Monday, June 12, 2017

Fun Family Shows Coming this Summer to Foxwoods

Looking for a place to cool down this summer? Foxwoods has some amazing summer shows planned that are great for the whole family! First up is Nik Wallenda's Zirkus, a thrilling variety show starring celebrated wire walker Nik Wallenda and an international troupe of circus performers. Combining suspense, amazement and laughter, each show will close with a recreation of the death-defying seven person pyramid made famous by the Wallenda family. 

Nik Wallenda

The show has been described as a mashup between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, so I am pretty sure it is going to be awesome. The Monsters love dare devil shows like this, so I know they would love to go. It is playing June 28-July 2 and tickets start at only $15!

Next up is Cirque Eloize iD. We checked out another Cirque show at Foxwoods which was amazing, so I cannot wait to see this one! This astonishing modern circus transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers, and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video trampowall. Everyone will love this mind-blowing fusion of new theatrical circus and urban dance! 
Amazing stunts!

With iD, Cirque √Čloize presents a show positively crackling with daring and modernity. Cirque √Čloize’s iD is a blend of circus arts and urban dance: b-boying/b-girling, breakdance, hip-hop and more. The scene is set in the heart of a city, in a public space where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity; a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed to a stimulating soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Beast) and Alex McMahon. I truly have never seen as talented performers in another show as the ones I watched in Cirque Eloize, so trust me, do not miss out on this show! iD plays from July 6-26 and tickets start at $25.

Foxwoods may be a casino, but there is so much for families to do. Make sure you beat the heat by checking out some world class entertainment this summer!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Save $3 on Story Land Tickets: Lil' Blonde Monsters Exclusive Coupon Code!

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If you are a regular reader you know we love Story Land. One of our favorite family tradition is visiting the park each summer. We will have some coverage of the park again later this summer, but for now, I am happy that I get to offer my readers and exclusive promo code to save $3 per ticket. To get your special rate click HERE and enter the code LilBlondeMonstersSBlog17 when prompted. You can also see some of our prior posts about the park below.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Matilda the Musical at PPAC is a Perfect Retelling of a Classic

Last night, Zoe Monster and I got a chance to check out the national tour of Matilda the Musical, playing at PPAC through the 21st. There is a reason that Time Magazine called this the #1 show of the year; it was absolutely incredible. Forget all about the charming movie of the same name, because after you see Matilda the Musical, all other variations dull in their sparkle. The show takes Dahl's source material and transforms it into a beautiful opus about family, friendship, abuse, personal strength, and of course a little magic.

Jenna Weir was the Matilda we got to see (the role is played by a few different actresses who rotate the part.) Jenna can only be described as a miracle. Her ability to emote and connect with the audience was spell bounding. Also shining was Dan Chameroy as the loathsome Trunchbull. Let's just say that Dan can really fill out his dress once in the role. Darcy Stewart was equal parts repulsive and hilarious as Mrs. Wormwood and her dance partner (played by Stephen Diaz) was electric to watch.

The show follows roughly the same story as the film version but with the addition of an absolutely beautiful backstory for Miss. Honey's parents. Those scenes, which I am being careful not to spoil, were among my favorites. Also amazing were the transforming sets utilized throughout the show especially during the number "The School Song" and "When I Grow Up."

My favorite part of the show was without a doubt sharing it with Zoe. Having her see kids her own age performing was such an inspiration for her, and when she asked me "Mommy do you think I could be a good Matilda?" I answered with a resounding "Yes!" This is THE show to take your children too.

Don't be "revolting" and miss out on Matilda the Musical. You can still get tickets now at PPAC.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PJ Masks Presale Exclusive: Get your Tickets Two Days Early!

Calling all PJ Masks fans:  PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero, a brand-new, fully immersive musical production, will take the Wang Theatre stage for six performances on Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Sunday, October 8, 2017. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00AM. The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 19 at 10:00AM and are available at the Boch Center Box Office,, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787), and via Ticketmaster. Luckily for you all, I have a presale code that starts tomorrow at 10 am! You can buy your presale tickets by clicking THIS link and entering the code "moms" when prompted.

WHAT: PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:30AM, 2:00PM, 5:30PM

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 10:30AM, 2:00PM, 5:30PM

WHERE: Boch Center Wang Theatre

TICKETS ON SALE: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00AM

TICKETS: $25.00 – $135.00* / VIP packages available

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Our Emoji Party was a Happy Crying Emoji Blast!

Zoe Monster is officially 9, and about as tween as it gets! We recently celebrated her birthday with an emoji themed fiesta featuring products from Windy City Novelties. In case you missed it, we did a fun unboxing video of all the great emoji stuff they offer.

I designed my own invitations for the party which was a fun personal touch:

Luckily the day of the party was a nice one, so we got to have the party outside for the most part. For once in my life, I didn't overly plan the events of the party. I just let the kids run around like maniacs. Since it was hot out, we had an impromptu balloon fight. Check out some of the fun pictures from the event below and definitely check out Windy City Novelties for all your party needs!

Emojis literally took over my home for the day

Of course there was a girly emoji cake
We had an emoji tattoo station as well as Emjoji photo booth...I used an emoji table cloth as the backdrop

Windy City Novelties

Mother's Day Interview: A Chat with Darcy Stewart, Starring as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda

Happy Mother's Day everyone! Hope the day brings you lots of relaxation and quality time with your kiddos. One mom who would definitely be avoiding their children today is Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda's mother. I recently got a chance to chat with the delightful Darcy Stewart who plays the role on the tour coming to PPAC this week. Check out my interview below:

Thanks for taking the time for this interview! Mrs. Wormwood may not be the best mom…what do you love about playing the role?

I love love love that Mrs. Wormwood is bigger than life. She is wildly expressive and loud (which there is an entire number based on) and passionate about looking good. Yes, she is a terrible mom. I get to play someone who's ideals are so skewed from my own, and it's always fun to play a character who believes in things you don't believe in for yourself. Like "looks are more important than books", a line I get to use in the play. It's a challenge and I get to have a ton of fun doing it.

Your role is pretty physically demanding (Salsa much?) How do you compensate for such a grueling schedule?

I'm actually lucky in that I get to rest my body for the majority of the show, other than the number "Loud", which is a salsa number where I sing and dance with my partner, Rudolpho. The number was extremely difficult at first but thankfully my body has adapted to the demands of the number and now I'm just having a wildly fun time up there. Now, if we're speaking of really physically demanding, the ensemble dancers are moving the entire show. Have you seen the choreography in this show? Every number is incredibly physically demanding and the ensemble gives 110% every show; eight shows a week. I get to rest my body and my voice after "Loud", but they are going hard up there onstage for the whole show. I think the secret to that is a good diet, keeping a good head space, and... coffee. :)

You work with many young actors in this show. What advice would you give children who aspire to fill Matilda’s shoes one day?

The advice I would give to children is that you must believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I have believed that my whole life, and it is an absolutely true statement. If you really put your mind to something and stick with it, it will be achieved.

If you could play any other role in the show which would you pick and why?

If I could play any role other than my own it would have to be Ms. Honey. I am typically cast as strong, fierce, head strong females with very little softness to them. It would be challenging to try playing a gentler, more sensitive character. I would absolutely love the chance to play someone who is so vulnerable, and I would also love to play someone who gets to work so closely with our Matilda's. They are fierce young girls and it would be quite the experience.

Matilda is awesome as a Broadway show. Which Roald Dahl book should be adapted for you to star in next?

Fantastic Mr. Fox! I would play any character possible in that show. I think it would be so challenging in all aspects- costumes, sound, set, everything. I think it's a wonderfully unique story and creating that piece would be something very special and very different and VERY hard. And I love a challenge!

This musical is obviously family friendly and suitable for a young audience. What do you hope that kids will take away from it, and what do you think their moms and dads will enjoy the most?

Matilda is a show that the whole family will absolutely enjoy. When I was little and learned the story of Matilda I remember being so inspired by that little girl. I wanted to read like her, to solve problems like her, and to fight for what I believe in just like she always does, without fail. I think kids will watch the show and be inspired to always fight for what they know is right and to always stick up for themselves and for others. I think everyone who sees the show can't help but be mesmerized by the magic Matilda performs, and no matter what, will leave the theatre awe stricken. It's a magical, mesmerizing, beautifully dark show, one that can make someone cry and laugh all at the same time. No matter your age, you will leave the theatre moved and inspired.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to Matilda the Musical: Coming this May to PPACRI!

I am so excited to be taking Zoe to see Matilda this May at PPACRI! We love the book and the songs from the show, so it is sure to be an awesome night. I will have some exciting behind the scenes looks at the show coming soon, but I wanted to tell you about an exciting offer. On May 17, PPAC is offering a Family Night bargain that can't be beat!

Buy one regularly-priced ticket and receive a complimentary ticket of equal value for a child aged 18 or younger. Please call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit the Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence for more information and to order; Family Night tickets are not available online. Family Night tickets for MATILDA THE MUSICAL are available in selected locations. Tickets for Family Night are limited and are available on a first-come; first-served basis. The Family Night offer is NOT available for previous ticket purchases and may not be combined with any other offers. All sales are final, and there are no exchanges or refunds. Standard service fees apply. This is a great chance to see an amazing show with your little one for literally half the price you would normally pay!

I also have two pairs of tickets up for grabs. Enter below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Thursday, May 18 show!