“The house began to pitch…” **

Washington Park’s amphitheatre will be invaded by a few Munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, winkies and other assorted creatures over the next few weekends. Yep, the sixty kids participating in this year’s musical theatre camp (a joint collaboration of Grout Elementary’s SUN School program, Portland Parks & Rec and the tireless crew from New Moon Productions) will be performing The Wizard of Oz in several free performances:

Saturday, 7/14 and 7/21 at 10 am and 12 noon.
Sunday, 7/15 and 7/22 at 12 noon.

(Shameless kid promotion alert: my own nine year old will be in both Saturday 10 am performances as part of the ensemble.)

If that’s not enough, the adult cast will be performing on Tuesdays through Sundays at 6:30 pm from 7/12 through 7/28 – so pack a picnic & bring the family out for the show!

** I had a much better headline waiting in the wings, but LeLo gave it the big hook last weekend, grrrr….! But I like LeLo (plus didn’t want her to get her panties in a bunch), so I refrained…

16 Comments so far

  1. Nino (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    I agree with the commenter a few posts ago that too many of this blog’s posts are devoted to children. Not very many of the readers of this blog have children, and frankly not many of us can stand the spoiled rotten brats. So please try to start posting on important things, and I do not mean Harry Potter, or we’re going to stop reading you. I’m more than halfway there already.

  2. Betsy (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 1:02 am

    Nino says –

    **Not very many of the readers of this blog have children**

    And you know this….how? I’ve been writing for this site since the beginning, am one of the site’s co-captains, and have access to the stats, for starters. And yet *I* can’t tell you precise demographic details about our reader base.

    **please try to start posting on important things**

    Pray tell, what would you define as important? And why should I take editorial direction from you anyway when I write on this blog for free, and you read it for free?

    **we’re going to stop reading you **

    There you go with that whole we bit again, sigh. But to humor you (even though you’re acting like the child you disdain with the little temper tantrum threat here, fyi):

    You can always subscribe to the RSS feeds of the authors who post child-free materials, you know. Although I have to laugh at the notion that we’re (global ‘we’ here) writing posts focused on children – while I have two kids of my own, hardly any of my own posts refer to my kids. And on the rare occasion that they do? Suck it up and move to the next post already, man. We’re offering up several new posts each day, for starters.

    **I’m more than halfway there already.**

    Ok, attempt to humor you over (it’s late, I’m hot and cranky as hell.) Well, then…don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out…!

  3. Lelo (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 7:35 am

    I knew the second I hit publish on that post it was going to come back and bite me in the…..seriously: I think “The house began to pitch” is much more fun and appropriate title on this one anyway. Well done Betsy! And how fun does theater camp sound? Much better than singing “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” and making macaroni art.

  4. dieselboi (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    I love it that NINO rants against the blog, but is unwilling to leave an email or contact info so we can contact him/her directly for a productive discussion. Hmmm. Who’s being the child here?

    Macaroni art? Don’t make me remember those days.

  5. McAngryPants (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 8:35 am

    Mongo likey your blog. Pay no attention ding-dong Nino. Can y’all suggest other PDX flavored blogs that make the cut? I’ve been reading AltPortland.com for a while. But they haven’t been posting a lot lately.

  6. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    Hey Nino, if you think we need to post on something important, have you considered SUGGESTING something? We have a suggestion box for just such a situation. Make with the clicky and suggest. If you’re just going to complain, then don’t let the door hitcha where the good Lord splitcha!

  7. jen (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 10:26 am

    I haven’t noticed many kid-centered blog posts. But I guess if you hate something, you’ll notice everytime you see it.

    Relax dude.

  8. Himself (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    Hey gang, like we used to say on Usenet: Don’t feed the trolls, and they’ll go somewhere else to play.

    That said, thanks for this, Betsy. I love that amphitheater, especially when it’s used for something non-commercial and kid-friendly like this. Tell your girl to break a leg and have fun!

  9. Betsy (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    Point taken, Himself. I should have done my standard “hey, go over to CL R & R instead to play, will you?” pointer and let it alone.

    Or better yet, ignored it (which I do most of the time.)

    But hey, I was cranky as hell last night, and I lost control.

    From reading last night’s comments as a whole, I don’t think I was alone…!

  10. Truth (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    Hmm… Banana: I suggested a story a couple days ago and got no reply.

    Keep up the good posts, kid friendly or not!

  11. Annoid (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    At least this post has something to do with something directly relating to Portland, which is more than can be said for some of the other posts “Ooh lookie a new Harry Potter movie!”

  12. Julian Chadwick (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    Oh (Ni)NO! I guess I shouldn’t have put that kid-friendly pic into your flickr blog roll. I don’t have kids, but I enjoy these posts and have friends w/ kids who I forward them to.

    Also, unlike Nino, I don’t feel it is all about me-troblogs.

    I will say that there is a good amount of snarkiness/controversy going on in the comments lately for some reason–though. Those people need to go here: http://community.livejournal.com/dp_snark/ –all about the lo…hate :)

    MCANGRYPANTS — I don’t know if my blog “makes the cut”, but it has Portland flavor–PdxPipeline.com

  13. McAngryPants (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    @ Julian
    Danke. will check it out. Stalking in three…two…one :)

  14. Himself (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

    McAngryPants: Be sure to check out ORBlogs, an aggregator of Oregon blogs: http://www.orblogs.com/

    Jack Bogdanski is one of Portland’s original bloggers, and there’s always lively discussion there: http://bojack.org/

    And of course I have to plug my own blog (click my name).

  15. Justin (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    A little confused about one thing in the post… are only the kiddie performances free, or are the adult times listed on the house, too?

  16. Betsy (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    Adult performances are also on the house. They’ll be passing a hat to help offset costs, of course (it’s a labor of love, dont’t you know), but there’s no ‘suggested donation’ that I know of, FWIW.

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