Follow along QueenofKatwe and ABCTVEVENT from Sept 19 – 21
Opening an email from Disney usually leads to some of my most memorable blogging moments. I’m engulfed in magical experiences that take me to places that seem unreachable! Well, my next Disney adventure awaits and I hope you will join me. Beginning, Monday, September 19 I will be participating on the Queen of Katwe Event. Queen of Katwe starring Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga, is an autobiographical sports drama from Disney featuring Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy who becomes Woman Candidate Master after competing at the World Chess Olympiads. The film has been adapted from Tim Crothers book The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster.
The Queen of Katwe Event includes myself and 24 other bloggers. We are meeting the stars from the film as well as the real inspiration Phiona Mutesi. The stories that I connect to are honest, emotional and are of real people, their struggles as well as their triumphs. We all live in uncertain times and stories like Queen of Katwe give us hope that children can reach for the stars, with the right support and opportunities.
My daughter has recently expressed an interest in Chess. I’ve signed her up for a chess class at her new school. I’ll also be sharing Phinoa Mutesi’s story with her.
Here is who we will be meeting and what we will be doing during our #QueenofKatweEvent portion of our Disney trip:
- Screening of QUEEN OF KATWE
- Meeting with the EVP of Production Tendo Nagendaand the “African-American Disney Resource Group”
- Group interview with Director Mira Nair
- Group interview with David Oyelowo and the real life inspirations Phiona Mutesi & Robert Katende
- Group interview with Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga & Martin Kabanza
- Red carpet premiere of QUEEN OF KATWE and after party!
Not only will we go on a cinematic adventure, we’ll be visiting sets for some of the best TV-shows currently on network television- Once Upon a Time, The Middle, The Read O’Neil’s and American Housewives!
Our itinerary includes:
Once Upon a Time (premieres Sept 25)
- A screening the Season 6 premiere episode of “Once Upon A Time” and “The Savior”
- A Q&A and photos with Co-Creators and Executive Producers Edward Kitsis &Adam Horowitz. (I’ve met with them before. They are super cool so it’ll be nice to see what will be happening in Storybrook this season!)
American Housewife (premieres Oct 11)
- “American Housewife” set visit and meet & greet with the cast: Katy Mixon (“Katie Otto”), Diedrich Bader (“Greg Otto”), Meg Donnelly (TBA), Daniel DiMaggio (“Oliver Otto”), Julia Butters (“Anna-Kat”), Carly Hughes(“Angela”) and Ali Wong (“Doris”)
The Middle (Premieres October 11)
- A meet and greet with “The Middle” cast Patricia Heaton (“Frankie Heck”),Neil Flynn (“Mike Heck”) and Atticus Shaffer (“Brick Heck”) and take photos on the Heck House set
- Tour of “The Middle” wardrobe trailer with Costume Designer Julia Caston.
The Real O’Neils
- And a last minute edition – A set visit of THE REAL O’NEALS!
Wow, this is going to be a whirlwind event! I can’t wait to share my experience with you in posts, photos and more! Follow along on social media with me! Thatsitla can be found on every platform @thatsitla.
Do you plan on seeing Queen of Katwe? What is your favorite ABC Show?