Review of “Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle”

By Lily Fox, Childsplay Kid Reporter, Age 7.

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Should you go see Childsplay’s Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle?  Yuppy puppy!  I don’t think I blinked during this entire play.  If you are a parent, you might cry, because it is deep and emotional and kinda sad too, but it is not sad at the end.  My mom cried and so did other people.  It is about a girl who wants to be a cowgirl and a stray dog she finds.  She has to go to her grandma’s house because her dad doesn’t have enough money to pay the mortgage on their house.  I had to ask my mom about this, and she explained that this is what the grandma is talking about when she says the bank steals people’s houses.  It is a new play, and it was written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez.  When I interviewed them after the show, the cast members said that it was very exciting to perform a new play and it was different every time they performed it.

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I think this play is really important because it helps young children realize that there are lots of different kinds of families.  Do you have a family that is not a “picture book” family?  The girl, Cory (played by Osiris Cuen), is living with her grandma (Chanel Bragg) instead of with a dad and mom, and that works as a family too, even if it is hard at first for the grandma and Cory.  When I interviewed the actors, Chanel Bragg said she came from a family that was big and loud in a good way, and all the other cast members came from big families too, but they could understand what it was like to be in a small family.   I think it was also important that the story took place in a kinda bad neighborhood (there are scary dogs loose there), because kids need to see all kinds of neighborhoods in plays and stories.  Some of the themes were a little bit scary, but the show itself wasn’t too scary for little kids.

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It was also funny.  For instance, Grandma Autumn gave Cory some chicken soup and she kept saying it was “chicken poooooooop.”  And did you know that when Cory asked for Tabasco Sauce, they used real Tabasco Sauce?  She doesn’t actually eat it, though.  During the backstage tour and interview, I also learned that there are actually four different hats for Grandma Autumn’s church hat (the hat is important in the plot).   They need to be different in different parts of the story and they couldn’t change just one hat fast enough.  Here’s how the dog (played by Carlos Lara) wags his tail:  he actually has a seatbelt attached to a piece of cardboard that is attached to a wire, so if he moves his behind, his tail wags.  He was really good at acting like a dog!  His woof sounded like a real dog.

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It is too bad this play isn’t showing for a longer time, because I think lots of kids should see it.  My family is not the “picture book” kind either, and this was one of my favorite Childsplay plays ever!

Lily
Childsplay Kid Reporter

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Review of Childsplay’s “The Cat in the Hat”

By Lily Fox, Age 7

Did you know that only one of the actors in the current production of “The Cat in the Hat” has a cat? Debra Stevens, who plays Thing One, has a naughty cat. I found this out when I got to go backstage and interview the actors. I have a cat too and that’s one of the main reasons I particularly liked “The Cat in the Hat.” I think you should go see this play because I bet it will make you laugh, and watching the play will make you feel like you are in the house with the Cat.

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Here are two things that I really liked about the play. The pantomimes in the play were funny and made the audience laugh a lot. I also liked the set because it seemed like the kites that Thing One and Thing Two were flying in the house were actually flying. They really had strings that were attached to them and some were hand-held and metal and stiff. When I went backstage I got to fly one and it was very fun. I bet the actors enjoy it. Also, here is a sneaky thing about the box for Thing One and Thing Two: there was actually a flap that the actors could get out of, which I wondered about because Katie McFadzen (who played the Cat) carried the box and I couldn’t believe it had two people inside! The machine that the cat uses to clean up the mess was also cool. It actually doesn’t drive on its own. One of the actors pushes it. Another part of the production I liked was the fish. They had a guy on stage (Ricky Araiza) using a puppet in a fishbowl to be the fish. He was dressed in an orange suit that made him look like the fish.

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So, how did they make the short poem and picture book into a long play? They used the pantomimes I talked about earlier. For instance, when Sally and her brother were in the window and bored, they tried to have fun with a bike, balls and other stuff, but it didn’t work. This was all done in pantomime. When the Cat says goodbye, he does a dramatic ballet dance exit, and one of the actors said that was their favorite part. Another thing the actors said was that it was very easy to memorize the rhyming lines in the play, but it was difficult too, because if you got something wrong the rhyme was over and the audience would know.

Although the play was the best part, I liked the Childsplay 360 activities because they were kind of fun to do while waiting for the play to start. There was one where you could make your own poem, for instance. These were great because little kids sometimes get bored waiting for the play to start. I know because I have done that.

Go see this play! Even if you are a dog person.

 Lily
Childsplay Kid Reporter