This past weekend was a particularly special one in our family. We haven’t ventured into our “Little Austin Explorer” series in awhile so we thought taking Jack to see his first musical would be a great way to do this!
One of our favorite authors is Mo Willems. We’ve gone through the Knuffle Bunny series, we’re currently working on Elephant and Piggie, and I can’t wait to move on to Pigeon. If you haven’t read any of these add them to your list today because these are enjoyable for both kids and adults. I’ve been known to crack up…outloud…while reading one of these books. That being said, the opportunity to witness Elephant and Piggie on stage was one that I could not pass up.
This adorable play takes place on the Kleburg Stage and will be running until April 30th and anyone reading this needs to immediately buy tickets for one of the most enjoyable family activities we’ve had in awhile…and we do a lot of family activities.
Elephant, or Gerald, is played by actor David Peña while Amanda Clifton plays Piggie — these two have enough energy to match any energetic toddler and preschooler. Their energy can be felt through out the small and private theater bringing the characters to life in such a way that you are completely sucked in and engaged. The young women playing the “Squirrelles” were also quite entertaining and moved between their roles as peppy squirrels to ‘Delivery Dog’, ‘Penguin’, and ‘Ice Cream’ seamlessly. The entire costume and set design granted a whimsical and playful experience for everyone watching and it took everything in Jack to stay off the ‘jungle gym’ themed set.
I think the musical numbers were probably a family favorite. As many of you know we’re total nuts for musicals so watching an age appropriate musical that was entertaining for young and old was a huge perk for us. The songs are lovely and the actors sing them clearly and beautifully. The only problem now is that Jack wants these songs sung when we read the books. (ha)
Check it out before it ends! Ticket prices vary from $17 to $22. The times are also set perfectly between nap time so we watched the play then left home for a nap, it was pretty great. This play is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Buy tickets here.
The Books in Elephant and Piggie’s: We Are in a Play!
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