Where would we be without Twitter? Not too long ago, I noticed that a company called Koba Entertainment had started following me on Twitter. Curious, I linked to their site to see what they were all about (exactly what they were aiming for, I'm sure!) and lucky for me I discovered that they produce original family musicals, starring some of our favourite characters, such as Max and Ruby, Franklin, Doodlebops and the Backyardigans.
I was even more excited when I realized that their "Caillou's Greatest Skate of All" production will be coming to my area in December, and will be visiting many other cities across Canada before and after! (See Tour Schedule.) I had been looking for an opportunity to introduce my girls to live theatre, and this couldn't be more perfect!
We have several Caillou board books, and I had assumed the character was meant more for really little ones. However once Frannie started watching the television show (you know, on the oh-so-rare occasions we allow her to watch TV), I realized that he appeals to an older audience as well, and I was actually quite impressed with the content. I especially like the fact that Caillou's parents are very visible, and help him to make good decisions (and rectify the not-so-good ones). By the way, one of my friends finds him whiny, but when you have preschoolers of your own, AND you're a teacher, you become a bit immune to that!
In Caillou's Greatest Skate of All, everyone's favourite preschooler is looking forward to meeting his favourite hockey player at Winterfest. He also crosses paths with an Olympic skater, and decides to give that sport a try as well. Koba Entertainment promises a show "filled with original singalong songs, thrilling rollerblade displays and and lots of audience participation" in this "charming celebration of a Canadian winter". I can't wait to take Frannie and Maggie to their first ever live production!
For information on this production, or any of their other great live shows, check out Koba Entertainment's website.
Disclaimer: My family and I will have the opportunity to see Caillou's Greatest Skate of All in exchange for sharing this information with you. Opinions are, as always, my own.