We don’t watch a lot of TV but even Lady AB knows who Elmo is….so she was very excited when she was told that we had tickets to Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s World Tour, a locally written and produced stage production of Sesame Street characters.
You should have heard the squeals when the recognisable characters appeared on stage – Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster of course, Elmo! And the whole audience, parents included, gasped when the curtain went up and the Sesame Street stage set was revealed!
Just like the long-running TV series, the 60 minute show combined fun with learning. The ‘plotline’ was that the friends used letters of the alphabet to visit different countries around the world, from China to Zambia, France and India and finishing off in Australia. In each country the characters learnt to say hello in the language, sang songs and did a different national dance like the can-can and Bollywood dancing.
Sprinkled on the way were appearances by The Count, Bert and Ernie and a new ‘Aussie’ character Lady Baa Baa with a bit of slapstick humour, audience participation and even bubbles thrown in for effect. There are a few annoying Americanisms, such as pronouncing Z ‘zeee’ and the Australian accent was really twangy and broad.
Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s World Tour was a slick children’s performance with high production values which was entertaining and educational at the same time. Lady AB really enjoyed it, talking about it afterwards and even creating an ‘Elmo show’ at home with all her soft toys and books lined up like a stage.
The last Victorian concert in Elmo’s World Tour is on at the Clocktower Centre is this coming Monday 6 October and it will be the last ever show in Melbourne since the show began in 2012. Don’t miss Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and The Count live on stage for the last time!
|Platinum (Meet and Greet with Elmo, 1st 5 rows)||$39.90|
Duration: approximately one hour with no interval
Suitable for ages three to nine.
Everyone over 12 months needs a ticket.