The singing and acting were good – not great, but good. It took the Shrek / Toy Story approach of including adult humor that would go over kids’ heads, while keeping the parents entertained. I actually thought they put more focus on that than on the part that was aimed at the kids though. Also, intermission was a bit too long for that age of audience.
Venue was perfect – a solar-powered small theater in Venice, off of Abbot Kinney. Great environmentally friendly, trendy spot with very cool vibe. Liked getting to share that setting with my daughter, for sure.
The girls were able to go up onto the set before the show, during intermission, and after the show, which was really fun for them. The music from the show was playing, and the kids had a great dance party.
There were also small kid-sized seats in the front row, which was nice. However there were not nearly enough for all the kids who wanted to take those seats, so that caused some minor upsets.
To be fair, I should do a little disclosure. It may sound like this is a bit over-critical. But, as mother to a preschool aged girl, I’m not a fan at ALL of the force-fed princess culture that has somehow permeated our society on an alarming level. Don’t’ get me wrong. I’m a fan of femininity, to be sure. However, I really don’t see any redeeming value in the over-promoted, over-hyped princess madness – particularly the Disney princesses.
To that end, I activly steer my daughter clear of the Disney princesses. Which takes a TON of work, unfortunately. They're on every stich of clothing, shoes, backpacks, and lunch bags of her peers at the park and school. They're marketed to her everywhere from the grocery store (though we tend not to shop at those types of markets anwyay), to the flipping dentist - who pimps her out with princess stickers and toothpaste, to the band aid aisle at Target. It actually sickens me that ANY one perspective is that heavily targeted towards children.
Anyway, I view everything I expose my daughter to through the lens of what life lesson it can teach her. That may mean just simple fun, or maybe it’s a deep moral value – either way, everything presented to her, at this age especially, is an opportunity to shape her as a thoughtful, engaged, and empathetic person.
In my view, the values expressed in the highly commercialized princess culture boil down to vanity, superiority, exclusivity, materialism, and not being fulfilled without a man (more specifically, a PERFECT man). Sorry, but I don’t see any benefit to instilling that in my daughter. If the attributes of princesses were focused on kindness, benevolence, generosity… perhaps. But sadly, that’s not the case whatsoever.
It's worth catching, but only if you have no objections to princess culture overall. If you're trying to steer your kids away from these themes, perhaps this isn't the show to see.
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