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The Queen of Colors

The Queen of Colors

My daughter and I had the great luck of being invited to attend a performance of Compagnie Les Voisins, “The Queen of Colors”.  It is a remarkably creative show, now playing, at The Wallis Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  The founders of “Les Voisins”, Eva Noell and Paul Olbrich, bring to life the children’s book (originally by Jutta Bauer) with puppetry, paint, projection and a spunky accordion player.

I was a little skeptical at first, because my daughter is famously terrified of “characters”.  I surprised her with a trip to Disneyland after her fifth birthday.  When I, happily, announced where we were she broke down in tears, all in fear of seeing Goofy in his costume.  So, naturally, when I told her we were going to see a puppet show… I got a lot of stink eye.

“Where will the puppets be?”

“What do they look like?”

“Are they going to come up and grab me?”

I lied and said, ” Of course not! Mommy knows, for sure, they stay on stage.” (Having absolutely no idea where these “puppets” were going to be, or do.)  Thankfully, her trust in me was restored.  There is only one puppet “The Little Queen” and she stays safely on stage.  In fact, she doesn’t even look like the puppets we are familiar with, these days (muppet and socks, alike).  She is seamlessly blended into the storybook that is revealed through a projection screen.  The storybook comes to life through The Court Painter and The Court Musician who, once The Little Queen is awake, take whimsical instructions from “The Boss”.  The Little Queen instructs the players to color everything her “favorite color”, whatever that happens to be at the moment.  Things get pretty messy as you can imagine.

The kids can get a taste of the show, prior.  There is a paint drop decorating station that is great to keep them busy before curtain.Decorating Paint Drops

Also, in a genius move by The Wallis, they offer a $5 dinner before some shows.  This was a great option, since we got there early and I was out of dinner ideas.

This show is a fantastic experience that will make you feel like a great parent (they sing in French, that’s all I’m sayin’).

Here’s all the info:

The Queen of Colors

Venue: Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Performance Friday, January 9 – Sunday, January 18, 2015

Schedule: Fridays at 6:00 PM; Saturdays at 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM; Sundays at 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM

Tickets: Price: $25; $35; family dinners ($5 per person) prior to January 9 and 16 perfs.

9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In Person – Wallis Annenberg Center Ticket Services,

9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

By Phone – 310-746-4000

Online – www.thewallis.org

The Queen of Colors

 

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