Kid's Play

For the latest in its Family Matinee Series, New Conservatory is staging a musical that, while geared for young audiences, might be most familiar to their parents: Really Rosie, a stage adaptation of the 1975 cartoon with animation, book, and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music (and original vocals) by Carole King. For director Stephanie Temple, this show celebrates “kids getting together and using their imaginations to create a little dream world for themselves” on their Brooklyn stoops, headed by the imperious but adorable and ultimately generous prima donna of the title who casts her neighbors in the “award-winning” movie of her life story. To that end, many of the show’s props mimic the power of a child’s pretending, with garbage bags becoming capes and many other surprises hidden in the set. King’s catchy songs, which for Temple have the warmth of “something your mom would sing,” each teach a lesson about things like the alphabet, numbers, or the months of the year. Temple’s cast, which features young performers of a range of ages, gets to “become the teachers” of their even younger audiences. By the end of the show, young audiences won’t just want to play with Rosie, says Temple; they’ll want to “be the Rosie in their own neighborhoods.”
Saturdays, Sundays; Dec. 28-31. Starts: Dec. 15. Continues through Jan. 13, 2012

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