Thursday, September 3, 2009

An Interview with Deborah Weed

Could you tell us more about the interactive, original musical that you are putting together for children and their families?

Yes! Since my background includes creating and producing theatrical experiences for both
children and adults, I have learned something very important. If you want someone to really
remember something and make learning FUN, then put your words to music.

Have you ever created and produced a children’s musical before?

Yes! I created and produced The Sticky Bun Bandits. It was a riot. The music included everything from rock-n-roll, pop, and reggae, to hip hop.

What was The Sticky Bun Bandits about?

It helped children understand the what solutions are through my main characters: Wickelsnaker, a grandpa; his grandchildren, Sarah and Drew, and a multi-colored zebra called Jammin. I branded them “Solution’s Tour Guides.” Their first adventure was to help Big Ant find out where the greedy Sticky Bun Bandits were hiding all of the sugar, yeast and dough in Sweetland.

Where were the shows performed?

The cast performed at Malls; festivals; schools; parties, etc. I built it into a show that had a
tremendous demand.

Are you still doing the production?

No, right when I was at the top of the game, I experienced a health challenge that derailed my
career.

What have you learned from that experience?

Great question. I learned that success is not what I thought it was. Success to me, is being happy moment to moment. If I am having fun doing what I am doing, that is enough.

How will The Luckiest Penny be different?

Before, I wanted to prove what I was capable of. I did that. This time around, I want to share my wisdom and expertise with others so that they can shine!

Is there anything else that you would like to share with my readers?

Yes! Never, ever give up! We always hear these words and it can sound like platitudes. However,if you’ve lived a “Chutes and Ladders” type of life like I have, then you can say it from a different place--a place where it is not an exchange of words but an exchange of energy from the heart!

5 comments:

Vivian Zabel said...

Hi, Deborah. I'm so glad to learn more about you. As a drama teacher for many years, I've read many play scripts and directed too many plays to remember.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for children's books and authors, as Crys can tell you.

Katie Hines said...

I've never heard of a children's musical in publishing and don't quite understand. Did you publish this as a musical, or is it a picture book that has a music cd with it?

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hey, Deborah,

Ah, those sneaky little twists and turns of life.

You know the saying...when one door closes...get a crow bar (oh, no, that's not it...)

And, I so agree with putting words to music for a better means of remembering, especially for children.

Karen

Deborah Weed said...

Vivian, that is wonderful! Then you know the feeling of watching a story come to life! That is a good soft spot to have because children are our future! (Hopefully my book will touch adults too--especially since they have the gift of experience.

Katie, the other show was an all original interactive theatrical production. I wanted to do books, but it was precisely then when my life shifted! The Luckiest Penny has the book first and then the production.

Karen, LOL! That was a good one!

Crystalee, thank you again for hosting me! :-)

Liana said...

I loved that interview, so many things to learn about.
Good work Crystalee and Deb!
Liana