Words By JJ West
The Llama Llama book series by Anna Dewdney has been a staple at our house since a preschool teacher gave my daughter one of the books last year. Llama Llama, his precious Mama Llama and his animal friends are on regular rotation in our bedtime routine. My kids love these books so much that I can’t even skip pages anymore because my kids have the dang things memorized.
Based on the book series, the equally adorable Llama Llama play by Ernie Nolan is currently on stage at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, now through October 16. The play is an adaptation of four of the beloved books: Llama Llama Time to Share, Llama Llama Red Pajamas, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, and Llama Llama Misses Mama. The production lasts about 50 minutes, which is perfect for short attention spans. The sets are sweet; they look like they came straight from the illustrations. The costuming allows the audience to distinguish the characters easily, but the actors look human enough so they are not overwhelming to children. The narrative closely follows the original books. (And Mama Llama is still nicer than I am when faced with public temper tantrums and unreasonable bedtime demands.)
Be sure to allow about 30 minutes to hang out before and after the performance. The Rep has volunteer-staffed stations set up for attendees to make llama ears and color llama art. Afterwards, audience members can meet the cast, check out the merchandise and take a turn with the Llama Llama photo cutouts.
- Backstage Tours: September 14 & October 8 at 5:30 p.m. (post-show)
- On September 25 at 5:30 p.m. the cast will present a sensory friendly performance.
- On September 26 at 10:30 a.m. there will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.orlandorep.com.