Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: Seattle Children's Theatre presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

*Disclosure: My family received tickets to attend this show and review it for ourselves. We were not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are ours and ours alone. 

When we first got to SCT last Friday night, one of the first things we did, as always, was to page through the program for the play we were about to see. I got to the page with the synopsis and started reading it, and my immediate thought was "this is a lot of story to pack into a 1 hour and 45 minute show! They're going to really have to rush it!" But my concerns were for nothing, because this play does indeed pack the whole classic story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in, and does it amazingly well. Here's a brief introduction to this play, from the SCT website.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you! Just in time for the holidays, SCT presents this sparkling musical, based on the MGM motion picture version of Ian Fleming’s book.  Come see this imaginative tale filled with memorable, quirky characters, and, of course, Chitty the “fantasmagorical” car. Cheer on the devoted father and eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, and his children, Jemima and Jeremy, as they plot to rescue Grandpa Potts and the children of Vulgaria from the dastardly Baron and Baroness Bomburst. Join us for a marvelous, musical holiday event!
We've attended most of the SCT shows that have been put on over the past three seasons and they've all been amazing. But as soon as this one ended, my husband and I looked at each other and both said "best ever". This is, hands down, our favorite show that we've seen at SCT. The sets are great, the acting is terrific, the music is fun and the villains are absolutely hysterical. Baroness Bomburst pretty much steals the show. And the costumes are beautiful as well. I wanted to steal all of Truly's dresses. So pretty!

Our 8-year-old son, Ethan, is currently in a phase where he likes nothing in life except for electronic devices, but he sat through the play and laughed and never complained of being bored. And he even said how glad he was that he got to come back the following week and see it again with his second grade class. High praise indeed! The show is recommended for ages 6 and up, and, as usual, I agree with that rating. Our 6-year-old only disliked one scene (with the child-catcher), but the show was a bit long for her, especially at an evening performance. I suggest an afternoon show if you're bringing younger kids.

This is an amazing show that you should not miss. Come for the play and stay for all the Winterfest activities going on at Seattle Center this holiday season! It'll be an experience that your family won't forget!