A bubble bath for a pig, a duck who plays tricks, a cow who likes to watch DVDs, and a hen who orders anchovy pizza for dinner? That’s the zany stuff that happens when Farmer Brown decides he’s going on a much needed vacation and enlists the help of his brother to watch over the farm while he’s gone. Brother Bob, an accountant who lives in the big city, doesn’t know the first thing about running a farm, but is grateful for the helpful notes that Farmer Brown has left for him on the refrigerator. What Brother Bob doesn’t know is that the farm animals have decided that they too need a vacation from their daily chores!
Always the trickster, Duck is inspired to come up with a plan to alter the notes that Farmer Brown has left after he finds a pencil. Duck convinces Pig, Hen and Cow to sneak into the farmhouse and steal the notes so they can rewrite them! Even though they almost get caught a couple of times sneaking the rewritten notes back onto the refrigerator, Brother Bob doesn’t catch on until much later. So, the animals end up with pizza for dinner, chocolate cake for a treat, watching a DVD “Moovie” and a bubble bath for Pig!
The audience can’t help but engage in the antics of these lovable characters as they plot to avoid their daily chores. The performances are funny and uplifting, bringing laughter and smiles to children and grownups alike. The costumes are really cute and the sets are nicely done too. Although I couldn’t quite figure out if Pig’s stockings were purposely wrinkled or just too big for her! Either way, they added just the right amount of quirkiness and humor to her character.
At the end of the show, the characters come out into the audience singing and dancing as they make their way outside to sign autographs and meet their fans. My twins missed Hen who had to leave early, but enjoyed visiting with Duck, Pig, Cow and Farmer Brown.
Dallas Children’s Theater’s “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” is a hilarious adaptation of the book by Doreen Cronin (illustrated by Betsy Lewin). It’s a follow up to Cronin’s “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.”
“Giggle, Giggle, Quack” is a must see show for families with young children. My almost 8 year old twins loved it and had no trouble paying attention throughout the hour long or so production. There is a 15 minute intermission about 45 minutes into the show with quick snacks and drinks available for purchase. Take your kids to see this humorous DCT production—this is the last stop of their national tour. The show continues for weekend performances through May 22, 2011 in the Baker Theater at DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts. It will make you giggle and maybe even quack up! Visit DCT’s website, www.dct.org for more info.
Disclosure: The Dallas Children’s Theater invited my family to watch this production of Giggle, Giggle, Quack. The above represents my personal opinion of this production.