Life's lesson told with music and dancing
Beth Colcord of La Crescenta is a homemaker and the mother of
fellow reviewer Mae Colcord.
BURBANK -- Creators at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank have put to
music the story about tiny Thumbelina, who was found in an orchid
plant by Lady Lovington, who ends up raising her as the daughter she
Lady Lovington, played hilariously by Karen Whipple, wants only
the best for Thumbelina, played by Natalie Lander, a theater major at
Pepperdine University. When Lady Covington finds out Thumbelina
thinks she must be married within two days in order to get her dream
job at Seaside Landscaping, she recruits the help of the island
fairy, Sandy Shores, to help Thumbelina find a husband.
During Thumbelina's two-day hunt for a husband, we meet some of
the play's best characters: Bobby Bullfrog, a surfing dude who hops;
Mitch Monkey, a swinging personal trainer; and Franco Flamingo,
bamboo arch builder by day, flamenco dancer by night. All seem to be
fine as prospective husbands until Sandy Shores helps Thumbelina
realize it is more important to love someone than to have the
The kids in the audience had lots of fun interacting with the
actors during the play, such as picking the flavor of sprinkles for
eclairs and by playing instruments during musical numbers.
Interaction with characters is the best part
Mae Colcord, 12, of La Crescenta, is a sixth-grader at Monte Vista
The other kids and I really enjoyed the interaction with the
actors during "Thumbelina." As the show began, I even got to hold
Lady Lovington's umbrella while she was answering her cellphone.
"Thumbelina" is a very colorful play about Lady Lovington, who was a
wedding planner, her daughter, Thumbelina and an island fairy named
Sandy Shores. Thumbelina had a dream to become the chief of creative
planning design at Seaside Landscaping.
Thumbelina finds out she won't get hired unless she is married, so
she sets out on a journey to find a husband. On her trip, she finds a
bullfrog who is a surfer, Mitch Monkey, a personal trainer, and
Franco Flamingo, who makes bamboo arches and dances the flamenco. I
really liked the bullfrog because he was so funny and talked like a
One of my favorite parts was when they gave a few people from the
audience shakers and then asked the rest of the audience to clap so
we could play at Thumbelina's wedding.