It was a true Christmas miracle – we had a FREE WEEKEND DAY and were offered an opportunity to spend the afternoon together at the theatre. (I knew my self-imposed holiday prep deadline would pay off.) We had yet to experience a performance at the Allendale Theatre, and all four of us were looking forward to checking it out. Parking is a tad tricky, but arriving 45 minutes before show time rewarded us a convenient spot across the street.
The theatre itself is very charming and the staff was so friendly and hospitable showing everyone to their seats. The seats are on a graduated slope, so we (I am borderline elf height) didn’t have any trouble getting a great view. The stage was set and it was simply ADORABLE – with its oversized bows and festive classroom details. (I was smitten with the oversized tennis balls on the bottom of the classroom chairs.)
Before the curtain went up, we were given the run down: the show is just shy of 1.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission. (Please learn from my failure; if your children get hungry every 15 minutes like mine do, you might want to consider overstuffing them before the show or bringing a quick snack to eat during intermission in the lobby.)
The story takes place in a first grade classroom, and is a tale of conflict between two six year-old girls during quintessential holiday activities. The audience experiences the internal thoughts and experiences from the clever, unfiltered Junie B. Jones. Junie B., her teacher (Mr. Scary), her friends (and foe, May) are vey talented. The show kept our undivided attention and was full of laugh-out-loud moments for both kids and adults alike. My ten-year-old son was even on the edge of his seat by the last act, not knowing if Junie would do the “right thing” or not. The gentle reminder that “Santa is always watching” was not lost on either kiddo.
After the show, the entire audience was invited to stay and ask questions to the actors and then another bonus – we were able to take photos with them! Both kids thought this was REALLY COOL. This also gave my six-year old full permission to whisper her continued questions to me as we watched. (#momlife)
If you’re looking for a fun family day with your kids, “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” runs through December 18 in the Allendale Theatre, located at 203 Allen Street.
Tickets are $26 to $28. Call 884-4400 or visit theatreofyouth.org for more information.
The four of us agreed that this was a really enjoyable, entertaining experience and that we would definitely visit again for a future show. This was a perfect afternoon escape from the hustle and bustle of the season. Special thanks to the Theatre of Youth and Visit Buffalo Niagara for hosting us for the show!
WRITTEN BY STACEY
Stacey moved back to Buffalo with her family in 2015 after a ten year hiatus in PA. She has a day job as a marketing professional in Corporate America. The rest of her time is spent resisting the urge to micromanage the daily lives of her husband and two kids.