Katie Couric's The Brand New Kid - A New Musical for Kids
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The last date listed for Katie Couric's The Brand New Kid was Friday October 26, 2007 / 7:00pm.
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One of the leading chamber groups performing today, the Echo Award-winning Scharoun Ensemble Berlin features the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's principal string and woodwind musicians. For this concert, these profoundly talented musicians will perform pieces written by Mozart and Beethoven, putting Alexander Bader's clarinet work on display. Septet, Op. 20 is one of Beethoven's most popular works and one of the finest septets ever written. The Scharoun Ensemble will also perform Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet in Strings, one of the composer's most beautiful chamber pieces. Learn More
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Featured review from Wayne S.
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Brand New Kid is a fresh new take on depicting a new kids life in school, having grown ups act the kids' parts with simple yet revealing songs that show a depth parents would appreciate even as kids may respond more to the humor, pratfalls, and puppetry (talking dog and giant bird ;p).
The power comes in that the message does drive home. I heard one girl next to me actually go "She's mean." as the new kid gets shortchanged at lunch.
For grownups, the actors actually made their characters believable as 7-year old kids in mind if not in vocabulary (they still use some "big" words ;p). And the script definitely helped, depicting scenarios from peer pressure and teasing to the rowdy playground bouts of baseball and KeepAway. The friendship between a resident girl and the foreign new kid was sweet and rather inspirational. Showing how easy it really can be to make friends.
And in the end, they find as much as the new kid is strange each of them has a strangeness they can comment on and share.
So Brand New Kid shines in its execution with a fun all-ages script and talented actors. And though the life theme isn't new, the ending will make you feel brand new.
<p>Irvine Barclay Theatre is delighted to present a heartwarming new musical, Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid. Adapted from Katie Couric’s popular children’s book, this production is a presentation of The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audience on Tour and is recommended for ages 4-8.</p> <p>New teachers…new books…new faces! It’s the very first day of second grade, and Lazlo S. Gasky is the new kid in school. He’s your typical seven-year-old boy, but because he doesn’t look or speak quite like the others, the teasing and taunting begin. When Ellie McSnelly realizes how tough Lazlo has it, she risks being ridiculed herself to spend an afternoon with him. After playing soccer, eating strudel, and making new friends, the two teach their classmates a valuable lesson – one that’s not in their schoolbooks – about the need to give others a chance. This uplifting new musical proves that being yourself is the best way to be.</p>