Friday night I took Lydia and my pretty princess goddaughter R to see Dora Live! on stage. This wasn't the first time I've seen this particular story live on stage. Years ago, a traveling company brought their version to TPAC and we saw it along with our friends the Schartz's. This version was on a much smaller stage and scale, but the talent was most definitely not. It was playing at The Helen Hocker Center for Performing Arts, which usually puts on productions staffed mainly by youths in the area. The kids in this show were amazing. No one looked a day over 13 and yet they all looked like they'd been performing for decades. I was more than impressed with the show and the girls LOVED IT. I mean, they really, truly loved it. I was concerned that perhaps the show wouldn't keep Lydia's attention, but I had nothing to worry about. The cast got the whole audience (which I'm positive was less than 100 and the show was sold out!) involved.
This was before the show, shortly after we told Lydia where we were going. And yes, they both wore tutus and R also wore the tiara. They were both definitely ready for 'the theatah'.
Lydia was positively giddy when we walked into the theater and saw the stage with this up on the display.
Lydia was singing, 'Isa turn the wheel, turn the wheel Isa' and the Dora theme song before the show began.
Not sure why Lydia looks ticked off here. A second earlier she was squealing with delight when I told her they could go on stage for a photo.
This was the icing on the cake. The cast lined up to meet and greet the audience when we exited the theater.