Katie Couric's The Brand New Kid - A New Musical for Kids
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Each year, the New Choreographers Initiative holds an intensive three-week process to create fresh, cutting edge new dances. NCI Discovery 2014 will showcase four new ballets created through this program. Artistic Director Molly Lynch invited four choreographers of note, as well as sixteen professional dancers from ballet companies across the country, to participate. This evening will debut the results to the public. This year's choreographers are Barry Kerollis, Gabrielle Lamb, Philip Neal and Garrett Smith. The evening also offers an opportunity to hear the choreographers talk about their concepts and ideas, and for the audience to participate in the discussion. 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.
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it was only okay. though it was rated for kids 4-8 i thought it was hard work for young kids. its a musical so they had to really concentrate on getting the words from the songs. easy for adults and older kids.
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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.
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.