One of the items on my mommy bucket list was to watch a theater play with my husband and daughter. When I was still single, I used to watch musicals with my parents and siblings. Since we all love music, watching plays was a great family bonding for us. Now that I have a family of my own, I want to continue experiencing that same kind of family bonding with my husband and our daughter.
I am happy that just last weekend, I was able to tick this one item off my bucket list by watching Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale by Repertory Philippines’ Theater for Young Audiences.
Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale is a play that children of all ages will surely enjoy. Yes, even parents and grandparents who are kid-at-heart will love this musical. Here’s a list of what we love about it:
1 – It’s Rapunzel with a twist
Twists and turns abound in this musical retelling of the childhood classic, including delightful new characters with their own mysterious stories, intersecting at just the right comical—and heartwarming—moments. The play starts by introducing the beautiful, extremely long-haired Princess Rapunzel (Cara Barredo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso and Alyssa Rosa) as she’s kidnapped and trapped inside a tower by the evil Lady Za Za (Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Christine Flores) in an attempt to take over the throne.
Meanwhile, Sir Roderick aka the Prince Charming (Hans Eckstein and Andres Borromeo) and his friend Edgar (Steven Hotchkiss, Chino Veguillas, and Kenny Isidoro), who chose beauty school instead of knight training, are on a quest to find the perfect head of hair when they stumble upon the tower. Together with a strange Gypsy Woman (Bituin Escalante and Naths Everett) looking for a powerful piece of jewelry that was stolen from her, and witty, old dragon Socrates (Arnel Carrion, Raymund Concepcion and Jamie Wilson), they band together to try to rescue Rapunzel and defeat the scheming Za Za.
2 – It’s perfect for all ages
Since it was Tash’s first time to watch a play, I feared that our one-year-old would just get bored, run around, and become restless. My husband and I were so surprised that our toddler was well behaved throughout the play. The colorful stage, enchanting characters and melodious music perfectly captured for more than an hour our toddler’s highly fleeting attention.
I was so happy seeing our little girl tapping to the rhythm of the beautiful songs being sung by the characters. Plus, I like how the battle between Socrates the Dragon and Sir Roderick unfolded. It was very suitable for very young audiences. Instead of using sword and fire, the two fought with each other through the very popular rock-paper-scissors game. That was very kid-friendly! 😊
And how about Daddy and Mommy? We had a great time as well because the writers of this play successfully inserted some witty and funny lines that millennial parents like us can relate to.
3 – It’s modern
Another reason that even parents will love this fairy tale play for kids is that the story was subtly given a touch of modern life. Yes, there were still dancing animals, a deep, dark, dreary forest, and a dragon! But the play wonderfully intertwined all the enchantment with contemporary daily life. Like have you ever imagined a salon offering high end hot oil treatment in the middle of the kingdom of Rapunzel’s royal family?
4 – It’s interactive
The play was extra special for both children and parents because we all felt that we were a part of the story.
There were moments when the characters communicated directly to the audience, and encouraged our “participation”. I wouldn’t describe everything in detail as I don’t want to be a spoiler for those who haven’t watched the play yet, but it’s definitely a play that won’t let you fall asleep.
5 – It’s reminiscent of the parent’s childhood
Mommies my age can surely still relate to fairy tales and Disney princesses. Watching this Rapunzel play by REP just sent me down memory lane. I thought the play was just for our “daughter’s sake”, but actually I felt that it even was more meaningful to me. It felt good to relive the happy feeling that I had once upon a time when I used to watch Rapunzel’s life unfold from a book.
And oh by the way, learning that Rapunzel thinks other Disney princesses are cool was a revelation to me. 😊
6 – It’s a showcase of great talents
Everyone knows Repertory Philippines is home to amazing talents. From singing, dancing, acting, stage design, directing, scriptwriting, Filipino artists are truly world-class. Watching the Rapunzel play was not only entertaining but also inspiring. When you see fellow Filipinos excel in their craft, it makes you feel proud and motivated to do well in your field.
7 – It’s an entertaining way to teach values to children
Of course, like any other good story, Rapunzel ends with timeless golden lessons such us patience is a virtue and greed never wins. Spoiler alert (but it’s a predictable ending anyway): the evil Lady Zaza didn’t win, and Rapunzel and the other good characters lived happily ever after. When we find it hard to teach morals to our children, letting kids watch a play with a good story can be a great help.
8 – It’s good for raising well-rounded kids
I guess every parent dreams of raising well-balanced children who are good not only in academics but also in other areas. The play can do so much for a child’s development. It can enhance literacy and vocabulary, prompt imagination and inquisitiveness, and boost attention span and focus. It also is a good way to introduce to young minds the beauty of music and performing arts.
Two thumbs up for Ms. Joy Virata, the director of the play, as well as the cast and crew of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.
Based on the story, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this is one unexpected adventure you definitely shouldn’t miss!
Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Show Dates: September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019
Venue: OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
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