Warning: this post is Rated PG13
As you know, Jordan turned 21 on December 23. I always dreamed of taking him to New Orleans for his 21st birthday....but I failed to make the necessary financial planning to make that happen.
I wanted to do something he'd remember the rest of his life. Unlike 29, you only turn 21 once. What would be memorable for a 21 year-old in Central Ohio in December? Hmmm. Then it hit me...Shadowbox Live!
Shadowbox Live is a non-profit performance troupe that self-produces a wide range of shows. Basically, they are a group of phenomenally talented men and women who produce Saturday Night Live-like shows. There is an intermingling of musical performances and comedic sketches. This isn't community theater, this is a professional show that is remarkably entertaining. Even more fun, is that the cast and crew are also your waiters and waitresses.
I went to a performance many years ago with a group of ladies and had a wonderful time. It was settled, Shadowbox Live it is! I purchased the tickets online. On the form, it asks if you are celebrating anything special. Of course, I put 21st birthday.
A couple days later, I received a call from Mary (who is the sweetest lady). She is the special occasion coordinator for Shadowbox Live. She provided me with a list of optional add-ons for our celebration. The options varied in price and I ended up ordering him a shot glass since it was his 21st birthday and he could legally drink.
The pricier option was a singing telegram by a "celebrity". Because it was just before Christmas and I wasn't sure what my cash-flow was going to be, I told Mary I'd get back to her after payday and after I was finished Christmas shopping.
Meanwhile, I talked to one of my co-workers who is a mere 25 years old. He said you have to do the singing telegram because when I was there, someone got a singing telegram from Cher...in drag. It was hysterical.
Two days later, I called Mary and asked her what the options were. She said they had Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Tom Jones, and Cher...in drag.
Jordan and Ashlee didn't know where we were going until the day of his birthday AND they had no clue about the singing telegram.
We were lucky enough to be seated directly in front of the stage, though there really is no bad seat in the place that I could see.
So, here we go....for my son's 21st birthday, he got a table-side singing telegram from...drumroll please.....
It was hilarious! We laughed so hard. The actor, I think his name is Jamie, was awesome and did a phenomenal job. The singing telegram package includes the photos seen here, which is great because that way I was able to relax and enjoy every moment, and 2 tickets for a future show.
Jordan's reaction? I think the look on his face speaks for itself, but here is what he said on Facebook:
Should I be worried that my birthday is this month? Hahaha.
Shadowbox Live is located in the Easton area of Columbus. They also have a troupe in Newport, Kentucky. If you are looking for something fun and different to do, take the plunge..you'll be glad you did.
Thanks so much to Mary for all her help and the entire group at Shadowbox Live for a remarkable evening of entertainment and celebration.
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!