Thursday, October 31, 2019

'Feed Your Head' with butter instead at Sparkle Theatricals in St. Paul

Cast of Feed Your Head, captured by Chris McDuffie photography

I didn’t know what to expect from Feed your Head at Sparkle Theatricals but I knew the play would have something to do with butter and lots of it. Don’t let the isolated building by the side of the road intimidate you. This is a shared space with Uptop Films, a video production space in St. Paul, and this is Sparkle Theatricals’ sixth-consecutive show.  It's written by J.J. Kaiser and directed by CJ Renner. Immersive in nature, this production will have you moving and following actors. It's inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Tea Party.

 Steve Paul Carlson(above) caputured by Chris McDuffie Photography
This funny show is the writer and director's whimsical take on the modern workplace. It starts with an HR type orientation, led by Bunny, (Clara Kennedy) the guide, instructing guests to undertake the impossible feat of lining and sorting themselves according to size and alphabetical name.

After you're all lined up, the fun really starts after a short video, when you're led into a factory setting for a very, dairy hands-on experience. As cheesy as this may sound the set is very convincing and will probably remind you of field trips taken as a kid. You’ll even walk away with a souvenir picture in a form of text or email.

After the tour of the factory, shuffle to another room where you'll find overly enthusiastic Best Butter employees; Hatter (Dominic Rodgers), Harry (Christine Pietz), and Mousey (Ella Dierberger) building butter sculptures, and typing anxiously on old school typewriters while poking fun at you, the new employees. But it's all in good fun. 

Next, sleight of hand master, Steve Paul Carlson is masterful in his role as "the accountant".  He'll have you laughing with his accountancy puns and explanations in buttery financial forecasts all while dazzling you with sleight of hand tricks like the false shuffle, or the disappearing coin act.  Steve Paul Carlson has been performing for nearly 40 years and if there is anyone who can make accounting funny it is he.

There is one final experience in this buttery tour where you'll have a chance to taste the butter of Best Butter Company on fine toasted bread.

Come immerse yourself in this tospy turvy production of the Best Butter Company, you'll be happy you did.

The Show runs October 31st thru November 2nd, three times nightly (6:30), (8:00), and (9:30) for more info and to buy tickets click here

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