There is a fine line between when our kids are cautiously skeptical of people in costume and when they are able to enjoy a performance for what it is: a show!
Knowing it could still go either way with our three- and two-year-olds, we recently ventured to the Northwest Children’s Theater production of “Busy Town,” complete with an exit plan if anyone was scared. Forget scared, they were in awe and hung on every word, song and dance, laughing at all the funny parts and pouting right along with characters when they were sad. Perfect for their ages and those a little older, NW Children’s Theater proved to be a great introduction to theater and live characters. And, while the show was a hit, seeing the characters up-close was only embraced by our older daughter, shown with Lowly Worm and Betsy Bear and Huckle Cat.
“Busy Town” closed on April 1, but “El Zorrito: The Legend of the Boy Zorro” is up next, running May 4-27.
Portland has a second company (Oregon Children’s Theatre) offering a full season of shows as well, so parents are sure to find a show that suits their kids’ ages and interests. If you have a real performer on your hands, check into summer camps at both theaters as well.