Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Borrowers

How we have never happened upon the book, "The Borrowers," is a mystery to me. We've spent hours in our local libraries and brought home tons of books for the past six years or so. I think we have to add it to our list of must reads.
We were perusing the plays that are showing at the Seattle Children's Theater and chose to see "The Borrowers."

They aren't paying me to say this, or giving me free tickets, (although I'd gladly take them) so this is a totally honest review.
We were transported into the world of Arietty and her parents Pod and Homily under the floor boards, and watched mesmerized as Arietty and her parents borrow from the humans upstairs. The set was awesome, with huge spools of thread for stools, and everything we usually see in a tiny size made larger than life.

As the boy upstairs befriends Arietty when she makes a maiden journey upstairs with her father to learn how to borrow, her parents panic. The boy only wants to help, and the screwdriver he uses to pry up the floor board we could see in his hand as he worked on one side of the stage, but on the main stage it comes down from the ceiling as an enormous flathead poking into their living quarters.

Sean was transfixed. He couldn't figure out how they were doing it, and there were so many wonderful magical moments like that with this play. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him experience the play with that childhood innocence and awe.

The next week he went on a field trip to a local musical theater near his school to see a play "Frog and Toad." That one wasn't as impressive, I guess. He liked the birds, he said, and that was it.
If you're in Seattle it's worth a visit to the theater. We saw Peter Pan there last year and it was great too.

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