Category: The Year of the Child

Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus chronicles his journey of raising a non-traditional family (with husband Orrin) as it relates to the non-traditional family in Falsettos (Apr 23 – May 12, 2013). Check back every week to see how he balances raising a company and raising two new born twins.

The Year of The Child – The Final Countdown

 Just a few days left of Falsettos and I have survived my first major foray juggling being a parent and a producer. It wasn’t easy though.

In the past, everyone in my life knew that production time was going to be intense. I have to work long hours and give up all of my evenings and weekends to be at the theatre. But this year, for the first time, there were two little people who didn’t necessarily understand that. More

The Year of The Child – The world will know

Every Tuesday at Falsettos we have “Choose Your Own Adventure Post-show Chats.” A new initiative at Acting Up Stage this year, it gives audiences the choice of three discussions with field experts. Last week, I was moderating a chat on “Growing Up With Gay Parents”.

One of the attendees grew up with two moms and was telling us her story of how difficult it was to have gay parents, while growing up in suburbia in the late 90s. It sounds like the fact that her mom was a lesbian really played a major role in her socialization during her adolescence. More

The Year of The Child – Making a Home

We’ve got a real treat for you today. Our friends at Bunch  have been making a mini-documentary about the Marcus-Wolpert family, and we’re delighted to premiere it here! Have a look below and let us know how your journey has compared to this incredible one. More

The Year of The Child – I Was a One Once, But Now I’m a We!

Today was one of those days when you realize that you have become a parent and your world is far more disgusting than it was 10 months ago. 

We are dealing with a major case of diaper rash. Both kids have had particularly active stomachs over the last few days and – though we are constantly changing them – they have sat in wet diapers for just long enough to develop pretty nasty rashes. It got to the point where they were screaming during each wiping because their skin was so raw.

We tried different creams and nothing seemed to work…. Diaper rash creams, medicated creams – no success.

Then today, a pediatrician gave me the strangest advice – take an egg, separate the egg white and the yolk, and pour the egg white on their little bums.

Apparently egg whites create a natural barrier between their bottoms and the diaper, helping to keep the skin dry even when the diaper is wet. Who knew!

After pouring egg onto my child’s bum, I was feeding the kids dinner. For this particular meal, I decided on yogurt, green beans and melon. Yummy!

My son was particularly hungry, devouring everything in sight. After finishing his food pretty quickly, I decided to top him up on the yogurt which he also devoured. After finishing feeding them, I got up and went to the sink to wash their dishes. When I went to take my son out of the high chair, I noticed that all of his pants and the entire seat of the high chair was covered in something that looked like vomit. Nothing seemed to be the matter. No tears. No nauseous look. No confusion. What the heck was it?

I still don’t know the answer. But when I went back to the fridge, I noticed that we have two yogurts. One that is good until the end of the month, and one that expired 10 days ago. While I am almost 100% sure that I served the kids yogurt from the ‘good’ container, I not sure which one I gave him his top-up from.

GROSS! Someone call children’s aid!

After smearing egg whites on a baby’s butt and cleaning what is probably vomit off of various surfaces after poising my child, I realized – I AM A PARENT! Nothing makes you feel more parental than doing things that previously would have made you gag. And, to top it all off, I’m now sharing the story with the world. Nothing says ‘I’m a parent’ like regaling all of your friends with stories of poop and vomit. What a special club to be a member of!

The Year of The Child – Children and Art

Life sometimes really imitates art. We are deep in rehearsal for Falsettos (which begins in two weeks on April 21. If you haven’t got your tickets yet I would get them fast … it is going to be FANTASTIC!). Two of our amazing performers live in Stratford, Ontario with their families – Stephen Patterson (who plays Marvin) and Glynis Ranney (who plays Trina). Both of them brought me this extraordinary book to look at, written by a woman who lives in Stratford – Alison Wearing.

Alison is also a performer, and she has a book coming out on May 7 called Confessions of a Fairy Daughter. Low and behold, it could have been called – Falsettos, The true story. More