This week we got the chance to take the kids and go to the opening night show of War Horse here in Denver at The Buell Theatre. We attended Kids Night Out on Broadway for the first time ever and it was a blast! We started off the night by dressing up a little bit, which the kids’ always enjoy, and headed out to dinner at Sams No. 3 Diner right by the theater (you get a discount if you have tickets to the theater).
After dinner we headed over to enjoy the events that were being held especially for the kids’ at the Buell. Much to their delight, they were able to meet a couple of the cast members for the show and get their autographs. They also had a little trivia session where the kids just had to answer a question about the show and they got a prize, which they loved! We did some origami, a first for them, and they did really well. We wandered around for a bit longer and then wandered to our seats.
The show itself, in case you don’t know (I didn’t), is about a boy and his horse but it goes much deeper than that. At the start of WWI Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold into the cavalry against Albert’s wishes. Albert cannot get over the loss of his horse and the worry that something will happen to his friend/horse during the war so he finds a way to find him and bring him home.
The grown-up’s opinions-
To say that this is a heartwarming tale sells it short, it goes beyond that, it is a story of true friendship that beats all odds. You will completely forget that you are not watching real horses walking around the stage, but life-sized puppets run by 3 full-grown adults each! Jason and I thoroughly enjoyed this show and I would see it again and again, I have never had tears in my eyes during a play before but this one had the tears welling up.
The kids’ opinions-
Moose, my 6 year old son, thought that the show was “very good” and he says that he would watch it again (and wishes that he could). I thought that he was into it for the most part but he sure was having trouble sitting still! He was moving from my lap, to his seat, to Jason’s lap trying to see what was going on but he did pretty well.
Tater, my 8 year old son, thought that the show was “was really awesome” and he says that he would watch it again. He did really well during the show and was completely enchanted by the puppets and presumably the storyline too.
Louie, my 9 year old niece, thought that the show was “was really good” she loved that they weren’t just people in costumes and she thought the goose was hilarious. All of the kids’ loved the goose. She rides horses as a hobby, so this was right up her alley. She loves anything that has to do with horses. She was into the story from the first moment and seemed to have great understanding of the actual storyline.
About the actual show-
Run Time: TBA
Groups 10+: 303.446.4829
Age Recommendation: ages 10+
Advisories: This production utilizes strobe lights, pyrotechnics and gun shot sounds on stage and I telling you, they are very scary! I jumped at every single one! #SuchAWimp.
Disclosure: We were provided with tickets to the show in order to write a review, all opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced in anyway.