If you’re looking for a family-friendly show that is entertaining for you AND the kids, you should definitely head out to watch, What Rhymes with Orange?“! The Second City theater in Hollywood has show dates every Sunday at 1 p.m. now through April 26, 2020. Read on for our thoughts and tips for taking the kids to the show!
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I think it’s no secret that my family loves experiencing live entertainment. Both of my girls perform dance and instruments and can truly appreciate the moxy it takes to get up on stage and perform for others. Of course, the real challenge is making sure that EVERYBODY enjoys a show that is appropriate for every member of the family. Lets be honest here…not all kid-friendly programming is going to be fun for the adults.
I recently saw that a couple of live theater-loving friends had headed out to watch What Rhymes with Orange? I was very curious what it was all about and was then super excited when Second City invited me to check out the show and share my thoughts with all of you!
What is What Rhymes with Orange? about?
What Rhymes with Orange? is a story about a kingdom that must maintain balance. This balance is achieved by making sure that things rhyme. Trust me, it makes more sense when they explain it during the show 😉 There’s an outspoken princess (hilarious) getting married soon and receiving gifts. The big issue? The kingdom receives an orange and doesn’t know what rhymes with “orange.” This makes for an interesting dilemma and requires a scrappy lady to venture out of the kingdom into new territory to see if she can find something that rhymes with orange. There are puppets, talking faces floating in the air…
Why should I watch What Rhymes with Orange?
There are several reasons! Here are just some of them…off the top of my head 😉
Orange teaches great concepts to kids!
- The production shows kids how to be creative. My kids make videos at home all the time. They like to make up their own movies with unusual story lines. I was impressed by the way the cast incorporated everyday items into their props. My kids definitely got some inspiration for their homemade videos!
- The show reinforces the concepts of rhyming and equilibrium.
- Kids learn that confidence is cool. I don’t want to spoil the show, but I will say that there is an awesome “giant” and princess. Both of these characters teach the kids what it looks like to own your worth. These characters couldn’t care less what others think of them. They march to the beat of their own drum.
- It’s all about community! Throughout the show, everyone is working together to keep the kingdom safe. I love that message. Especially during a moment where the entire world has been dealing with Corona virus. Kids seeing a scenario in which it is EVERYBODY’S job to keep their community safe? Priceless.
Forget the kids! What about the adults?!
I agree with you. It shouldn’t just be about the kids! Here is what I, as an adult, liked about What Rhymes with Orange? (aside from the benefits to my kids of course ;):
- It’s fun for all ages. We were laughing the entire time we were watching What Rhymes with Orange?. Hubby even gave the puppet a fist bump on the way out after the show 😀 There are great performers delivering jokes and the story line in true comedic form. Some of the jokes my youngest didn’t get, while my oldest did…and was embarrassed that I laughed so hard in some parts. I am not shy to admit it.
- EVERY seat in the house is a good seat! The theater is just the right size, allowing for the entire audience to have a great view.
- There is audience participation. Are you worried that your kids have to sit quietly throughout the entire show? Don’t be! Throughout the show, characters ask the audience questions. The audience is encouraged to shout out their answers! So…parents can just relax. This is a huge plus in my book!
- Music is incorporated throughout the show. Need I say more?
- You get to see some fun pics in the hallway and even hang out in a nice room if you’re early. I’m not gonna lie. I was sort of relieved when I saw the fun pics of great comics in the hallway. This gave me a sense that the show was going to be funny. It also warmed my husband up to the idea of watching a kid friendly show. Did I mention the kids got super excited too?
Tips for an extra great experience:
- Give a quick lesson while driving to the show! Try to teach your kids some basic rhyming words before you head out. I think that this will go a long way toward upping the enjoyment factor of the show for very little ones. If they already have a hint of what rhyming is, they will get so much more out of the show. No worries if you don’t get to this though. The show will be a great introduction to the concept 😉
- What’s equilibrium all about? Talk to your little ones about balance and equilibrium. Again, this is a big theme of the show and will make it more enjoyable for the kids if they understand what the concept is.
- Build your glasses before the show. Now…it turns out you don’t have to wear them the entire show. It’s sort of at the end. All four of us wore the glasses from start to finish because we thought it was partly meant to put the actors at ease. LOL! It sure does make it fun to wear the glasses during the show though!
- Parking: If you can park at a meter on the street, do it! There is a parking garage nearby available for $10. However, we parked a block away and walked the short distance, only paying around $2.50 for 2 hours and 15 min parking.
- Make sure kids are well fed and don’t need the restroom for an hour. There is no intermission during this show.
- Meet the cast after the show! The cast came out after the show and EVERYONE was happy to meet them and tell them how awesome they are. Because, seriously? They are 😉
- Seating is first come, first served. Doors open 15 minutes before the show. Arrive early to get your pick of seat.
- Leave strollers at home. The show takes place on the second floor, and it is stair access only.
- Address: Second City Theater, 6560 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
- Parking: Meters available for street parking, otherwise, there parking structures are nearby. The closest structure is CarPark Inc. at 1661 Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, parking is $10.
- Tickets: Buy tickets for select show dates by visiting the Second City website HERE. Tickets cost $12 per person.
- Stair access only: Please note that the show is on the second floor, and there is only stair access.
Go Find out what rhymes with Orange!
We hope that you head out to Hollywood with the family to watch What Rhymes with Orange? at Second City Hollywood! It is a great Sunday outing with the family that’s sure to have each family member leaving with a smile on their face.
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