Songs, dancing, puppetry, colourful characters and comical adventures – the children who watched Julia Donaldson’s tale of Stick Man brought to life on stage by Freckle Productions in Lincoln today (November 26th) were treated to a particularly fun start to their festive celebrations.
Autumn was the guest of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre for its 1.30pm performance this afternoon when the show had its young audience members laughing, clapping and cheering on its eponymous hero through his perilous adventures.
An ode to the versatility of a stick and the transformative powers of a child’s imagination, Autumn was dancing on her seat to the music, clapping the antics on stage and pointing to the inventive props that grasped her attention as the trio of actors embodied all the different roles between them.
Autumn is very lucky that this was her third trip to theatre but a seasonal production is often a child’s first introduction to live shows and, with theatres just reopening full their first full season, it is likely to be many more little ones’ first experiences this year. This well-loved story has plenty of movement on stage, lots of opportunities for audience interaction, features an appearance from the man in red himself to help save the day and runs for approximately 50 minutes which all adds up to providing a perfect first trip to the theatre (or second, or third…).
This afternoon it also provided one group of local primary school’s pupils with their first ever school trip and it was lovely to be able to share in their delight and excitement as they pointed the characters in the right direction, giggled at the physical comedy, joined in a game of invisi-ball and made sure they shouted loud enough to wake up Stick Man to prevent him from meeting a firey fate.
The LPAC is hosting two more performances of Freckle Productions’ Stick Man tomorrow (November 27th) at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets: £14.50 (£12.50).
Call 01522 837600 or visit https://lpac.co.uk/event/stick-man/ for further information or to book.
Just be prepared for your little one to bring back even more sticks from their autumnal or wintry walks as they search for the stick that’s not a stick but a Stick Man!