We were provided with tickets by the Arden Theatre Company to make our visit possible. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about Philadelphia shows we think your family may enjoy.
Let’s Catch a Show!
My children and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Arden Children’s Theatre in Philadelphia to view “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales“, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. It was our first visit to the theater and upon entering we were immediately pleased with the small, intimate setting. There were 12 rows of seats, and each and every one had a great view of the stage. The Arden Theatre stage was set with a very creative and interesting set design, including balloon “clouds”, solo cups strung together to represent raindrops, etc. There are no actual photos from the performance due to theater regulations.
The narrator immediately got the audience involved by “dedicating” the show to one of the children in the audience, whose name was mentioned several times during the performance. As soon as the production was underway, the five actors had the attention of everyone in the house, including my 18 month-old who can be very hard to capture. The children were all enthralled by the fast moving short stories, or “Fairly Stupid Tales”, such as Little Red Running Shorts, Cinderumplestiltskin, and The Really Ugly Duckling… which was about a really ugly duckling who grew up to be… you guessed it! A really ugly duck! There was plenty of music and special effects to keep the children’s attention through this 70 minute show, and lots of laughter from the parents and children alike!
After the show, the actors lined up on stage to take questions from the audience. This was something I hadn’t seen before and I really enjoyed. For about 10 minutes, the children had the opportunity to ask questions about costumes, props, and even set secrets like the trap door where actors could climb down under the stage to disappear during certain points in the show. Upon leaving the theater, the actors were assembled to greet the audience and even smiled for photos with those that asked, like my 6 year old photographed below with Rachel Camp, who played various roles in the The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales production.
Some things to know before you see The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales at the Arden Theatre…
- The The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales production runs at Arden Theatre until June 12, 2016. Go see it before it’s gone!
- There is a parking lot directly across the street from the theater. Parking is not free, but it is very convenient. If you plan to take advantage of this lot, arrive at least 20 minutes early, as it fills quickly. There are other lots nearby, but on-street parking in this neighborhood is not easy to find.
- Arden Theatre is located in the heart of Olde City Philadelphia! Make a day of it! The Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, and the US Mint are all within the same neighborhood, so plan ahead to ensure you don’t miss out!
- COW PATTY! Oh…sorry…Guess you had to be there…
For more information on the Arden Theatre Company and the programs they offer, please visit their website.
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In full disclosure we were provided with tickets to “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”. However, all opinions are honest and our own based on our experience.