Sunday, July 29, 2012

Closing Today--Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon LIVE Spectacular #review

Catch 'em while you can!    Final Chi-Town shows are today, Sunday, July 29, at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM.    Highly highly recommended!   The kids and I had a chance to catch this high flying, pyrotechnics filled extravaganza on opening night and we all LOVED it.
Many movie based arena shows skew young, but I took 2 eleven year old boys and a 9 year old girl and they were mesmerized.   Even teens and adults in the audience were utterly captivated.   The artistry inherent in the animatronic dragons, the screen art, the set design and the costumes was remarkable.
We're always up for strong, grrrl power role models and this one gets bonus points for including both boy and girl leads, a message of peace over power, cooperation to defeat bullies, and a celebration of the creative, gentle soul finally being valued over brute strength.   We're also suckers for circus arts and this show is full of talented aerial artists, martial arts, and acro/gymnastics moves that are a treat to see.

Less is more.   Some of the moments that stand out in my mind as incredible, were the simplest.   It was a bold choice to translate old school shadow puppets and glowing, paper globe like Viking ships to an arena show, and they not only pulled it off, it was pure magic.   The sketches and cave drawings that projected on the giant wall screen as they were created by the characters were a successful melding of ancient civilizations and new technology that was stunning and highly effective.

I'm generally not a fan of video game based translations to stage and screen.   But one of our favorite scenes in DREAMWORKS HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR was a wall walking, horizontal journey that looked like it could have leaped right out of a video game, and it was excellent.   Catch this show if you can.   It'll truly be one your family will talk about for years to come.

Thanks to Dreamworks for comping us tickets to the show and for a lovely, collector program.   The kids have been pouring over the book daily and drawing their own dragons, enjoying the quirky show stats and thoroughly enjoying the gorgeous photography.   It's sparked their imaginations and creativity in an exciting way.
Remaining Shows:  Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM with free parking at official United Center parking lots for all performances.

are on sale now and start at $26.50 plus applicable facility fees and
service charges.  They may be purchased through Ticketmaster or by going  A limited number of special premium Dragon Hot Seats, VIP and family packages are available.
Check out ChiIL Mama's prior coverage here:   


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