Pinocchio at Children’s Theatre Company G I V E A W A Y

Miss E and I had the opportunity to attend opening night of Pinocchio at Children’s Theatre Company on Friday night.

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I had thought about watching Pinocchio with her before we went to the play or even finding the story somewhere as I wasn’t sure she was all that familiar but we ran out of time. Lucky for us, it wouldn’t have much mattered.

Pinocchio dreams of being a real boy, but will the all-too-tempting delights of puppet shows and Playland be too much? When Geppetto is swallowed by a whale, it is up to this little wooden puppet to show his courage. Our savvy spin on the classic tale of Pinocchio proves the right four actors, a stage full of construction materials, and your imagination is all that’s needed to bring this perennial favorite to new life. Directed by Greg Banks (The Jungle Book, Huck Finn), this surprising theatrical experience promises to be a performance you’ll never forget – wood we lie to you?

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The Pinocchio storyline at CTC isn’t necessarily the familiar one. It requires a lot of imagination. It’s a creative play on the story and has just five characters who switch roles and places throughout.

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The story is engaging and very physical. Of course, what show with Reed Sigmund and Dean Holt in it isn’t?

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There is some audience interaction, which is always really fun for the kids.

Elise Langer plays Pinocchio {and she did in the 2013 play at CTC too} and does a phenomenal job. She’s super believable and engaging.

I would recommend Pinocchio for ages kindergarten and up. Because the story does require some imagination and creative thinking, I think that toddlers and real young children might have a hard time sitting.

The show is 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission. As usual, cookies from Patricks are for sale {as well as other refreshments} before and after the show and intermission. Skip the line and order before the play begins and save yourself some time.

Don’t be alarmed when the lobby appears to be under renovation, once Pinocchio begins, it will all make sense.

Planning on seeing Pinocchio with your kids? My readers are invited to purchase $20 tickets right here.

Pinocchio is on stage at Children’s Theatre Company through August 14.

Children’s Theatre Company is also giving ONE of my readers one family four pack of tickets to Pinocchio. You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway right here:

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Disclosure: We were invited to opening night of Pinocchio for review purposes due to a relationship we share with Children’s Theatre Company. All opinions expressed are mine.

G I V E A W A Y – Bad Moms Prescreening Passes

I am so very excited about the Bad Moms movie opening in theaters nationwide on July 29!

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Why?

The trailer makes the movie look so real and relatable when it comes to the trials, the judgements, the crazy that is being a mom today. I mean at the end of the day we’re all just trying our best right?

In this new comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

So I’ve been trying to think of my worst Bad Moms moments. Believe me I’ve got more than a few to choose from.

From totally forgetting to pick a kid up at golf practice {after it started pouring rain} Sorry T. to kids who fell down the steps because I left the gate at the top of the stairs open while chatting on the phone. The time I backed over our jogging stroller {thankfully empty} to the time {s} I’ve left my kids in the car while running into the post office or grabbing a pizza. Some might say putting ones’ kids to bed at 5:30 for the night makes a bad mother but I swear those years were survival and still others think letting them stay out on Hennepin Avenue until midnight for the Aquatennial isn’t ok either.

There are plenty. The good news is we’re all in this together and I’d like to think we’re all just trying to do our best.

What are your bad mom moments?

Share your #BadMomMoment for a chance to win passes to the advance screening of #BadMoms on Thursday, July 21st 7:30 p.m. at AMC Southdale!

Five winners will be chosen and announced Tuesday July 19 by noon.

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