First off, we are beyond grateful that you are interested in our show and that you are taking your kids to theatre. Part of our mission is to attract new fans of theatre, and capturing the heart of a child is a wonderful way to begin a life-long appreciation of the art-form.
That being said, as some of us are parents here at NMTC, we understand and appreciate you wanting to make sure the show is appropriate for your child. While our show has not been rated by the MPAA, we will do our best to set up proper expectations. Is there content they won’t understand? (possibly) Are there elements they will love? (absolutely!) This is a live show, so improvisation might change some of this, but this is a good base line so you can know what kind of show to expect.
Things that might go over their heads or need supervision:
-The battles, while similar to the games, there are some that feel more graphic than as seen in video games because it is “live.” It might need explanation that it is not real and no one is actually getting hurt. (spoiler alert!!) A head does get smashed into the ground. As far as violence goes, this show contains no peeling off of faces, killer toy clowns, man-eating trees, or corpse filled pools, just your typical stage combat.
-There is some profanity. The word “hell” is used quite a bit, and the phrase “cock-blocking son of a bitch” is used.
-There is discussion about war and economics that they might not understand.
-Some of the dialogue moves along pretty fast (think “West Wing”), so they might not catch everything and some scenes might be a bit tedious for younger kids.
-Romance: There is quite a bit of smooching in this show. (slight spoiler alert) They might get confused because it is the type of romance that is a little more complicated…typical girl going for the bad boy if you will: think Han and Leia.
-There is some adult humor, particularly from one puppet.
-Mario is comically addicted to mushrooms, which we know would land the PG-13 rating because of the drug use.
All this being said, there are things they will totally get a kick out of!
Things they will love:
-Seeing the Mario characters “live” on stage
-Seeing the amazing, custom built puppets and their crazy antics. Dancing Koopa Troopa; silly-yet-gigantic Yoshi, the bob-bomb!
-The amazing, colorful costumes…we think they will really like Bowser’s “shell”
-Fun edited footage of the game with the actors added voice-overs
-Goofy fights between Bowser and Mario
We truly think that the humor and goofiness of the characters and the puppets will keep them engaged and having fun. They might not understand everything, but if the above sounds like similar things that happen in movies that they currently enjoy, we hope to see you at the show!
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