Posted by: instanthausfrau | October 7, 2008

The Search for the Green Sheep Still A Great Time.

Finding the Sun Sheep

Finding the Sun Sheep

We made it to the Green Sheep last week, but I’ve only been able to get a photo uploaded now (which is a shame, as I grabbed more, but Comcast hates South Seattle). Not much has changed since I reviewed the show last year; still a four person and many-sheep cast, but this time, you’ll find the sheep pen on stage at the Charlotte Martin Theater, the after-show offerings a little changed, and no free passes to the Children’s Museum afterwords.

The parents-of-toddlers audience on Tuesday was eager to find their seats (don’t bother, the theater is locked); instead, when you arrive, take the time to explore the lobby, take photos in the provided sheep photo-op, and hit the restroom for one last time. The actors will come out to the lobby as the show starts, and when the search for the Green Sheep is fruitless in the lobby, you’ll be lead onto the stage together for the show.

Tip to parents who find their minds wandering: the Seattle Children’s Theater is staging “Night of the Living Dead” for a teen crowd right now, and the spooky forest scrims are hanging around the sheep pen periphery. As your child is busy being enamoured with ‘wave sheep’ and ‘train sheep’, imagine what ‘zombie sheep’ would look like. You’re welcome.

Needless to say, the show remains a fabulous example of staging for the smallest of small children. You are sitting on the floor for the duration of the show (seats are provided outside the pen for those in need, but you’ll miss a lot of the action from the outside vantage point), so a padded green carpet is provided, but children can stand and dance and move as they need to. The action moves around you in a theater-in-the-reverse-round style, helping keep smaller attention spans engaged. Bring a camera, not for use during the show (which is prohibited), but to catch photos of your child with the various sheep in the pen afterword. While last year’s “acting lesson” after the show has been dropped, you are actively encouraged to line up to pet the green sheep, play with the instruments from the “band sheep” corner, or hear the green sheep storybook read by one of the performers. There was even impromptu dancing with bubbles for several kids at the end of our show.

Can’t wait for Goodnight Moon now, and tickets are already on sale for April.

The Green Sheep
Now through November 2nd, The Charlotte Martin Theater
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109

$13/ticket, tickets required for all attending children & adults. Recommended for ages 1 – 4.

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