Aladdin has made its way to South Florida and is open at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach until December 23rd. Theatre lover or not, this show has something for everyone… even the youngest theatre goer.
The Kravis Center website recommends the show for ages 6 and up.
What Can I Expect?
The most amazing lighting and costuming of any show. Now I’m not expert, but the entire show was top to bottom amazing. The high school theatre nerd in me kept wondering how they were able to fill the space to make it feel magical. It’s hard to explain how the scenery, backdrops and lighting can completely change the feel of a show and make adults and kids alike feel wonder.
The storyline follows the animated movie pretty closely with a few minor character additions, it does not change the story at all, but allows for more diversity on stage. There were also additional songs that were added, that I was told were cut from the movie version… don’t quote me on that though. You can’t believe everything you read on the internet (wink, wink).
Should I Take My Kids?
Of course! I am a huge believer in taking your kids to the theatre and this is a wonderful show to start with. Keep in mind the time the show starts. If it is an 8pm showing… consider if your kids will be able to sit still at that time of night without falling asleep. A matinee might be the way to go with younger kids.
Something I had not considered because my son is older is that some kids might not be able to see over adults in front of them. Michelle, from Modern Boca Mom, had the brilliant idea of bringing in her daughter’s booster seat from the car so she had a better view and didn’t struggle to see the action taking place.
Please note, if you have a child with sound sensitivities there are quite a few loud bangs and crashes. A few even made me jump. This is something that might startle younger ones if they are not expecting it, but with ear plugs or fair warning it might not be a problem.
Is it all – age appropriate?
If you are OK with everything that happens in the Disney animated movie, then everything will be fine. There are sword fighting scenes, but more to help with the setting and conflict. Nothing gory or scary.
My overall review is that this is a great show for date night or a family day out. It is a feel good story of an underdog that wins in the end. If you are looking for something to do while your family is in town for the holidays or a gift experience, add this to your gift list for sure!