It’s not easy these days to get kids into the classics, let alone science fiction classics. The New Victory Theater in Times Square has brought us an updated performance of Jules Verne’s beloved book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with cool special effects and a modern storyline kids can relate to. It’s playing this weekend only (plus Columbus Day) so be sure to get your tickets to one of these memorable performances.
In the story, Jules, a doctorate student named after the famous author, goes back in time and is transported into the pages of the novel. Along with his professor and a Canadian harpoonist, he sails on a ship and gets abducted by Captain Nemo of the Nautilus submarine.
I took my daughter to see the show and while the plot was pretty easy to follow, I’m glad I had her read a quick synopsis before the show so she can understand the basic plot line. The show, written by Rick Miller and Craig Francis and directed by Rick Miller, provides a modern interpretation of the story and incorporates environmental issues. The oceans are filled with giant masses of plastic and other toxic waste created by humans which endangers the fish. This environmental footprint affects the whole world and the future of mankind. Bringing up this issue in a children’s play not only adds another dimension and depth to the story; it also makes the show more relatable and educational. When the show ended my daughter asked me to get the book the next time we go to the library – that’s a win-win for me!
The set design is very minimal but there’s clever use of projections on screen to create the background and different locations for the story and there’s also really cool sound effects. The performers also use action-figure-sized dolls similar to a puppet show that they project on a larger screen. The show is recommended for everyone ages 8 and up and runs 1 hour and 45 minutes (including a short intermission). The audience is encouraged to follow along by visiting app.20kshow.com where kids can go on a virtual tour and explore different rooms on the Nautilus.
The New Victory Theater is very family-friendly. There’s booster seats, pre-order forms for snacks so you can skip the lines at intermission and fun show-related hands-on activities before and after the show and during intermission.
When: 10/8/16 – 2pm & 7pm
10/9/16 – 12pm & 5pm
10/10/16 – 3pm
Where: The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street, NYC
Price: $16 and up.
To purchase tickets click here or call (646) 223-3010. You can also purchase at the box office, open seven days a week.
Photos by Craig Francis
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 9, 7 and 4) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.