Corduroy Play in Denver
Oh. My. Gosh. The Corduroy play that is showing in Denver right now at the DCPA is spectacular! I subscribe to the Denver Center for Performing Arts newsletters, and so glad I do because I saw this come through my inbox a while back and I didn’t think twice about taking the girls. I jumped on tickets for a show on a Monday back when they had fall break and it was a perfect little family date.
We have the classic and have read it, but it was never one they really asked to read over again. I have suggested it and overheard other mamas excitement over the love their kiddo has for the bear, but my girls were just not that into it. It’s a gem of children’s literature, really, and am starting to see that in its word construct, simple storyline, and how it engages the curiosity of a young reader. Now that I have one in Kindergarten and one in pre-k, I see the emphasis in their curriculums to get them to read at such an early age. I personally think its too much push and feel children naturally reach the connections of reading at different ages, but I see now when we read together what makes the difference between an okay book, a good book, and a great one. Corduroy is a GREAT one.
Regardless of my girls’ adoration for the scruffy department store bear, I KNEW they would love the experience of seeing it in performance in the form of a play. My intuition was correct. We ALL loved it! The cast, only four characters, were all phenomenal in their roles, and their comedic timing was silly and made adults as well as children chuckle. Corduroy did give a little scare to some littles sitting in the front who proceeded to cry for several minutes before being taken out of the show. Those same littles did get frights off and on when Corduroy, also played by a human dressed as a bear, would act his part. His makeup was incredible and I could see how it might be a little confusing to some pre-schoolers. My girls sat in the front on the floor and seemed to really be drawn into the whole show from start to finish. It really was the perfect first play for them to introduce them to theater.
The costumes, the sets, the lighting, even down to the lobby before you enter the show and the entrance up the stairs to the theater were all “in character” as they say. You felt like you were a PART in the show to a degree. The girls are STILL talking about the play!
Before the show, we got a little breakfast, then a coffee break. We were really early and on top of it that day! We even dressed up in our berets and felt really special for our big city show. The performance was sold out for every showtime! It was extended out of popularity, but I am not sure if you can still get you hands on any tickets. Check here. Or here.
Corduroy Takes a Bow, is a new book written by Viola Davis about Corduroy’s first visit to the theater. You can imagine what sorts of mishaps ensue with that inquisitive bear near a stage! This might be a great Christmas gift for the girls! We had such a great time with this play, I am excited to seek out more opportunities for us to enjoy together like this.
Next up this holiday season, there are some Christmas shows. I am not sure our attention spans are quite at the level of A Christmas Carol, yet, but the goal would be to hopefully start a tradition of going to see a holiday show every year.
Here’s a few photos from the day I took on my phone.