Perhaps the only thing I enjoy more than going to the theater is taking my kids to the theater. Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking The Girl and The Middle One to see Freckleface the Musical at the MMAC Theater in NYC. It is a fantastic space that is set up so that the show feels like your very own personal performance which is great for engaging kids.
The musical, based on the books of the same title by actress Julianne Moore, is centered around the timely themes of bullying and friendship. The songs were a great mix of toe tapping and tear jerking and each character was better than the next. As a parent, I love the message of learning to love yourself and not worry what others might think. As a theater goer, I appreciated the way the show gave that message in a way that wasn’t sugar-sweet or watered down. There was powerful stuff happening, but the musical is so entertaining, you never felt lectured to. The lessons were subtly wrapped in a fun, freckle-faced package.
We all loved the show and my little theater buffs even got to go backstage to meet some of the cast. The Girl came armed with a notebook and questions that the actors were gracious enough to take very seriously.
As I stole sidelong glances to see that each kid was fully engrossed in the show, I hoped that they were taking the lyrics to heart about it being OK to be different and to love being yourself. Each of my babies is Perfectly Perfect to me and, just like the mom in the show, I know it will be too soon when hearing that from me won’t be enough.
It was a wonderful day in the city not only because Freckleface the Musical was so fantastic, but because my two companions gave me the best seat in the house.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets as a member of Mama Drama for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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