The Youngest Children Help Wake Up Brother Bear at Imagination Stage

A live performance where children are not expected, or even encouraged, to stay in their seats is a dream come true for the five-and-under set.  A live performance without any seats is even better.   Imagination Stage knows what appeals to the youngest theatre-goers in Wake Up, Brother Bear!, the latest show in their popular My First Imagination Stage series.  By allowing children to sit on a circular cloth that doubles as a stage, children are able to be a part of the show rather than spectators.   Being close to the action, and armed with a bag of child-sized props upon arrival, children are help the actors tell the story of what happens to Brother and Sister Bear throughout the course of four seasons.
Children become a part of the action from the very first moments of the performance when Sister Bear, invites them to help wake up Brother Bear, who is still hibernating from the long winter.  Once both Bears are awake they discover their springtime environment by watching a butterfly visit a flower held by each child and exploring a water created by children holding long pieces of blue cloth.

The highlight of the show for many children is, however, the arrival of summer.  For summer, the bears ask the children to join them under a beautiful summer sky created by a large blue sheet suspended low from the ceiling.  Stars projected onto the summer sky in a darkened room create the illusion of a peaceful evening in a meadow.  Making the scene more magical is that children are invited to use small flashlights, imagined to be fireflies, twinkling in the darkened room.  The bears then tell a story acted out with shadow puppets onto the sky.

Moving into fall, children help to create a lake out of the same fabric that served as the sky while autumn leaves, cast by the children into the lake, swirl atop the lake while Brother Bear chases a fish.  Next comes winter, and after Brother Bear finally catches his elusive fish and the Bears ice skate on the frozen lake, the children cover the Bears with blankets to make them comfortable during their hibernation.

My four-year-old son was captivated throughout the entire performance.  He loved all of the opportunities to participate in the show.

Wake Up Brother Bear is truly a magical experience for grown-ups and children alike.  From the live music played throughout to the seamless shifting seasons to the delight on the children’s faces as they are asked to help the bears and make the show come to life, the show is full of surprises that create wonder.

If you go:

  • Seating is general admission on the floor.  With circular seating arrangements there are no bad seats.
  • While most caregivers join children on the floor there are chairs available are for grown-ups and children who prefer to put a little distance between themselves and the action.
  • Wake Up Brother Bear runs for about 45 minutes. Tickets for everyone one and up are $10.00 – $12.00.
  • Imagination Stage is located in Downtown Bethesda. There is plenty of on-site parking and it is within walking distance of the Bethesda metro.  There is garage parking adjacent to Imagination Stage, which is free on weekends.
  • Wake Up, Brother Bear! runs through February 17th with performances every Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tickets are $12 online and can be purchased here or are $14 at the door.
  • Best for ages 1-5.

Come out of hibernation and get your tickets now!

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