Review by Annie Stickler – mom to Becca and PDX Kids Calendar reader
For a long time I have wanted to visit the Northwest Children’s Theater with my daughter, Becca. I am so happy that this was our first, but definitely not last visit.
We were lucky enough to bring not only my daughter, but her two best friends to the production of “El Zorrito: The Legend of the Boy Zorro.” This story gives children and adults the basis of the old tale “Zorro,” as many adults can remember in their childhood. Watching the fantastic young actors and actresses was such a great experience for Becca and her friends.
The stage was set up like an old 19th century Mexican town, complete with tattered drapes, and an amazing replica of old town homes. The set was creative and realistic, with drafty windows, and a rustic paint scheme. The costumes were very authentic, fun and colorful for the Cinco De Mayo celebration. We were glued to our seats upon the first act, in which there were exciting sword fights, wonderful songs, and the start to a great story. The props were amazing, and I was asked at one point “Are those real?!” by my daughter while she was pointing to the swords. Not only did the show touch on the history of Cinco De Mayo, but it also had you giggling so hard “your tummy hurt.” As a parent I have to say that the dialog transitioning from English to Spanish was fantastic and kept the children engaged and intrigued.
Walking out the the theater the girls giggled with excitement to meet the cast, “I want to meet the Mayor!”, “Well, I want to meet the girls! I love their dresses”, “I want to meet Zorrito!” one of the girls finally said. Not only was the play educational to children, with its roots around Cinco De Mayo, but there was a bit of excitement as an adult to see how it all started.
I would recommend this show for any children, or adventurists ages 3-100.
Annie and her guests were given tickets to attend opening weekend performance of El Zorrito on behalf of PDX Kids Calendar