Iron 13: The Minis

Project Start: May 30, 2017

Project Completion: June 25, 2017

Description: Work with a professional children's acting coach to create a skit that can be entered into the adults' Talent Show

June 25, 2017: Ok Annie, time to sing!

The day of performance came. As the kids arrived to the party and cocktail hour, they all seemed super nervous. Each one was introduced to Natalie, and the nerves were obvious. We began to wonder if this was a good idea at all, and whether the whole thing was going to be a flop. But that is when Natalie began to turn on her charm. The kids warmed up, dinner found its way into little bellies, and like the Pied Piper, Natalie took the kids inside (meanwhile, the parents started their irreverent spectacle outside). About 90 minutes later, out came Natalie with her loyal troupe. And they performed an improv for all of the adults. It was brilliant, and funny (really!) and it worked out better than we could have hoped. Bravo little kids! This picture shows how the life of an actor affected Steven's daughter Niven. So quiet....

June 7, 2017: A Trainer of Miniature Shakespeare's!

We put the word out that we needed someone who could do the following:

  • 1. Take a group of about 10 kids from ages 3-14
  • 2. Pull them away from their parents and take them inside during the party
  • 3. Spend 1-2 hours rehearsing with them
  • 4. Bring them back out to perform something for all the adults

Amazingly, we heard back from a very enthusiastic and confident Natalie Keezer from Salt Lake Acting Company. She offered a very reasonable rate, and is committed to coming to the party! Can't wait to see what she comes up with!

May 30, 2017: So...do we have to invite the kids?

Let's face it. Kids ruin fun adult parties, right? When people bring kids who aren't invited, we glare at them. When a baby screams in the middle of your movie or play, you swear that there must be a law against such aggression. And don't even get me started on airplanes...and all of this coming from an actual Dad of two brats (love you sweethearts!) For our Talent Show, we chose a Sunday event, and we know how hard it can be to find sitters etc. So since this is a year of saying "Yes" and thinking creatively, we considered: Why not collaborate with a professional who can do something fun with the kids and then they can be a part of the party too? Now to find someone with kid-wrangling talents!