Thursday, February 21, 2013

Grug at the New Victory! Feb 20-March 17 (NY)

We are off to see Grug today at the New Victory. Grug is an Australian puppet show designed for the younger set by Adelaide Australia based Windmill Theatre, one of the best and most inventive children's theatre companies in Australia.

The show is based on a beloved Australian children's book (sadly, out of print in the US- check Amazon to see if you can find it used.)

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails.  A tricked out set with delightful doohickies and theatrical thingamabobs makes flowers bloom and veggies grow.

As a character, Grug has over 100,000 Facebook fans and is brought to life for this magical stage production for very young theatre lovers

Although we haven't seen it yet, I'm sure it will be beautifully done and inspired visually. Every show we've seen in the New Vic's shows for young young audience series has been this.   There will be several moments of audience interaction, and probably a chance for everybody to get out of their seat and dance.  Pre-show there will be an arts and crafts time to create a memento to take away from the show.

I don't mean this in a bad way, but the New Vic has a bit of a formula for making great children's theatre experiences, and it really works.  Very young kids have supportive nurturing experiences in the theatre and want to come back for more!

Here's a promotional video of the show:

Grug is a 45 minute production and recommended for ages 2-5.

Performance Schedule: 37 performances
Wed 2/20 10:30am and 2:30pm
Thu 2/21 10:30am and 2:30pm
Fri 2/22 10:30am and 2:30pm
Sat 2/23 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Sun 2/24 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Thu 2/28 10:30am
Fri 3/1 10:30am and 2:30pm
Sat 3/2 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Sun 3/3 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Thu 3/7 10:30am
Fri 3/8 10:30am
Sat 3/9 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Sun 3/10 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Thu 3/14 10:30am
Fri 3/15 10:30am
Sat 3/16 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Sun 3/17 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

General Ticket Information

Tickets for GRUG in Studio 3A/B at the New 42nd Street Studios cost for $14 for Members and $20 for Non-members.  Buy tickets online and get more information by CLICKING HERE

After its New Vic dates, Grug will have an extended North American tour, so if you want to see it, but aren't in NYC, check it out!  (It also comes back east April 18-21 if you want to see it AGAIN at a different venue.)

Winnipeg, Manitoba | 31 Jan - 10 Feb 2013
Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Shaw Performing Arts Ce
New York, NY | 19 Feb - 17 Mar 2013
New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios
New Brunswick, New Jersey | 19 Mar - 21 Mar 2013
Crossroads Theatre, State Theatre Regional Arts Center
Memphis, Tennessee | 24 Mar - 26 Mar 2013
Orpheum Theater, The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center
Nashville, Tennessee | 1 April - 5 April 2013
Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Des Moines, Iowa | 10 April - 13 April 2013
Temple Theater, Civic Centre of Greater Des Moines
Branchburg, New Jersey | 18 April - 20 April 2013
Raritan Valley Community College Theater
Mamaroneck, New York | 21 April 2013
Emelin Theatre
West Palm Beach, Florida | 29 April - 3 May 2013
Rinker Playhouse, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Cleveland, Ohio | 7 May - 11 May 2013
Westfield Insurance Studio Theater at Playhouse Square Foundation
Fayetteville, Arkansas | 14 May - 18 May 2013
Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center
Surrey, British Columbia | 23 May - 25 May 2013
Surrey Children’s Festival, Studio Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre
St Albert, Alberta | 28 May - 1 June 2013
Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, St Albert Curling Club

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