Friday, May 23, 2008

Run, Don't Walk...

to any TheatreWorks/USA production you can find in your area! Every year this touring children's rep company brings their delightful (ugh! Did I just use that word?! Well, they are!) productions to a local college where we find we must get our fix at least 2 or 3 times in a season. Monday we took John Michael and David to their production of Max and Ruby
If you've never encountered either the children's board books or the animated Max and Ruby movies, you might consider yourself lucky. We knew TheatreWorks is good but we were truly impressed when they were able to bring life, humor and great art into this rather pithy favorite of our 3 and 4 year old boys. As usual, the set was light-weight and portable (2 key words for traveling rep companies) and yet very clever and engaging, almost becoming a character unto itself. The cast of 5 or 6 was rather large considering the original stories usually don't have many more than 4 characters at a time but they found a way to make characterizations in the most entertaining ways - such as creating life-sized singing and tap-dancing toys who loudly entertained younger brother Max much to the chagrin of his serious-minded older sister Ruby.

I just can't say enough about this company. They tour all over the US and have a wide range of performances for audiences of all ages. Each year we order our tickets in August for the entire year through our local homeschool co-op coordinator. Go ahead, order your tickets and prepare to have a quality theatrical experience!

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