This may sound strange, but there’s a part of me that is outright obsessed with giving my son lots of opportunities to fall in love with the theater. Experiencing a great show is like reading a great novel — if it sucks you in, you never want the story to end. You’re forced to step outside of yourself, and maybe even learn something deep about the human experience.
Now I can’t promise that the fall/winter plays at the New Victory Theater will be that enlightening for your kids, but with their incredible line-up of shows, you can introduce your kids to a variety of performance art, some hailing from around the globe.
There’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (for kids 8+) at the end of this month, with its promise of deep-sea adventure, and then several performances of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a comedic tale of a family who opens their home to penguins (for 4 to 7 year olds). But I’m most excited about Chotto Desh, a story of one boy’s journey to become a dancer, that’s told with beautiful visual effects. Think: colorful projections of animals on the walls, while a troop of contemporary dancers flit about. Mother Africa, a circus spectacular set in Capetown with holiday themes, features an energetic display of acrobatics, fancy footwork and live music. There are even shows for kids under 5, so the littlest theater goers aren’t left out.
The New Victory Theater, located in Times Square, is the only theater company in the city devoted only to children’s theater, and there are about a dozen shows to choose from. (They’re great starter shows if you’re working up to Broadway!) Check out their entire lineup. *Not to be missed!*