On Saturday morning my mom, Ava, and I attended a theater production at Arts on the Horizon, a professional, non-profit theater company with a specific focus of providing high-quality performances and education programs for young people ages 0 to 6 years old and their families.
The production we saw was a 30-minute show called Nutt And Bolt. Nutt and Bolt are robot rivals who spend their days using random junkyard objects around and on them in games of skill and sound. They rally their “wee friends” (kids in the audience!) for support and participation. As the competition between the two builds, they realize how much better things could be if they became friends!
Mom and I enjoyed this performance a lot. I thought the length of the show was perfect for kids Ava’s age with shorter attention spans. (The age range recommendation for the show is 2-6). Being a total softie, I loved the overall message of the show and liked how the play was completely non-verbal with the exception of some music and noises coming from the two characters. This way kids could interpret things on their own and engage accordingly during the performance.
Ava seemed to like most of the show. Nutt (the male character) did a very good job at playing the protagonist with all his scowls and rough-sounding noises coming out of his mouth. Ava definitely picked up on the fact that he was “a bad guy”. Whenever he walked by her she would immediately make a concerned (and scared) face and say “no” or “uh-oh”. Nutt even offered her the chance to play with one of his musical objects and she flat-out refused. However, she smiled and clapped whenever Bolt (the female character) walked by or played music. It’s so funny how kids can pick up on cues no matter how young they are.
Photos of the junkyard.
All the costumes, props, and set were created entirely out of up-cycled (reused or discarded materials) or recycled objects.
After the show there was a meet and greet with Nutt and Bolt + time for audience members to play with puzzles, blocks, and be interviewed by someone who asked what their favorite part of the show was. Ava even participated by doing her version of a “robot dance”. 🙂
And there were costumes to dress-up in!
Show times and tickets, particularly in Alexandria, are limited. Tickets are $9 each. To purchase tickets go here.
I definitely plan on taking Ava to more shows put on by Arts on the Horizon and am even considering signing her up a 6-week session of interactive story time and free play with kids her age!
Enjoy your Monday and the first day of Spring!