The Little Match Girl Off-Broadway Production
“While modernizing this timeless classic, I intend to uplift the tragic story of the Little Match Girl, while staying true to the story and Victorian era costumes and scenery,” says director Ganakas. “Through magical realism, she conjures up images of her family in the most cherished times of her life, offering hope in her time of need. As theater offers escapism, so does the imagination captured by this little girl, and therefore we lose ourselves in her journey.”
Tips for Theater with Children
Theater with children can be fun and memorable, however there are some tips that can keep it this way and make the experience smoother.
Practice before you go: Not sure if your children will enjoy the live-action nature of a show? Practice before by playing a musical production on the TV such as Shrek the Musical or Newsies on Netflix. Make it fun by popping popcorn or baking treats and having a theater night at home.
Talk about it. There is more to discuss with your children than just letting them know they will need to be quiet and sit nicely in a theater while the play is going. How will you get there? Will there be mass transit that they need to be prepared for? Let your children know to expect crowds and masses of people before and after the show.
Discuss how you will handle souveniers. Before you go, talk about the high cost of souveniers is, what your budget might be for them if you decide that is a route you want to go, and how your children can save money before they go.
Read the brochure. Gaining a respect for the actors and actresses that perform in the show, and the hard work that is put into such a production is important to teach your children. Flip through the brochure, read some of the bios of the actors and actresses, and talk about them with your children.
Listen to the music ahead of time. If you have access to the music to the production ahead of time, listen to the soundtrack or a few songs with your children. Similar to how going to a concert is more fun when you can sing and dance along to the music, your children will enjoy recognizing the songs that are sung and will enjoy humming or rocking to the beat.