Review: See NWCT’s “Seussical” at Home!

Northwest Children’s Theater undertook the zizzer-zazzer-zuzzian task of producing Seussical the Musical during quarantine, and the result is a fun and upbeat performance your family can enjoy online. In the show, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and a host of other characters sing a medley of show tunes inspired by the beloved books of …

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“Frozen”: The Ideal First Broadway Show for Young Theatergoers

Jade Chan is a native Portlander who returned to her roots after short stints on the East Coast. She remembers a time when Lloyd Center was an open mall, the Pearl consisted of warehouses, OMSI was where the Children’s Museum is now, and traffic jams were rare. A freelance editor and a mom of two, she enjoys sharing her love for the arts and her (ever-changing) hometown with her family.
Jade Chan

Last week, when the country—and the state—were heading into a time of uncertainty amid rising concerns around COVID-19 (aka the novel coronavirus), my daughter and I spent two hours in Arendelle and lost ourselves in the story of two sisters facing the biggest challenge in their lives. It was escapism at its best, and it …

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REVIEW: "Matilda the Musical" — This Mommy Thinks It’s a Miracle

Jade Chan is a native Portlander who returned to her roots after short stints on the East Coast. She remembers a time when Lloyd Center was an open mall, the Pearl consisted of warehouses, OMSI was where the Children’s Museum is now, and traffic jams were rare. A freelance editor and a mom of two, she enjoys sharing her love for the arts and her (ever-changing) hometown with her family.
Jade Chan

Stop reading right now and get your tickets to Matilda the Musical (if you don’t have them already). All set? Good. Now you and the kids in your life can eagerly anticipate experiencing one of the best productions I’ve seen at Northwest Children’s Theater. Staging a Tony-award-winning musical is not for the faint of heart, …

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REVIEW: "Me…Jane" Opened at Oregon Children's Theater

Erica Vo is a local mom who loves exploring Portland and beyond with her son and daughter. She hopes to help families make their own memories by sharing ideas and experiences at fb.me/adventureswithchickenandnugget and her blog adventureswithchickennugget.wordpress.com.

Me…Jane Encourages Girls to Follow Their Dreams, Trust Themselves and Be Courageous Oregon Children’s Theatre kicked off their new season with Me, Jane, featuring lots of humor, great music and empowering messages for young girls. We caught an opening weekend showing of the musical, which imagines the story of Jane Goodall as a child. In …

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REVIEW: All American Magic Show

Magic + Ventriloquists + Balloons = Fun for the Whole Family We had never taken the kids to a magic show before we wandered into Mall 205 to attend the All American Magic Show. They’ve watched some magic tricks online and had a friend at school who would often do magic, but they had never seen …

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REVIEW: This Play Might Turn Your Whole Family Pirate

NWCT’s How I Became a Pirate Plunders the Hearts of Landlubbers Everywhere. How I Became a Pirate is a delightful, hour long musical adventure. The audience is invited into the imagination of Jeremy Jacob and carried out to sea with a ragtag bunch of pirates led by Captain Braid Beard. The songs were great and …

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2019 RCCC — Winning Hearts With All That Good Content

Rose City Comic Con (RCCC) has become a family tradition, which is why half of the family being wiped out with the new-school-year-plague was a bummer. My kid,  Alvah seems immune to the sickness this year and skated through untouched and was extremely ready to walk the hallowed halls of RCCC. We found parking after …

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Review: "Cinderella" at Broadway Rose

Erica Vo is a local mom who loves exploring Portland and beyond with her son and daughter. She hopes to help families make their own memories by sharing ideas and experiences at fb.me/adventureswithchickenandnugget and her blog adventureswithchickennugget.wordpress.com.

We are not big princess people at our house, although we do have a soft spot for Belle and Jasmine. But when we had the opportunity to go see Cinderella at Broadway Rose Theatre, we knew it would be good. Each summer, Broadway Rose does a youth drama camp in which kids act as the …

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Review: "Wicked" — Which One is the Good Witch?

Kid Tested, Parent Enthusiastically Approved Heywood (9 years old) and I were very excited when we plopped down in our seats for Wicked. I didn’t really tell him much about it, he knew it had to do with The Wizard of Oz, but was about the wicked witch and that it was a play. That …

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Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly: A Fun and Fact-Filled Glimpse into the Bug World

Jade Chan is a native Portlander who returned to her roots after short stints on the East Coast. She remembers a time when Lloyd Center was an open mall, the Pearl consisted of warehouses, OMSI was where the Children’s Museum is now, and traffic jams were rare. A freelance editor and a mom of two, she enjoys sharing her love for the arts and her (ever-changing) hometown with her family.
Jade Chan

Do you ever wonder what bugs are thinking as they go about their business every day? How do spiders feel when they hear the roar of the vacuum cleaner? Do flies want a place of their own, away from their many brothers and sisters? Do worms feel like they measure up to their winged and …

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Review: Disney's "Aladdin": Yes Please and Thank You

Disney’s Aladdin is a Treat for the Whole Family From the second the music started and the carpet projection on the stage started to change color, I filled with such unexpected glee. I’m not kidding, it swept through me and as I looked over at my kids, their faces told a very similar story to …

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Peter and the Wolf Comes to Life at the Symphony

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Peter and the Wolf comes to life at the Oregon Symphony! Will young Peter and his menagerie be able to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf? Join in the adventure as Prokofiev’s classic fairy tale introduces listeners to the instruments of the orchestra! Actress/narrator Pam Mahon joins conductor Norman Huynh and the entire Oregon Symphony orchestra …

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Get Lost in the Dream Vortex

I took my family to the new Hand2Mouth production, Dream|Logic, an hour-long discovery quest full of exciting characters, interactive adventures and beautifully and smartly engineered design. It’s hard to explain what this is other than to say it’s an fully immersive and interactive theater experience. Once everyone arrives in the “lobby”, people are separated into …

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Improv for Kids with OCT’s Talented Improv Troupe

Get ready for lots of laughs and fast-moving action at Impulse, the Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Young Professionals show. Impulse is an improv troupe of theatre students ages 14 and up who create fast-paced comedic scenes and games — all based on real-time audience suggestions. Starting with the show’s powerhouse opening, we knew we were in …

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