By Zanade Mann
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful Saturday afternoon with the lovable Berenstain Bear clan at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and trust me it is well worth seeing this musical.
Besides my daughters showing their excitement for their childhood bear family as a parent, I was treated to an afternoon of reliving my youth. I was such a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears books (I believe I had every one!) But what hit me more than the wonderful stage lighting was the underlying message of the showâ€¦ Healthy living!
As parents we struggle to balance work, family, households and the truth is getting our loved ones to be more active while eating nutritious meals can be a bit of a challenge. And guess what? Being a bear is not easier!
Throughout the play Mama Bear tried her best to keep Papa Bear, Brother and Sister Bear from eating a bunch of sweets and even went as far as removing the cookies from the house! Other topics of interests included bullies, talking to strangers and sharing, all of which was played by a great cast who attentively entertained the kids who sat on the stage floor. Another touchy subject that hit home was when Brother Bear’s grades began to decline because he did not study. His supportive sister tried to help him and warned him against not studying but unfortunately Brother Bear failed his math test and had to face telling his parents. I am sure we can all agree with how frightened he must have been!
Bottom line: This play was very entertaining and my daughters enjoyed every minute of it. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.
Where: MMAC – Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
Performance dates are as follows:
June 25 – July 16, Sat & Sun at 2pm
July 23 – July 31, Sat at 2pm & 4:30pm, Sun at 2pm
Aug 13 – Aug 14, Sat & Sun at 2pm
Aug 20 – Sep 4, Sat at 2pm & 4:30pm, Sun at 2pm
Tickets: $29.95 – $59.95
And post show activities include: Face painting and photos with the Bears after each performance!
To get your tickets now check out www.BerenstainBearsLive.com