I didn't care where I was going, just stepping inside made me feel like royalty. But, when my royal limo stopped and I was escorted out, I found myself standing in front of The Centre in the Square. I was completely euphoric. I had never seen a show before and the show was Cats!...That night forever changed my life! I became completely enthralled in theatre, especially how a simple black stage could be transformed into a back alley...into a far far away land...into NYC's Lower East Side...into whatever the director dreamed.
Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys, one of the most anticipated shows of the year, was coming to the Centre in the Square, I knew I had to grab tickets for Samantha and my 3-year-old-Dora-loving-niece!
I know, I know, Samantha isn't even 2 yet, how will she ever remember this experience. But I will remember the way her eyes lit up as the characters danced across the stage, this blog will remind her of her expressionless-mouth-gaped-open-stare she had as the stage came to life before her eyes, and more importantly I have created a memory, an experience and something that has left an impression on her, just as it did on me so many years ago.
Dora & Diego's VIP Adventure Party! What a great way to not only get a personal meet and greet with Dora & Diego, but the best way to burn off that extra energy before trying to sit your toddler in a seat for 70 min!
Samantha and my niece had an absolute blast at the Adventure Party. The DJ was mixin' the tunes, the room was filled with Dora ball pits, mini table and chairs and pop up tents for the children to play with and tables lined with Dora coloring sheets! Plus water and juice boxes for everyone to rehydrate after the energy drain. Each guest even got a special loot bag filled with Dora goodies, including a Dora The Explorer VIP badge!
This interactive performance got the entire audience on their feet dancing, singing and clapping away. The best part was that not only were the kids involved in the play, but the show was actually designed to teach them to explore, communicate, overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and discover a diverse and exciting world using song and dance!
Koba Entertainment's artist director, Patti Caplette, using the company's hallmark innovative multimedia technology to create a truly unique production and an all-star creative team including F&D Scene Changes and projection designer, Beth Kates, this live musical adventure is truly one of a kind and I am SO glad that I was able to give the girls a memory that will last a lifetime!
After the show had ended and the seats emptied, Samantha ran as quickly as her little booted feet would let her, up to the empty stage. Sorry Baby Girl, no encore this time.
Hmmm...now what show should I bring her to next?! I hear The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure is coming to town!