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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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they had free coffee available, but you could only bring in bottle water to the theater
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Katie Couric's "The Brand New Kid"
6 ratings
4.2 average rating
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38 events
12 reviews
22 stars
attended Oct 26 2007

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.

i thought it would be better...continued

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 26 2007

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...continued

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Lee Baum
6 events
2 reviews
6 stars
attended Oct 26 2007

My grandaughter, age seven, really liked it. As an adult, I thought it was okay. We will continue to see other childrens' plays at the Irvine-Barclay.

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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.