WAKEFIELD — Theater By The Sea’s 2022 Children’s Festival, sponsored by Original Vanilla Bean, a popular Matunuck ice cream spot, will continue Friday with two shows featuring magician Scott Jameson.
A magician and juggler, Jameson is known for leaving audiences “laughing out loud and perched on the edge” of his seat. It’s a show where “umbrellas will be pulled out of nowhere, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time.”
On July 29, “Frozen Jr.” by Disney, presented by the students of Camp Theater By The Sea, will take the stage. Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, “Frozen Jr.” brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life on stage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, “Frozen Jr.” develops the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. Facing danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of brotherhood.
On August 5, magician and juggler Robert Clarke, an audience favorite with the amazing ability to capture young and old with his fun family show, will perform. Always energetic and quick, Clarke takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of laughter and cheers. Each show is family friendly and is always interactive with the audience with children and adults.
Closing the season, a play entitled “Go Home Tiny Monster” presented by The Gottabees, will be performed. The play tells the story of Sylvie, who, after a sudden storm, finds herself in need of a new home, along with her loving family of artisan creatures. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them. “Go Home Tiny Monster” is described as a “wildly creative theatrical ode to the generosity of a community”. The show, told entirely without words, features The Gottabees’ signature blend of puppetry, live music, physical theater and joyously absurd silliness.
As part of their sponsorship, The Original Vanilla Bean invites those attending Children’s Festival performances to bring their post-show tickets to the Ice Cream Parlor, located at 757 Matunuck Beach Road, for a free Children’s Cone with the purchase of an adult cone.
– Nancy Burns-Fusaro