A world without giraffes is hardly a world at all.
by Alex Syiek (Writer/Performer)
So my mother sent me this breaking news this week:
If any of y'all reading this are close to me, you will know that I love giraffes. Favorite animal. Hands down. They are majestic, they are hilarious, they are survivors. So when I saw they were put on the endangered list, I was heartbroken. Of course, my enterprising mother suggested I put on a fundraiser performance of my musical, Giraffenstein and donate the proceeds to a wildlife rescue fund. I think it's a fabulous idea, and I will probably do it once I am back in the city after the holidays.
Giraffenstein was written for the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and I was lucky enough to have my brilliant sister and fellow Crazytown blogger, Joanna Syiek direct it. As the name suggests, the musical is the story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, as told by animals of the African Serengeti. So you can get a lil' taste of what it looked like, here's our promo:
And we're all giraffes.
It was a joyous time of my life putting the production up. The company felt like a family, and I got to be surrounded by my favorite animals as they sang and danced. What could be better?
But tragically, the musical could end up a relic of the past if giraffes are no longer around in our world. So I implore you to step back and recognize the devastating effects both poaching and climate change are having on some of the most incredible creatures on Earth, including the giraffe, the African elephant, and coral reefs. If you'd like to find out more about humanity's unfortunate effect on our global animal family tree, check out Vanishing, a CNN report, which, by the time you are reading this will have already aired. I'm sure you will be able to find it online.
Climate change is a real threat, no matter what certain administrations may posit. We can be the change we want to see in the world. Let's save those long tongued, cute-as-hell creatures and thousands of other endangered species.