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.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the Rolling World Premiere of A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure, co-written by Will Osborne and Murray Horwitz with music composed by legendary Jazz composer Allen Toussaint, from October 17 through November 23.
A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure,based on the popular children’s book, Magic Tree House Book #42: A Good Night for Ghosts, follows beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, on the most haunted night of the year – the eve of All Saints Day – as they search for a young Louis Armstrong.
On a mission to inspire young artists to share their talents with the world, can the duo find Louis and set him on the path to becoming the King of Jazz? Complete with a live jazz band, this new musical will transport audiences back to 1915 New Orleans where the streets are filled with music and the night is filled with ghosts.
Tickets for this all ages show are $9 for Tuesday – Friday shows, and $12 for shows on Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700, online at orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.