If you have young children, you know how hard it can be to keep them occupied during Seattle’s seemingly interminable rainy season. Kids might be impervious to the weather, but parents are not (at least not me). If you’re looking for a great way to entertain your children without having to brave the elements outside, look no further than StoryBook Theater. Since my two toddlers constantly want to go somewhere, I was thrilled to be invited to StoryBook’s current production, The Frog Prince. The Frog Prince tells the story of how Princess Honey and a giant frog help Queenie to save the family ranch from the evil Duke.
StoryBook Theater was founded in 1998 with the specific goal of introducing young children to the magic of theater. Their musicals are 55 minutes long because they know toddlers won’t sit still longer than that. Their shows are also interactive because as any child will demonstrate, clapping and yelling at the stage are very important to their musical theater experience. With bright costumes and funny characters, StoryBook Theater is sure to please. Parents and grandparents will enjoy the shows too as they teach children lessons,Â including ideas such as treating each other nicely, keeping promises, and helping your friends. The Frog Prince was alsoÂ filled with clever humor only adults would understand, similar to the jokes in Looney Tunes cartoons. At the end of the shows, children from the audience get to ask questions and obtain autographs from the actors.
Although shows are geared primarily towards 3 to 10 year olds, many families brought younger siblings, including infants, to The Frog Prince, and all ages loved the show. I strongly encourage you to check out StoryBook Theater. It’s an easy, no pressure way to entertain your children and introduce them to theater. The Frog Prince plays through February 12, 2012 at the Kirkland Performance Center, March 4 in Seattle, and March 11 in Everett. And never underestimate the impact theater can have on young children. There’s a story circulating about the Seattle Children’s Theatre’s production of Harold and the Purple Crayon and how the performance was able to touch an autistic child in ways that no one else could. Maybe no one’s pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but theater can truly be magical.