Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: Seattle Children's Theatre present Pippi Longstocking

*Disclosure: My family received passes to attend this show.  All opinions posted here are ours and ours alone.

Last night my family had the great pleasure to attend opening night of Seattle Children's Theatre's 2013-2014 season. And what a great start it was!  The first play being performed this season is Pippi Longstocking, based on the classic children's books by Astrid Lindgren. Here's a bit about the show, from the SCT website.

No school, no parents, no bedtime or rules. With her mom in the clouds and her dad at sea, Pippi’s on her own to live as she pleases.  A girl of indomitable strength and fierce independence, Pippi quickly befriends neighbor kids and delights in playing games that confound authorities. Anything can, and will, be put to rhythm and rhyme as she bucks the system and dances away any blues. She takes center stage in the circus, wrestles the strongman, outwits burglars and dodges the orphanage. While friends Tommy and Annika love Pippi and her outlandish existence, the local adults want her to conform to their rules.
My family (ages 4 and up) had a blast watching Pippi and her friends dance, sing and play. We laughed at her attempts to learn at school and behave properly at a tea party.  My heart broke a little as the wonderful actress playing the role of Pippi sang a song about missing her father, then it was quickly back to laughter in the next scene with more antics from Pippi.  Our discussions on the way home were full of "my favorite part was..." or "Mommy, I liked..." 

Seattle Children's Theatre puts on fabulous plays for kids and for adults. We have never attended a performance that didn't feature really professional acting, fabulous sets and great music.  You will not be disappointed with a trip to a play at Seattle Children's Theatre.  I recommend starting with Pippi Longstocking!