This weekend, after a fun day of playing in the snow, my 10-year-old daughter, 8-year-old son and I snuggled up on the couch with some popcorn and hot chocolate to watch Northwest Children’s Theater’s most recent digital show, Desvelado. It was the perfect end to the day.
Desvelado (which translates to “sleepless”) tells the story of Little One, who is having trouble falling asleep. We learn Little One has recently moved, and the character is comforted and reminded that they will soon make new friends. There’s also some exploration of other sleep challenges like scary thoughts and having the wiggles. Little One, friends Harvest (a.k.a La Luna or Moon) and Musica, and even a nameless stuffed turtle, take us on a beautiful journey through their imagination as Little One looks for a way to finally fall asleep.
Harvest acts as our host, communicating directly with both Little One and the audience. Harvest’s warm and kind demeanor is so engaging, both of my children were answering her out loud as if they were having a real conversation. There are opportunities for dance breaks, and my son excitedly called out the names of each of the popular dances he recognized.
The animation in this show is really amazing and unlike any style I had seen before. The creative editing also allowed the actors to interact with the animation in interesting and unique ways.
We also loved the thoughtful and natural incorporation of Spanish into the dialogue, as well as the presence of Latina actresses. Although my kids and I all speak Spanish to varying degrees, I think families would be able to follow along even without a working knowledge of Spanish.
Overall this show felt like a combination of a lullaby and a child’s dream in the best possible way. It left us feeling warm, cozy, relaxed and loved. By the end, both kids were wrapped in their blankets, snacks set aside, and were ready for a good night’s sleep.
Desvelado is most appropriate for younger children, perhaps lower elementary school and below. Your show ticket also comes with bonus materials, including a viewing guide for families. I highly recommend reading through the guide prior to watching the show with your younger kids. Some aspects of the show are a bit abstract and may not be easily understood by our youngest friends, and it provides wonderful tips to explain what is happening, as well as overall ideas to enhance your and your child’s overall experience.
Desvelado runs about 30 minutes, which is the perfect length for the target audience. If you are looking for a snuggly evening with your littles, this show is for you!
Streaming February 12 – 28, 2021
Most enjoyed by ages 3 and up
One ticket per household: $10
Northwest Children’s Theater is proud to participate in the Arts for All Program. Oregon Trail/SNAP Card holders can purchase tickets to our digital productions for $5 each.
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