REVIEW: "Matilda the Musical" — This Mommy Thinks It’s a Miracle

Jade Chan is a native Portlander who returned to her roots after short stints on the East Coast. She remembers a time when Lloyd Center was an open mall, the Pearl consisted of warehouses, OMSI was where the Children’s Museum is now, and traffic jams were rare. A freelance editor and a mom of two, she enjoys sharing her love for the arts and her (ever-changing) hometown with her family.
Jade Chan

Stop reading right now and get your tickets to Matilda the Musical (if you don’t have them already). All set? Good. Now you and the kids in your life can eagerly anticipate experiencing one of the best productions I’ve seen at Northwest Children’s Theater. Staging a Tony-award-winning musical is not for the faint of heart, …

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REVIEW: "Me…Jane" Opened at Oregon Children's Theater

Erica Vo is a local mom who loves exploring Portland and beyond with her son and daughter. She hopes to help families make their own memories by sharing ideas and experiences at fb.me/adventureswithchickenandnugget and her blog adventureswithchickennugget.wordpress.com.

Me…Jane Encourages Girls to Follow Their Dreams, Trust Themselves and Be Courageous Oregon Children’s Theatre kicked off their new season with Me, Jane, featuring lots of humor, great music and empowering messages for young girls. We caught an opening weekend showing of the musical, which imagines the story of Jane Goodall as a child. In …

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REVIEW: All American Magic Show

Magic + Ventriloquists + Balloons = Fun for the Whole Family We had never taken the kids to a magic show before we wandered into Mall 205 to attend the All American Magic Show. They’ve watched some magic tricks online and had a friend at school who would often do magic, but they had never seen …

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REVIEW: This Play Might Turn Your Whole Family Pirate

NWCT’s How I Became a Pirate Plunders the Hearts of Landlubbers Everywhere. How I Became a Pirate is a delightful, hour long musical adventure. The audience is invited into the imagination of Jeremy Jacob and carried out to sea with a ragtag bunch of pirates led by Captain Braid Beard. The songs were great and …

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Review: "Wicked" — Which One is the Good Witch?

Kid Tested, Parent Enthusiastically Approved Heywood (9 years old) and I were very excited when we plopped down in our seats for Wicked. I didn’t really tell him much about it, he knew it had to do with The Wizard of Oz, but was about the wicked witch and that it was a play. That …

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Review: Disney's "Aladdin": Yes Please and Thank You

Disney’s Aladdin is a Treat for the Whole Family From the second the music started and the carpet projection on the stage started to change color, I filled with such unexpected glee. I’m not kidding, it swept through me and as I looked over at my kids, their faces told a very similar story to …

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Get Lost in the Dream Vortex

I took my family to the new Hand2Mouth production, Dream|Logic, an hour-long discovery quest full of exciting characters, interactive adventures and beautifully and smartly engineered design. It’s hard to explain what this is other than to say it’s an fully immersive and interactive theater experience. Once everyone arrives in the “lobby”, people are separated into …

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