Posted on: February 1, 2013
Childplay’s “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type” is a show that I was looking forward to seeing this season. I saw it with my 4-year old daughter last weekend. We absolutely loved it. She liked it so much that she wants to see it again. If you have a little one, I highly suggest that you don’t miss it!
Childsplay, a professional theatre company for young audiences, is known for high-quality, entertaining productions. Click Clack Moo, based on the book by Doreen Cronin, is about Farmer Brown and his animals, a duck, two cows and a hen. Farmer Brown is happy with the way things are, but the animals not happy with their working conditions. They are cold at night and they want electric blankets. They can’t communicate this to him (all he hears are moos and clucks instead of their passionate pleas). However when they stumble upon a typewriter, they start typing notes to him. This story teaches about problem solving and negotiations. And, it’s told through funny lines and lots of songs.
The set for Click Clack Moo was so colorful and fun. It is performed in the studio space at the Tempe Center for the Arts. This smaller theatre allows audience to sit very close to the stage, making it feel like we were part of the action. The actors did an amazing job at telling the story, singing and dancing. They are absolute pros.
There were also a few interactive elements before and after the show. Children could use a typewriter (remember those?) to make note of what they could use to make their lives better. My daughter’s answer was a “chocolate tree.” If only we could be so lucky!
And, when we walked out of the theater, the ushers handed us a flyer with questions for the ride home. Some of the questions were “How do you ask for things that you really want?” and “How did the actors use their voices and bodies to help you believe they were animals?” I was so happy to have these suggestions to make our outing even more of a learning experience for my daughter.
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