Now that Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is in full swing, why not take a break from shopping and baking and create a new family tradition with your children or grandchildren with Mrs Claus and the Littlest Reindeer.
Beginning this weekend and continuing through the weekend of the 17th & 18th, Apple Holler is proud to present Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer. This is an original live production that emphasizes the values of kindness, inner strength and the spirit of the holidays.
During this interactive performance, children (as well as adults) are reminded that the quality of one’s character is more important than their outward appearance. In addition to the play, children will receive a homemade holiday cookie, as well as take part in a holiday activity.
But wait there’s more….there will be a special surprise appearance by Santa Claus, after which everyone will head outdoors to see the holiday display and go for a ride on the Candy Cane Express. Children will also have an opportunity to visit with a real live reindeer. There will be opportunities to have a picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, so make sure you bring your camera or have your smartphone charged and ready to snap away.
There are so many amazing reasons why exposing young children to theatre is good for them, and for you. We wanted to highlight just a few of the reasons below:
- Taking young children to the theatre is a memorable experience for them because it exposes them to the arts at a young age.
- Through live performances children learn about characters from every background imaginable, and while learning about these characters, young children learn to appreciate the qualities that make us all unique and special.
- Children will also learn some great life lessons and morals by viewing live performances. In the production of Mrs. Claus and Littlest Reindeer, there are some great lessons that are taught during the performance. These life lessons make a great foundation to show young children how to respond in similar situations.
- Watching a live performance allows a child’s imagination to grow, create, think and play. Exposing children, especially young children to live theatre shows them that they can do anything with their imagination and that can open a whole new world to them.
We also know that depending on the age of the child as well as the energy level of the child, taking them to a live performance and expecting them to sit still for 90 minutes can be overwhelming. To be honest, sitting still that long for most adults can be a bit much at times, can’t it?
We wanted to share just a few tips that will make attending a live performance easy for both child and parent or grandparent.
- When you are bringing young children to the theatre, start off with a short production. Our production of Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer runs about 25 minutes. The run time of the production is long enough for children to become immersed in the story and the lessons of the story, but not so long that they start getting antsy.
- Our performance is at 10 a.m. in the morning and the entire event should last about 90 minutes, which means it will be over well before their afternoon naptime.
- Bring something along (perhaps a coloring book) to entertain your child before the performance begins.
- Enjoy the show! Our performance is interactive, and just long enough to share a good story and great message, but not too long for children to get bored. Once the performance is over, there are some great activities for them to participate in, allowing them to do what young children do best and that is MOVE their bodies.
One last tip….watch the faces of your children as they see the characters in the production come to life and cherish these lifelong memories you creating.
For more information or to make reservations for one of the weekend shows, call us at 262-884-7100.