Saturday, February 16, 2013

Berry Berry Best Friend!

We are late (as usual these days) in posting about our super fun day at the Strawberry Shortcake concert and super delicious, pink-infused per concert VIP party and the concert after! 

When we arrived at the Nokia Theater's upstairs lounge, the room was up-lit in pink, and we were treated to mini strawberry shortcake desserts, naturally, and pink chocolate chip cookies and lemonade. We had some time to sit on the very cushy and intimate round sofas with our friends before being whisked into the theater. 

Being Strawberry Shortcake's first live show, we were excited to see what would happen! We enjoyed the Doodlebops' opening act and hanging with our friends! A big THANKS to Hollywood Hot Moms for the invitation!

"Follow Your Berry Own Beat” Kicked off January 13th 
and Features Special Guest Stars The Doodlebops 

New York – November 27, 2012 – Everyone's berry best friend Strawberry Shortcake makes  her  North  American  theatrical  debut  next  year  in  Koba  Entertainment’s  all-new  musical  production,  Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat . The live show was written, choreographed and directed by Koba’s Artistic Director, and theater veteran, Patti Caplette. Randy Bachman (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) along with his daughter Lorelei Bachman co-wrote two brand new songs for Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat that are guaranteed to have families dancing in the aisles. Strawberry Shortcake, a favorite of little girls and moms alike for over 30 years, will be played onstage by Toronto native Amelia Sirianni.

The production also brings to life her best friends Orange Blossom, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Torte, Plum Pudding, and Cherry Jam and features original and fan favorite songs from the hit TV show, “Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures,” currently airing on The Hub network in the U.S. The musical adventure takes audiences to the whimsical land of Berry Bitty City where the whole town is buzzing with anticipation for the Glitzy Glaze Talent Show.

“Strawberry Shortcake has been a part of children’s lives for decades,” says Caplette. “This show is the first time families will be able to see the world’s most famous little girl live on stage.”

“We are excited to bring Strawberry Shortcake to life in an exciting new stage production that showcases her berry bubbly personality and musical talent while inspiring young girls to do big things,” said Lindsay Martinez, director of licensing and business development for American Greetings Properties, the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM), the global rights holder for the Strawberry Shortcake brand.

Before the girls of Berry Bitty City hit the stage, theatergoers will warm up their singing voices and stretch their dancing muscles with the touring cast of the Doodlebops.  Responding to calls from their legions of clamoring fans, Rooney, Moe and Dee Dee Doodle take to the stage in a live concert performance that will get the whole audience movin’ and groovin’. 

North American Tour Dates
February 19 – Guelph, ON – River Run Centre (6:30pm)
February 20 – London, ON – Centennial Hall (6:30pm)
February 21 – Windsor, ON - Chrysler Theatre (6:30pm)
February 22 – Chatham, ON - Chatham Capitol Theatre (6:30pm)
February 23 – Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place (1:00pm)
February 24 – Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre (1:00pm)
February 26 – Cornwall, ON - Aultsville Theatre (6:30pm)
February 27 – Ottawa, ON - Centrepointe Theatre (6:30pm)
February 28 – Peterborough, ON - Showplace Performance Theatre (6:30pm)
March 2 - Belleville, ON - Empire Theatre (1:00pm)
March 3 – Oshawa, ON - Regent Theatre (1:00pm)
March 9 – Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre (1:00pm)
March 10 – Westbury, NY - Theater at Westbury (1:00pm)
March 17 - Grand Rapids, MI - Devos Performance Hall (1:00pm)

Twilight Sparkle's Coronation!

I must admit I have never really watched My Little Pony. My daughter isn't particularly into it either, BUT, she IS very much into horses. So when we had the opportunity to attend The Hub TV Network “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” Coronation Concert for Twilight Sparkle, the newest My Little Pony, we decide to go. Joining us were two friends and their daughters, so it was a girls day. It was great fun! And thanks to OC Mom Blog for the tickets!

Everyone in the audience received a goody bag complete with princess supplies: a crown, wand, bubbles, sparkles confetti and a noisemaker. There were live performances by the by the USC a cappella group The SoCal VoCals, as well as celebrity guests and talent from the show, including:

·         Halle Berry with daughter Nahla Aubry and Olivier Martinez
·         Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan as our special event host
·         Special guest Olympic Gold Medalist Carmelita Jeter
·         Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (“Modern Family”)
·         Chloe Noelle (“True Blood”)
·         Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills 90210”)
·         The voice of Twilight Sparkle herself Tara Strong
·         Head writer and creator of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Meghan McCarthy
·         And the musical genius behind the show Daniel Ingram
·         Margaret Loesch, President and CEO of The Hub TV Network

We discovered  the characters: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rarity, and at intervals during the screening, we were instructed to blow bubbles, wave our wands and toss confetti. After the show we met Miss America, Mallory Hagan. She was very warm and hugged all the little girls and never lost her smile. I had expected to watch a cartoon and ended up having a really good time with my and my daughter's friends! Unfortunately our cable company does not offer HubTV, so we'll miss the official debut on TV. But our sneak peek and girls day was well worth it!