I have never read my daughter the story of Henny Penny. She's never seen a TV version or listened to the music on DVD. Bur ever since we went to a "Henny Penny" performance by the Peninsula Youth Theater, she hasn't been able to get the catchy tune out of her head.
"The sky is falling, the sky is falling!" my daughter, Josie, sings as she builds up her tower of blocks. She also sings it while she brushes her teeth and while she's supposed to be napping.
On Friday nights during the summer, the Peninsula Youth Theater (PYT) has Theater in the Park at different parks all over the Bay Area. The show is produced and performed by students attending a two week summer class through the PYT.
We showed up at the park near the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Friday at 6:30 pm, not sure what to expect. We ran into a few friends from Josie's school. We were already off to a good start.
The small, outdoor ampitheater was packed, mostly with parents of the students in the class who stood smiling from ear to ear behind hand held recording devices. But the show is open to the public so we happily took advantadge of the free entertainment.
From the moment the children started singing, our children were fixated on the perfomers' young faces as they sang and acted their hearts out. The performance wasn't perfect, but the simple mistakes made the actors more endearing and the play more enjoyable.
And while my husband and I enjoyed the show, what we really appreciated was being able to sit back on a nice summer night while someone else entertained our children. The fact that my daughter walked away from the night with happy memories and a new song in her head was icing on the cake.
For a list of future Theater in the Park performances visit: Web Link