Why I’ve Been a Bit MIA

23 Mar


Gee, I’ve missed you.

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent for a little bit (or maybe not πŸ˜‰ ).


“So why were you gone Erik?”Β  you ask. Well, maybe you didn’t, but I am going to tell you anyway.

I was not around here because I was super busy with our High School’sΒ  production of The Wizard of Oz!

Music and reading are two of my passions in life and I was fortunate enough to land a role in our musical production.

I was……



You can’t see me here I’m still behind my big Oz head – isn’t it awesome?

Of course I also got to be Professor Marvel. My mom made the sign on my Marvel cart.


So this production was kind of huge for our little school. My high school is small, we don’t have a lot of money and we struggle to make productions like this.

Thankfully we have awesome parents, teachers and community members that all pitch in. This year we really out-did ourselves.

The sets were spectacular!


Here you can see me when Dorothy looks “at the man behind the curtain.” πŸ™‚

Of course all the cast members were awesome. We have some very talented singers at my school (thankfully I had no singing parts to subject the audience to).

We had a huge cast. We even had a bunch of grade-schoolers to play the Munchkins.



One of the things we were able to do is to actually lift me up in the balloon at the end to the play.Β  I went up like 20 feet – up to where you couldn’t see the balloon’s basket any more. It was both awesome and terrifying at the same time.

Our Wicked Witch was stupendous! She event shot flames out of her broom (learned a little about stage pyrotechnics!).




All of our shows were well-attended but on Sunday (typically our “slow” day), we sold out! I think word got around how good the show was. It is the first time in over 10 years one of our shows sold out. We actually had to turn away about 100 people. It was a real boost for our drama club.


If you get a chance to supportΒ  an arts program at your local schools, please do. It means a lot to us and we appreciate it. School budgets cut the arts and the teachers struggle to keep giving us these opportunities.

And with that, I take a bow and say I will resume my regular book blog! πŸ˜‰

58 Responses to “Why I’ve Been a Bit MIA”

  1. Catherine Johnson March 23, 2017 at 8:33 am #

    Wow, Erik! That’s fantastic! The set is amazing! I can’t wait to watch a local production of Wizard of Oz.


  2. Trisha March 23, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    How awesome everything looks so great what a wonderful time for everyone. Kudos to all. Bravo


  3. The Story Reading Ape March 23, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    WOW – Well done to you and everyone else who took part on stage and behind the scenes Erik (BTW that scenery is A.W.E.S.O.M.E…) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


  4. rnewman504 March 23, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    How fun! I’m sure you were great as Oz.


  5. Pat Brisson March 23, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and all those great photos, Erik. It looked like a wonderful production. Congratulations!


  6. Darlene March 23, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    What Fun! The sets are amazing. I love local school plays and often attend. Wizard of Oz is one of my favourites. You were well cast, I would say. Welcome Back!!


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you! I think the entire casting in the theatre production was very well done, but I also received compliments (?) that I did great as Oz because I am actually like that in real life. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Angela Brown March 23, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    That is wonderful that you got to be Oz the Great and Powerful (Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain lol!!!)

    Looks like you all had an awesome show and the sets look amazing!! Glad you had a great attendance for the show.


  8. Brenda March 23, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    The sets look wonderful and such fun to be in your school play, congratulations! As always, look forward to seeing what books you’re reading and reviewing.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Brenda! It was a fun play, but I’m glad to be back too! πŸ™‚


  9. itsybitsymom March 23, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Contragulatons! Looks like it was a great show – glad you all had fun!!


  10. Alan Tucker March 23, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    What fun! I did a lot of theater in high school and college. It was a tremendous experience and I’m glad you were able to be a part of such an amazing production. πŸ™‚


  11. Lynn A. Davidson March 23, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    Erik, I sure wish I’d been able to see this; I know you – and the whole cast – did a fantastic performance. How sad for the 100 people who had to be turned away. The set is amazing! And your mom did a great job on your sign. I think I also would have worried a little seeing you going up in that balloon, but what a wonderful visual effect.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you! It was real fun to put on, but it would’ve been even better if you were able to see it! πŸ™‚


  12. Michelle Isenhoff March 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    You guys did an awesome job on your sets. The big landscape was amazing. And kudos to your mom!! I love high school productions. Wish I could have been there!


  13. jama March 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    Bravo Bravo!! This is TOO cool! Looks like a fabulous production and I do love the sets and costumes. πŸ™‚ Great job!


  14. cschwanke2013 March 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    Well done, sir! Wish I could have been there.


  15. Joanne R. Fritz March 23, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

    Congratulations, Erik! That’s impressive. I’m sure you gave a magical performance.


  16. Genevieve Petrillo March 23, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    Congratulations! What a super fun reason to be MIA, E. You look amazing as The Wizard, and the show looks incredible. I think it was brilliant to use little kids for the munchkins. I think a certain little blogging doggie would’ve made an excellent Toto, but I must’ve missed the call….

    Love and licks,


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank you Cupcake! Sadly, they didn’t need a dancing Toto, or even have the money to pay a star as brilliant as you (let alone fly you in). Because a dog like you deserves to be paid in 6-figure numbers. πŸ™‚

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  17. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews March 24, 2017 at 3:11 am #

    Congrats Eric, I mean OZ! The pictures are awesome and if any indication, your plays must have raised the roof. You are just entering your busy life, kiddo, but I think we all miss you when you aren’t around. You look terrific as OZ. Did the large OZ mask’s mouth open when you spoke? It looks like it could have. Now that is one really BIG HEAD! πŸ˜†


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Morris! πŸ™‚ The production was fun, and the huge head was awesome! Sadly, the mouth didn’t move, but I got to operate the fog machine and lights! πŸ˜€


  18. Jemima Pett March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am #

    Great photos! You look like you had a great time.


  19. S.W.Lothian | Author March 24, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    Great job, Erik. Looks brilliant! Congrats to you and the whole cast.


  20. Kit Hain Grindstaff March 24, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    Nice one, Erik! Great sets!


  21. David Eveleigh March 24, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Oh wow! Congratulations Erik. This must have been so exciting for you.


  22. Patricia Tilton March 24, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    Wow! I love your involved in the Wizard of Oz. Great pictures to share of the delightful settings and cast. Like you I had a huge passion for musical theater as a teen and into my early adult years. Music and the arts are so important.


  23. Joanna March 24, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    What a blast. Participating in musicals was one of the highlights of high school for me. And you landed an awesome role. Go you. I think I saw some pics on FB. We did miss you but such a worthy reason for your absence.


  24. julie rowan zoch March 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    I would have loved to have seen this! Congratulations!!!


  25. Erika Weibel (mum mum) March 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    DearErik, I’m sooooooo sorry it didn’t work out for us. 😩’, just from the photos I m sure it was fabulous. The sets were amazing a nd your sign( Ginny , made..great…******β­οΈπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸ½β­οΈπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜πŸ˜˜β€ΌοΈπŸ™‹πŸ»what a fine experience!BRAVO,!πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›β­•οΈβ­•οΈβŒ

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi Mum Mum! πŸ™‚ I’m really sorry you couldn’t make it, but there is always next year! Miss you guys though! Maybe you guys can come up during the summer or something? πŸ˜€


  26. Jilanne Hoffmann March 26, 2017 at 2:18 am #

    Wow, Erik! This looks like a fabulous production! Well done to students, parents, and school staff. I have been missing from the blogosphere, too, but for different reasons. I’m trying to focus on finding someone who will want to publish my picture books. And that takes more time than I currently have. Hope to be around more often sometime down the road. Cheers!


  27. LRWLee March 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    Well done, Erik! I’m sure this will be a production you’ll be telling stories about for the rest of your life!


  28. Pragmatic Mom March 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    What an awesome experience! Congrats!


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