It's officially beginning to look a lot like the holidays in Detroit – and in honor of the season, the Mosaic Youth Theatre brings its annual revue, Woodward Wonderland, to the stage. It's playing Dec. 12-14, 2014, at the Detroit Film Theatre, inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.
A fan favorite since 2006, this dynamic stage show is a like a stocking stuffed with goodies – all with distinct Detroit flavor. About 70 talented kids, ages 12-18, from all over the region deliver a variety of vignettes, songs and dance numbers, making for a nostalgic and high-spirited theater treat for families.
Like "the real Santa Claus" many long-time Detroiters remember visiting up on the 12th floor "Toyland" of the old J.L. Hudson's shopping building. Or the Thanksgiving parade incident of 1990, when Chilly Willy, a popular penguin float, escaped and flew 25 miles before plopping in Lake St. Clair. Performers will recreate this events live on stage for families. Think of it as a cool way to introduce your kids to the city's storied holiday past.
Other highlights include a medley of Motown Christmas songs and a side-splitting scene featuring a funny character trying to set up a nativity scene at a church – and moving moments, like "Home for the Holidays," where a family celebrating the holidays gets a surprise visit from a serviceman from overseas.
The show runs 90 minutes with no intermission, so kids must be at least 5 years old to attend (and able to sit to watch the show). Times are as follows:
- Friday, Dec. 12: 8 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 13: 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 14: 4 p.m.
Tickets are $27.50/adults and $19.50/ages 6-17. Though some are usually available at the door, Mosaic suggests buying in advance – and getting there early for a good view (it's general seating).
For more information about the 2014 production of Woodward Wonderland by Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit, check out the Metro Parent listing.