Fans of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama book series will be thrilled
to note that a llama drama adaption has finally made it to the
To the relief of Llama Llama fans, Emerald City's Producing
Artistic Director Ernie Nolan adapted the play from the books so
closely that many of the lines came directly out of them: Llama
Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama
Mad at Mama.
Unlike other plays, which are based on princesses, flying people
and other fantasies, many parents and kids will relate to the
everyday dramas that take place within little llama's life: Boring
trips to the supermarket, scary first days of school and distracted
mothers who talk on the phone when their children would rather they
comfort them or put them to bed.
In fact, some of these everyday dramas hit so close to home that
I wanted to tell Llama to stop whining and complaining so much -
but each little episode ended with a nice little moral of the story
from llama mama about why we need to do seemingly difficult things
(trips to the store aren't usually much fun for anyone, but at
least shopping at the supermarket is more fun when we do it
together - and then when we're done, we can go home and read
The stories and play are geared toward a preschool audience -
and the recommended ages 3-6 is right on the mark. It's all about
adjusting and coping with new situations: New schools, being alone
in a room at night in the dark, and having to do errands without
While the show may not win awards for being the most thrilling
(no special effects, no fancy set or fun costumes), it's a cute
little play and it does what it sets out to do. Llama Llama brings
the story of a favorite preschool series to life in a cute way, and
it's worth seeing, especially if you've got a fan of the books in
We also brought along a younger sibling, 2, who is also a Llama
Llama fan, and she managed to sit through the 60-minute,
no-intermission show, too.
Her big complaint: "Those aren't real Llamas!" It's hard to
Danielle Braff lives with her two daughters and husband in downtown Chicago.
See more of Danielle's stories here.
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