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November 15, 2011 / mommylok

Celebrating Yourself: Freckleface Strawberry The Musical Review

A couple weeks back, there was a small incident with my daughter (M) and her friends that left her feeling a bit upset.  The girls were playing and from what I understand, M wanted to take a break and read.  The other girls wanted M to play and so they took the book away and told her she was not allowed to read.  M then locked herself in the bathroom and started to cry.

Just to give you some background, M loves to read.  There will be times when our family be out all day and the first thing she does when she gets home is open a book.  Over the summer when we returned home from a road trip that lasted nearly 12 hours, the very first thing M did was plop herself down on the floor and read.  Meanwhile, the rest of us were all busy washing up, unpacking, etc.  You can say that she has a little passion for reading!

M didn’t really understand why the other girls didn’t want her to read and it made her feel a little like an outcast, kind of like Freckleface Strawberry, a girl who tried with all her might to get rid of her freckles because they were what made her…different.

I took my daughter to see Freckleface Strawberry The Musical at the Manhattan Movement & Arts  Center over the weekend and this is what she had to say:

I think the lesson is to be yourself because if you have freckles, that’s what makes you special.   You don’t have to be someone else, you could just be YOURSELF.  Just because you have black hair and everybody else has brown hair, that doesn’t mean you have to hide yourself.

Also, Emily (cast member) is not just in Freckleface Strawberry, she is also in The Ohmies.  She played the part Daisy Dog.  I got to meet her twice!  She’s beautiful and a great dancer.

When I asked M if she’d recommend Freckleface Strawberry The Musical, she said:

People should watch the show.  The show teaches you a lesson.  People say, “Freckleface! Freckleface!” and that’s teasing.  So don’t tease!  I don’t like when people tease me.  So I ignore them.

It was a fun show and as a parent, I’d recommend it to any school-age children to see (though there are some adults who may appreciate the show’s message just as much as any child).  One invaluable lesson that I really appreciated learning is that in a blink of an eye, one’s childhood will be gone.  Freckleface Strawberry’s mom couldn’t be more right.  Sometimes my husband and I get too caught up with the kids’ schoolwork and doing what we need to do to get through the week (and for the most part, it doesn’t make for fun times!)  So I was very thankful for this reminder – I don’t want my children to miss out on their childhood for any reason.

By the end of the show, Freckleface Strawberry and her friends learned that they should celebrate their uniqueness – a happy ending that I wish could be the same for children everywhere.

A note for the show’s producers:  I think it would be cute (and beneficial) if there was a male Freckleface character that boys may relate better with as there can never be enough lessons in self-esteem for children.

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Freckleface Strawberry was just like every other girl – except she had bright red hair and something worse…FRECKLES!

Now in the brand new family musical, Freckleface Strawberry, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, you and your family can step inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in.

For more information about the show and how to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

Disclosure:  I received tickets to attend the show for review purposes only; no other compensation was received for this post.   All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Bicultural Mama / Nov 15 2011 10:52 PM

    Great review, looks like a fun show to bring the kids to.

  2. Jennifer Flannagan from esavfude / Dec 4 2011 12:52 AM

    we believe that respecting, leveraging, and celebrating the diversity of our work force, our patients, residents and their families, and our communities create value.

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