is more when it comes to the art of theatre. This was especially true in the
case of San Diego Junior Theatre’s premiere production of Blue’s Clues.
In this 45-minute delightful replication of the hit children’s TV-show,
Director/Choreographer Becky Cherlin-Baird, along with her cast of
extremely talented kids, takes us on an incredible adventure to find Blue’s
most spectacular place! This fantastic production seemed to have popped or
“skidooed” right from the TV screen and onto the stage. The sets (Cynthia Bloodgood) and
costumes (Kimberly Myers) were a perfect adaptation of the television
show. In this JT premiere of the stage
version of Nickelodeon’s popular show, Cherlin-Baird demonstrated creative,
interactive and age-appropriate direction and choreography.
led by the friendly man in the green-striped shirt: Steve, was taken through a
wonderful adventure as they searched for the most spectacular place on earth.
Blue, Steve’s playful dog, has left clues for Steve and the audience to find.
While along their journey, they run into some familiar faces as well as some
unlikely and mismatched characters.
Their journey brings them from Steve’s house to Storybook Forrest and
even to outer space. Eventually their journey to find Blues’ clues leads them
to conclude that Blue thinks that HOME is the most spectacular place.
Jacob Sampson (Steve) shows great maturity as he leads
the audience with his mischievous dog, Blue (Sierra Ottilie-Kovelman) on
her journey to find the most spectacular place. Sampson handles the demands of
the role with great ease and is comfortable leading an audience of young
children (including occasional interruptions from overly excited children). The
team of characters created one of the most well put-together ensembles, which
included musical harmonies, choreography, and a presence that radiated off the
stage and into the hearts of the young audience members. The production was
clean, well staged and simple yet appropriately choreographed. Each performer clearly comprehended the
depth of their characters, as well as exuding immense amounts of confidence and
stage presence beyond their years.
Every inch of the stage was used to the fullest extent to create an
imaginative world for young children.
The small and
intimate stage setting allowed for a personal and friendly atmosphere that
welcomed children to participate in the show and sing along in their seats with
one of the most adorable interactive children’s musicals. Audience members
enjoyed the playful plot and endearing characters.
children’s musical is a perfect outing for families with young children.
Parting ways with Steve and his friendly dog Blue at the conclusion of the show
was bittersweet, but they left behind numerous children glowing with grins from
ear to ear.
Performed September 12-28, 2008
National Youth Theatre
by Daniel Baird
~ Cast ~
Mama Bear: Jenna
Wolf/Jupiter: Dominique Alexi
#1/Earth: Danielle Dawson
#2/ Pig #2/Pluto: Maya Hertz
#1/Grandma: Kristina Stoia
Bear/Mars: Devyn Soldner
Papa Bear/Uranus: Joseph Wineman
Star: Caterina Brown
Slippery Soap/The Sun: Emma Wineman
Tock/Neptune: Sierra Kindig
Director: Becky Cherlin Baird
Director: Robin Whitehouse
Designer: Cynthia Bloodgood
Designer: Tony Cucuzzella
Designer: Kimberly Myers
Sound Designer: Robin Whitehouse