Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Rhapsody at Carousel Theatre for Young People

We were recently invited to the opening performance of Shakespearean Rhapsody at Carousel Theatre for Young People. I was excited to expose my daughter Ava to the theatre as we had never been before. I must admit I was a little hesitant regarding the style of play and use of old English language knowing my child's level of patience.

The play was based on three of the plays written by Mr. William Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The three plays were adapted by Mike Stack from the works of William Shakespeare, and the Shakespeare Can Be Fun series. 

As we found our seats, I scanned the audience to see how many young faces were in the crowd – there were children of various ages as the play is perfect for children ages four to nine years old.

As the play began, I wondered how quickly I would hear Ava complaining about the old style of English language.  Ava hath nay patience f'r truly listening. 

Within moments of the play beginning, you could hear the laughter of all ages echo throughout the dark auditorium.  Ava laughed, clapped and truly enjoyed herself. She had a great time, and said to me, “Mommy, I'd like to go again and see the same people, but different stories!"

The play had beautiful costumes, colourful sets, singing and dancing. The stories were beautifully adapted to be entertaining for children as well as adults.  

The actors, no matter which characters they played performed with grace, humor and above all stayed in character. Each actor put forth a performance that made the toughest of critics want to come back for more! Ava gave them all 2 thumbs up!

All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon and we were delighted to have the opportunity to attend. Finding a parking spot on Granville Island can be a bit of challenge so be sure to arrive early to leave yourself enough time to find parking. We recommend making a day of it - having lunch, walking around the Granville Island and enjoying your time together at the theatre.

Show Details:
The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island
February 28 – March 29, 2015
Ages: 4 - 9 years old
Show Duration: 60mins no intermission

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