Last weekend Jesse and Damien and I headed to beautiful downtown PGH to Bricolage to see Midnight Radio Jr.
Midnight Radio, Jr is an interactive radio show/experience/play and workshop full of awesome, for kids of any age.
I was invited to come and see the show and asked to share my experiences with you guys.
This was epitome of well done kid fun theater. And I’m already planning our next family outing to see the second episode of Midnight Radio, Jr. Which is gonna be Mad Science Lab themed.
If you have kids and live around the Pittsburgh area, this is something you should totally plan on doing, with them.
So, we arrived at Bricolage about a half an hour before the actual show started. The lobby was decorated to reflect the show’s theme, Underwater Voyage.
They did a great job of helping us, the audience, feel like we were immersed in the whole feeling of show.
and we really were.
There was a craft table set up, where the kids could make cute little ocean themed crafts. There was a Pin the Tail on the Mermaid game and a tiny ocean of long flowing streamers and paper ocean creatures, that the kids (and adults!) could walk through. This part was great because you could really break down that proverbial fourth hall and really participate and immerse yourself in the show.
The Tiny Ocean was Damien’s pre-show fave.
He liked it so much, he didn’t want to leave.
I think it was my favorite, too.
We lingered in the lobby. We snacked on complimentary juice boxes and cheddar pop corn, doing crafts and taking silly pictures, until it was time for the show.
yup, we really know silly.
I honestly wasn’t prepared for how cool the show turned out to be. When we settled into our seats, we experienced a live radio show unfold before our eyes. The actors stood at microphones and they used a real Foley sound effect library to make all the sound effects for the show.
right before our eyes.
The stories were all Underwater Voyage themed. It was great.
The Josh and Gab Show did two songs. Josh and Gab are this amazing musical comedy duo band, with a super cool anti-bullying message.
My favorite Josh and Gab number, “I’m Not a Bully” is this super catchy kid-friendly rock anthem, about having a bad day, and still not being a bully. Their awesome anti-bulling message uses music and humor to appeal to kids.
and they are just too cute.
Check out their promo vid, here. Do yourself a favor, find them on Facebook, download their album on iTunes, learn the words to all their rad songs. And then go on rock out with your littles.
This is gonna be your kid’s new favorite record, ever.
After the show Tami and Jeff led an interactive Foley workshop. This was so much fun. They engaged the kids, invited them on stage to participate and helped them to create the sound effects for an old western type of show, on stage!
Did I mention, they let the kids up on stage?
I know! How awesome is this?!
It was pretty darn awesome, right?
Did you know that during movies, most of the layered sound is added after the fact, in a sound stage by a Foley artist?
Hey, its OK.
I didn’t either until I saw this awesomely informative workshop.
This workshop part was where Damien really got to shine. He loved every minute of being on stage. Jesse and I joked that we might have a budding actor in our midst. He raised his hand, at every opportunity. He was an unabashed ham. He was so enthralled with all of the attention and all the theater magic. It was really special. This was the best Pittsburgh theater experience, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with my family.
So, here the deal, people. Bricolage is just one of those awesome living, breathing institutions that make Pittsburgh the special place that it is. You should go see a show there. I can’t make you. But if I could, I would. It’s that great.
The Underwater Voyage episode, we saw, is already past it’s last run. But, Bricolage is doing a second episode of Midnight Radio, Jr. The Mad Science Lab episode. I’m not exactly sure what it’s gonna be like, but I know it will be excellent. You should totally go check it out, too. This one runs Saturday and Sunday August 24 25 31 and September 1. There is still plenty of time to get your tickets and enjoy some quality Pittsburgh family theater time.
Next Midnight Radio Jr show opens 8/24/2013 at Bricolage. Visit http://www.bricolagepgh.org/ for more info. Or if I’ve already convinced you, order your tix here.
and did I mention tickets are just $8 for kids and $15 for adults?