CenterStage’s West Side Story

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose and we went to see West Side Story by CenterStage at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. It is an amazing play and it is based on Romeo and Juliet. It also happens to be a musical.

Here’s the plot of the beginning of the play. On the West Side of New York in the 1950’s there are two gangs – the Sharks and the Jets. They hate each other because the Jets feel like the Sharks are trying to take over their territory and the Sharks feel like they are picked on for who they are by the Jets. After the two gangs get in a street fight, Officer Krupke breaks it up and they all run off. It’s war between the two gangs! Tony, a Jet who is trying to get out of the gang, meets Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks, and they fall in love. The Jets challenge the Sharks to a fight under the highway and the Sharks agree. What will happen in the fight that must be stopped? How will Maria’s and Tony’s love play out? Find out in West side Story.

Our first favorite character is Maria, played by Kate Welsh, because she is so willing to let Tony, played by Andrew Newton, into her life even though he is a Jet. She is also an amazing singer and dancer. Our other favorite character is Riff, played by Mitch Donahue, because he is a creative character who leads the Jets. He never lets go of what he believes in for the Jets but he also listens to Tony to try to keep things under control.

Our first favorite scene is a back alley scene with the Officer Krupke song. It is cool to see what the gangs think about themselves and how Officer Krupke is mistreating them. Our other favorite scene is when they have the dance. The song is called Dance at the Gym. We like how they are all having a good time but as the dance goes on the gangs are still competing with each other. The scene is really well done and beautiful. It was also cool to see Anxious, played by Tyler Rosenblatt, try to break up the fights.

West Side Story plays through August 7th and then the summer season finishes August 10th-14th with Shakespeare in Dance by the Louisville Ballet. Remember that this is also a Louisville Cultural Pass event and the pass ends August 6th.

Turtle and Moose

Globe Players’ As You Like It

Hello! I went to see the Globe Players’ As You Like It at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. It was a really good play and I enjoyed it a lot.

The play opens with Duke Senior being banished by his brother Duke Fredrick. Senior escapes to the Forest of Arden, while his daughter Rosalind stays at the court with her cousin Celia. Orlando tries to leave his unfair brother Oliver by trying to get his share of the fortune. Orlando and Rosalind meet and fall in love. Duke Fredrick banishes Rosalind. Rosalind (disguised as a boy named Ganymede), Celia (disguised as Aliena – sister of Ganymede), and Touchstone the fool leave to find Rosalind’s father in the Forest of Arden.

When they get to Arden they discover that someone has been posting love poems on trees and it turns out to be Orlando. Orlando meets Ganymede and Ganymede makes him act like he is Rosalind to cure his love for her. But for the other characters there is also love. A shepherd named Silvius loves Phoebe who is, in turn, in love with Ganymede. Celia falls in love with Aliena (that’s coincidental) and even Touchstone falls in love with Audrey. Soon Ganymede tries to fix up everything. He asks Phoebe if she will marry Silvius. Phoebe agrees so on the wedding day Ganymede reveals that she is Rosalind. She marries Orlando, Touchstone marries Audrey, Oliver marries Celia and Phoebe marries Silvius and all live happily ever after.

My favorite costume was Charles because he wore red and black shoulder pads with spikes. He also had a manager and an entourage. A really cool thing was all the singing and music. There were electric guitars, guitars, cello, and a banjo. There was also a really amazing dance scene at the end that was really well choreographed. My favorite character was Touchstone because he was funny and like everyone else was also in love. My favorite scene was the Charles wrestling scene because it was in fun to see Charles and Orlando.

Remember that Kentucky Shakespeare is on the Louisville Cultural Pass which is over this coming Saturday. There are two more shows in the park this summer – West Side Story and Shakespeare in Dance.

Moose

The Louisville WaterWorks Museum

I went somewhere and learned about water awarded the best in the country in 2008 and 2013 and it still tastes amazing today. It’s the Louisville WaterWorks Museum. It is all about the super cool history behind Louisville’s water.

First I did a scavenger hunt reading the text on the signs to learn the history behind Louisville Tap. There was also a great activity were there were 6 vials of water. I had to determine if a vial was purified tap water or if it was water straight from the Ohio River based on what was in it. Louisville started to pump water in 1854 and they first used steam to power the machines and then changed to electricity. Louisville was the first place in the world to combine a tunnel and a collector well system as well as riverbed filtration as source of drinking water. There are also a couple of fire hydrants on display that are large so they can pump more water. I think that because it is twice as big, dogs will like it twice as much.

Next there was a tour of the waterworks both new and old. I liked the old water tower – a super tall tower with a simple standpipe that was used to even out the pressure of the pumped water. There is a ladder that goes all the way up to the top and statues of Roman gods on the outside. All of the statues are made out of zinc except for one that is made out of concrete because when a tornado hit the tower in the 1970’s it smashed one of the statues. The biggest piece that remains is the right leg which is displayed in the museum.

After that I went to the newer pump houses that used to run on steam. They worked like a seesaw pulling in water and then pushing it out. The water went to the reservoir and then was distributed to Louisville. It took more than 20 people to run each steam engine. It is much different now. It uses electricity so it is a completely different machine with no people and much smaller. It is loud and there are lots of pipes in view. Next on the tour was a bridge to the intake building in the Ohio River. I learned about how the Louisville Waterworks dealt with floods and the consequences.

Finally is the water itself. Either from an outdoor water fountain or a cooler in the museum it is amazing. It is the best tasting anywhere in the nation.

This was an amazing place and I hope you can come see it. It is a stop on the Louisville Cultural Pass which ends August 6th.

 

Turtle

 

Louisville Nature Center

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose and we’re back to show you an amazing naturetastic adventure. It’s fun and you can experience nature again and again. It’s the Louisville Nature Center!

First, there was a scavenger hunt. We had to find something in nature that starts with each letter of the alphabet. There were 2 main trails to go on. Make sure to take plenty of water on the hike. The trails had some of the items for the scavenger hunt and the Nature Center’s library had the rest. There was also a bird blind in which to go birdwatching. The birds were really pretty and there was a squirrel just hanging out among the birds. There was also a garden walk with lots of flowers and ponds.

This was a cool place to go. We hope you can come see it. Remember that this is part of the Cultural Pass, if you go to at least 8 places you can be entered in a drawing for cool prizes. The Cultural Pass ends on August 6th.

Turtle and Moose

The Muhammad Ali Center

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose again and we’d like to share an amazing place on the Louisville Cultural Pass. It’s the Muhammad Ali Center. It was an awesome space and had lots of fun and cool info.

Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky January 17, 1942 and was named Cassius Clay when he was born. He lived in segregated times and didn’t like it. He wanted show other people that segregation is bad and at the age of 12 was determined to win the heavyweight boxing championship. Little did he know that he would win three! In his career he only lost five times and was a torchbearer in the 1996 Olympics. After he won the heavyweight title the first time, he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He devoted his life to peace and when he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he refused to enlist and was stripped of his heavyweight title. He was convicted of draft evasion and wasn’t allowed to box anymore. He eventually had the conviction overturned by the Supreme Court and was allowed to fight again. After he retired, he spent his life going from country to country helping people. He developed serious Parkinson’s disease in 1981. He died June 3, 2016.

One of the coolest things of the Muhammad Ali Center is the ride up the escalator because it is the 2nd tallest in Kentucky. It also had many words for welcome in lots of different languages. There was an introduction movie about Muhammad Ali and his life which was very moving and inspiring. The next area talked about how he also helped a lot in the Civil Rights movement because he wasn’t afraid to speak out in public. He was one of the main contributors to the movement and drew many pieces depicting the terrible things that happened to African-Americans.

Another room had lots of screens where you could watch fights from Muhammad Ali’s career like Ali against George Foreman or Sonny Liston. Another cool thing was the fighting center. There were 4 items in that area. They had a speed bag that you punch in tune with beats, a punching bag that bounces to you when you punch it, a shadow area where you copy the moves of The Greatest, and a boxing ring where you learn boxing moves.

This was a really fun place to be in and explore and we hope you can come see it. Remember that this is on the Cultural Pass. If you go to 8 places on the pass you get to be entered for many different prizes.

 

Moose and Turtle

Kentucky Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Hi, this is Turtle and Moose, two gentlemen of Louisville, here to tell you about Kentucky Shakespeare’s play The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This version of the play is set in 1919 at the end of WWI. There are lots of fun musical numbers in this performance that make it feel more alive. It all starts in Verona when Valentine (played by Zachary Burrell) leaves for Milan while Proteus (played by Jon Patrick O’Brien) stays in Verona to woo Julia (played by Maggie Lou Rader). Neither know of each other’s love until a love letter from Proteus says otherwise. When Proteus gets the response, his father sends him to the Duke and Valentine meets him. Proteus finds out about the love between Silvia (played by Arielle Leverett) and Valentine. But he secretly likes Silvia too, so he tells the Duke that Valentine likes Silvia so Valentine is banished from Milan. Valentine soon meets a group of outlaws (played by Bryon Coolie, Neil Robertson, and Braden McCampbell) and becomes their leader. We know that this is a comedy, so somebody’s going to get married. Who will it be…?

Crab, played by Hope, is a very special part of the performance. She is a therapy dog and is breaking the boundaries of cute. Our favorite characters are Launce (played by Gregory Maupin) and Speed (played by Abagail Bailey Maupin). They are servants of the gentlemen of Verona. They are good friends just like their bosses and they have the best costumes of any of the male characters. We like how they sing duets together just like we do. One of our favorite scenes is the outcast/wilderness scene when Valentine finds a group of outlaws. It is amusing how Valentine started scared of them but ends up as their leader when he tells them he had killed a man (lies!). Our other favorite scene is the first scene which is a musical. We like how it sets the stage for the rest of the play and shows how colorful life is in Verona. It has a person riding a bike across the stage which we think is funny. It is also our first look at Crab the dog.

Remember that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival series is on the Cultural Pass and that you get a special prize for seeing each of the plays. It was an amazing play and we expect more amazing Shakespeare later this summer.

Thanks for reading,

Turtle and Moose

Chasing Ophelia

Hello! Last night we went to see Chasing Ophelia presented by The Bard’s Town Theatre as part of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. It was a very great play. It had references to a lot of others plays like Hamlet, Macbeth, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and the Pirates of Penzance. Our brother, Orangutan, knows many more references that are not Shakespearian.

One of our favorite characters is Ned Mark because he is funny. We especially liked it when a wall fell over because he tried to fix it. Another one of our favorite characters was Joseph because he was kind of a smart aleck but in the non-annoying way.

One of our favorite scenes was the Hamlet fight because it was funny what it turned into instead of a fight. Another one of our favorite scenes was the beginning scene because it was fun to see how Ned reacted to his new surroundings and how he dealt with Joseph.

Here is a summary of the beginning of the play. First, Ned Mark finds himself in an unusual place. He tries to find his purpose but cannot. Then he meets his girlfriend Joy and she runs off. Ned really wants to see her and goes after her despite Joseph’s warnings. Will Ned and Joy make it out alive? Will Joseph come to stop them? Will Ned and Joy find their true purpose? Find out by watching Chasing Ophelia.

This is a really cool play and we hope you see it. It is part of the Community Partners’ Week and the Kentucky Shakespeare Passport that if you complete you will get an amazing water bottle. It is also on the Louisville Cultural Pass. This play will be playing again tonight and The Two Lobbyists of Verona will be showing this Saturday and Sunday. The last day for the Cultural Pass is also today.

Turtle and Moose