: Because we are usually up late after the evening show, we sleep in every morning. After waking up, we eat breakfast and get dressed.

10:00 AM: We usually start tutoring each morning at 10. At each theatre, we have tutoring in a room that is dedicated to our educations called “Schoolville.” We spend four hours there each weekday (except on the days we travel) and work on our schoolwork. Our tutor, Gina, works directly with our regular teachers and gets our homework and class work assignments from them. Since we don’t have much time, we work hard to finish everything we need to.

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2:00 PM: After school we have lunch and either relax in our rooms or do something fun like swim in the hotel pool until it’s time to go to the theatre. Once in a while, we go on a field trip with our tutor. In Detroit, Michigan, we visited the Ford Museum. In Appleton, Wisconsin, we visited the History Museum at the Castle and learned about Houdini. In Jacksonville, Florida, we visited the zoo!

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5:00 PM: Before every show, our moms get us ready for the show. They put our hair in something called pin curls and wig caps. This makes our hair ready for our amazing wigs!

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6:30 PM: One hour before showtime, we meet our wrangler at the stage door. She takes us to our dressing rooms where our makeup artist puts on our makeup and wig. Our dresser – we have a different one in each city – helps us in to our costumes.

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7:25 PM: Five minutes before the show, the entire cast does something called a “whoodle.” One person in the cast calls out a motivating word like “energetic” or “spirit.” We then put our hands all together in a circle and yell out the word together. This gets everyone excited to perform. We are really like one big family. Then it’s SHOWTIME!

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7:30 – 9:00 PM: It is so much fun to perform in front of thousands of people. The cast members look out for each other on stage. Working with professional adult actors and actresses as well as the directors has helped us learn so much about acting, singing and dancing. It is also so much fun.

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9:05 PM: After getting out of our costumes, we meet our moms at the stage door. We usually eat dinner after the show since we are hungry and much too energized to go to bed. Sometimes we watch a movie or TV show after the show or we might go for a swim if the hotel has a pool.

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11:30 PM – midnight: We go to bed late on tour. But, since we are so tired, we sleep really well every night!


The Grinch broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theaters in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million theater-goers across America have been delighted by this heart warming holiday musical, which the Gannett papers hailed as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.”

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features magnificent sets designed by John Lee Beatty and costumes designed by Robert Morgan, inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original book, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story.

The 2015 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard, based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by three-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien.

The Pump and Dump Comedy Show Was Here in South Florida

The wildly popular, cult-hit show, The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out, For Once will be at Ft. Lauderdale Improv on Wednesday, November 4 and West Palm Beach Improv on Thursday, November 5 as part of their national “The Bump Pump and Dump comedy show Validation Tour.”

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The Bump will be presenting The Pump and Dump comedy show performance in Florida, complete with giveaways, prizes, and most importantly, VALIDATION for beleaguered moms and dads in the South Florida area.

The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out, For Once is much more than a traditional comedy showcase full of observations on parenting.  It is an honest and true night out for parents: an interactive evening full of big laughs, original music (songs like “Eat Your F-ing Food” and “When I Die I Wanna Come Back as a Dad”), audience participation (games include “Stump the Expert” and “Bumpo: Bingo for Breeders”), awesome prizes (WINE!) and catharsis.

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The Pump and Dump comedy show

The Pump and Dump comedy show audiences are filled with every kind of mom, parenting style, dad, delivery, adoption story, sleep training method, brand of diaper, and advocate under the parenting sun. The show has turned into a singular, mommy and daddy-war ending event where everyone in the room laughs together about their common experiences as parents.

For almost 3 years, comedian/musician Shayna Ferm and her sidekick MC Doula (Tracey Tee) have been giving moms this hour and a half of commiseration. For the two creators and moms of 3 children under 5, the show has been an additional baby – a full time job, exhausting, inspiring and nurtured.

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“We fell in love with The Pump and Dump because it makes an audience full of new moms laugh, cry and feel validated with their parenting experiences,” said The Bump Site Director Julia Wang. “Parenthood is filled with joy, love, and surprises. Not every day goes as planned and the show, like our website, app, and magazine, supports parents through the beautiful chaos of parenting—with laughter.  We couldn’t be happier to sponsor their nationwide tour.”


The Bump Pump and Dump Validation Tour in South Florida:

Wednesday, November 4 at Ft. Lauderdale Improv (5700 Seminole Way Hollywood, FL 33314)

7:30 pm Show |  $18

Ticket Link: http://ftl.improv.com/event.cfm?id=391335

Thursday, November 5 at West Palm Beach Improv (550 S Rosemary Ave #250, West Palm Beach, FL 33401)

7:30 pm Show  |  $18

Ticket Link: http://palmbeach.improv.com/event.cfm?id=391342

#grandviewmoms 2015 Halloween Parade at Grandview Prep

A HUGE thank you to Grandview Preparatory School for hosting MBMom’s special “Music & Movement” Halloween Edition #grandviewmoms class!

We had a super-fun session that culminated with a festive parade through Prideville…with Grandview Prep high school kids cheering our kiddos on.

It was awesome.

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Check out this super cute album of all the attendees. Enjoy!

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#dailybocaavery photo bomb

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Rapunzel meets Tinkerbell

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Cutest little pumpkin!

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Eyes and ears and mouth and nose! Head, shoulders, knees & toes!

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And the parade of Boca toddlers!

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Happy Halloween everyone!

 

Tasting Mizner Park 2015

When you get asked to taste Mizner Park…

You say YES!

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Tastemakers, the fabulous and progressive food & cocktail tasting featuring many of the center’s restaurants and live rock music, will be held on Tuesday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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As media, we had the opportunity to preview the night’s drinks and dishes and I must warn you, PACE YOURSELF. Check out all of the restaurants  participating!

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Here are just some of the tasty bites and cocktails you can expect to imbibe in once you purchase a “Dining Passport” for the event.

The press preview doubled as a wonderful date night with my blogger friend April Golightly!

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Make your own date night by purchasing a dining passport to Tastemakers today! They are available for $30.00 at any participating Mizner Park restaurant.

Bon appetit!