I don't know about you, but my kids have a lot of stuff. We have a small home, so we're constantly sorting through things and giving them away. Still, I can't seem to stay on top of it. And the thought of the holidays and more stuff coming into our home... ugh. I think this is a pretty common complaint. And one of the best ideas I've heard to combat the problem is to give the gift of experiences! And, I'd like to suggest the Seattle Children's Theatre as a great experience to gift someone in your family.
We've attended a good number of performances at the Seattle Children's Theatre over the past few years. Every single time, we are so impressed by the incredible quality of the sets, lights and music. And of course, the acting! SCT gets really high-quality actors that love what they do, and it shows!
Right now, SCT is presenting Dick Whittington and His Cat as its holiday show. In case you're like me and are not familiar with this story, here's a summary from the SCT website:
SCT presents Dick Whittington and His Cat, a new musical version of the beloved English story. With all the traditional charm of old London at the holidays, Dick Whittington’s adventurous story begins with Dick’s poor beginnings as an orphan who comes to the big city in hope of finding the streets paved with gold. From there he finds his way in the world, buoyed by the kindness of others and an alliance with a most remarkable cat. Together, they overcome many a rat, making their way through foreign lands, past pirates and back home to good fortune and a better life.I attended opening night of Dick Whittington with my husband and two kids, ages 5 and 7. The show is recommended for all ages, but I disagree with this recommendation. I'd suggest that it's best for kids 6 or 7 and up. Ethan (age 7) liked it and sat through the whole show with no problem. He loved the cat and was pretty sure that I was wrong about it not actually being a real cat. It's a pretty impressive puppet! He also was very impressed by the huge pirate ship that appears in the second half of the play!
Vivian (age 5), was not a fan of the show. Much of it went over her head, since a lot of the story is told through the (really impressive!) songs. And there were a few parts of the show, such as a scene with lots of rats, that made most of the adults in the audience laugh out loud, but Vivian was scared and had to come hide on my lap. She also enjoyed the cat puppet though! The show is about 90 minutes long, including an intermission.
Personally, I'd suggest starting out the littlest theatre-goers in your family with one of the SCT shows designed for little ones, like Goodnight Moon, which is coming in March 2015 to SCT. For everyone else, I'd highly recommend Dick Whittington. It's a great story of triumph and friendship, performed in an incredible way, and it's a great play for the holiday season! Visit the SCT website to see all the upcoming shows and to book tickets!