Thursday, November 20, 2014

Galli Theater

We were not financially compensated for this post. We received free tickets to Galli Theater's production of Rapunzel for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
 Me - Galli Theater, wow! We went to see Rapunzel at Galli Theater's Fairytale Theater. It was adorable the way all the little kids were participating in the show. At one point the prince was blind and he was walking around asking all the little kids if they were Rapunzel. One little girl said, "I'm Rapunzel." When the prince asked if anyone wanted to escort him to the princess all the little girls got up and grabbed his arm and were leading him to Rapunzel. The actors were so good with the kids they found ways to incorporate all the little kids into the show while still staying  in character. I especially loved the character of the prince in the show. He had this amazing accent. I don't know if it was real or not, but I loved it. The theater itself was so cute. It is tiny, but it is perfect for little kids. They had these cute little chairs in the front row just for the kids. They were adorable. Both the kids and the chairs. I had as much fun watching the reactions to the show of the little kids at Galli Theater's Fairytale Theater as I did watching the show itself.
 Mom -  I was very impressed by Galli Theater's production of Rapunzel. Galli Theater doesn't have a big fancy theater. They have a tiny theater and a small stage. They don't have elaborate productions. Their sets kind of look like something you'd find in a high school production of a show. What Galli Theater does do well is cater to their audience, and their audience doesn't care about things like big stages and fancy sets. They don't even care that they are not seeing the Disney versions of fairy tales that they are probably used to and Galli Theater's fairy tales still end happily.The audience is made up of mostly of kids under 10. All they want to do is have a good time. Galli Theater certainly gives them that. Where else can kids get to give advice to a grown-ups, help a prince find his princess and dance on stage among other things. If you're a kid and you get to go to the theater and do all that, what is not to love? Not one child that I saw left that theater without a happy smile on his or her face. How often can you say that about a show or anything for that matter? Kudos to the talented actors who bring Galli Theater's fairytales to life. The actors appearing in the current production of  Rapunzel are Simon Geronimo as the husband/prince, Kristina Cloetingh as the wife/Rapunzel and Sarah Sutliff as Mother Goethel. No matter what their young audience says or does they never break character and they never stop making their audience feel welcome and feel a part of the show. If you're in the New York area or you're going to be in the New York area, and you have young children that you would to take to the theater, and you go see one of Galli Theater's Fairytale production, you won't regret it, and neither will your kids.
And that's our view.  What fairytale would you or your kids love to see on stage?

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