Monday, February 23, 2015

Zen Ties Review

We were fortunate enough to go to another show at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. The show is called Zen Ties.

What I loved is that The Rose Theater had 200 Beanie Baby Pandas to giveaway to the kids that walked through the door. That put a smile on my kid's faces right off the bat.

Never mind Dad admiring The Rose Theater's ceiling. It is a pretty building! This was the best picture of Mica. Isaak was refusing to look at me. He to was happy to have a panda.

The set design was simple. The props on the sides are bamboo. They pulled in a house, a bed, and a couch on wheels throughout the show. One prop that was consistent throughout were red balloons.


Show Description:

When Koo the Panda visits her Uncle Stillwater, he offers her a special challenge: LISTEN. In order for her to talk, she had to think up a 17 syllables (like a haiku poem). In the quiet, they discover people are not always what they seem. With Stillwater’s positive influence, children in his neighborhood learn there may be more to old Mrs. Whittaker’s story than they thought. A gentle tale about patience and compassion, Zen Ties reminds us how much wisdom can come of simple mindfulness.

Zen Ties has been adapted for The Rose stage by playwright Y York from the book by Caldecott Honor author and artist Jon Muth. “There is a theme that runs through all of Y’s work,” says Rose artistic director Matthew Gutschick. “She views the world with empathetic eyes, and it is that viewpoint that makes her the perfect person to adapt this story for the stage.”

Zen Ties will be presented for the first time on The Rose stage, an endeavor made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. “This is a very special project for me,” says York. “When I was presented with Zen Ties, it was almost as if the characters were already dancing for me. I was excited to bring them to life on stage.”


Cast and Some Crew Members:

Stillwater ....................................................................... Kabin Thomas
Koo ....................................................................... Sarah Carlson-Brown
Karl ....................................................................... Robby Stone
Addy ....................................................................... Jackie Kappes
Michael ....................................................................... Konrad Case
Mrs. Whittaker ....................................................................... Sherry Fletcher
Director ....................................................................... Jesse J. Jou
Scenic Designer ....................................................................... Jennifer Zeyl
Lighting & Sound Designer ....................................................................... Kyle L. Toth
Costume Designer ....................................................................... Sherri Geerdes
Stage Manager ....................................................................... Sarah Buck

We enjoyed it a lot because Kabin Thomas was in a class with Dad earlier this year. It's neat to know the star!

Konrad Case was the Father in The Christmas Story - The Musical

Cost:

$18 for general admission.
Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. Reservations are required.

Call 402-345-4849 or purchase online at rosetheater.org.

Run Time:
 
60 Minutes. That's without intermission. People with small children, try and use the bathroom prior to going into the show.

It is best for ages 5 and up. The thinking is a little more advanced for this play, which was perfect for my two boys. 

Friday, Feb. 27 | 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 28 | 2 pm Interpretation for the hearing impaired
Saturday, Feb. 28 | 5 pm Autism friendly show
Sunday, Mar. 1 | 2 pm
Friday, Mar. 6 | 7 pm
Saturday, Mar. 7 | 2 pm
Saturday, Mar. 7 | 5 pm
Sunday, Mar. 8 | 2 pm

What we thought:

We all enjoyed this show. It made my kids understand that it's important to think before they talk. Sometimes the people that we have problems with in life can be an asset to our lives.

I love the question | answer time they have after the show. They have the main actors go out to sign autographs. There's room on the kid's program for autographs. My kids like to sit in for the question | answer time.

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8 comments:

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

How lucky you are to have a theater in your town. I have to drive quite a ways to be at one.

indah nuria Savitri said...

that looks like one cool show! and the baby panda is sooo cute :)

mail4rosey said...

I love shows where you can take the kids. I think it's very good for them!

Ai Sakura said...

I think the tickets prices are very affordable, and they still gave away a beanie baby as a door gift! How nice!!

Our theatre tickets prices here are usually quite ex and we don't even get a complimentary program!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's sweet they gave out the pandas! Allison would have been so excited over that alone!

Lady Lilith said...

How neat. This sounds like an overall great experience for the kids. I love how the actors interacted as well. I bet it made the kids more enthusiastic.

Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds like a GREAT show. Something every kid should see if they get a chance.

~ Noelle said...

How awesome that you get to go to things like this... and yes, the baby panda would be a much needed treat for any kids ;)

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