Sunday, February 19, 2012

Liebster Blog Award - Spreading the Love

During the month of February, I have had the honor of receiving two Liebster Blog awards!

My gratitude goes to fellow 12 X 12 in 2012 participant Beth Stilborn at and author Sarah Frances Hardy at Thank you Beth and Sarah!

“Liebster is a German word, meaning dearest or beloved, but it can also mean favorite. The idea behind the Liebster Blog Award is that it is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in order to create new connections and bring attention to these wonderful blogs!”

The requirements are simple: Add the award to your blog (simply save the logo above to your desktop, then add it to your blog). Thank the giver with a link back to them. Pass the award along to five other bloggers, and let them know they’ve been given an award by leaving a comment on their blog. Hope that your followers will spread the love to the blogs you’ve spotlighted.

Here are five random things about me:

1. The first thing I remember writing was choreography to Swan Lake. Then I would perform my dance for my family. My mom loved it. My brothers didn't.

2. I'm ambidextrous. I think it's a result of trying to please my teacher who kept trying to get me to switch to writing with my right hand and staying true to myself.

3. I love theatre. I just finished performing the 44th show of the musical that I adapted of Anna Dewdney's  book, LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA.

4. I have 2 Schnoodles. I can't imagine life without animals. Especially these two:

Snickers and Sadie
5. Humor is as important as food to me.

And now the best part of any blog award — giving it to someone else! Please visit these bloggers, and if you like what you see on their blogs, click to follow!

1. Dana Carey

2. Laura Purdie Salas

3. Lisa Bullard

4. Renee LaTulippe

5. Jennifer Bertman

Friday, February 3, 2012

Anna Dewdney's Visit

Anna Dewdney & Jennifer Kirkeby
Stages Theatre Company had the pleasure of a visit from Anna Dewdney, the very popular author and illustrator of LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA. The cast was very excited to meet her! She saw our musical adaptation twice and signed her book for many thrilled audience members.

Anna talking to the cast prior to the show
Baby Llamas in their bedrooms
Mama Llamas
Artistic Director Sandy Boren-Barret, Playwright and Mama Llama, Jennifer Kirkeby
Author and Illustrator of LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA, Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney and the Cast of LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA at Stages Theatre Company
Since we opened on January 13th, we have been averaging ten shows a week. By the time we close on February 12th, approximately 22,000 people will have seen this show. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this fun production. It is particularly rewarding to hear parents thank us for bringing their child's favorite book to life. I love to talk to kids about books when we greet them in our receiving line after the show. Thanks for the visit, Anna, and we look forward to reading more LLAMA books!


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