Yesterday we took our 2-year-old daughter to the Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. What did we think? We loved it! In fact, we were really impressed with the quality of the performance from start-to-finish. This was a musical performed entirely by children who are very talented. The songs were beautiful and all of the singing was on-key (which isn’t always the case when attending a children’s play!).
We arrived for the Saturday morning showtime and quickly found our seats in the theatre. There were lots of kids and parents (the average age of the kids was probably 3 or 4). Little children are welcome to sit in the front on the ground in front of the stage, if they want. There were probably a dozen children up there watching, and each holding their favorite stuffed Winnie-the Pooh character.
Here’s the full list of upcoming showtimes:
- Friday, Dec. 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 20 @ 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 11 a.m. (1:30 p.m. SOLD OUT)
- Saturday, Dec. 14 & 21 @ 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 8, 15 & 22 @ 12:30 & 3 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 23 @ 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The musical had many great songs! The plot revolved around Eeyore losing his tail, and all of the characters banding together to search the Hundred Acre Wood to find his tail. If you’ve watched the movie or read the books, you can probably guess where it was. The stage is beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, lots of holiday lights, and some very colorful homes for the characters. Owl has his own treehouse and there’s even a home for Rabbit.
The songs are all performed live by the children. As mentioned earlier, all of the singing was on-key and well rehearsed. After the performance all of the characters (13 in all) head to the lobby where the children could meet their favorite character. Oh, I also didn’t mention the music! It’s performed with live piano, and you the audio system was well done. Each of the performers must have had a wireless microphone as we could hear the singing loud and clear.
Will we be back? You betcha! In fact, we’re already making plans to attend the 2014 musicals for The Jungle Book, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. See you there!
To book tickets, call (602) 253-8188 x2 or visit vyt.com and click on ticket info.