Part of FringeNYC: Amelia Earhart: famed adventurer, mystery-shrouded role model, and banjo player??! Explore Amelia's legacy and discover the challenges she faced through music, puppetry, circus arts, and an array of unforgettable characters from her life. Good for ages 4 to 104! More…
Categories: FringeJR, Comedy, Local. From Bond Street Theatre. Written by Heddy Lahmann-Rosen and Ilanna Saltzman. Directed by Gretchen Van Lente.
FROM THE ARTIST:
Amelia and Her Paper Tigers is a fun-filled look at the life of Amelia Earhart. This biographical adventure highlights Amelia’s determination to tackle her fears, challenge the status quo and her courage to follow her dreams.
Bond Street Theatre company members, Heddy Lahmann-Rosen and Ilanna Saltzman, co-wrote and perform the show. Heddy plays Amelia, from her first flight until her disappearance in 1937. Ilanna plays an array of characters that Amelia meets along her journey: from a doting grandmother, to a bold female flight instructor, to the often overshadowed Fred Noonan, and more. Character changes occur onstage and are signified with quick costume and prop additions, making this a fast-paced, high energy tour of Amelia's legacy. This playful and poignant overview of Amelia's story is brought to life through physical storytelling, original songs, dance, puppetry, and stilt walking.
“If you've been searching the Fringe for a family show, this one surely qualifies... Lahmann and Saltzman are a well-balanced artistic team...They boldly break the fourth wall, interact with the audience, and creatively involve them in the Earhart legend. ‘Amelia’ is both entertaining and educational. And, if you ever wanted to know what made Earhart tick, this show is a good entry point.” Full Review
"References to popular culture and music help to keep the story line relevant to the youthful audience, as well as fresh for those who are already familiar with Earhart’s story. Music (with the occasional use of a banjo), circus arts, and innovative puppetry ensure that the production holds the audience's attention throughout. If you are looking to provide kids with a pleasant and educational theatrical experience at FringeNYC, 'Amelia and Her Paper Tigers' is a great choice." Full Review
"Some of the theatrical moments are quite nice...The duo spends a lot of time making silly faces and sounds and dancing about in a comical manner, and I think this sometimes gets in the way of the story they are trying to tell. They could perhaps have a bit more faith in the subject matter...But the power of Amelia’s story manages to come through again and again, and the addition of costumes, stilts and other theatrical tricks adds to the fun." Full Review
See it if you like clever, imaginative, children's theater that tells Amelia Earhart's story to a new generation.
Don't see it if you have no imagination or you hate children's theater. Am sorry I saw the last performance and not the first.
See it if You have the heart of a child, are a child, love a child, appreciate lovely family theater about a great American heroine!
Don't see it if You're a real grouch, or terrified of flying or anything related to flying.