Shrek the Musical Jr. At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Shrek and FionaMy kids love Shrek. They love the movies and the holiday show. It’s one of those animated shows that even adults enjoy. When I heard that Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati had a stage version, I was super excited! I was even more excited because my favorite actor was returning…Bob Herzog, as Donkey!

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in SHREK THE MUSICAL JR., the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings this production to life on the Taft Theatre stage April 8-10, 16-17, 2016.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.  Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.  Music by Jeanine Tesori.  Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.  Original production directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.  “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond.  Puppets by The Frisch Marionettes. Directed and Choreographed by Roderick Justice.

SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, is playing April 8-10, 16-17, 2016. Showtimes are:

Friday April 8 at 7:30 PM

Saturday April 9 at 2 PM

Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM

Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM and 5 PM

Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets prices are $7-$25. You may call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader FOUR tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me who you would love to take to this show.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday April 4th and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: Review

Charlie-Brown-Banner--225x300Last Friday night, my family and I got to see A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  We were so excited.  Of course, we all love the television production of the show and wondered how the characters would be brought to life on stage.

The show opens with a giant television on stage and the characters popping out of the screen.  This was a great way to show kids which characters each actor represented.  Because, of course, in real life they look a little different! My kids were super impressed with Charlie Brown and his crew jumping out of the TV and wondered how in the world they did that.  It was pretty cool.

Charlie Brown, true to his character, was searching for the meaning of Christmas.  Linus, just like his TV counterpart, was there to explain it.  The story was very close to the television version, with extra fun pizzazz at the end with Santa and his reindeer.  I especially loved seeing Charlie Brown’s poor little tree dressed up in the end.

The characters and costumes were so bright and vibrant.  It was so much fun to watch. The Frisch Marionette Company did an excellent job, as I loved watching Woodstock fly around Snoopy, driving him a little batty! One of my favorites was how Pig Pen was portrayed…dirt and all!  You’ll have to see it to find out what I mean!

Here’s a little more about the show:

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s live rendition of everyone’s favorite holiday special. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  By Charles M. Schulz.  Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.  Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.  By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Puppets by The Frisch Marionette Company. Directed by Roderick Justice.  Choreographed by Jay Goodlett.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the TV program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through December 13th. Tickets prices are $7-$25 and show times are as follows:

  • Friday December 4th 7:30 PM
  • Saturday December, 5th at 2 PM
  • Sunday, December 6th at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday December 13th at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

We hope you get to kick off your holiday season with this awesome show!

Disclaimer:  I was provided tickets to this show in exchange for a giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.  We loved the show!

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati *GIVEAWAY*

Charlie-Brown-Banner--225x300I remember as a kid watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every holiday season. It was one of my favorite Christmas shows, and still is. I love that my children also enjoy it. It’s so great to be able to share this tradition with them. I’m even more excited to watch the stage version at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati with them this Friday!

Here’s a little more about the show:

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s live rendition of everyone’s favorite holiday special. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  By Charles M. Schulz.  Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.  Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.  By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Puppets by The Frisch Marionette Company. Directed by Roderick Justice.  Choreographed by Jay Goodlett.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the TV program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through December 13th. Tickets prices are $7-$25 and show times are as follows:

  • Friday December 4th 7:30 PM
  • Saturday December, 5th at 2 PM
  • Sunday, December 6th at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday December 13th at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me your favorite character from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Wednesday December 2ND and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid presented by TCT: Review

Ariel swimmingFriday night my family visited The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to see a performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

We loved it.  The kids were mesmerized the entire time.  From the moment Ariel’s sisters took the stage practicing their singing to the very end with Prince Eric and Ariel finally declared their love, they hung on every word. I thought that after seeing The Little Mermaid on screen so many times, they’d be tired of it.  But, the wonderful performance, brilliant colors and engaging songs drew them in and kept them there.

The underwater life in Disney’s The Little Mermaid set was fantastic. To create such a fun world for Ariel, puppets were created by The Frisch Marionette Company.  They captured the bright colors beneath the water’s surface and the fluid movements of ocean waves.  We loved watching the many creatures swim by as Sebastian sang Under the Sea…giant jelly fish, schools of fish, singing flamingos, a blow fish, a seahorse, clams and more.  It was so much fun to see them bring Ariel’s world to life.

Every part of Disney’s The Little Mermaid set made you feel like you were under the water.  I was very impressed when Prince Eric fell overboard and ‘floated’ to the surface.  Of course, he did this with the help of harnesses, but his movements were so fluid that he really seemed to float.  I noticed the kids eye glaze over as they watched Ariel come to save him and swim away pulling him to land. They were impressed too.

My favorite scene was when Ursula was first revealed.  The curtains opened to her dark, creepy under water lair.  Her tentacles waved like evil Ariel Ursulabranches swaying in the water.  It was fantastic. It took my kids a while to realize just how her tentacles moved…that’s how good it was! Ursula’s tentacles were also provided by The Frisch Marionette Company.

Our family really enjoyed this show.  And, there is still time for you to see it!  Show times are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 25 at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own.  We LOVED this show.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati provided my family with complementary tickets for this review and giveaway.

 

Aladdin JR. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati *GIVEAWAY*

image003.jpgMy kids are so excited to see Disney’s Aladdin JR. at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in a couple weeks!  They love the Disney animated version, and my daughter is very excited to see Jasmine on stage.

What about me?  Am I excited?

Yes!!  I am super excited because I always love to catch a performance by Bob Herzog.  In this production, he plays the hilarious Genie. I am so looking forward to it!

Here’s what Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has to say about the show:

Carpets will fly this April at the Taft Theatre!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati ends its 90th MainStage Season with DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR., April 10-12 and 18, 2015 at the Taft Theatre.  The show will be directed by Roderick Justice. Music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.  Book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs.  Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.  Based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker; Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

Aladdin is a street rat who must borrow and steal to survive. When he runs into Princess Jasmine the day before her arranged wedding, they begin an unlikely friendship. In captivity, Aladdin finds a magical lamp revealing a Genie who grants wishes.  Just wait till what happens next!  This show will take you to “A Whole New World.”

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR. is a collaboration with The Cincinnati Circus Company, who will bring jugglers,aerial acrobats, stilt walkers and more to the Taft Theatre stage!  And, Local 12’s Bob Herzog will be featured as the Genie!

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DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.,
is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through April 18 at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

Disney’s Aladdin JR. show times are as follows.  Tickets may be purchased at 1-800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 11 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 11 at 5 PM
Sunday, April 12 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 18 at 2 PM

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Lift to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, April 10th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me your favorite character from Disney’s Aladdin JR.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.  Tag @GoodLifeBlogger

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Thursday April 2nd and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

The Snow Queen at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati REVIEW

Good Life Snow Queen SliderFriday night I took my younger two kids, ages 5 and 7, to see The Snow Queen at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  They were expecting a performance like Frozen, even though I explained that this was something different.  I was a little worried they’d be disappointed.

They were not.

From the minute the dancing towns people came out on stage to the very end when the last character took a bow, their eyes were glued to the stage.

The Snow Queen is the story of Prince Kai and Princess Gerda, who are in love but Kai is too shy to ask the princess to be his bride.  Enter the Snow Queen. Kai asks her to grant his wish to have no emotion so he can ask the Princess to marry him.  She does not want to do this but is bound by the winter solstice to grant any wish that is requested.  What ensues is an adventure to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s curse.  Along the way we meet such funny characters as Kai’s valet, Winnifred the lady’s maid, and my favorite…a dancing reindeer.  Extra points if you can understand and pronounce his name!

The kids loved the show and always have lots of questions about the props, costumes, and actors.  This is a great performance to enjoy this holiday season with the entire family.  It is fast paced and fun.  There is no intermission and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is a great place for kids to have their first theater experience.

Remaining public performances of the show are:

  • Saturday  December 13, 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Performances are at the Taft Theatre, located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets range in price from $7-$25 and may be purchased on line at www.thechildrenstheatre.com

 

Disclosure:  I was given free tickets in exchange for a review and giveaway.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The Snow Queen at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati *GIVEAWAY*

Good Life Snow Queen SliderI love to go to the theater, especially around the holidays.  It just helps get everyone into the spirit of Christmas!  What better way to kick off this holiday season than with a live performance of The Snow Queen at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati? Starting Friday December 5th and running through Sunday December 13th, you can catch a performance at the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. There are a total of six performances for The Snow Queen, listed at the end of this post.

Check out what The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has to say about the show:

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati continues its 90th MainStage Season celebration with THE SNOW QUEEN, directed by Jay Goodlett. Music by Steve Goers, book and lyrics by Alyn Cardarelli.

Embrace the season with this chilling show, based on the original frozen fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.  In this wintry tale, a prince and princess find themselves torn apart by an ill-advised wish that the Snow Queen must grant during the Winter Solstice.  Come see Prince Kai, Princess Gerda and her comrades as they enter a world of the unknown to reunite with each other once again.

The story has been adapted by Chicago playwright Alyn Cardarelli, along with his Cincinnati writing partner Steve Goers.  Their collaborations on musicals for children include world premiere adaptations of Where the Wild Things Are, Stellaluna, and How I Became a Pirate. Productions of THE SNOW QUEEN were featured twice in the history of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati — once in 1965 performed at the Emery Theatre and once in 1975 performed at the Taft Theatre. THE SNOW QUEEN is ideal for family with children ages 4+.

Public performances of the show are:

  • Friday December 5, 7:30pm
  • Saturday December 6, 2:00pm and 5:00pm
  • Sunday, December 7, 2:00pm
  • Saturday  December 13, 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Performances are at the Taft Theatre, located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets range in price from $7-$25 and may be purchased on line at www.thechildrenstheatre.com

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with Family Friendly Cincinnati to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me why you want to win tickets.  Do you have a tradition of going to the theater during the holidays?  Would you like to take your child to the theater for the first time?  Let me know!  Share it here.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.  Tag @GoodLifeBlogger

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Saturday November 29th and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Whether you win or purchase tickets for the show, know that Q102 and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are collecting items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of THE SNOW QUEEN.  Bring any new or unwrapped item and deposit them in the Taft Theatre lobby.  

Disclosure:  I was given tickets to the show for helping with this giveaway.

Review: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR.

Willy Wonka Bob HerzogLast night, the kids and I headed to downtown Cincinnati and caught the opening night performance of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  It was fantastic.

My kids have seen both screen versions of the show and their school play this year is Willy Wonka, so they were excited to check out this version at Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  They were on the edge of their seats with their eyes glued to the stage the entire time, no exaggeration.

My oldest son and I were excited to see Bob Herzog of Local 12 as Willy Wonka, since we both love to watch him in Dance Party Friday.  Herzog did a great job of portraying Willy Wonka as an adult who was really a kid at heart, but was grown up enough to still be irritated by the ill-behaved kids who visited his chocolate factory.  His subtle, or sometimes not so subtle, jabs at their lack of manners was hilarious.  My 6 year old imitated Herzog’s funny strut and grunts for the rest of the night.  He loved his character.

The kids and I especially enjoyed watching the parents and their children take a boat ride down the chocolate river with Willy Wonka followed by ghosts and other spooky specters.  It was creepy, dreamy and very imaginative.  We forgot that we were watching actors on a stage, but were mesmerized by the floating mist and spectacular effects.  After the show, my oldest could not stop talking about the giant ‘scarecrow’ that chased the boat and how cool it was.

Another very cool part of the play was the Oompa-Loompas.  In the original screen version, many actors play the Oompa-Loompas.  In the next version with Johnny Dep, one actor played all 165 (yes, I looked that up) of the Oompa-Loompas.  In The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati version, there are six Oompa-Loompas played by different actors in glow-in-the-dark costumes and crazy glow-in-the-dark wigs.  Each time they came out to sing about the fate of the child who had just been removed from the chocolate factory, they were equally creepy and fascinating.  The singing was on target and the dancing was perfect.  I loved hearing their ‘riddles’.

image003.jpgIf you would like to see Willy Wonka JR., there is still time!  There are two more shows—tomorrow and next Saturday.  Show times are as follows:

Sunday, April 6 at 2 PM

Saturday, April 12 at 2 PM

You can order tickets on line HERE or call (513)569-8080 ext. 10.

Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore. There is plenty of parking downtown.  Last night we found $5 parking at the Chiquita Center, just a block from the theatre.  We have also parked in a lot right next to the theatre, but that fills up fast!

This was a fantastic way for us to kick off Spring Break.  We hope you can enjoy it too!

 

Disclaimer:  In exchange for a giveaway and review, my family received tickets to this show.  Rest assured, all opinions are my own.  We truly loved this show!!