Monday, January 28, 2013

#makesmesmilemondays The Magnificents

Last night the kids and I went to see The Magnificents at the House Theatre.

This show brought us back to the Golden Age of Magic, when Chicago played host to some of the most magnificent magicians ever. Focusing on a ragtag family of sideshow performers with an aging elder who needs to pass on his secrets (and quick!), The Magnificents kept us all mesmerized throughout. We loved witnessing Robert Houdin's blooming orange tree illusion, and the intimate atmosphere of the Chopin Theatre always fits so well with the House Theatre's productions.

Though this play is suggested for ages 5+, it was appropriate for my daughter, age 3, who was simply thrilled by all the magic tricks. She sat like a perfectly perfect theatre-going young lady throughout, clapping when appropriate and following along with the story. My son and his friend Jaleel had to sit apart from us, in the section directly across, and every once in awhile I would look over at them - they looked like two little grown-ups, too - enthralled by the show (and trying to figure out the tricks behind the magic tricks).

I can't even tell you how much it makes me smile, this grey Monday morning: I am so thankful to have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of live theatre with my children!
Besides looking exactly like I did when I was her age, Chiara
enjoys dressing up just as much as she enjoys playing with plastic
lizards like these ones that she found on display at the Chopin Theatre.
Like mother like daughter! She truly is my mini-me! Ahh!

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