Marjorie is helping Cleveland-based Sing and Swing, LLC to promote its new Kids Yoga classes. Free demos are this coming week on both the East and West sides of Cleveland.
Marjorie was interviewed by the suburban Cleveland paper the Sun Messenger about the July release of the book she edited, “Emmaisms,” available here at amazon.com. Marjorie’s daughter Emma was quoted for over two years and the quotes were compiled into a humorous, thought-provoking book. The article, from Thursday’s Sun Messenger newspaper, just went live today and can be seen at http://www.cleveland.com/lyndhurst-south-euclid/index.ssf/2012/10/south_euclid_mother_gathers_he.html.
A snippet of the article, by Jeff Piorkowski:
Emma Preston’s way with wordplay, sometimes whimsical, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes humorous, caught the attention of her mother’s friends on Facebook. Marjorie Preston began when her daughter wasn’t quite 2 years old, including Emma’s sayings in her Facebook posts under the heading, “The Truth According to Emma.”
“I started to see that my friends were more interested to read what Emma had to say than what I was saying,” Preston said.
“She makes up words with a comical tone. Like, she calls brown bananas ‘rusty bananas.’ Instead of saying ‘selfish’ she said she is ‘friendish.’ She’s just different.”
Marjorie’s joke was chosen as Joke of the Week in the How To Be A Working Comic & Humorous Speaker newsletter published by Dave Schwensen!
Dave is the author of How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider’s Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy, and Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works. His credits include Talent Coordinator for the television show A&E’s An Evening At The Improv, the Hollywood and New York City Improv Comedy Clubs, and Assistant to Improv founder Budd Friedman.
Dave currently manages the Cleveland Improv comedy club. Marjorie used to do standup in the mid-90s, and she took Dave’s full standup comedy writing workshop once and went back a couple other times to work with him and his class on some new material from time to time. Dave’s advice helped her hone her material.
The newsletter can be found at this link.
Marjorie and two of the other three Angry Ladies of Improv made it up to Detroit this weekend for several days of workshops and shows at the Detroit Improv Festival. What a blast! The Ladies learned a lot and are ready to bring their knowledge to the Cleveland Improv Jam, now at Mahall’s on Madison in Lakewood, every Tuesday at 8.
Marjorie was recently interviewed by the Sun Messenger, one of the Sun Newspapers’ suburban-area papers, about “Emmaisms!” Reporter Jeff Piorkowski is working on an article that he hopes will be in the Sun Messenger soon, and live on www.cleveland.com also.
Marjorie was just informed by the Sun Newspapers that after seven years of publishing her reviews, they would no longer publish any freelance theater reviews — for the forseeable future. Unless and until that changes, Marjorie has decided to blog at www.marjoriepreston.com, providing her loyal readers over the years a place to see her reviews. This will keep up until fall or December at the latest, at which time, Marjorie hopes to have caught the eye of a local paper willing to snap up her reviews at reasonable rates, or leaving her time to pursue other weekend and weeknight interests such as parenting writing or actual parenting (ha!).
Come see Marjorie’s reviews here at marjoriepreston.com — and readers of Marjorie’s reviews will also find them at www.clevelandtheaterreviews.com.
Hillary Melchiors, one of my friends from the States who has since chosen to live overseas, has written a lovely, funky little piece about “Emmaisms” called “Midwestern Berliners” that you can read by clicking here.
Emma Preston, Ohio preschooler, has been saying interesting things since she was a toddler. Lucky for us, her mom, Marjorie, has been writing them all down.
Wife, mother, writer and comedic improviser Marjorie Preston wrote down her daughter Emma’s quotes from the age of 1 1/2 to 3 ½ for the new ebook “Emmaisms.” Emma has coined the terms “rusty bananas,” “friendish” and “Strawbears,” among others. One night at bedtime, it’s “Mommy go? No. Stay here, I love you so” and the next it’s “Go to sleep mama, ‘cuz you’re singing too much.” From the opinionated to the scatological to the bizarre, sometimes making up her own songs and poems, Emma keeps us all wondering what she’ll say next.
Originally sent one at a time to friends of Marjorie’s on Facebook, these “Emmaisms” are now available to the public for the first time, accompanied by a few pictures of Miss Preston and friends, and a little of her artwork (which, Emma points out, makes her the illustrator, as well). “Emmaisms” is great gift for parents and grandparents, sure to warm your heart.
Four-year-old Emma Preston’s first ebook, Emmaisms:Wit and Wisdom of a Twenty-first Century Three-Year-Old is now available from Delabarre Publishing on Amazon.com for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. You can also just download it onto your desktop or laptop computer in a few clicks. The Amazon.com link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MWGLPG and the link for Kobo.com is http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Emmaisms/book-5DdGzJTVFEevnB0LPlzzPA/page1.html?s=W_uB6NiF60ql8XGi0uCZBg&r=1.
Says Miss Preston of “Emmaisms,” “I’m excited;” I want to read it.” The ebook sells for $2.99, and any proceeds to the Preston family will go directly into Miss Preston’s college fund.
Marjorie reviewed Mercury Summer Stock’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” and it is here.
Marjorie reviewed “Little Women” at Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. The review is up here.