Feb 242015
 

Teen Brain: The Musical - The Moms Journal - Dallas Children's Theater

Review of Teen Brain: The Musical, Presented by Dallas Children’s Theater

by Mina Frannea

Teen Brain: The Musical, written by award winning playwright Linda Daugherty, follows a group of high school students who portray the everyday struggles that adolescents go through with school, family, friends and relationships as well as their emotional responses to a variety of situations like peer pressure and alcohol and drugs.

Teen Brain the Musical - Dallas Children's Theater - ZiggyThe show creatively incorporates the latest in neuroscience to educate the audience about how the teenage brain develops. This is done in a fun way as part of an interactive class report that Ziggy (Jacob Segoviano) puts together. Segoviano does a great monologue explaining his research, complete with a brain hat and an Albert Einstein like accent – wonderfully done! An interesting fact we learn is that the frontal lobes of a teen brain are not fully developed which is why teens are known to act on impulse. Their brains process things so fast that consequences of choices may not be factored in. Reasoning and decision making based on forethought apparently don’t come into play until about the mid 20′s. Continue reading »

Feb 012015
 

Marvel Universe Live - Finale - Cast

Review of Marvel Universe Live!

by Mina Frannea

Superheroes and super villains duking it out and trying to one up each other’s prowess, cool motor cycle stunts, pyrotechnics and lots of special lighting effects – Marvel Universe Live! is a comic book come to life on stage.

The show opens in grand style with a montage of each character on the big screen, building excitement and setting the tone for coming attractions.  We learn that Loki is on a quest to clone the Cosmic Cube, the ultimate and highly coveted tesseract that would allow him to alter reality and control matter and energy. Spider-Man and the Avengers devise a plan to thwart Loki and the adventures begin. Continue reading »

Jan 272015
 

Max Dean, Actor - Loki - Marvel Universe Live

An epic battle between good and evil will play out at the American Airlines Center this weekend in Marvel Universe Live!

by Mina Frannea

Even if you didn’t grow up reading Marvel comics and aren’t familiar with the various superhero legends, Feld Entertainment has put together a larger-than-life production with digitally mapped virtual reality sets, pyrotechnics and live action stunts performed by world class athletes, martial arts professionals and aerialists.

Marvel Universe Live - Max Dean, ActorOne of the characters integral to the story line is Loki, step brother to the mighty Thor of Asgard, who wants to destroy Earth and obliterate the universe. Los Angeles based actor Max Dean, who plays Loki, looks forward to swooping in via a wormhole and causing the mischief and mayhem his super villain character is known for, as he implements his plan for world domination.

I had the pleasure of Skyping with Max recently and learned that in addition to being a film, television and stage actor, he plays the guitar, composes his own music, and does stand up comedy. Dean composed the original score for the short film Royal American, which won an award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Max is also an avid athlete and a professional skateboarder who is quite comfortable performing spectacular feats. He’s also into surfing, swimming, mountain biking and long distance running, just to name a few. Continue reading »

Jan 262015
 

Classroom Valentine parties are coming up soon. I think my twins would enjoy making homemade Valentines for their school friends this year. Since we’ll need about 40 of them, I searched for projects that won’t take a lot of time to make. I found some great ideas for fun and easy crafts that would be perfect as homemade Valentines and they look like they’d be fairly inexpensive to make too.

Inch Worm Bookmark

This cute inch worm bookmark I found at ActivityVillage.co.uk is would be perfect as a classroom Valentine. The colors and/or shapes can be changed to make bookmarks that both girls and boys would like.

Love Bug

This adorable love bug that I also found at ActivityVillage.co.uk  is a fabulous homemade Valentine for BFF’s or classmates. Again, changes can be made to colors and shapes to make this gift appealing to both girls and boys.

 

Tissue Paper Flower

A sweet bouquet of these tissue paper flowers would be treasured by your child’s teacher and, of course, by mom or grandma too! Check out how to make these easy flowers at Kaboose.com.

 

Tissue Paper Flowers - Easy Kids Craft

 

Hershey Valentine Gnomes

Turn regular Hershey Kisses into cute little gnomes with googly eyes. You can label the bottom of each gnome as shown in the photo. This adorable little Hershey Kiss gnome from FamilylFun.go.com is a fantastic homemade Valentine for classroom parties!Hershey Kiss Gnome - Homemade ValentinesHomemade Valentines don’t need to take a whole lot of time to make. This is also a great way to spend quality time with your kids!

Jan 262015
 

SkippyJon Jones - Dallas Children's Theater

SkippyJon Jones at Dallas Children’s Theater January 23-February 23, 2015

SkippyJon Jones  is a celebration of the unbridled imagination of the very young as seen through the eyes of a Siamese kitten who longs to lead the life of the swashbuckling Chihuahua Skippito Friskito! While raucous and full of infectious humor, the story also demonstrates a child’s ability and need to explore all aspects of their identity.  When faced with loneliness and self-doubt, the determined young Skippyjon retreats to his toy-strewn closet to find adventure and become a hero. Peppered with joyous wordplay and colorful language, this will be an invigorating exploration of the imagination. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 

Marvel Universe Live!

Marvel Universe Live! is Coming to American Airlines Center

January 30th through February 1st, 2015

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. Continue reading »

Jan 022015
 

Lone Star Circus - Oh La La! - TheMomsJournal

Review of Oh La La! Presented by Lone Star Circus

by Mina Frannea

Lone Star Circus infuses this year’s exciting circus spectacular Oh La La! with a chic western flair, a great ensemble of music and a talented cast of internationally renowned entertainers.

When Fanny Kerwich, creative director and founder of Lone Star Circus puts together a show, it’s important to her to create a memorable, vibrant and fun cirque experience that everyone can enjoy. Not surprisingly, Lone Star Circus’ annual productions, which celebrate and usher in the New Year in great style, have developed a huge fan following that grows every year. What most folks may not know is that the show literally comes together in about 2 – 3 days. Quite impressive considering the caliber of the performances. Each act is performed by experienced circus professionals who mesmerize the audience with their brilliant skill in the circus arts.

Unique to this year’s production, directed by Kerwich and Dimitri Bogatirev, is a western theme that brings with it a sense of good old fashioned Texas pride. Serenading the crowd in between introducing acts, show host Gary Lynn Floyd has a relaxed, southern manner about him and does a great job bringing a cohesive flow to the production. Continue reading »