I love that my kids think that the San Diego Junior Theater‘s production of The Sound of Music is the best junior theater musical they’ve seen so far. I totally agree, but I wasn’t expecting that reaction from them. The performance is intended for children ages 6 and older because of mature topics like falling in love, becoming a nun and the Third Reich. But the music and the talent of those young actors transcend the grown-up themes and leave even little ones humming “The hills are alive, with the sound of music….” all day long.
The Sound of Music opened last weekend and is the first of eight shows coming to the Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park for the 2012-2013 season. Some performances, like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Guys and Dolls, are recommended for ages 10 and older, but others will be fun for all ages including Doctor Dolittle, A Little Princess, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Go, Dog, Go!
Just before The Sound of Music began, the sweetest little girl was brought up on stage and everyone in the theater sang “happy birthday” to her. She was presented with a personalized and autographed show poster and, apparently, had partied with the cast before the 2 p.m. performance. I didn’t know that the San Diego Junior Theater offered birthday parties in addition to camps and classes. In light of how much Mallory loved The Sound of Music, I wish I had booked her birthday party with this cast. What a special memory that would be.
It doesn’t have to be your birthday for you to get a chance to treat your family to The Sound of Music or another Junior Theater production because I’m giving away a family 4-pack of tickets good for the 2012-2013 season show of your choice. If you would like to be entered to win, simply reply below with your name and whether or not your children have ever been to the theater for a live performance.