REVIEW: GOODNIGHT MOON at the Denver Center

by Devon James

GOODNIGHT MOON is a well-known classic amongst children and their parents. Since its publication in 1947, the simplicity and rhyme have been there to lull countless little ones to their slumber.

Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the original story believed, “In quiet times, a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.” This is the whole premise of GOODNIGHT MOON, resembling the imagination of a child during the bedtime process.
Certainly, something we can all identify with even if this story has not been present in the life of the viewer.

However, if you have yet to watch your child experience a story they know well and most likely have in their collection come to life, now is the time. What makes this particular production so special is how detailed and magical the Denver Center Theatre Company- Education’s vision is.

The colors are so exact it feels like the book has been blown up and infused with character. You will find yourself enthralled with the mechanics and there are little surprises around every corner to keep the interest of even the smallest audience members for the full 60 min.

Lisa M. Orzolek‘s set is the best I’ve seen in this space. It is incredibly complemented by the lighting design of Charles MacLeod. From the first second you enter the space, it feels like you’re being hugged with magic. As a mother, it’s almost emotional when you witness your child captivated by the magic of storytelling. Jason Ducat‘s sound design enhances the experience with layers to draw us in. And the COSTUMES…wow. Kevin Copenhagen is a master of details and is immaculate down to each stitch. There is a nice amount of diversity
within the All-Star cast, which I am personally so thankful that DCPA aspires to continue to broaden. Each member is packed with professional experience and all are bringing their “A-game” to the table.

It’s a fast and furious show with most of the characters switching seamlessly between several characters. Truly a fun ride. The kiddos will especially love the “3 Bears in Chairs”, played by Susannah McLeod, Mercedes Perez, and Marco Robinson, the “Tooth Fairy” (also Marco Robinson), and the hilarious antics “Bunny” (Rakeem Lawrence) has between his bed and other functioning set pieces. Director-Allison Watrous, Musical Director-Robyn Yamada, and Choreographer- Grady Soapes have truly led a beautiful & memorable production that children will remember for years to come. It is one you don’t want to miss.
GOODNIGHT MOON is currently showing at the Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre through Feb 16th, 2020. Go to: https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/goodnight-moon/ to purchase tickets before they’re all gone.

 

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