If you grew up in the U.S., chances are that you have fond memories of Sesame Street, the characters you loved, the things the show taught you. And Sesame Street is where word-magician Mo Willem got his start, as a writer and an animator. Now, years later, his characters Elephant Gerald and Piggie have leapt off the pages of Willem’s books and onto the stage at Merrill Auditorium, in the rollicking children’s musical, Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!" The production this weekend takes place Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m., tickets are $15. Children ages 4+ will be the ideal audience.
In a nutshell, the play is about how what happens next is less important than who’s going to be there with you, namely, your best bud. Elephant and Piggie go through such tribulations as what to wear to a fancy pool costume party, how long to wait for your friend before you eat all the ice cream yourself, and how mad you’re going to stay at that same friend because they threw your favorite toy. Then, through the wonder of words and music, Elephant and Piggie come to an important epiphany: this whole time, they’ve been in a play, and hey, look out there, all our other friends are really here! At that point, the audience-participation factor gets ramped up by a factor of ten, and, long story short, your kids bring home the best, worst earworms since Frozen. Orders have been known to come up from young captains to get on Amazon and buy all the Elephant & Piggie books. Fair warning. But don’t worry, all the reviews are saying that adults have fun at the musical, too.