Wake Up Your Weird is not just a puppet show, it is a puppet experience. Emmy Award Nominated "Sesame Street" Performer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph brings a powerful show that addressed bullying and self-esteem to Scottish Rite Theatre for several shows during May 10-12. Click here to buy your ticket and use Discount Code: WUYW2 to get $2 off.
The star of this show is a unique, imaginative sock puppet who is blissfully pleased with herself and her doll-making abilities until she is "finally" invited to a doll party with her perfect girl neighbor and told that she and her doll are all wrong. The beauty of the show is everything that happens next.
Through various forms of puppetry, and with live and recorded music and even some video, the audience is treated to a colorful internal battle of a child who knows in her blissful heart that she is awesome, although her brain, poisoned by hurtful words, struggles to allow her to continue to believe it. This show teaches a great lesson about how to maintain pride in ones self and how to understand and appreciate differences in others--even bullies. For a kids puppet show, I was surprised that there are some extremely poignant and heartfelt moments in this show. Also, there is no shortage of weirdness. Ever seen a brain in a puppet show? No? After the show, the veil is lifted literally and figuratively and kids get to ask questions about the production and get to see the people behind the lights and puppets and music. Wake Up Your Weird is a completely awesome theatrical experience.
As usual at Scottish Rite Theatre, kids get to sit together on the floor, front center, and react and interact with the show together with their peers. Parents take in the show from theatre seats behind them and are in for a fun time as well--some jokes fly over the kids heads and hit us spot on. Listen, if you have a kid who sho'nuff marches to their own personal marching band (I know I do), bring them to see this show. I was fortunate enough to see this show once, and will return this weekend to share this experience with my son.
Here is a youtube video to show you a bit of what you can expect:
Get your tickets--don't forget to use the discount code WUYW2. Then get to the Scottish Rite Theatre this weekend! When your friends tell you about it, you'll wish you were there.