Imagination Stage’s Anime Momotaro: Japan comes to D.C. (ticket giveaway)

February 2, 2013 7 Comments »

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L-R: Tia Shearer as Nakamon, Rafael Untalan as Daimon, Jacob Yeh as Momotaro, Phillip Reid as Monmon. Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage now through March 10. Photo credit: Margot Schulman.

As Imagination Stage subscribers, we’ve seen many fantastic performances with incredible sets but the new Anime Momotaro brings Japan to the D.C. Metro Area.  The delightful adaptation of a traditional Japanese folktale incorporates elements of manga (Japanese comic books), kabuki (theater), and anime (animated movies) and is presented on a set reminiscent of typical structures found in Japan.

About Anime Momotaro:

Set in ancient Japan, an elderly couple longs for a child. Their wish is granted when a huge peach floats down the river and breaks open to reveal a baby boy. As Momotaro (momo means peach; Taro is a common Japanese boy’s name) grows up to be the strongest young man in all the country, he realizes he must take a stand against his village’s one small problem: giant ogres.  Ogres have been bullying the villagers for years, and with the help of his friends – the dog Inu, the monkey Saru, and the bird Kiji – Momotaro meets his foes face-to-face. Thus, an action-packed adventure is born.

The 90 minute show offers families a new perspective on Japanese culture that is highly enjoyable for ages 5-10. Kids will be drawn to the catchy music, manga and anime elements that they’ve been accustomed to seeing in our culture thanks to Japanese imports such as Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, and all things Nintendo. They’ll appreciate the theme of inner strength that Momotaro has and his ability to find a creative way to end the bullying that plagues his village.

Adults will appreciate the beauty and details of the set along with the incorporation of traditional Japanese elements as props. Paper umbrellas, fans, and textiles like Japanese kimono fabric make an appearance to help tell the story. Round paper lanterns of varying sizes containing different colored bulbs hang above the theater seats for a beautiful effect while the same round patterns are echoed around the perimeter of the stage with more white paper lanterns and clear balls.

Younger audiences may be scared by the loud noises and flashing of lights that occur two to three times during the performance.

Front: Jacob Yeh as Momotaro (Ryan Sellers as Koken in the background). Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage now through March 10. Photo credit: Margot Schulman.

Front: Jacob Yeh as Momotaro (Ryan Sellers as Koken in the background). Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage now through March 10. Photo credit: Margot Schulman.

Imagination Stage’s Anime Momotaro is a great way to introduce elements of Japanese culture to your children. If you’re planning to attend between now and March 10, here are some things to do to prepare for the performance and learn about Japan:

Anime Momotaro is playing at Imagination Stage in Bethesda with performances until March 10, 2013.

Show Schedule:

  • Public performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm, select Saturdays at 11 am
  • Special Friday night performance on March 1 at 7 pm
  • Tuesday-Friday field trip performances
  • Tickets: $12 – $25; best for ages 5-10

Special Opportunities:

  • Sensory-friendly performance: February 17 at 11:00 am
  • ASL interpreted performance: February 17 at 4:00 pm
  • $10 Preview tickets (applies to most seats) on February 2 and 3 at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm.
  • February 10: Post-show workshop in Japanese cartooning – Make Your Own Manga! $8/person
L-R: Phillip Reid as Monmon and Tia Shearer as Nakamon. Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage now through March 10. Photo credit: Margot Schulman.

L-R: Phillip Reid as Monmon and Tia Shearer as Nakamon. Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage now through March 10. Photo credit: Margot Schulman.

GIVEAWAY: Imagination Stage has generously provided one DC Area Tech Savvy Mama reader and their family FOUR tickets to an Anime Momotaro performance of their choice. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Imagination Stage provided me with tickets to attend Anime Momotaro with my family but all opinions are my own. We have personally paid for past performances as Imagination Stage Subscribers. Amazon Affiliate links included in this post but books were personally purchased. Images taken by Margot Schulman and are courtesy of Imagination Stage.

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7 Comments

  1. Alexandra Taylor February 3, 2013 at 9:56 am -

    We would love to see it!

  2. Cheryl February 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm -

    This show has piqued my interest, and thanks to your review, now I’m convinced we should see it. Thanks again for the info!

  3. Allison February 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm -

    My daughter is a huge fan of Imagination Stage – would love to take her to this show!

  4. Jacqueline Guardia February 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm -

    My son would love to attend the sensory friendly performance. He’s even behaving exceptionally good at school and finishing homework faster just to go and see the show! :)

  5. Justice Fergie February 5, 2013 at 11:52 am -

    oh I bet my kids would LOVE this! especially L’il Buddy who’s been getting dragged along to all kinds of princess ice shows lately, LOL.

    • Leticia February 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm -

      LOL on the princess ice shows! I think he’ll love it along with your girls. It’s truly fun for the whole family!

  6. Jen February 7, 2013 at 4:57 am -

    Sounds like a fun show! I have a bunch of family & friends I know will enjoy this!