What could possibly go wrong at a taco party for dragons? Find out at this light-hearted play that marks the end of the season for Theatre of Youth. (Stay tuned, their 2019-20 Season will be announced soon!)
Often staging productions that compel the audience to ponder more serious themes, TOY recognizes the need for kids to just laugh and enjoy, which is exactly what they’ll do at the deliciously funny “Dragons Love Tacos.”
Written by Ernie Nolan and based on the book by Adam Rubin with illustrations by Daniel Salmieri, it tells the story of a young boy and his dog who are visited by four dragons. When the boy throws his new friends a taco party, mayhem ensues after the dragons accidentally eat spicy salsa–a dragon no-no!
Geared toward TOY’s youngest audience (4- 8 years), the show is entertaining for both kids and adults. “There are levels of humor that can tickle a 4-year-old, but also their grandparents,” said award-winning local director Kyle LoConti.
She added, “There’s also a lovely underlying message of persistence–that you can do it, so never give up. Positivity is woven throughout the show, but it’s also very entertaining. It hits the perfect balance and is a really fun journey for the audience to take.”
Once again, Head of Design Ken Shaw creates an inviting and accessible world on stage and the production’s attention to detail is second to none. Added LoConti, “The costumes for the four dragons are a real treat for the eye. They’re colorful and big, but the dragons are approachable, not scary.”
A sensory-friendly performance is also offered on May 19 at 10 a.m. “TOY is really committed to giving audiences that might not otherwise be comfortable the chance to take in a show, and they work with experts in the field to determine the best practices,” said LoConti. “TOY should be really proud to be a frontrunner in this area.”
Appropriately sponsored by Mighty Taco, “Dragons Love Tacos” opens Cinco de Mayo weekend, May 4-5, and is a great way to celebrate with your family. The production runs through June 1 at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen Street, Buffalo, including a performance on Mother’s Day, May 12.
Tickets, starting at $15, are available online or by calling 716-884-4400, ext. 304. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays (specific show times on website). Audiences will enjoy a Talk-Back and photo opportunity with the cast after all performances.