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Parents! Summer “NO’s” got you down?! Nag no more! “The Wonder Women of Manners”, Eddy & Kit Mannerhausen, are here to save the day! Treat the fabulous kids in your life to “OH BEHAVE! with The Mannerhausens” at The National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Fest, Saturday, August 10th at 11am. It’s not be missed! The best part is, it’s as easy as 1,2…FREE!
Direct from New York City, a new family musical, “OH BEHAVE! with The Mannerhausens”, is making waves by creating “Ambassadors of Kindness”. Zany British sisters, Eddy and Kit Mannerhausen, teach manners, social etiquette and kindness in a one-of-a-kind hilarious way! It’s like having Mary Poppins and Mrs. Doubtfire all rolled into one! In this day and age, Eddy and Kit feel everyone can use “a reminder to be kinder”.
Co-creator and star, Jamestown native Leah Gerstel, is over the moon with excitement and pride to be returning home to perform at the NCC’s 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Fest! A fun fact: Leah wore an original Lucy costume and had the honor of performing for Lucy Arnaz as part of the rededication of The Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown in 1991. Leah credits her experiences performing with The Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, their Jr. Guilders and her talented and supportive family with the inspiration to pursue a career in the arts. Her entire family has a deep connection to the Jamestown theater community: her late mother, MaryJane Gerstel, created brilliant original choreography for The Lucille Ball Little Theater, LBLTJ Jr. Guilders, and Jamestown High School, and her aunt and uncle, Irene and Bob Terreberry continue to write, direct and perform in the area. This gift of a rich arts foundation and a strong moral compass led to teaching and creating the production company, The Drama Ladies. Their distinctive brand of “entertrainment” mixes cutting edge behavioral techniques with theater and allows them to “hide the peas in the applesauce”, making learning so outrageously fun, it sticks! The company searches for ways to create community connection, by encouraging people to “take a look around you, see what people need,” thereby creating a positive, lasting impact on a global scale.
The Drama Ladies duo, Leah Gerstel and Megan MacKenzie Lawrence, became fast friends while performing in Point Park University productions in Pittsburgh. They shared a creative brain and zany sense of humor which allowed them to work amazingly well together. Years later, they found themselves honing their unique teaching style at numerous renowned NYC institutions. After a decade of shaping young minds through drama and ”entertrainment”, they started to notice a shift in behavior- “social climate change” was becoming a real issue in the classroom, the city and the world. They found themselves living in a world claiming to be “connected” through technology and social media, but in reality, possibly more disconnected than ever before. The Mannerhausens were born of a need to address this lack of social awareness, manners and kindness they were witnessing on a shockingly large scale. Their goal is for kids to acquire a set of tools to be able to navigate everyday social scenarios at a young age, setting them up for a lifetime of success: kinder kids, kinder world.
Since introducing OH BEHAVE! With The Mannerhausens to a wider audience, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. As kids absorb, retain and pass along the messaging, kindness is catching on! Grownups are thrilled that topics that are sometimes hard to address with their kids are presented in a manner that encourages open dialog, topics such as: diversity, bullying, empathy, emotions, gratitude and healthy technology use. The show is an interactive 60 minutes, with sing-along songs that allow Eddy and Kit to prove that “Learning manners can be fun and manners are for everyone!” Perfect for ages 5-10 and guaranteed fun for the whole family! For more show info and music to sing along to, visit themannerhausens.com.