Sorry for the lack of blog posts since launching my website. We just finished our busiest time of year at the museum...so things were madness. To say that the museum embraces the Holidays/Season is an understatement. Their Holiday-themed gallery "Jolly Days" opens mid November and it is full force until the first week of January. AIs (Actor Interpreters), like myself, spend a lot of time on the floor performing in Holiday programs or as a Jolly Days Character. You may be asking yourself "what the heck is a Jolly Days Character?!" Well think of them as the characters you see walking around Disney World...but with a Holiday/Winter theme...and also more interactive. The characters we had at the museum this year were; Jack Frost, Mrs. Claus, Zazzlez the Comedian Elf, Andy the North Pole Zoo Keeper, and the newest character to the bunch...Patty Cakes. I created the character of Patty Cakes. Patty is the official North Pole Chef. and is a good combo of Lucille Ball, Paula Dean, and Julia Child. She visited the Children's Museum to talk to families about their Holiday cooking traditions, and to gather recipe ideas to bring back to the North Pole. Unlike Jenny...Patty is a whiz in the kitchen, which is what led her to winning The Iron Chef: North Pole and being hired on as Santa's official chef. I had a blast playing Patty! Talk about a test in improve...not only did you have to stay in character and react to other's, but also administer successful interactions with families and kids.
The Jolly Days Characters were put into high gear this year! We had promo pics, a Twitter takeover day, trading cards, and an appearance on the local news. Please check out the pictures below!
"The Mistletoes," the museum's festive singing and dancing duo, also made an appearance. I was once again able to don my red sparkly dress for the role of "Belle Mistletoe." The program was similar to last year's, with some new additions to our repertoire. No Holiday show is complete without "Let it Go,"...so of course the Mistletoes had to get in on the action.
Overall, Jolly Days was a success. I love the work I do at the museum and the ability I have to play. I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season, and I promise to be better at keeping up with my blog. ....oh and I found out so very exciting news in October...I am not ready to announce it yet, but let's just say I have been presented with one of the biggest opportunities of my career...more to come soon! :)