For more than three decades, Sesame Street Live has brought kids favorite characters, including Big Bird and Cookie Monster, from the small screen to life on the stage. Cast member Shannon Maloney, who plays Ernies sidekick, Bert, said its special to be a part of something that she loved as a child.
I reacted the same way to Sesame Street when I was a kid, said Maloney, an Oklahoma City University graduate. Our show has a lot of audience participation, and its really rewarding to look out and see them all with huge smiles on their faces. Its like a rock concert for kids.
This current production follows Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes, who go on a quest after Super Grover loses his superness. Through song and dance, Elmo and pals will teach healthy habits of exercising, hygiene and nutrition. The tunes keep kids more engaged than just hearing someone talk about it, Maloney said.
I really hope that little kids will walk away having learned these important lessons, even if its just one, she said.
Shows are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13-$50.
For more information, call 602-8500 or visit coxconventioncenter.com. Courtney Silva
Sesame Street stars sing songs such as Splish Splash and Sunny Days for seven performances.