On Valentine's Day, I let my son a skip school for a day downtown at the theatre.
It was a first-time experience for us both. What it actually is, is difficult to put into words, but since this is a blog, I will try...
The performers use dance along with interactive visual and audio technology to allow the journey from egg to butterfly to unfold. The two female dancers are like fairies! They dance over and quietly pluck participants from the audience to interact with the "stage" and seamlessly move the story right along. My son got to jump and dance along with caterpillar spots that moved with him on the floor and I...yes, I...got to become moving streaks of color and light, creating the color that would be the butterfly's wings. My friend who went with me told me I became an eight year old again dancing around using my wrists to move streaks of color along the floor and walls. It was awesome.
I highly recommend this show. Be prepared to take off your shoes and to be entertained in a way that I'm sure you've never imagined. It's a techy daydream.
Here are some pics and a bit of video I took with my iPhone 4S to give you an idea of what to expect:
What: Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre Presents “Farfalle” (Butterflies)
When: The show runs February 14th-24th with show times as follows: Weekday show times at 9:30am and 11:30am, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am, 1pm, 3pm.
Where: Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St., Austin, TX 78701 Cost: $12.50 per person
About: Farfalle (Butterflies) is an immersive experience that creates an innovative relationship between children and performers as we journey through the literal and symbolic story of a butterfly's life cycle. The technological centerpiece of the show is the "children's cheering carpet," a special sensor-covered mat, which invites children to participate with images and sound.
For a list of showtimes and to order tickets please visit http://scottishritetheater.org/ or call 512-472-5436.