Paper Mill Playhouse is now three shows into their Spring Children’s Theater program, with their most recent show being Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
This play tells the tale of a little boy who has one of those days where it would probably be better to move to Australia then deal with it any longer. From a horrible beginning of waking up for school with gum in his hair to a dental appointment, Alexander’s day is the personification of a bad day for a little kid. So much of a bad day that when my 5 year old was watching it, he was quite anxious for Alexander’s bad day to end. But by the end of the play Alexander learns an important lesson and his bad day gets a sweet coating. As this sweet coating revealed itself, my son also liked the play even more.
The play itself was wonderfully done by Theatreworks USA. Theatreworks specializes in bringing professional theater level shows to youth and family audiences across the nation. Professional is indeed the correct word. The woman who played Alexander was a wonderful singer as we the rest of the cast. Within minutes of realizing Alexander was played by a woman, the illusion was set and we were watching a day in the life of a little boy. The play is full of singing and dancing numbers as well as humor for both children and adults.
My son very much enjoyed the play, even if he was a bit at the lower end of the age range suggested. The themes and actions in the play were all child friendly, the story easy to follow leading up to the end which was heart warming.
Next up will be;
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE & OTHER STORIES
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10AM
Ages 4 & up
TheatreworksUSA presents a sparkling musical revue based on popular children’s books, including: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazing Grace, Borreguita and the Coyote, Imogene’s Antlers, Master Man, Math Curse, and Owen!
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10AM
Ages 4 & up
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure by Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz, and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in one of Theatreworks’ largest-scale productions to date!
Get your tickets at http://www.papermill.org/