Saturday, November 6, 2010

Review: Youth Theatre Northwest's Pippi Longstocking

Today I got to take my 3-year-old son out for a fabulous afternoon date- we went to see the Youth Theatre Northwest's production of Pippi Longstocking! I've always loved the Pippi Longstocking books, so thought this was a great first play to take my son to.

We weren't familiar with Youth Theatre Northwest before today, but I'm so glad to have found out about it and look forward to taking Ethan and Vivian to many more shows. Here's a bit of information about Youth Theatre Northwest, from its website:
Youth Theatre Northwest is a school, theatre, and home for children and families. At Youth Theatre Northwest, children and young adults explore the depths of their creativity and experience the thrill of live performance. Through the magic of theatre, YTN helps young people find their "inner light" of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership.

Since 1984, YTN has been one of the region's premier educational arts organizations, providing a wide range of programming for tens of thousands of children and young adults ages 3 to 18 who come to YTN from throughout the Puget Sound region. Located on Mercer Island, YTN offers year-round classes and produces 12 professional shows per year for thousands of audience members. YTN's staff consists of professional educators and working artists, and our curriculums align with Washington State educational learning requirements and professional artistic standards. For many of our young students and audiences, YTN is their first exposure to the performing arts.
The cast of Pippi Longstocking was mainly made up of kids ages 8-12, with a few 13, 14 and 15 year olds thrown in as well. I wasn't sure what to expect from such a young cast, but they were fabulous! Everyone knew their lines and their music and dances and did a great job.  The young lady that played Pippi did a tremendous job- she was funny and genuine and seemed to be having fun with the part.  The play moves quickly, with songs every few minutes. There was enough physical comedy to make even my 3-year-old laugh- quite loudly!

A friend and her daughter joined us at the theatre today, and my friend and I agreed that this was a great play and tons of fun for both our kids and us. In addition to the play being fun, we thought the theatre was nice and the seats were comfortable, so it was an all-around great experience.  Pippi Longstocking plays now through November 21, 2010. If you can't make it to Pippi Longstocking, definitely check out one of the other upcoming shows- they have some on the schedule that look like a lot of fun. Visit the Youth Theatre Northwest website for more information on the plays!

Ethan and I outside the theatre

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets so that I could attend this play and check everything out for myself. I was under no obligation to post about the play- and certainly under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.