On February 15th, Mark Granlund read three stories and played two videos, Kelly Jo Roth played three songs, Dustin Haug played one song, Thea Ennen played two songs, Dave Peterson played three songs and Nate Lindstrom played two videos. It all worked together into a fun, entertaining and thoughtful performance about relationships, love and woe at Dreamland Arts.
The show opened with Dustin and Kelly Jo performing a Josh Ritter song on guitar and ukelele. Mark then worked with the audience on creating the sound effects for the first story: Bartholomew and the Cabana Fire. People were acting like cats and fire engines and making the crackle of fire. Someone even made the sound of underwear glowing in the light of a fire. Not something that happens everyday.
After the first story, Thea and Dave performed one of Thea's relationship songs and then the following video was shown:
Many thanks to Hamline University and their students for partaking in this video.
The second story, What Will Be Will Be, is a story about Claire and Ned's relationship which is a little rocky. Actually, it is a story about a fight. Oh, we know that scene, don't we?
That was followed again by the lovely Thea and Dave with a wonderful song that included some excellent guitar playing by Dave. Which was then followed by this next video:
Many thanks to the elder residents of the Hamline-Midway neighborhood.
The third story, Someone to Call Home, is, in my mind, a love song from Topping to Charlotte. Topping loses his job, but life is great because he knows he is loved.
Kelly Jo finished with a song she wrote, a simple and beautiful song about bodies. Then, everyone, sang Elvis' Can't Help Falling in Love, ate some chocolate covered strawberries (thanks for the help Nina), and answered some Bartholomew Asks... questions as we filtered out the door and into a night full of love.
A big thanks to everyone for a fun and entertaining night of many kinds of love. I will let you know when the next show. Video for this show will soon be available for viewing.