Yesterday we participated in a StoryMob. What’s that you ask?
“StoryMobs are where great kids’ books meet flash mobs with a dash of Mardi Gras thrown in. A story mob is inspired by an exceptional children’s book and allows for participation in a variety of ways. These may include costumes & props, copies of the book, simple choreography, musical instruments and vocal parts.”
I learned of it through our love of Fancy Pants Kids, whose Mompreneur Gretel Meyer Odell is one of the organizers of the StoryMobs in Toronto. We were eager to participate and lucky the timing worked out for us so we could enjoy this family friendly theatre-esque event in Toronto.
Yesterday‘s book was Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman, which was a great choice due to all the dressing up that the characters in the book do, along with the refrain: “Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!”.
I really wish I could have gotten video of the experience itself, but when you’re in the middle of it, as a reader (of two lines I was :-D) and costume changer of the kids, I wasn’t able too. Hopefully down the road a video will be released of it from some of the many other participants so you can see what it is like in true flash mob style. The passers-by who were walking the closed down Queen St for the Beaches Jazz Festival seemed to enjoy the street theatre they happened upon.
Thanks to children’s book store Ella Minnow for being a back-drop and anchor for the event.
If you’re keen to try this out yourself, they will be organizing two more this summer here in Toronto. And yeah, why not start your own local one where ever you might be?
Update: More photos on the ‘official flickr‘, and Stephanie Mclellan’s blog (you have to go fullscreen to see them all) and facebook (if you can handle the gif formated images).