Thursday, September 17, 2020

Welcome to the Official Website of "The Muley and Friends Show!"

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Below, you can follow us in our updates and news; to the bottom right you can find a column of links of interest.  Hope you stick around with us for more fun that you can kick your hooves up to!
 
Special TV Presentation of "The Muley and Friends Show" titled "Millionaire Magazines" is coming to www.ACMEclassics.com channels Thanksgiving 2014 at 8:55 am and 4:25 pm.
CH 23.2 - Memphis
CH 34.1 - Senatobia
CH 15 - Comcast cable
CH 34 - Uverse

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Congo Cabaret: Hosted by Muley the Mule and Friends - Part 2: "History of the Muley-Verse"

Our last post led us into the beginnings of The Congo Cabaret with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show.

This post will take us through the "History of the Muley-verse" display that was in place to greet the guests of the Cabaret.


The whole display.  We featured the display in front of the Food Pantry so people could
be (hopefully) drawn over to see the Muley display, but also see the food in the background.
The hope was that people would see what they are supporting with their ticket purchase
to see "The Congo Cabaret."

Poster for "The Muley and Friends Show", a poster for the "SuperMule and the Cookie Caper" live
stage play.  The second play, "Muley's Talent(less) Revue" isn't displayed here.  SuperMule is
seen in the background.

"Spokesmule of the Century" certificate and an award given to Muley by the Ronald McDonald House.
A copy of Muley's Comix and Stories, the award Muley won performing "Soul-Mule" on the Carnival
Conquest.  An autographed photo of Muley, Kevin and Jeannie Schulz taken during the 2008 visit and
presentation to the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA.

Muley 1999, Muley 1990, Missy 1990, Buford 1985, Buford 1990.

Meeting another legend, Carrol Spinney and his wife, Debbie.  Fan-art sculptures, and the most
original drawing of Muley from January 1, 1980.

The process of a comic strip, and the bits and pieces of a puppet.
 The show program as created by Joel Chapman.


Not listed in the Musical Numbers are the secret presentations we performed:
"You're the One that I Want," Muley, Missy backed by Buford/Pascha and Roy Duck/Bernetta


Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Congo Cabaret: Hosted by Muley the Mule and Friends - Part 1: The Beginning

Although this show was live, it went off with very few hitches, namely the crew members that kept interrupting the show's host about an unexpected late-arrival to the program.  That's another story for another post.

This is a story about the behind the scenes of The Congo Cabaret: "That's Entertainment!"


On January 22, 2017, Muley the Mule and Friends helped host The Congo Cabaret, a two-hour dinner-and-a-show live program featuring many great talents before 100 guests and raising nearly $2500 for the food ministries of First Congregational Church which feeds lunch to nearly 400 people per week, helps supplement around 300+ families with food, offers a chance to shop for more supplemental food on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and a clothes closet on Tuesday and Thursday.  And this is weekly, folks!  Oh, and you can donate to the cause if you CLICK HERE.

In spring 2016, the idea for expanding one of our own shows, Muley's Talent(less) Revue, into a full-fledged two-hour talent program to support everything in the last paragraph was taking slow form in the shape of an outline, but it just wasn't right.  Things were amiss.  In August 2016, Joel Chapman gave a call that he wanted to produce a Cabaret and wanted Muley and Friends to host.  His notes were in line with ours, more or less, and we of course said: Yeah!

The talent came from within the church itself featuring many who have traveled and toured with their shows (including our fuzzy cast) and as they were all signing-up, with some surprises thrown in, it became clear that this was destined to be a fantastic night of entertainment unseen in those hallowed halls.

But, it all has to begin with planning to work out a show for 13 human performers, volunteers, chefs, and four willing critters which became a 31-page script for the hosts including two performances not listed and two performers that were our secrets.  Don't you want to know yet?  Keep on reading.

A meeting was held at the Congo Cafe in "The Hub" where the show would be performed to plot-out the lay of the land: stage, set, host-stand.  Producer Joel Chapman met with Kevin L. Williams and DaMarco Randle to discuss staging the production, and Joel's stage experience found him setting the lights and designing not only the stage, but also the title logo, poster, and program.  There would be a historical display of  the "Muley-verse."  The Art Department would be in charge of enlarging the "That's Entertainment" sign for the stage itself.  It was determined that the show itself would not be recorded or televised due to the content and that it was a live show, we didn't want photography other than one official individual doing such.

Joel Chapman and DaMarco Randle measure and plan the staging.
The script was underway, the performers were all getting rehearsed, and we met for the production meeting where we would learn the line-up of the acts and what Muley the Mule and Friends would be doing for the performers' intro's and outro's.

Producer Joel Chapman, Brennan Villines, Katy Musolino, David Winter, Chris Burgess,
Mark Allen & Cheryl Cornish, Jonathan Devin, Janet Wade, Sonia Walker.

All of the above, now visible: Martheus Wade, Julia Hicks, and DaMarco Randle.
A prophetic Fortune Cookie during this time period stated:


Then, came time for posters and ticket sales.  Our very sweet, very helpful Caroline Rubenstein was there to help make sure the ticket sales were taken care of.

Poster by Joel Chapman.

Poster by Joel Chapman
Don't you just love behind-the-scenes stuff?  And, of course, there was some advertising taking place:

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Published on Dec 5, 2016
Joel promises two hours of mirth and good cheer in the New Year from a Cabaret loaded with Memphis and MidSouth talent: something for all the family!

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Published on Dec 12, 2016
Kevin Williams' charming, winsome, and bold "Muley" announces the First Congo Cabaret, coming Sunday, January 22, 2017. Featuring Cheryl and Mark, Brennan Villines, Joel Chapman among a delightful, family show of talented and engaging entertainers. Dinner is included! Not to be missed, so be sure to mark your calendar and save the date for "That's Entertainment" Cabaret!
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It should be pointed out that tickets completely sold out on January 16, 2017, for this spectacular show!

And while all of this was taking place, preparations continued with show construction.  Here are some stage views during Tech Rehearsals on January 21, 2017!  We're one night until showtime!

DaMarco Randle and Joel Chapman adding some finishing touches.

Muley & Friends' stage in place, Chris Burgess on drums
and Brennan Villines on piano, Joel on lights.

The crew is in place for the Tech Rehearsals.

Tamar Love arrived and took up her bass to complete the house band.

More stage views:

View of the stage from the green room.

View of the green room from the stage.

The literal green room.

The performers' view of the stage.  You can see behind the scenes
of Muley the Mule and Friends here...


Look at all those scripts, and sound equipment supplied by Brad Alsobrook.

Another view behind the stage.  Hmmm...who's under those sheets napping?
The show's programs and tickets were printed and ready for the following night:



The script was completed and signed by all the cast that night.

In a U-shape, starting top-left: Joel Chapman, Sarah Dietsche, Sonia Walker,
Cheryl Cornish, Julia Hicks and Catherine Dixon, Martheus Antone Wade,
Janet Wade, DaMarco Randle, Mark Allen, Randall Rushing, Jonathan Devin,
Brennan Villines, Zarabeth Davis, Tamar Love.
So, now Tech Rehearsal is complete and everyone is ready for the show.  The first thing to greet the audience upon entry is, of course, the "History of the Muley-verse" display which we'll look at next along with the full program scans and list of cast and crew credits for the show!

After that: SHOWTIME!!



Photography by Kevin L. Williams and Christopher Davis.
Video by Kevin L. Williams and Roger Courts.

Muley the Mule and Friends © Kevin L. Williams Productions.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Congo Cabaret: That's Entertainment, Hosted by Muley and Friends

Enjoy dinner and great entertainment, while helping others in need!

The Muley and Friends Show returns to live entertainment as hosts on January 22, 2017, which is fast approaching and with it comes the Congo Cabaret: That's Entertainment.  This variety show hearkens back to the days of vaudeville.  The twist?  This show is hosted by none other than Muley the Mule and Friends!

The event is created/produced/directed by Joel Chapman, one of the counselors of church's mental health center, and is meant to help raise funds for the food program at First Congo.

You can buy your tickets in person after services on Sundays with a check or cash, in the Global Goods Store with credit, or log into www.firstcongo.com, click on DONATE, and when buying your ticket list how many seats you need when buying the $40 family package (up to 4 seats) or the $25 single seat ticket.  You can also buy single seat tickets for others who might not be able to afford it otherwise.

Seating is limited to only 100 people, and as of this writing over 1/3 of those seats have been sold!  Don't wait, buy your ticket now!

We will have performances by Brennan Villines, Pastor Cheryl Cornish and Mark Allen, Sibella, Prof. Randy Rushing, and a bunch more surprises.  Also, you know our history: Being hosted by Muley the Mule and Friends ANYTHING could happen!!

The press release is below the video (which works on most browsers, or CLICK HERE).


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(poster by Joel Chapman)
First Congregational Church, fondly known as “First Congo”, in the Cooper-Young
Neighborhood, is presenting “That’s Entertainment”—a big evening of dinner cabaret to benefit the social justice ministries of the church. On Sunday, January 22nd, with supper beginning at 5:30 and the show starting at 6:00, there will be a wide array of semi-professional and professional performers to brighten a winter’s evening, raise funds, and gladden the hearts of children and adults.


Hosting the cabaret is Muley the Mule and Friends—a fabulous troupe of puppeteers who not only will introduce the acts, but will perform and bring some surprises as well. Check them out at muleythemule.com. Some of the artists scheduled to appear are Dr. Randal Rushing, Professor of Voice at the University of Memphis’ Scheidt School of Music who will “channel” the likes of Hank Snow and Merle Haggard. Pastor Cheryl Cornish and her guitarist husband, Mark Allen, will play the music of PDQ Bach. You don’t want to miss that.


Director of the show and tenor, Joel Chapman, and baritone, Jonathan Devin, will join to sing the haunting “Lily’s eyes” from “The Secret Garden.” Duo Sibella will perform some of their original songs, and song stylists such as David Winter and ZB Davis will
represent the blues and musical theatre genres. The music director for “That’s Entertainment” is rising pop singer and composer, Brennan Villines, who recently gave a wow big band performance at Playhouse on the Square and who will sing a selection from his 2015 album, “Free.” Check him out at brennanvillines.com.


Tickets are $25 for singles, $40 for a family up to four, and include a delicious spaghetti supper. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. The cabaret takes place in First Congo’s new Hub where approximately 400 people per week are fed a hot lunch and where clothing and toiletries are available in the clothes closet and pantry.

The Hub includes a stage where it is hoped coffee house and cabaret productions will become a regular part of the First Congo community outreach.


Tickets must be pre-paid and can be claimed at “will call” the evening of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the church, 1000 S. Cooper St., by check, cash or credit card. Or, go to firstcongo.com and click on the “Donate” button. Be sure to indicate your payment is for “cabaret” and clearly indicate the type of tickets you are purchasing: singles, family plan, or a combination. We have to know the total number of seats you are purchasing. Please leave a phone number in case we have questions.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Easter Eggheads returns to ACME Classics 3/27/2016!

Be sure to join the fun Easter Sunday at 7:45 AM and 2:30 PM only on ACME Classics!

Over the air on channel 23.2 and 34.1, or Comcast 15 or U-Verse 34!!

Here is a downloadable, share-able image for your favorite social media websites and apps, so PLEASE SHARE!!







You can see Muley's experience with Easter by following these links:
2011 Post, includes video shot with Rabbit Haire.
2012 Post, when Roy Duck mixes up his holidays again.

Related websites:
www.muleythemule.com
www.toshigawa.com
www.griffithproductions.net
www.risingfyre.com 
www.damarcoarts.com

Easter Show credits:

Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Director, Casting,
Puppet Captain, Set Decoration, Property Manager, Show Concept,
Kevin L. Williams

Puppets by Kevin L. Williams Productions, LLC

Buford the Dog assisted by Martheus Antone Wade 
Missy Mule assisted by Janet Wade
Roy Duck assisted by DaMarco "Turbo Ducksauce" Randle
Nora Moore performed by Nora Childers
Jonathan Mueller performed by Jonathan McCarver
Muley the Mule assisted by Kevin L. Williams

Director, DP - Ed Griffith
Editor, Production Assistant - Marcus Kent Hamson
Executive Producer, Audio Engineering, Casting - Brad Alsobrook

Production Services by Griffith Productions
Production Services by Rising Fyre Productions

© 2015 Kevin L. Williams Productions, LLC www.muleyshow.com