A recent post on Facebook and Instagram written by a teacher is going viral because of the message it conveys about the holidays. The basic synopsis of the post is that every year, when the students come back to school in January, it’s not the presents they excitedly tell their teachers about. It’s the memories: the board games you played together, that day you stayed in your pjs until dinner, the shows you saw. They remember the routines, the traditions and the family time together.
I love that. And I remember those kinds of things vividly from my own childhood.
So, a family tradition I’ve recently started with my three young kids is going to Ross Petty’s annual holiday pantomime production. This year, I took my 8-year-old, 7-year-old and 4-year-old to see THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical—a show filled with fun songs, high-energy dancing, silly jokes and hilarious ad-libs.
Pantomime means that the audience and performers interact, and let me just confirm for you that this is highly pleasing to little kids. I’ve never seen my four-year-old boo so loud or my 8-year-old laugh so hard.
The show features the classic characters: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the infamous Wicked Witch of the West (who my four-year-old told me I resembled), but with a twist on the story.
THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical is playing at the Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street, which gives you a great excuse to plan a day to do some shopping, see the lights and grab a bite before or after taking in the show. It’s family time perfection that your little ones will likely remember for years to come.
THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical is open now and runs until January 5, 2019. Performances are at 2 and 7 pm. The show lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes and tickets start at $27. For a complete performance schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit rosspetty.com.