Apr 05 2011

Madagascar Live at the Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

When my husband suggested that we have a family outing this past weekend, my first thought was to turn to Goldstar * half-price tickets to theater, concerts, comedy and sports to see what half-price tickets we could find.  The Harlem Globetrotters were in town, but the discounted tickets for that event were already gone by the time we got our plans together.  Instead, we found tickets to Madagascar Live at the Orpheum Theatre.

Exposing the kids to the fine arts is important to us, but with four kids, it’s hard to afford expensive theater productions.  The cheapest tickets I could have bought through Ticketmaster for the production would have been $45 each with all of the fees.  Through Goldstar, I got excellent seats (center section, row H) for just $25 each.  (I had referral credit through Goldstar that covered the $6/ticket fees.)  Picking up the tickets was a breeze; I just showed my ID at the Will-Call window and we were on our way.

Concessions ($3 beverages and snacks) and trinkets ($20 light spinners) were available for purchase before the show, and we realized too late that the theater had a limited number of booster cushions available to help the little ones see.  Fortunately for us, the seats in front of us were empty, so our kids had a clear view of the stage.

The audience was comprised of mostly very young children, preschool age, but our 8- and 10-year-old boys enjoyed the show as much as our younger girls.  We talked about such things as characters and sets and willing suspension of disbelief and how a play is different from a movie, even if the story is similar.

When the curtain went up, the kids were at the edge of their seats, watching to see what would happen next.  We were close enough to see the characters’ faces, which I appreciated, but I think any seats in the theater would have afforded an excellent experience as the costumes and sets were large and bold.

The story, costumes, and singing were excellent, and I couldn’t find any flaws in the performance.  I loved the penguins and their covert efforts, and each of the kids had a different favorite.

There was just one part, just after intermission, where the stage is dark except for green eyes peering out, that was scary for my girls.  Other than that, the play was fun for the kids.  There were several humorous lines that brought chuckles from the adults while the kids didn’t even notice they were missing anything.

The show ran about an hour and a half with one intermission, and at the end, the actors had the kids up from their seats, singing and dancing along before the final curtain was dropped.

I was very pleased with this performance and would not hesitate to take my kids to see a similar performance, especially at a discounted ticket price.  The production was of very high caliber.

The show has moved on from Minneapolis, but has upcoming performances in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City.

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  2. MomofTwo on 05 Apr 2011 at 4:21 pm

    We were at the show on opening night. I took DD and we went with some friends. My friend’s little 5 year old girl belived these were “real” characters until sometime during the 2nd act when it occured to her that it was people in costumes. So precious.

    We had never been to the Orpheum before and were pretty excited to see it. Love all the architecture. It’s beautiful.

  3. Traci on 05 Apr 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’m glad to hear your older kids liked it, because we’re going to the NYC show in two weeks. Gotta check out Goldstar!

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