The play The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) is currently running at Seattle Children’s Theater. The BFG is based on the book by Roald Dahl. This play was adapted by David Wood and directed by Rita Giomi. The BFG is played by Charles Leggett. Sophie is played by Jennifer Sue Johnson.
Jennifer Sue Johnson and Charles Leggett in The Big Friendly Giant. Photo by Chris Bennion.
The BFG is about a young orphan Sophie who sees a giant and gets whisked away to his home. At first Sophie is frightened by the giant but she soon finds out that he is a good giant who is in charge of blowing dreams to sleeping children. When Sophie and the BFG realize that the other giants are going to London to eat children, they hatch a brilliant plan to stop the giants and teach them a well deserved lesson.
The BFG creates an interesting mix of acting and puppetry. The actors use puppets when they are trying to convey how small they are compared to the giants. The puppets are ingeniously designed and look exactly like their respective actors. The scenery is very simplistic but it carries across the changing locations very well. The props are very ingenious, especially the dream jars full of LED’s that light up to make it appear like there are colored dreams inside the jars. The cast works very well together and creates a believable cohesion of characters.
On the evening that I went, the theater was packed full of parents and small children, but besides the parents there was no one over the age of ten. The theater has no reserved seating so if you want a good seat you should try to show up early.
A small side note, unless you are bringing a small child or you have a VERY large imagination, this play is a little young for anyone over the age of ten.
November 25th, 2007
Through December 30th
Seattle Children's Theatre
More info and show times: http://www.sct.org/
SCT’s Ticket Office: 206-441-3322
Ticket Office Hours: Friday 9 a.m. – show time, Saturday 10 a.m. – show time, Sunday noon – show time
Seattle Children's Theatre is located at the West entrance to Seattle Center, just north of Pacific Science Center and West of the Space Needle. It is served by buses 1, 13, 15, 18, 19, 24 and 33. For bus times: tripplanner.metrokc.gov
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