Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dead Chicken Song...finally!

We finished this extraordinary song, and it only took us two years!

Listen to "Dead Chicken Song."

"Dead Chicken Song" is the touching tale about a boy who loses his pet chicken, created by Your Imaginary Friends and Maxed Out Puppetry.

Music by Stephen Gashler - Lyrics by Caitlin Shirts - Produced by Monte (Trance) Emerson - Vocals: Stephen and Teresa Gashler - Guitar: Curtis Wiederhold - Piano: Stephen Gashler - Bass and drums: Freddy Desposorio

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Summer Puppetry Workshop

What are your kids doing this summer? We’re now offering a fun and exciting children’s puppetry workshop, in which kids will learn from professional puppeteers (us!), make their own puppets, watch guest performers, create their own shows and perform in the park for friends and family. They’ll receive a professionally recorded DVD of their performances as well as awesome t-shirts.

The workshop, to be held at the home of Stephen and Teresa Gashler (457 W 730 S, Provo, UT 84601) is spread over two weeks of one hour classes and is open to all children. Admission is only $60.

June Workshop

  • Jun 22nd – Jul 3rd, MWF, 1:00 – 2:00
  • Jul 3rd, 7:00 PM: performance in the park (location TBA)

July Workshop

  • Jul 15th – Jul 26th, MWF, 1:00 – 2:00
  • Jul 26th, 7:00 PM: performance in the park (location TBA)

August Workshop

  • Aug 10th – Aug 21st, MWF, 1:00 – 2:00
  • Aug 21st, 7:00 PM: performance in the park (location TBA)

What could be more fun? Don’t miss this incredible opportunity! For more information or to sign up, call 801-494-3440 or email info@yourimaginaryfriends.net.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Beautiful Baby

We entered Miss Ariah in the Provo Freedom Festival Baby Contest. We spent all morning debating what to have her wear and how to do her hair. It was rather silly and Ariah was getting annoyed at us for playing dress up with her. We knew she would only have a chance if she was in a good mood, so we tried really hard to make sure of that. Since the judging was right during her usual nap time, we woke her up extra early, and then had her sleep until 9:00. Then, we fed and changed her immediately before judging.

She shone with the judges. She cooed, smiled, babbled, showed them her 2 tiny teeth, and was so cute and social. She even demonstrated how she roars after Steve roared to her. One of the judges commented on how cool it was that she made eye contact with them and smiled. She's so friendly... when she wants to be. Sometimes, she refuses to look at anyone.

When it was time for the awards ceremony, Ariah was getting pretty impatient with the events of the day. Finally, they announced the winners for girls 7-9 months. Our Ariah took 1st place!

She received a medal, a headband, gift certificates, coupons, 2 Granny B Cookies, a onesie, and popcorn. Oh, and we get to be in the 4th of July parade with her.

We've talked a lot about contests and pageants, especially baby pageants. It seems pretty silly to put a baby over another baby, but I think if everyone has the right attitude, it's overall just a fun, silly experience. Ariah could have lost easily if she were in the wrong mood. I had a look at all the babies I could see, and they were all beautiful. Steve was entered in a baby contest as a wee one, and did not win. So, we don't plan to make this a big deal. It's just a fun thing that happened. We don't believe our baby is a lot more special than all the other babies, she just was able to communicate her cuteness at the right place and time.

I do plan on entering all my kids into this, just for fun. I don't have ridiculous expectations. And I can't stand parents who try so hard to put their kids above everyone else's kids. But that's another rant for another day.

Victory never tasted so.... metallic.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Play Project and New Film Project

I submitted my first ever play, called The Boy Who Cried Woof, to New Play Project. It got selected! They are going to perform it starting July 30th. I'm way excited. For more information about that, click here

Steve has been working crazy on New Film Project's first movie: Johny Rock VS the Bees. To see more updates on what's going on with New Film Project, click here

Here is a fun little teaser he made: