An Interview with Sarah Wolfe from Kinky Boots (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as Playhouse Square‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger department this year, I take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The fifth show in the 2014-2015 series is Kinky Boots

Visit the Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Sarah Wolfe, the tour’s Makeup Supervisor/Hair Stylist.

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Kinky Boots is in Cleveland April 7 – 19 at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the Playhouse Square website.

Also, check out Sarah’s own website at makeupandmayhem.com where she shares her life, travels and designs.

All my gratitude again to the Playhouse Square team for this fantastic opportunity to serve as a Playhouse Square blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up: Cinderella…

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GIVEAWAY: 21st annual Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party

Spring has sprung, and like clockwork, it’s time to celebrate the best of Cleveland food at an event that is near and dear to my heart: the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party.

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Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio, this 21st annual event is not one to be missed. It’s been bumped up a few weeks into the month of April, so take note that you get to enjoy all the food and beverage you can enjoy a bit earlier in 2015!

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event:

  • Date/Time: Wednesday April 29, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. (VIP runs until 10pm!)
  • NEW Location: Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle (10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio)
  • The food: Guests will sample delicious signature dishes from 35 plus of Northeast Ohio’s best restaurants and several international wineries including Lola’s Bistro, Edwins, Chinato, Pier W, Ginko, Hofbrauhaus Cleveland, B Spot, Red, The Steakhouse, Melt Bar and Grilled and more!
  • For very important people: The event also includes an exclusive VIP Lounge featuring Adega, Trentina and food pairings from Willoughby Brewing Co. and signature cocktails from Brown Forman and Billy’s Martini Bar!
  • Additional features: includes silent auction and raffles, and the opportunity to ride the historical, newly refurbished Euclid Beach carousel.
  • Why? Event proceeds support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research improving the lives of the nearly 1.3 million people of all ages with arthritis in Northeast Ohio.

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Photo by Orville McEachron Photography

Purchase your tickets now at the event website — use the following promo codes to save:

  • Save $15 off General Admission tickets by using the code “PIPBLOG2015GA” – get your ticket for just $85!
  • Save $25 off VIP tickets by using the code “PIPBLOG2015GA” – get your ticket for just $125!

Feeling lucky, you say? Enter to win two general admission tickets here on the blog — enter at the Rafflecopter:

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The fine print: You have until THIS SUNDAY, April 5th at 11:59PM to enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget. A winner will be announced the next morning, probably on the Poise in Parma Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Friday 4/29/15. 

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Photo by Orville McEachron Photography. Get a glimpse into last year’s festivities by visiting his Facebook photo album.

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Disclosure: In return for offering this giveaway for two general admission tickets to the event, I will receive two VIP passes to attend this year’s Silver Spoon Awards Party. As a former employee of the Arthritis Foundation and now volunteer, it’s a joy to continue to support the organization. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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that time we time traveled (a PlayhouseSquare Jump Back Ball 24 event recap)

I had high hopes for myself in planning our attendance for this year’s PlayhouseSquare‘s Jump Back Ball. With our previous years’ visits in 2011, 2013 and 2014, I knew my over-scheduled life usually leads to last-minute planning tendencies. As much as I reminded myself that “Jump Back Ball is coming”, unfortunately my time management skills were tested again… so much so, it even felt like we were the ones time traveling — quite fitting for this year’s theme, Back To The Future. How the day flew by…

2:30PM Starting my day at the yoga studio, I finish leading my sankalpa workshop — by going a half an hour over… this should have been my first indicator of how the day would go. Clean up, wrap up and am on my way home…

4:00PM At the gym, I’ve got one last attempt to get those Michelle Obama arms to round out my  new Ralph Lauren dress, picked out by Hans and purchased in the past 72 hours.

5:30PM After one last errand to TJMaxx to buy a handbag, it’s time to curler it up. (These are my mom’s — she received them as a wedding shower present in 1980.)

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6:30PM Hair done and fully dressed, we jump in our car and head on north towards downtown… with one quick stop.

6:40PM Drive-by my mom’s to borrow a pair of dangly earrings — and let her take a photo of us similar to one that she used to take before our high school dances. She’s the cutest! 

7:10PM We arrive at PlayhouseSquare, find our way to the State Theatre and meet our friends up on the stage.

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We then head right over to the buffet tables featuring the delicious offerings from Driftwood Restaurant Group. From their signature cornbread, I loved all the options like trout, chicken ala king, cornbread, whipped potatoes and broccoli. I could have gone for seconds, but I knew they’d had treats later on in the evening to enjoy.

7:40PM Time to take a moment for a formal picture before things got going. This threw one of us for a loop.

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8:00PM As the snacks are one of Hans’ favorite parts of Jump Back Ball, we stop for Pretzel Check Number One. Won’t be ready for awhile — come back later we were kindly told. We wander around a bit and head back to the stage.

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9:00PM Pretzel Check Number Two — still not ready. Come back at 10PM. To the bar we go… We run into a little bit of everyone — one of Hans’ coworkers, CLE blogger and social media users, many of the hard-working staff members of PlayhouseSquare that I’ve gotten to know over the years… plus complete strangers that become fast friends. I adore this part of events like this — getting to catch up, to chat and to connect again.

9:57PM It’s a well documented fact that we’re suckers for a photo booth:

10:05PM PRETZEL TIME for Hans! Driftwood dessert table time for me! #MiniCheescakesFTW

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I might have grabbed a tater tot or two as well…

10:15PM I borrowed someone’s hover board and met up with Doc Brown and the rest of our friends in the State Theatre lobby for the last night dance party — and selfie session. #sorrynotsorry

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We danced. We sang. We laughed. The late night dance party is always our favorite part of JBB.

11:40PM Hans and I meander back into the State Theatre for a bit more photo fun.

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On the left: At the clock tower. On the right: you can take the yogi out of the yoga studio…

12:00PM With big smiles and sore feet, it was time to jump in our DeLorean and head home for the night, but not without one last moment soaking it all in.

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LONG STORY SHORT: Great Scott, did we have a great time enjoying ourselves at this year’s fundraiser! Congrats to all the PlayhouseSquare Partners, the volunteers who worked so hard to create a fun night for Clevelanders to enjoy. Thanks again to the entire team at the non-profit — I love working with them on so many projects and being able to support an organization that has provided so many memories over the years.

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Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSquare to serve as an official blogger for the 2015 Jump Back Ball event and to help promote the event and related happenings. In exchange for sharing  information and purchasing one event ticket, I received one complimentary ticket to the event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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