Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I love Philly because....

....there are so many great things to do here! There are the usual things like the Zoo, the Franklin Institute, the Adventure Aquarium, etc. but about six years ago I was going through a kids newspaper and discovered Summer Stage. Summer Stage is a theater program put on by the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC). Kids from the area audition, rehearse and perform in six different plays throughout the summer.

So started our love affair with theater. I asked my friend with a son Matt's age if she wanted to try it and we have been hooked ever since! The tickets were cheap ($4) and the first show we saw was Peter Pan - perfect for four year old boys! With tickets still cheap (now $6.50) This year we attended three of the six: Charlotte's Web (8/1/07), Alexander, Who Is Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move (8/8/07), and Suessical, Jr. (8/15/07). Today's was the absolute best of the three! I really love Dr. Suess, but the singing and acting in this play was fantastic. When we went to the first one of this season I was a little disappointed. It just wasn't up to their usual standard, but today's restored my faith. We had so much fun! At one point the Cat in the Hat came and stood right next to Matt's seat! He thought this was great! Since we have found the UDPAC, we have seen a number of different plays, including some put on by USA Theaterworks. If you ever have the opportunity to see a play put on by this company, I highly recommend it! They are fantastic!

We came home and finished school after our "field trip". Matt actually finished by 5:00pm!!!! The last several days have been a battle in completing his work in a timely fashion - usually not getting work done until close to bedtime. Hopefully, today was the turn around point for him. We'll see!

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