Friday, September 17, 2010

Laugh or your tickets are on us!

By Mithra Ballesteros, First Stage Children's Theater

Costume designs by Anna Marie Coronado














Parents and kids, get ready to laugh your donkey heads off next month.  The old Greek storyteller, Aesop, has been dead for centuries, but his material is alive and well here at First Stage Children's Theater.  We are opening our fourth season of First Steps with AESOP'S FABLES, and director John Maclay promises that this particular version will be a laugh riot like nothing you've seen before. 

So here are the top 3 reasons why you must see this show:

1.  You will laugh! 
If you don't laugh, either take care of that bad tooth or ask us for your money back.  That's how sure we are that this show is funny!  Some of the character pairings will remind you of other famous double acts.  Think Shrek and Donkey.  Ernie and Bert.  Laurel and Hardy.  These characters will exhibit a nonverbal interplay and comedic timing that looks easy but certainly isn't.

2.  The set is gorgeous! 
The show is set in a dusty abandoned vaudeville house and scenic designer Mark Hare reached into his personal history in designing a set that is reminiscient of early 20th century theater palaces.  Complete with hanging antique chandeliers, velvet curtains, and gilded trim, it is by far the most massive set that First Stage has designed for the First Steps series.

3.  The music is delightful! 
And original!  Music director Nathan Wesselowski has composed a whimsical and fun score, punctuated with live accordians and percussion instruments.

So call us today to reserve your tickets because our First Steps shows have limited availability and they always sell out.  And remember, come find us if you make it through that hour without a giggle.  We will want to refer you to a good dentist.

AESOP'S FABLES, written by Mike Kenny, runs from October 2 - 17 as part of our First Steps series.  First Steps productions are geared towards the youngest theater goer with interactive performances lasting about one hour.  Tickets are $10/child and $12/adult.  Seating is general admission.  Click here to purchase tickets online. 

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