The dancing throughout “Ballerina Swan” is charming — including, at a recent Saturday matinee, the movements of the young children in attendance.
The play truly captures the heart and sole of New York City ballet dancing, and recreated it in such a way that it appeals to children. As a parent, I enjoyed the positive message of believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams, no matter the obstacle.
Aside from the relatable storyline, Ballerina Swan is also a great way to introduce your kids to ballet…
Ballerina Swan is a perfect tale for children who love ballet… and for those who need the reminder that nothing, not even raw talent, will ever take the place of hard work.
The dual messages of hard work paying off and of accepting those who are different to us are woven into the beautiful scenes of talented ballet dancers.
Not only is the story narrated and Sophie the swan played by a puppeteer but the audience was encouraged to get up off their seats and dance along with three featured professional dancers who were incredibly engaging and charming.
As a parent, I enjoyed the positive message of believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams, no matter the obstacle.
"Ballerina Swan" is unique in its ability to captivate and hold the attention of a younger audience.
My son was so thrilled with the twirling, bending, and jumping around that he expressed interest in doing more ballet in the streets after the performance.
The play does a great job of giving young viewers a ballet experience, but in a kid friendly fashion.
WANDA'S MONSTER - A FAMILY MUSICAL
This charming musical brings home a point worth considering at any age: embrace what you fear, and you just may find a friend.
I personally loved how the musical taught kids—and adults!—to embrace their fears and accept others that may be different.
Preschoolers should eat it up!
A rocking score, terrific performances, and a script that refuses to talk down to the audience.
It doesn’t get any better when your child is entertained thoughout the entire show.
Today was a landmark day for us – we took Cheese to her first musical, at age 22 months. The show was Wanda’s Monster, a really cute off-Broadway show, perfect for kids aged two to 10.
…we headed in to enjoy the show. And oh boy did we. My son sang along, clapped and danced to the songs.
Wanda’s Monster is a 60 minute performance without an intermission. Which was perfect for my little one…he was enchanted by the music and just loved the adorable monster.
I have to admit I walked out of the theater singing those catchy tunes and making noises like a monster. I’m a big kid at heart and I was allowed to let the kid out during that musical.
If you’re looking for a fun family-oriented, live performance, check out Wanda’s Monster.
The music is by Laurie Berkner, so parents can enjoy the music as well as the delight on their kid’s face throughout.
Bright music, enchanting performances by all, make this a perfect afternoon for children and their grownups.
Barbara Zinn Krieger has created a full-scale musical featuring the music of award-winning children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner. Throw in colorful costumes, fun choreography, a lovable monster and audience participation, and a great time is had by all.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: JAZZ AMBASSADOR
"Mr. Abram, in a tour de force solo performance, channels Armstrong’s voice."
"whatever your age, you will find yourself mesmerized by LOUIS ARMSTRONG: JAZZ AMBASSADOR. This is a fantastic and entertaining way to learn about a legend."
Even if the marathon was not run in New York on Sunday, Abram, Churchill and Making Books Sing won their race."
THE BUTTERFLY (REVIVAL)
“The Butterfly vividly shows young theatergoers that saving lives often depends on forces no greater than individual acts of conscience."
SKY BOYS: THE BUILDING OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
“Sky Boys never fails to entertain”
“Beautifully captures both the excitement about the Empire State Building and its shining symbolism during dark times”
“Boasts a score so lovely that parents yearn to buy the original cast recording”
TEA WITH CHACHAJI
“A tender and moving comedy-drama”
“Achieves the triple crown of family theater: a worthy message effectively presented in an entertaining manner."
JOSÉ LIMÓN: THE MAKING OF AN ARTIST
"An American classic"
“A Holocaust drama that moves and inspires but does not lead inexorably toward heartbreak."
A SHELTER IN OUR CAR
“Achieves a delicate balance between demonstrating the hardships of Zettie’s existence and celebrating the love that helps her overcome them”
“Especially pertinent to inner-city schoolchildren”
THE ORPHAN SINGER
“They prove that the Baroque period can be every bit as exciting to young audiences as the era of Batman and Britney”
“Vividly demonstrates the challenges and rewards of music education”
A BAND OF ANGELS
“An uplifting production…Children seem captivated by this rich music”
“This production is a great show to take the entire family to see”
“Moving and electrifying”
THE UPSIDE DOWN BOY
“Includes Mr. Herrera’s poignant and colorful poetry in his lyrics for Cristian Amigo’s lively, Latin-flavored score”
“A charming musical…The production delights young audiences”
“Children will find Kit’s adventures an enjoyable introduction to opera”