“Peppa Pig Live!” comes to Weinberg Historic Center in downtown Frederick
Parents and children all over the world know and love cartoon characters from television. Now, “Peppa Pig Live!” hits the Weinberg Center in Frederick, Maryland on April 29.
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Parents and children all over the world know and love cartoon characters from television.
Now, “Peppa Pig Live!” hits the Weinberg Center in Frederick, Maryland on April 29.
“We have several characters in larger, fuller costumes, and then we have puppets,” puppeteer Jane Ericksen told OMCP. “These are the cutest things you’ll ever see in your life. It’s so much fun to have an educational theater experience. … They’re really cute and I wish I could take Peppa home with me every night. .
Ericksen operates the main character’s puppet, Peppa Pig herself.
“It takes a lot to maneuver the puppets,” Ericksen said. “It’s not just little hand puppets like a sock puppet. …imagine a shopping cart in front of you about 4 feet tall, making that shopping cart sing, talk and dance. … It’s a two-handed job, one hand moving their bodies … and another hand handling their heads, mouths and expressions.
Which beloved characters will we see on stage?
“You’re going to see a lot of Peppa’s friends,” Erickesen said. “You’re going to see his mummy and daddy pig, you’re going to have a lesson with Madame Gazelle, which is very exciting, a music lesson in addition to going camping with Peppa and her friends. Then you’re going to meet George, Gerald, Suzy Sheep and Pedro Pony.
Created by Neville Astley and Mark Baker, “Peppa Pig” began airing on UK television in 2004. It is now broadcast in over 180 countries after completing its seventh season.
“I think Peppa has something for everyone, which is why it still works today,” Ericksen said. “It’s basically a lot of adventures with Peppa Pig, who’s a sassy 4-year-old British piglet – and with the ‘Bridgerton’ craze at the moment, who doesn’t like a show with British accents, ai- Am I right? … It’s never too early to start looking a little more chic.
The plots combine learning and lightness.
“Peppa Pig, George and her parents have a lot of mishaps, we explore their friendships, there’s usually something very silly going on in the episode as well as educational. There’s usually some kind of counting or learning or solving a problem that arises with friendship or school, then everything always ends well in the end.
The live stage show has been going on for nearly a decade.
“round room did an amazing job of bringing the TV show to the theater,” Ericksen said. “The backdrop is actually an amazing screen that will project different places where we are: home from school, outside of school, in the classroom and also at a campsite, so there’s will be trees, there will be an amazing lullaby sequence, a weather sequence.”
Even better, the audience becomes part of the show.
“Audiences can expect a lot of interaction,” Ericksen said. “You can sing with us two songs you know, ‘The Bing Bong Song’ [and] “Muddy Puddles”, which is a huge crowd favorite. Don’t be afraid to get up and dance with us, because Peppa and her friends love to see young friends and mummy and daddy piggies jumping and dancing.
The 60-minute show begins at 6 p.m. with tickets ranging from $29.75 to $59.50.
For $50 more you can enjoy a special package “Photo Experience” at 7:30 p.m.
“Take the stage in the incredible theater and jump in a muddy puddle with Peppa Pig and Daisy,” Ericksen said. “Then you can take a photo with yourself and your mummy and daddy pig – and we could sing ‘Splish Splash’ as you jump through muddy puddles.”
On the way home, your children will be delighted to have met their favorite cartoon characters.
“If your child leaves thinking they’ve met Peppa Pig, we’ve done our job right.”
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