We’ve been humming (and craving) “Popcorn” since Saturday and according to the reviews, we aren’t the only ones (looking at you Emerald City Kids). Last weekend, we kicked off the first (and second) show in our rip-roaring good fun series, In Tents with Recess Monkey. The show was not only a smashing success, it was sold out!
Here is just a taste of some of the juicy reviews:
“In Tents, the new show for kids at Teatro ZinZanni, is irresistibly good fun, thanks to the trio Recess Monkey and acrobat Saffi Watson, among others.”
“The music was accompanied by fun performances from some of the Teatro ZinZanni performers and included some seriously impressive contortions, a performing “bear”, some great juggling (my son’s favorite part!), dancing and more!”
You can catch a glimpse of some of this monkey business tomorrow morning on Q13 Fox Morning News. Don’t miss your chance to rock out with Recess Monkey and some of their friends. The concert series continues throughout the summer: Saturday 5/12, Saturday 5/19, Saturday 6/2, Saturday 6/23, Sunday 6/24, Saturday 7/14, and ends Sunday 7/15.
Jack from Recess Monkey and Oscar (his son and champion phone commander) dropped by the tent to plan out an upcoming series, In Tents.
What, you don’t know of In Tents?
Allow us to explain (and if you know about it, feel free to skip down to the photos below; Oscar looks wicked cute). A few weeks ago, kindiependent band Recess Monkey recorded a live jam session for their new album right here in the tent. A side note: Seeing them live was like an IV drip of sugar, in music form. Between the catchy/witty songs and the astoundingly energetic musicians, it was impossible not to bounce around in the kiddie mosh pit.
Oh yes, we said kiddie mosh pit. Don’t worry, the kids are all fine!
After Recess Monkey completed the live recording, they worked their magic and presto: In Tents was born (we may have just glossed over an incredible amount of work). The album will be featured in a series of kid-friendly, rock-tastic shows beginning in May on select Saturdays and Sundays through July. Boogie down with the whole family at this circus spectacular that features performers from Teatro ZinZanni‘s renowned dinner shows, as well as Seattle circus stars of tomorrow. Arrive early for pre-show activities and snacks!
Santa’s sleigh touched down at Teatro ZinZanni to wish the staff happy holidays, pose for some photos, and to check out what was happening in the tent. He was excited about upcoming, kid-friendly Big Top Rock series! Apparently Santa’s elves have been overrun making massive amounts of kindiependent c.d.s for boys and girls (they are all on our wishlist so we are culpable for tired elves, eek). Santa also beefed up our boutique with fantastical toys for kids and adults too. While he refused to try out the trapeze, he agreed to pose for some great photos.
Yesterday,under a cloak of secrecy and shadows (only not really as the house lights were on and it was scheduled), a rehearsal took place under the big top. Recess Monkey and The Not-Its! dropped in to run through their upcoming shows, two of four in our BIG TOP ROCK!!!!!!! series. We are so excited about the shows, we can only speak of them using a disgusting amount of exclamation points.
The count down has begun! Just over two weeks until Recess Monkey takes over the tent for another installation of our wildly popular kiddie concert series, Big Top Rock. Friday afternoon, the Kindiependent artists dropped in to hang out (we couldn’t resist) and attend a planning meeting for a potential 2012 partnership. Being avid fans, we snuck in a snapped some photos:
(L to R): Korum Bishcoff (Senior Graphic Designer), Jack Forman (Recess Monkey), Daron Henry (Recess Monkey), Andrew Holloway (Recess Monkey), and Reenie Duff (Associate Artistic Director)
To help spread the word, Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew), performer in two of the upcoming shows and all around good guy, dropped in for an interview with another Big Top Rock star, Bear. When Bear isn’t performing in our kiddie-riffic shows, he likes to kick back with a warm cup of honey and chat with performers on his Bear-bra Walters style talk show Bear Chat.
The actual video will be released next week, so stay tuned. In the interim, get your fill with this behind the scenes footage: