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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

September 28, 2016
Mara Surridge
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is the story of Trixie, an exuberant toddler, and her parents. One day, her Dad decides that he can handle taking Trixie to the laundromat. She brings her beloved stuffed animal Knuffle Bunny along with them. But as they're leaving the laundromat, Trixie realizes that Knuffle Bunny is missing. Trixie can't talk yet, so she can't tell her Dad what's wrong. Thankfully, Mom realizes that they've come home without Knuffle Bunny, and after an epic adventure through the washing machine, Knuffle Bunny is found.

We're huge fans of Mo Willems in our house. So I was worried that the joy of the book wouldn't translate to the stage. It turns out that I had nothing to worry about. The script and lyrics were actually written by Mo Willems himself, and it holds true to the wonderful spirit of the original story. The actors definitely make the story come alive. Trixie (played by the talented Suzanne Lane) doesn't speak yet because she's only 18 months.  However, manages to have one of the best musical numbers in the play. The sound of an audience full of children laughing at her antics was probably my favorite part of the entire show. I think at one point my daughter was laughing so hard she started crying a little. The other actors in the play are also wonderful - they understood their audience and really did a great job of playing to the kids.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Adventure Theatre

My daughter's favorite parts of the play were at the laundromat. There's a musical number about doing the laundry that she really liked, and there's an even better scene towards the end of the play where the audience is transported with Trixie's Dad into the washing machine. I don't want to ruin it for you, but if you think that giant underpants are funny, you're going to love it as much as my daughter did. We also enjoyed a cameo by The Pigeon (from Mo Willems's pigeon books) - and since all of his books have a secret appearance by The Pigeon, we were excited that the play did too.

Overall, we LOVED Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. In fact, as the lights were coming up, the first thing my daughter said to me was “can we see it again?”. It was sweet and funny and just perfect for kids of all ages.  Make your plans today to see this production that starts off ATMTC's 2016-2017 theater season. Purchase your tickets online today!
 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Adventure Theatre

Additional Information:

  • Adventure Theater, located in Glen Echo Park, is a small, intimate theater that's perfect for children. Seating is first-come, first served, and there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the theater.  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is just under an hour long - there's no intermission, so be sure to visit the bathrooms before the show starts.
  • The theater is a bit of a walk from the parking lot, so leave yourself a little extra time to get there. The carousel is closed for the season, but there's a great playground and picnic area. It really is a neat place to walk around.
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical runs September 23 to October 23, 2016. Tickets for all ages are $19.50 each. 
  • You can also purchase a Flexpass, a bank of 10 tickets you pre-purchase, for $165. They're good for any show during the 2016-17 season and it's a great deal. We love Adventure Theatre - they always do such a great job, and it's a fabulous way to introduce your children to live theater.

Photo Credits:

  • John Sygar, Suzanne Lane and Emily Zickler in Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC.
  • Suzanne Lane as Trixie and Scott Harrison as Dad in Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC.
  • Photos by Michael Horan.

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Submitted by srrn74@gmail.com on
My 7yr old daughter and I saw this (she is in a MTC student and they offered half price tickets on Monday shows) It was a great show. It is very much geared towards preschool and early elementary school. The Dad was great as was Trixie. I couldn't hear a lot of the Mom's lower register when she was singing but I think that was a microphone issue. It is about 55 minutes long with no intermission. MANY giggles from the kids and the parents. Pack a picnic and play on the playground. If you go on the weekend, the carousel is still open as well as the cafe.
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My 7yr old daughter and I saw this (she is in a MTC student and they offered half price tickets on Monday shows) It was a great show. It is very much geared towards preschool and early elementary school. The Dad was great as was Trixie. I couldn't hear a lot of the Mom's lower register when she was singing but I think that was a microphone issue. It is about 55 minutes long with no intermission. MANY giggles from the kids and the parents. Pack a picnic and play on the playground. If you go on the weekend, the carousel is still open as well as the cafe.

By: suzannes on Thu Oct 6, 2016
we've seen a few plays at Glen Echo Park and Knuffle Bunny is one of our favorite stories. I'm sure this would be great to watch!

By: yesmin on Thu Oct 6, 2016
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