In case you forgot, in February, we told you about how The Backyardigans were coming to Ottawa and we were giving away tickets! The Kids were given the opportunity to attend and they were so excited. Except, we changed our plans and ended up staying in Mexico longer. But all was not lost because Tia Rene and Sidney got a chance to go instead. I’ve assured The Kids that the next time a Koba Entertainment show comes to Ottawa, they’ll be in the seats.
Before you hear all about the show, if you’re interested in attending a performance yourself, there is still time! They are touring in Ontario until April 27 and tickets are still available and sell for around $30 each.
I used to go to concerts and live theater quite a lot – before I had kids. I had been worried that kid-focused productions would be torture to sit through (for the adults at least). That is, until we went to see Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure.
Dive into the action as these five friends explore clues, discover underwater magic, and match wits with an all-too-tidy octopus and a pair of playful (but messy!) dolphins. With a splashy range of song-and dance styles to wade along to – including psychedelic soul, Bollywood, bossa nova, and more – our heroes save the day.
The Excitement in the Theatre was Palpable!
Most of the kids in attendance appeared to be 18m-4 years old and they waited with anticipation for the show to start. The kids took advantage of the booster seats provided by the theatre, which was a good choice as it allowed a better view of the stage. And what a lot there was to see!
Of course there were the Backyardigans themselves: Austin, Tyrone, Tasha, Pablo and Uniqua heading out on an undersea adventure. But what really piqued my interest were the non-suited performers that played the other roles – from the egocentric octopus and the disgruntled kelp guy, to the very graceful head beautician. I was impressed and entertained by the caliber of singing, dancing and acting on display and the two 3.5 year old girls were captivated.
I loved that the production incorporated many different music and dance styles, in keeping with Backyardigans tradition. I noted Bollywood, Bossanova, Hip Hop and Ballet among the entertaining numbers. By far my favourite musical piece was a jive-style song and dance number all about being grumpy (the kids clapped frantically for it too).
The length of the show was well suited to the audience, with a two 30-minute acts broken up with a 20-minute intermission. There was lots of talking throughout the show, which is expected with a room full of kids but the volume of the production was loud enough to still hear easily, without being deafening for small sensitive ears. And, the message of adventure, working together, using your imagination and having fun was evident with or without sound.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised and quite entertained by the Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure. The kids are still talking about it nonstop to anyone who will listen – the experience certainly was one to remember. Being a parent is no longer an excuse to avoid the theatre!