Mooses And Muffins Live On Stage
Chrissy has been a big fan of the Laura Numeroff books for a long time. When she was still in college to become a teacher, I gave her a copy of “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” for Valentine’s Day. Since then, Numeroff has penned many similar books like “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” and “If You Give A Moose A Muffin”. Chrissy has the whole collection.
The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University hosts on-stage plays for children in their fantastic auditorium. Ticket prices are pretty cheap and the university is just a short drive to University Park, IL. Chrissy got a flier at school advertising the stage version of “If You Give A Moose A Muffin”. The boys had never seen a play before, so we thought this would be nice.
The production was put on by a group of University of San Antonio students who were on tour. The storyline basically followed that of the book, except that the moose could talk. The moose became a bit like the Cat in the Hat, in that he came in and inadvertently destroyed the house. There was also a mother character that was in the book but not really in the book.
The show was very funny and Aiden laughed a lot. There was a really fun dance number, which was surprising. The boy and the moose boogied as the radio skipped between different musical styles. The running gag was that the mother would never notice the moose whenever she entered the room. He would hide in plain sight: under a blanket or a lampshade, ducking behind the couch.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this production, but I’m glad that we went. It was a cute show and the whole family enjoyed it. There might be some bias there because it was based on a Numeroff book, or the great seats that Chrissy got us, but we give it a big thumbs up. We do plan on returning for more shows at the GSU Center for Performing Arts auditorium.
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