Have you ever been to children’s theater? Perhaps you think your child is too young or too active to enjoy a stage production featuring all children. Kidding Around’s Deborah took her four-year old to South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s production of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and she is eager to share her experience, and why you need to get to one of these shows this Saturday.
Thanks to the South Carolina Children’s Theatre for providing tickets to this show so we could bring our readers a review of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse!
About Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Award-winning illustrator and writer, Kevin Henkes, has created over 15 books about a group of mouse friends. After six books, he finally gave Lilly her own book in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher. But, one day, her Grammy gives her a purple, plastic purse filled with three quarters and movie-star glasses, and she gets in trouble when she takes it to school.
In this stage production, children dressed as mice with mouse ears, tails and whiskers play all the parts. Moments from the other mouse books are included which helps round out Lilly’s character and gives you context for this story. The only deviation from the book is that the teacher is female, instead of male. The show runs about 45 minutes.
What’s to Love about Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Chester and Wilson draw you in from the first moment of the show with their kid-friendly picnic and relatable, childish fears. Lilly is exuberant, and her love of everything is contagious. The children spoke loudly and clearly, and everything ran smoothly and professionally.
My son was smiling and laughing throughout the entire show. It was great getting to sit up on the mat with him. He was able to see everything, and if he didn’t understand something, I could quickly help him. I loved how he saw the consequences of her selfish actions.
Who Should Go?
Do you think it sounds like a girl’s show? It’s not! There were boys and girls simultaneously enjoying every moment of this show. While this book and stage production is supposed to be best for ages four and up, I saw even younger soaking it up without a stir.
My Son’s Review
I say that was great! I liked when Lilly got angry and colored really hard. It was really funny when Wilson swallowed the watermelon seed. Chester and Wilson acted funny when they gave directions to each other outside. Lilly was selfish, but she apologized. I want to do that again!
Want to Go?
You can catch Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse at the Salvation Army Kroc Center with two more shows on February 23, 2019.
- February 23, 2019
10:30 am – 11:30 am
- February 23, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Buy tickets for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Tickets cost $10.50 for ages 2 and up.
Salvation Army Kroc Center
424 Westfield Street, Greenville
What South Carolina Children’s Theatre shows have you taken your family to see?