By: Danielle McFadden
This summer my parents purchased tickets to go see the Little Mermaid at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. It’s such a quaint theatre and we were excited to bring Zoe there for one of her first live plays. Much to our surprise when the curtains opened, the production was entirely comprised of kids! I was amazed at the play, from the set to the costumes to the budding actors and actresses bringing the tale of the Little Mermaid alive – right in front of our eyes!
One of the things that I enjoyed most about the show (besides watching Zoe’s excitement throughout) was the sense of community among the actors and the audience. During intermission and after the show, you could overhear people talking to and about the actors – they were their children, friends, neighbors and, in that moment, stars.
After the show ended, all the characters went outside for a meet and greet. In a two year old’s eyes, she was really meeting Ariel. How exciting is that?
A production like this opens our little ones up to the possibilities available to them. Do you want to star in a play? Transform stages and people into the stories we read and dream about? Make a child’s day by taking a picture with them? These are the opportunities that we can give to our children that help shape them and make them who they will be when they get older.
I highly recommend checking out the Ogunquit Playhouse and their summer series for kids. Whether you are staying up in Maine on vacation or taking a day trip, it’s definitely worth it!