Young Frankenstein makes its debut February 28 as the 500th stage production at the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy. This endearingly, captivating musical performance, pays homage to the classic Mel Brooks film.
Warning: This is not a production that I would personally bring my kiddos to in order to broaden their theatre horizons. With some fairly overt adult content (although much of it is intermingled with catchy musical numbers and dancing and could easily be overlooked), this show is probably best for a night out with the pals, or a date night (complete with a sophisticated dinner menu). Continue reading
review by Sarah Long
I may be dating myself here, but I have very fond memories of watching Anne of Green Gables on TV growing up. There was just something about the simpler time and that theatrical, poetic young girl that I loved and related to. I took my 15-year old and 7-year old daughters to the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy performance (running February 14 – 23).
I think is says a lot when such a varied age group equally and enthusiastically enjoys a performance. The creative set design (there were even some surprise special effects!) and the inspired costume design made the voyage back to Green Gables an easy one.
I also appreciated that the characters were cast flawlessly. Anne especially gave an effortless performance. For anyone looking for an entertaining evening that the whole family can enjoy, go catch one of the amazing performances.
For more information visit the TCTA website at www.topekacivictheatre.com
story by Nicole Huckins | photos courtesy of MOMS Club of Topeka
SAHMs (stay-at-home moms) know the deal – the days are busy, the chores are many, and the laundry never ends. SAHM’s, however, quickly learn how critical it is to connect with other mothers outside the home, receive support and initiate valuable playtime for their kids.
This is exactly what MOMS Club of Topeka aims to do for SAHMs. MOMS Club (or MOMS Offering Moms Support) was the creation of a SAHM mom in California 30 years ago, and has since grown to 2,000+ chapters. Continue reading
by Jeff Tigchelaar
It’s a rare moment. I’m outside with the kids and it’s dark, and we’re at the lake and it’s quiet and still, the world is still and so are we, believe it or don’t, and Charlotte of all people seems to be enjoying this moment, not just despite the stillness but because of it, so much so that she calls for quiet, for complete silence, orders me and Sam and herself not to say a word, not to make a sound and somehow, for a blessed moment, we comply, we sit still and simply take in the scene, the sight, the site, the darkness, the all-but-full moon reflecting on the lake, the resting white pelicans, the water lapping the stony shore… Continue reading
story by Cale Herreman
A school in southeast Topeka has just started a new after-school program for promoting health awareness. Ross Elementary fourth through sixth graders can join the HOLD Program (Healthy Options, Losing childhood obesity & Diabetes) for activity and learning about fitness and food. Continue reading
by Leah Sewell | photos contributed
In September of 2012, in a Topeka hospital, a father witnessed the birth of his first son and wept openly as he felt a sudden connection to the continuum of human life on earth.
Omer, father to twin boys Daniel and Benjamin, remembers the moment that his firstborn, Daniel, entered the world, and his voice cracks as even today he struggles to convey his emotional reaction: “Suddenly you see a little creature, a little human being coming … I was crying, I was more than crying. I was weeping like a little girl! I felt so connected suddenly to humanity, to the reason why we are here – to have continuity. That is our purpose here. If there is no continuation, then what is the point?”
It’s not every father who weeps uncontrollably in the delivery room when his first child is born. But Omer’s experience of the birth of his sons is not typical. Omer and his spouse, Felipe, witnessed the births of Daniel and Benjamin after two years of grueling preparation, research, travel and emotional upheaval. A typical couple might try for a baby, conceive and, over the next nine months, ready the environment for the arrival of their child and the beginning of the newest chapter of their lives. For Omer and Felipe, things were radically different. The decision to expand their family through the surrogacy process wasn’t arrived at lightly. Continue reading