Corina Pavlova and the Lion's Roar.
This sort of thing cheers me up no end. I doubt my three would get through a pantomime yet there is something so enshrined in the lead up to Christmas in a trip to the theatre.
Last year Squeaks and I went to see 'The Snow Tiger' at the Sherman and it was fantastic. Just Christmassy enough but with a wonderful theme of friendship running through.
'Corina Pavlova and the Lion's Roar' features two of the actors from 'The Snow Tiger', and on similar footing follows the Christmas theme alongside that of family.
For one little girl in the audience the tale was of so much relevance, because Squeaks only wants one thing for Christmas- a kitten named Jewelie. And whilst when we walked into theatre all three decided they wanted to sit with me on the chairs, after a little while Squeaks took herself off for a front row view on the mats. Closely followed by the boys also deciding they wanted a better view.
Because that is the great way that the Sherman lends itself best to children's theatre. It pitches itself to a child's need. And as Corina went on her adventure so my children fell into the tale alongside their need to be more engaged. The theatre space means children can get as engaged as they wish.
And with the three amazing actors, who engaged everyone in the audience, there were songs, music, dance and humour- the time flew.
And then the best thing happened. Squeaks announced she wanted to meet Corina. I wondered how I was going to manage her disappointment. And as I put the boys reins on I turned and Squeaks had disappeared.
Cue the stomach lurch and increased heart rate.
As we hurried out of the theatre I figured what had happened.
The three actors were there saying goodbye to all of their guests.
I walked into the foyer to find a little girl on cloud nine.
My biggest disappointment was that I had left my phone (and camera) in the car. The Mummy Fail of not getting Squeaks a picture with her new friend Corina.
This is definitely one which will stay a part of the children's memory.
And as we chatted all the way home about the best bits, and who could roar the loudest (my poor head), I know I can thank Corina for managing our Christmas.
When asking the children what they want for Christmas, after discussing every animal (and dinosaur) which exists, it seems we are agreed. The children would like their family to be happy. Job done!
Corina Pavlova and the Lion's Roar is at the Sherman Theatre from the 9th December 2013 to 4th January 2014. Written for 3-6 years olds it is definitely a great way of finding Christmas spirit and enjoying theatre with children.
Disclosure: We received two complementary and two reduced price tickets for the performance. All views and opinions are our own.