What’s below is a theatre review Levi and I wrote together two and a half years ago. I thought of it on a recent trip to Huntington High School to see a wonderfully colorful and energetic production of The Little Mermaid musical.
I published this on facebook originally, but didn’t save a copy anywhere else. Thankfully, Chuck Minsker posted it on his Tri-State Theatre blog (http://herald-dispatchblogs05.blogspot.com/) and I was able to find it there. Thanks, Chuck.
Let’s get a review from a theatre newbie (and his much more experienced dad), as local playwright Jonathan Joy joins forces with his three-and-a-half-year-old son Levi to review “Superman:”
(Jon notes that this review contains SPOILERS regarding the preshow.)
Jon: Did you like the play?
Jon: What was your favorite part?
Levi: Spider-Man. (Spider-Man makes an appearance during the preshow and my son is a huge Spider-Man fan.)
Jon: Did you like the singing and dancing?
Jon: Did you like it when Superman was flying through the air?
Jon: Do you want me to take you to see more plays?
He also talked quite a bit about the ninjas and, upon returning home, proclaimed at least six times, “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!”
He thoroughly enjoyed it.
He was also a big fan of the bathroom at Huntington High School, as we made at least five trips in just under two hours.
He did have one suggestion. He thought Iceman and Firestar should have also been included in the preshow. (Big thumbs up for including one of the Incredibles, though.)
I was a bit concerned halfway through the first act when he asked to leave, but it turned out he just had to go to the bathroom. Each time we went to the bathroom he said, “We better hurry. Superman is going to be very angry.”
Nice job, First Stage! Thank you very much!
Okay, back to present day now. On our recent The Little Mermaid trip, Levi only made one trip to the bathroom and was thoroughly engaged for every bit of the show’s two and a half hour length. (The popcorn and Sprite helped.) If that’s not a testament to the fine work Helen Freeman and her students did, I don’t know what is. I tried conducting a similar interview to concoct another review, but he only shared that he really liked the show, all the characters, all the songs, etc. (He didn’t want to pick any favorites.)
In short, congrats Huntington High School on a fine performance.