It felt great to be back at our old stomping ground, The Ronald McDonald House on East 73rd Street, last Monday evening.
When we arrived, ArtWorks was already hard at work on the 9th floor doing crafts with the kids, and we were setting up all on our own…with the exception of one little trooper who quickly became the cast’s mascot, playfully interrupting when called upon to identify the craziest cast member (I think it was a toss up between Noah and Lindsay…or maybe Lindsay won the title.)
We had a few honored guests in the audience, including Emily’s amazing mom Lise, who came all the way from the Philadelphia area to see us, The Kids Are All Right author Liz Welch, and Elephant company member Cheri Haller, who’s performed in our previous two tours.
There were about 30 kids in the audience, and, as always, kids say the darndest things. (I’ll be the first to admit it – I love it when they do.) My favorite from Monday night was when Lindsay asks, in attempt to reinforce the biological and behavioral differences between a honey bee and a bumble bee: “What’s the difference between these bees?” And one spunky little girl answered: “The bumble bee drives a motorcycle!”
There was lots of extra-enthusiastic buzzing, and one very small girl who loved her ArtWorks colored bee so much she held it in the air like a proud salute the whole time.
We had many little wanna-be thespians make their way into the action, too, which always manages to keep the actors on their toes.
We thank Fordham Murdy and the good folks at The Ronald McDonald House for having us yet again – we sure do love it there.
Next stop – Hackensack, New Jersey!