Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (review)

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (review)
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (review)
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THE PLAY: A girl with polka dots is the new student at a school attended only by kids with squares.

 

THE PRODUCTION: To any adults in the audience, this play teaches a not-so-subtle lesson about integration and racial discrimination. Even if the youngsters don’t grasp the theme, they’ll be entertained by the songs, which reinforce the message with simple lyrics and easy melodies. The performances are earnest and energetic with pleasant voices (except for Sydnee Graves, who had some pitch issues, while her characters proved delightful). Director Jan Guarino has kept staging simple to allow focus on the relationships. The set echoes the square motif in muted tones, while the costumes and wigs add plenty of color. One wonderful note: The final song about acceptance mentions being gay as OK. As far as I know, this is a first positive reference in a major children’s show. Running time: 55 minutes

 

THE POINT: This play sends a message of racial tolerance with sweet songs and earnest performances.

 

 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

 

A production of Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn thru 8/11

 

Caroline Lynch, Quan Chau, Madeleine Witmer, Sydnee Graves (Photos by Aaron Sutten)

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