yes hello i would like to hear wizard of oz stories
*clears throat* why hello and welcome to this brand new episode of @hamiltonmemes’s theatre adventures. in this episode, i shall tell about my theatrical shenanigans from my last winter play, the Wizard of Oz, where i was the spiciest cowardly lion to ever hit my local community theatre
ok okay let us begin spicy story time forgive me if its long but its one heck of a story *cracks knuckles*
• I actually didn’t have the role of the lion at first, and I got to take the reins like halfway through the show. My original role was Boq the Munchkin. I had five lines and i still get angry just thinking about it mmmmmmboiiiimmmmmMMMMMM
• so when the directors announced that they needed a new lion, they asked for anyone who wanted the role to speak up; out of a group of 34 kids I was the only one to raise my hand- if that’s not true theatre friends right there I don’t know what is
• there were munchkins that were taller than me; like out of Dorothy and the gang, I was the smallest character; I GUESS ONE COULD CALL ME THE LITTLE LION
• the lead director was super hesitant to give the role to me, but in the end he didn’t regret it
• my lion costume had a six pack on it, if you google “macho lion” you’ll see what it looked like (also the costume was super small; I fit in it perfectly and I have no clue how original lion would have fit in it)
• the script we used has stage directions that say “lion sits on ground, on road and DABS at his eyes with the fluffy end of his tail"
• in this show the witch had 3 evil cats (one of which was Australian) that came on as soon as act 2 started and during intermission we’d chant “pussy power pussy power”
• ok ok so when I entered for the first time I had to attack the scarecrow, Dorothy, and the tin man. I kept on hesitating on attacking for some reason, AND THEN ONE OF THE ASSISTANT DIRECTORS NAMED SUE WHOS LIKE 67 YEARS OLD IS LIKE “Here lemme show you how it’s done” AND LIKE STRAIGHT UP SLAMS THE 6'3 TIN MAN ON THE STAGE IT WAS INSANE I SWEAR SUE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PRO WRESLTLER
• my tail fell off during tech rehearsal and I didn’t realize it and as I was leaving the lead director was like “Lion you forgot your tail” and I had to scamper back and retrieve it
•we sang the The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers as a pre show ritual trust me it works to get ya energy up
• i listened to Hamilton for the first time on the way to a rehearsal and as a pre-opening night pump up during this show
• my “courage” that I got from the wizard was actually an empty bottle of Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon whiskey, and once I drank my “courage” i stood beside the tin man all pompous and started like swinging my tail around and the crowd freakin lost it every time
• someone got me this lion hat and i wore it to all the cast parties
• I had a dream the week after the show ended that Lin came and watched it and he said he liked it and everyone was great and then he hopped in like this super old n crusty red granny car parked behind a dumpster and drove away, never to be seen again
****BONUS ADDITION: I had to stay in character for a bit after the show ended because each night there were little kids who liked the show and wanted autographs from the characters it felt disneyland af
Happy 115th birthday to E.B. White! During his life, White wrote some of best known children’s books of the past century, such as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He captured the imagination of children everywhere with his talking animals, while at the same time teaching them important lessons, like the value of friendship.
Here at NYPL, we love children’s books! So much, in fact, that we decided to create an exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, where you can actually hear E.B. White read from Charlotte’s Web! If you want relive some memories of your childhood, come check it out at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building through September 7th. Or, you can always stop by your local NYPL branch and pick up a copy of any of E.B. White’s stories today!
SARAH O'CONNOR - CO-CREATOR/CO-WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/TRANSMEDIA/ANGIE NURSE
Sarah O'Connor is a writer and editor from Hamilton, Ontario. She is a recent university graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Cultural Studies. Sarah has had multiple articles and short stories published in newspapers, magazines, and an anthology around the city. Last year, her play “The End of July” won first place in the Hamilton Fringe Festival’s first ever 24 Hour Playwriting Fundraiser. Recently, her poem “After the Beep” was accepted into the second volume of Ink Movement’s Hamilton Youth Anthology. Sarah is also the co-creator of Stuck in a Story Productions, Charlotte’s Web Series, The Femmes Fatale, and Any Other Rosie which she also co-wrote.
You can follow Sarah on Twitter (@notsarahconnor), Instagram (@notsarahconnor23), and check out her book review blog sixbluemarblesbookreviews.wordpress.com.
Ummm hello I would love to hear a charlotte's web story
ahem ahem *taps microphone* yes yes greetings fellow meme minions, farmers, and harvesters, and welcome to this brand new segment of @hamiltonmemes’s theatre story time tuesday™.
In this thrilling episode, I’m gonna yak about my latest show, Charlotte’s Web, where I played Templeton the rat as well as a Barker at the fair. Get ready, this is gonna be a spicy one
• I MADE SO MANY HAMILTON REFERENCES IN THIS SHOW PLS HOLD I HAVE AN ORGANIZED LIST
1. During the carnival scene, when I played the barker, I had to announce contests and give out prizes. When I started the contests, I’d say “Ladies and gentlemen, you could have been anywhere in the world today but you’re here with us at the county fair, are you ready for some prizes, huh?”
2. When we were in the barn and Charlotte’s spoder babbys made their entrance, all the barn animals had to react in shock and I’d pull a Tjeffs and say “Whaaaaaaat” in my Daveed voice
3. During the Sunday matinee immediately after templeton’s rotten egg got broken, I ran onstage and screamed “WHERE IS MY EGG” and and when I saw it was “broken” I said “WHO DID THIS CHARLOTTE DID YOU KNOW” and when I went backstage afterwards all my castmates rioted
• our director for this was the same one who directed beauty and the beast; she’s really not the best director tbh (not to talk trash or anything but she weighs approximately the same as a small rhinoceros and is at least 70 years old and can’t walk like at all, she v thicc)
• this show was a T-shirt show, which meant we wore out show t-shirts as our main costume piece and accessorized according to our characters; we all thought it was gonna suck but it actually wasn’t terrible
• I actually made the hat I wore for templeton since I hated the one the directors gave me; I took a grey beanie and attached felt rat ears and it was 1000x better; not only that I wore crusty ass cargo shorts that belonged to my dad in this show- the things i do to get in character smh
• when I was the barker, I had to taste these two different cakes, one super pretty and one ugly. Then, I gave the award to lady with the ugly one and everyone was like “wtf man the lady with the pretty pink cake should have gotten the prize” and then I point to the lady with the ugly cake and say “that’s my mom” and EVERY FRICKIN ONE IN THAT WHOLE AUDIENCE LOST IT ALL THREE NIGHTS IT WAS PROBABLY THE FUNNIEST LINE IN THE WHOLE SHOW
• On the Saturday show I had to go hang up Wilbur’s medal where the spiderweb used to be and I ENDED UP DROPPING THE MEDAL AND I WAS LIKE “OH NO” “WILBUR COULD YOU DO ME A FAVOR AND GRAB THAT FOR ME” and I had to try and stay 100% in character but apparently everyone thought it was funny and it got a lot of laughs
• okay so there were a bunch of smol children in this show and they all loved me okay there were like 7 older kids my age in this show and I was the favorite of all the smols; this might sound cool but it’s not bc it’s a lot of pressure to be a good example and they all want to play games on ya phone
• I was senpai to so many lil kids like to the extent where like two pretended to be familiar with Hamilton and memes but really weren’t
• okay smack talkin is done lets do some happy talk instead two of the actually good sweet smols with manners thoughtfully got me a stuffed rat on opening night; bless them ️♥
• give me the zuccerman
• i did periscope broadcasts all through tech week on Twitter #CWTechWeek
• this was actually my last year for the theatre’s summer Junior Musical; like you gotta be between ages 8-16 to participate in the program; so like after closing night a bunch of little kids were like super sad and I think like two were crying and everyone was like “noooo don’t leave you can’t leave you’re too awesome you always do so good” and I’m like “holy frick I wonder if this is how they felt on july 9th”
• one time during tech they were having trouble with the lights and they were down for like 4 or 5 minutes and then the guy who played Farmer Zuckerman started his lines too soon and he ended up having to ad-lib “Well Lurvy, I guess the sun isn’t gonna rise today” and it was hilarious
• I got to keep my styrofoam rotten egg prop and I had my castmates sign it
• bonus: one of my lines as templeton said “well I hope you’re satisfied” that’s literally what it says right out of the script
I feel like these are getting longer and longer but yeah up next we can either do The Hobbit or A Christmas Carol; you decide my fellow meme farmers and minions; if you read this whole this ily and here’s a good noodle star ★
In a poll of librarians, teachers, publishers, and authors, the trade magazine Publisher’s Weekly asked for a list of the best children’s books ever published in the United States. Hands down, the No. 1 book was E.B. White's Charlotte’s Web. Now, a new book called The Story of Charlotte’s Web explores how White’s masterpiece came to be.