Sesame Street’s live show"1-2-3…Imagine!” had its first audience Friday at Arco Arena. Costumes, music and dancing made children scream and parents laugh as the characters talked about imagination, friendship and home.
Children wearing Sesame Street T-shirtsand carrying Elmo dolls twice their size giggled with glee as their favorite monsters erupted onto the scene including oldies like Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo, and also had some newer characters from the show’s recent diversification, like Abby Cadabby and Rosita.
The show had plenty of pep and zing, and the performances werebrought together by the human characters that sang, danced and played in the ultra-cool black-light portions of the show that brought the kids in the audience into the deep sea and jungle.
With the addition of multilingual characters on the show, the educational quality and acceptance of all cultures dominated the two hour performance. The very first place the monsters went was Mexico, teaching basic Spanish words to the children through song.
Multiple times during the show, children were encouraged to stand up at their seat and participate in the activity, and sometimes they came right up to the stage and boogied with the characters. The kids joined in dancing to a country number about being a dog and to the jungle rhythms of Africa.
A highlight of the show were the little breaks in between action where the screen behind the muppets was turned on to show other children, much like on the show, talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up and what kind of animal they wish they were.
But honestly, for any adult in the room, the best part of the show was turning around in your seat and seeing all the children’s faces lit up from the action onstage. The joy and happiness in the room was more than palpable.
Sesame Street has been a staple in homes since its first episode in 1969, and the characters are just as accessible to children more than 40 years later.
The show runs from June 18 – 20 with shows at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. For information, visit http://sesamestreetlive.com/shows/1-2-3-imagine-elmo-and-friends
1. Photo courtesy of Sesame Street
2 & 3. Photo courtesy of Maxwell McKee