When: Thu., March 8, Fri., March 9 and Sat., March 10 2012
It’s not easy being a singin’, dancin’ Muppet — especially if you’re wearing Ernie’s size-15 shoes. Take it from Jerry Du Mars, the Orlando-based director and dance captain for “Elmo’s Super Heroes,” the newest iteration of Sesame Street Live opening tonight on Playhouse Square. How, exactly, does one snag the role? “Number one, we look for strong, strong dancers. It’s a 90-minute show, with as many as three shows each day, all done from inside a custom-tailored costume. Obviously, we need actors who are physically fit.” Next on Du Mars list: an equally strong personality that can capture the iconic characters. “It’s vital that what the kids see on stage is the same as what they see on television.” And finally, it doesn’t hurt to have a yen to serve as a role model. “That’s what makes Sesame Street so timeless: It addresses real issues that parents and kids have to deal with, and does it in a way that is reliably entertaining.” This time around, Elmo, Grover, and the gang are tackling the topic of healthy living, including nutrition, exercise, and sleep. The State Theatre curtain rises on the touring performance tonight at 7 p.m.; all tickets are $14. Seven additional performances are set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with tix for those shows ranging from $10 to $21. Snag yours at the box office, by phone, or online.
Price: $10 to $21