by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
In today’s world kids are so overstimulated with television, video games and after-school activities that classic arts, such as miming, have become kind of lost. The musical The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and The Princess, currently playing at New York City Children’s Theater brings miming back in a fun, modern way that today’s kids can appreciate. I saw the sweet musical together with my kids this past weekend and here is what I thought: (scroll down for info on how you can attend a special performance and have your kids participate in a mime workshop)
The story, based on the book by Loryn Brantz – Harvey the Child Mime – is about a boy who performes mime in a trio. One day he gets in a box and accidentally gets shipped to the Pink Mountain Island. The box is opened by a very spoiled princess who is upset that she found a boy in the box, rather than a pony. Harvey tells her through mime and singing that she can do anything she wants if she uses her imagination. The princess completely changes her attitude and her parents, seeing that she’s so happy, decide to ask Harvey to stay with them on the island. But Harvey misses his parents and wants to go home. This is not very easy for the princess to accept since she is used to having her way but in the end she realizes that all she really wants is to spend time together with her parents.
The princess, portrayed by Laura Hankin (Wanda, from “Wanda’s Monster”) is simply adorable, even when she’s a spoiled brat. Harvey, played by Ben Laxton is an excellent mime performer and has great facial expressions, too. I loved the fun, upbeat music by the popular Laurie Berkner (who also wrote the lyrics). The book, by Artistic Director Barbara Zinn Krieger is full of imagination and I was thrilled that the story sends a positive message to kids and parents: “spend time together”. Very simple, but sometimes simplicity is all you need to get the point across. We left the theater uplifted by the positive energy.
The performance is 50 minutes long and is recommended for kids ages 3-8.
When: Through December 7th, 2014 (see below for a special performance only this Sunday, 11/23)
Where: Theater 3
311 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue), 3rd floor, New York
Price: $25 general admission; $45 premium seating. $95 per family 4-pack.
To purchase tickets call (646) 250-1178 or click here.
This Sunday, November 23, there is a special Family Benefit Performance!
After seeing the 2:00pm performance of The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, watch a short performance from the show’s acclaimed mime director Bill Bowers (who is the mime director for this show), then join him on stage to play some games, learn some mime “illusions” and have a lot of fun!
General seating: $50, per person (adult or child)
Ticket price includes admission to the show, kid-friendly reception (including refreshments) and mime workshop.
25% off discount code: MIME
For Family Benefit tickets, please contact Nicole Hogsett, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-250-1178 or click here.
Photos by Carol Rosegg
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 thirteen 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 7, 5 and 2) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.