From the screen to the stage… that’s what happened when Chris and Pui from CBeebies hit show ‘Show Me Show Me’ appeared at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn.
Children, mostly pre-school age, jumped off their seats and did their “groovy moves” as their favourite stars led the way on stage.
The show was a huge hit with two-and-a-half-year-old Eddie from the start as he gave his usual sign of enjoyment when watching his favourite stars on stage – eyes straight ahead, a nod to confirm he is okay and then no sound for 45 minutes until the interval!
Then 15 minutes of repeating everything which we just witnessed on stage followed by another half -hour of silence in his seat. And the final journey home with his recollection of events (told as if he went on his own!).
While 10-month-old Archie, who fortunately can’t yet repeat every word or action, sat waving frantically while bouncing on my knee as some of the traditional nursery rhymes and songs were sang by Chris and Pui – with plenty of help from the young audience.
The educational show included topics such as different modes of transport, the bus, trains and boats which led to the Owl and the Pussycat song with a special appearance from Teddington.
While the youngsters were also introduced to numbers as the two stars went through the numbers with large cards to ten.
Children waved their favourite teddies in the air as they met a host of the toys which star on the show.
The simply stage with bright, wooden cut-outs and cardboard cut-outs used by Chris and Pui was excellent, along with the use of props which allowed the children to use their ever enjoyable imagination.
Long reams of material as a colourful rainbow or as the deep blue sea – all brought to life by the over enthusiast moves, grooves and singing of the two stars.
The roadshow from the stars of ‘Show Me, Show Me’ was a must see for any family with pre-school children and with the odd comedy line for the adults, it was certainly enjoyed by all.
We overheard many children saying it was their second visit as they saw the show two years ago at Theatre Severn, so it was obviously back by popular demand.
The next one for our diary will be There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly on April 1st followed by The Gruffalo on June 5th and 6th. These children have a better social life than us!
To find out more about the programme at Theatre Severn visit www.theatresevern.co.uk