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Go ahead, Papa, preach
Last year he hauled a hammer and wood on the stage to build an actual deck. This year, Nelson actor, songwriter and playwright Lucas Myers extols his wisdom on being a first-time, semi-competent father in the one-man show, Hello Baby!
Is there anything this guy can’t do?
For anyone who is going to be a dad, is a dad, has a dad or knows a dad, this show is for you.
The first presentation in the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society’s 2013-14 theatre series, Myers returns to the stage with this tour-de-force production a year after his one-of-a-kind theatrical/DIY building show Deck had tongues wagging and heads turning.
This time, he gives an instructional lecture that explores the personal metamorphosis that occurs when a self-involved man-child first becomes a father.
Oh, and Myers has even added a musical component to Hello Baby! to make his point.
“It’s a mixture of stand-up comedy, a self-help lecture, and a musical,” explained the do-it yourselfer, who is known for his hilarious and unique brand of observational humour.
Based on Myers’ own foray into parenthood, Hello Baby! answers essential questions that future fathers are afraid to ask such as: “Can you safely operate a fax machine/belt sander/breast pump on two hours sleep?” and “Is your life as you know it really over?”
In turn, the original music written and performed by Myers covers the realities of fatherhood in such numbers as: What If…?, Nobody Warned Me Bout the Drool, Time Management Blues, and Yes, Honey, I’d Be More Than Happy To Make Dinner And Hand Wash All These Cloth Diapers As Soon As I Finish Giving You A Foot Rub And Vacuuming The Floor And Walls Again Because You Are Hyper-Paranoid About Germs, Really I Would, No, I’m Not Just Saying That Because I Think It’s What You Want to Hear, I Want to Do It, Look, I’m Doing It Right Now, See? (Likely a Guinness Book of Records contender for longest song title of all time?!)
“A lot of the attention and focus during the pregnancy is on the expectant mother, and there’s not a lot of acknowledgement that the expectant father was also going through his own psychological meltdown” said Myers. “The whole experience is kind of hilarious and insane, so I thought there was a lot of good material there.”
Now a semi-competent dad of two, Myers first brought his one-man examination of pregnancy and fatherhood on tour through B.C. after the birth of his first child.
Since then he has added even more characters to the show and assumes the roles of nine put-upon dads. (Deck fans can expect the return of Cliv, the single dad of two kids and Tim Allen wannabe from last year.)
Hello Baby! runs at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30/adult, $27/senior, $25/student and $5/eyeGO, with discounts available for members of the Performing Arts Centre Society. They are available at the Ticket Seller box office in the centre. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca.