After teaching creative writing in the CPS system, BOM’s ensemble of actors, comedians, musicians and playwrights selects and adapts some of the thousands of stories generated by children for stage presentation. The result has been an audience favorite—a show that is “safe” for all ages, yet very much appreciated by an adult audience. “That’s Weird, Grandma” changes each week according to audience votes (switching one to three sketches each performance), and each show runs about one hour. The show started in April 2001, and has produced over 500 stories and musical numbers.
As a model for education through applied creativity, the youth programming developed here is groundbreaking still. Experiencing the youths’ stories as told by this inspired ensemble is the yummy dessert for the rest of us. With a post-show conversation with the creators.