Mr Popper’s Penguins, Rose Theatre – Review

Now that we are in the colder months, it’s quite easy to stay indoors, cosying up on the sofa with the kids and watch movies.

We love watching movies, but I’m a great believer in getting out and experiencing new types of entertainment.  When we heard that Mr Popper’s Penguins production was at The Rose Theatre in Kingston, we had to go and see it.

We sat eagerly waiting for the show to start. The kids were excited and so was I. The lights dimmed and out came the performers. There were four members of the cast, Mr Popper and Mrs Popper and then two puppeteers.
The production was enthralling, captivating and the songs were really amazing.  Original songs, which were amusing and very catchy. There were giggles throughout the whole show.
The production was enthralling, captivating and the songs were really amazing.  Original songs, which were amusing and very catchy and the singers voices couldn’t be faulted. There were giggles throughout the whole show.
Now on to the stars of the show, the penguins!. These lovely little puppets were cheeky, lovable, energetic and really came alive during the performance.  There was the mum and dad penguin and 8 baby penguins (who grew up during the course of the show).
The penguins were obviously being controlled by the puppeteers, but this became invisible as we were drawn into the story and the lives of Mr Popper and Mrs Popper and their ‘children’.
The whole production was very family friendly. Warming songs, a lovely story, amazing actor and voices.  It was a simple stage production, but simple is sometimes pure greatness. The penguins behaved themselves (well nearly!), the actors drew the audience into this olden day world with ease.
It’s not very often that we can watch something as family which is totally family friendly and where I don’t have to worry or anticipate anything which may be deemed inappropriate to my two boys.  This was a great family experience.
So your little ones don’t miss out, there are plenty of souvenir penguins to purchase on the way out of the theatre, be prepared!
Disclaimer:  we were invited to review this performance.  All views and opinions are my own.

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