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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Daddy blogger review

After lots of great reviews on our twitter site from various Mommy bloggers, its great to get a dad's perspective. The following review was posted by Dad Logic
http://dadlogic.net/2010/08/02/beautiful-creatures-childrens-music/


When my son Matthew was born, we put an iHome radio in his room and loaded up the iPod with songs from a lullaby CD. Two years later, and a constant repeat cycle the entire time, we’ve racked up tens of thousands of plays for each of the songs and Matthew will probably have the songs stuck in his head for years to come.

Since we were on the lookout for something new, I was happy to stumble across theBeautiful Creatures collection of children’s songs. They not only had two collections of nighttime/lullaby songs, but there were also several kid friendly options that we could play during the day when Matthew is in the mood to dance, sing and just plain be a kid.
The Beautiful Lullabies album seemed to be Matthew’s favorite, especially the “African Lullabye” song, Track 1 on the album. The nice thing about the songs being on iTunes is that you can pick and choose individual tracks from the various albums, but they are inexpensive enough where it is easy to just grab the album, load up the iPod, and see what particular songs seems to strike your kid’s fancy.
We made it through two years of having the same album playing over and over on the iPod. Let’s see how long we can go with all these albums to choose from.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Power To The Hippo

What a month it’s turning out to be for Beautiful Creatures!

We are five shows into our run at Monte Casino and every audience so far has been up on their feet and hippo-dancing in the isles!!!Our cast and technical crew have been nothing short of amazing and if you’re reading this and haven’t seen the show yet, we still have two weeks of run left so book now on http://www.computicket.com/web/event/beautiful_creatures/140883274

Our director Paul Warrick Griffin has moulded a show that has delighted children and parents this last week at the Teatro at Monte Casino. We’ve never seen so many happy, smiling Beautiful Creatures fans!

“What’s been great about this run so far is that we’re seeing people in the audience we’ve never seen before” says Paul Choritz.”It’s always wonderful to see new Beautiful Creatures fans!”

Ed Jordan says, ” For me, watching this show come together has been such an incredible process and I’ve loved seeing musical director Louis Zurnamer take our songs into the theatrical realm. It’s such a good feeling to hear a cast of thirteen actors singing with such passion and power,”

Alan Glass is excited too.” It’s amazing to see our characters we created actually come to life. They are living breathing colorful and bright, and seeing kids react to them is inspiring for us.”

Beautiful Creatures runs at the Teatro at Monte Casino till the 4th of July.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Countdown to Beautiful Creatures stage show

43 DAYS, 5 HOURS, 53 MINUTES TILL BEAUTIFUL CREATURES AT THE TEATRO MONTECASINO ...BOOK NOW AT COMPUTICKET http://www.computicket.com/web/event/beautiful_creatures

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Good meeting

Yesterday we had a really good meeting with the stage show creative team.
There have been a few `changes` implemented and it is interesting to see how this process works.
We have modified our approach to costumes a number of times and I think we are going to end up with something very FRESH and EXCITING.
 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Meeting with the Beautiful Creatures stage show team

Tomorrow we have a meeting scheduled re our upcoming show at the Teatro Montecasino with Hazel Feldman and her team, as well as by London-based director, Paul Warwick Griffin (He has also directed Jesus Christ Superstar, High School Musical in SA and China, Chess, Cats World Tour,and Evita) We'll keep you posted on developments.
It's been a long rainy easter week-end in Joburg, and the countdown to the FIFA world cup continues. This means that the countdown to our stage show ticks by as rapidly. I think we are down to about 60 something days!
Meanwhile Ed has been been tasked with organising the musical score for the Spud Movie hanging so he's been hanging out with the legendary John Cleese.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Beautiful Creatures facebook fan page

We have finally launched our new facebook fan page for Beautiful Creatures. Its a work in progress... and  we promise to post all sorts of interesting things about the inner workings of Beautiful Creatures. 
Please join us at the following link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beautiful-Creatures/291270061158?ref=ts

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Great Expectations on ETV

I spent the morning as a guest on the parenting program Great Expectations at ETV with my daughter Sophie. The program was about creativity in children and it will air on the 26th of April @ 11:30. Sophie showed off her art, and I was the proud parent. We discussed a couple of issues relating to nurturing creativity in early childhood. One of the other guests Nicky Bush, co-author of 'Future proof your children' made some really interesting observations about how when our children grow up, up to 60% of the jobs that they may do have yet to be 'invented' She added that the best way to prepare your children for the future is to nurture their creatvie ability to that they will be able to adapt to our rapidly world. The conclusion of all this was that we should of course encourage our children and give them all the the support that they need to enhance their natural talent. This might not be art, music or dance, but by allowing them to be creative and explore both left and right brain activity, they will be better equipped as adults to solve problems in a creative way. So you will see that I have made todays entry a little more creative than usual with a couple of splashes of colour, just to prove that I was listening!


Al