This afternoon (Nov 3), we were blessed to be able to go to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure”. It is a jazz musical for young audiences.
We took our kids ages 8 and 5. They have been to concerts and a ballet, as well as shows at the theme parks, but I was unsure about a play. That’s where I forgot the joy of live theatre and how interactive it can be.
It was performed in their black box theater, the Margeson Theater, a very intimate setting. That made it all the more fun. There were four cushions on the floor for kids to come sit on during the show. Our kids left us for the floor right away. They had the best seats in the house, if you ask me!
The show starts with a big commercial for their sponsors. I don’t like this as, to me, it takes away from the show. But I do understand the need to advertise your sponsors. Once that was done, it went right into the show.
It began with a trio of supporting cast members introducing us, through song, to the story and the lead characters, Jack and Annie, and a bit of the adventure ahead. In this story, Jack and Annie are taken to New Orleans to find Louis Armstrong and get him back on the right path, his music, but they have to get past the ghosts first.
Jazz music is the life of this production and the song and dance make this show very fun to watch. It was hard not to dance in the aisle. After seeing this show, I also had the urge to make gumbo.
The entire cast was having lots of fun presenting this show and it was plain to see. They clearly were having fun today. That makes it more fun for the audience. The live band was a bit loud, but that can’t be helped with the size of this theater. Today, there were not any obvious technical issues, which is a good thing in live production.
When the kids were asked what their favorite part of the show was, they both said the scene with the ghosts! Oh my! But then the 5yr old continues that he could see the sticks. LOL It is a kid friendly production and is not that scary. We all enjoyed this and would recommend it to families.
It’s only 60 minutes long and the theater never goes completely dark. It runs through Nov. 23, 2013. Tickets range from $9 – $12. That makes it closer to affordable for families. Go! Enjoy! Support the Arts!
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