Car Crash Dummies on Stage

September 25, 2011

It is only six days till the moment when lights will go up on me and partner Anne-Louise, as we start our show A Sterry Sterry Night. Although we both are experienced at being in front of people and holding their attention for a while, this performance has another feeling about it. Say you are in a car traveling at highway speed in the fast lane. Two solid lines of trucks and other large vehicles are traveling in parallel with you at the same speed. Your are trapped. One of those announcement boards comes into view with the information that a brick wall has been placed across the highway less than a half mile further. Everyone slows down to a crawl. But not you. For you have chosen this moment to discover that your vehicle has no brakes whatsoever and a nasty impact is a few seconds away. This may be typical in show business, but it does not make it any easier to tolerate. It is a combination of wondering if we have the material knocked and will anyone show up to listen to it anyway. We shall see, and so can you if you come to Hipbone Studio on East Burnside this Saturday @ 7.30 PM or Sunday @ 2.30 PM.

Here is the text of the press release we are pushing around to promote our show coming up in a few weeks. If you are in Portland on Oct 1 or 2 and have nothing worthwhile to do, this show could be just the thing. And if you have the inclination spread the word.

“Italian exuberance meets British understatement and sangfroid in a Cabaret Show of
thought provoking, tear jerking, belly laughing storytelling and music with the
husband and wife team of Anne-Louise and Bob Sterry at Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside, Portland, OR,
October 1st at 7.30 PM and October 2nd at 2.30 PM. $15 at the door.

Can there be a more challenging entertainment style than a husband and wife team?
Anne-Louise and Bob Sterry have been entertaining people separately in their own
shows in their own styles, and are just now daring to blend both their styles
and risk an even more successful outcome.

Bob and Anne-Louise in A STERRY STERRY NIGHT! may not directly remind the audience of
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bogie and Bacall or
even Stiller and Meara, but they  won’t mind ‘indirect’ comparisons. But,
when Anne-Louise’s zany alter ego Aunt Lena takes the stage, as special guest,
audiences will be reminded of a unique New Jersey Italian blend of Carol
Burnett, Lily Tomlin and Dame Edna Everidge.

Anne-Louise Sterry, originally from New Jersey, is a well-known local Speaker,
Singer-Songwriter, Author and Storyteller providing keynote addresses and
consulting to businesses and organizations everywhere. Whether as herself or
her notorious alter ego Aunt Lena, she has an extraordinary power to connect
with audiences.

Bob Sterry is a local poet, singer, humorist, even actor. Originally from another hop growing, beer drinking area, The
Weald of Kent in England, and a refugee from twenty five years of high tech marketing.”

My eldest son has just become a cyclocross writer. I am so happy about this. Check out this LINK. My youngest son is showing some signs of the disease too. Could there be a dynasty forming here?