What do you think when you hear the words “Children’s Theatre”?
I have seen children’s theatre, good and bad. I have been in children’s theatre good and bad. Good children’s theatre is inspiring, educational, and enjoyable for adults and children. Bad children’s theatre? Well… think stale plots, over-animated actors, and hit you over the head lessons. I have seen a LOT of bad children’s theatre.
When Pollyanna Theatre Company, a professional, Austin-based children’s theatre company invited my family to see their show, “Pattern Nation: Waves”, I was not sure which I would be seeing. But in the words of the Little Diva, “this show is hilarious.”
It was. The show was great. Not only did I enjoy it but the very skeptical, thinks he is too cool for school, eight year old Sonny-Bunny loved it. We laughed together and learned together. The writing was great and the troupe of four actors was fabulous. It was all around a terrific way to venture out on a Sunday afternoon.
The show explored the word waves in all its incarnations from waves hello to sound waves, light waves to brain waves. It was informative without feeling excessive or condescending. The actors’ performances were lively without being over-the-top. The production values were very high and the theatre, large and open. It was really a wonderful show!
We all enjoyed it so much that when they announced their summer show, “Rapunzel’s Bad Hair Day”, the kids already asked to go. So now you know where we will be this July, at the Long Center watching this fabulous company.
Please support this local gem. I know I will. How can I not? Their motto is “Creating a Hopeful Culture.” I just love that! You can visit their blog here and their FaceBook page here.