By Guest Blogger Tamara Lowe
Last Saturday, I took my daughter Kayla (age 6) and her two girlfriends Jer’nee (Age 6) and Kendall (Age 6) to see the play, Angelina Ballerina: Very Merry Holiday the Musical. This play is currently playing at the Vital Theatre Company, located on Broadway and 76th street on the Upper West Side (easily accessible by taking the 1 train to 72nd Street). The girls were very excited to see the play, since they are loyal fans of the Angelina Ballerina books and TV series. As we arrived at the theatre, the girls and I were greeted with holiday cookies, walked the pink carpet, and received swag bags full of Angelina Ballerina goodies. When we got our tickets we found our seats in the front row, and patiently waited for the play to start.
When the play starts, we meet Angelina and her friends: Alice, Gracie, AZ, Marco, and Angelina’s little sister Polly, planning a holiday dance pageant for the wonderful people of Mouseland. As the play progresses, you learn that everything doesn’t always go according to plan (i.e. the holiday pageant), which leaves Angelina and her pals trying to find a way to save the show. Also highlighted in the play is the relationship Angelina and Polly share, which ultimately help saves the show. Saving the show teaches Angelina and her friends what the holidays are all about: “It’s not about things you receive, but the holiday cheer you share”.
When the play ended, the cast of the show invited the children in the audience to go up on stage and dance with them. Kayla, Jer’nee, and Kendall all got up on stage and danced their little hearts away. They also went backstage, got autographs, and purchased cute little mouse ears that they wore for the remaining of the day. When asked, the girls all agreed that the play was great, and would love to see it again. For me, I thought the play was just right for little girls, especially since it was full of singing, dancing, holiday cheer, and the color PINK. The play is an hour long; however it captures the children’s attention from beginning to end, and teaches everyone in the audience the true spirit of the holiday season.
When we got home, my daughter thanked me for taking her and her friends into the city to see the play, and told me that she is looking forward to reviewing more plays with mommy in the future.
Now through January 2nd
Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm
Dec. 26, 27, 28 & 29 at 11am and 1pm
Tickets are $29.50
or call (212) 579-0528 or Go to the Vital Theatre Box Office, 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street
The writer was compensated with 4 tickets. No other compensation was received for this post.