December 12, 2017
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Winter holidays: cool stuff for cool kids

One-minute Shakespeare: Romeo y Julieta de bolsillo.
One-minute Shakespeare: Romeo y Julieta de bolsillo.
One-minute Shakespeare: Romeo y Julieta de bolsillo.
By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald
Buenos Aires has a wide assortment of children’s stage plays for the winter holidays. Most shows are not only for kids — they also provide amusement for the whole family. Apart from conventional plays, expect to find music, dance, magic and circus techniques, all of which converge on dynamic, entertaining shows.

—Cancheritos ¡Hasta el fin!: Directed by Diego Corán Oria and performed by its own authors (Scott, Sanjiao, Fábregas and Guinzburg) this show follows the reunion of three characters from an incomplete tale. With a stunning set design, the audience can see the enormous desk of Felipe (the author of the story), while three puppets explain through song the main problems faced by Felipe in trying to get a book published. Having written most of the story, Felipe finds himself at a loss for a proper ending. Several characters (Manute, Gopu and Renata) decide to help Felipe round out his story. Full of tenderness and tokens of friendship, Cancheritos is ideal for kids but also for their chaperons. At Paseo la Plaza, Av. Corrientes 1660. Daily at 4pm.

—Romeo y Julieta de bolsillo: celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday anniversary, this play, written, directed and starringy Emiliano Dionisi, is a fun and easy way to help children grasp the fundamentals of Romeo and Juliet. With a blackboard and a chair as the only props, two teachers (Dionisi and Julia Garriz) play all roles in this Romeo y Julieta de bolsillo. While the original is a searing drama, this Romeo and Juliet can be hilarious and fun. At Biblioteca Escolar y Popular Fray Mocho, Lacroze and Pueyrredón, Villa Ballester. Monday at 3pm.

—El bosque encaprichado: instead of princes and princesses, this play focuses on today’s kids. Full of music and dance, El bosque encaprichado is about school kids who, while camping out, discover a magical world hidden in a tree. They find themselves trapped in it, and in order to make it back home they must pass three different tests. This is how they learn the value of team work and selflessness, and how to brave the most frightening monsters.

With flashy costumes and attractive set design, this musical teaches children about the damage caused by prejudice. At Auditorio San Rafael, Ramallo 2606. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm.

—La princesa pirata: Ana is a princess tired of ruling her kingdom. She deeply wants to live out the type of buccaneer adventures like the ones she has read about in books but never experienced herself.

The night before being crowned queen, three pirates break into the castle to steal her jewels. This is the start of an amusing journey that changes everyone’s lives — the queen’s and the thieves’. Conveying a beautiful message, La princesa pirata has an interesting narrative and stunning acrobatics. At Teatro La Nave, Lavalle 3636. Mondays at 5pm.

—Toto Botero: soccer and love converge on this story in which everything is possible. A soccer club water carrier wants to help the team out of its doldrums.

He wishes to hit the pitch to help them win an important match. This is how he learns about the team’s endearing story. At Timbre 4, Boedo 640. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 4pm.


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