Sunday, November 19, 2006

Michael Cooper – Masked Marvels and Wondertales

Had a great chance to check out Michael Cooper’s Masked Marvels and Wondertales show at the Holland Center on Saturday with Jeremy, Julie and Wes. We knew nothing about the show before we went other than it was at the Holland Center, the $45 tickets were complimentary, and we knew the name of the performance. I haven’t had a chance to see the inside of the Holland Center yet and have really been wanting to check it out, and given the ticket price, the show had to be decent, right? I did have a chance to look up Michael Cooper’s website so I did have a pretty good idea of what we were going to see and we weren’t disappointed. A little surprised perhaps, but not disappointed.

So, the show was a children’s show and the performer was basically a puppeteer, but HE was the puppet, using various homemade masks and costumes to create his characters. His show was set to music and had lots of storytelling and audience (children) participation. More than half of the audience was made up of children and it was as enjoyable watching them and their reactions and listening to them laugh as it was watching the show itself. If anyone has a chance to catch Michael Cooper in the future, I recommend him highly. And bring your kids.

Since this was my first chance to see the inside of the Holland Center and since the show that we saw was in the smaller Scott Recital Hall, I wanted to see the rest of the place. I was fortunate enough to catch the right person on the right day and we ended up getting a guided tour of the rest of the place from and wonderful lady that was working there. The main hall is unbelievable. Visually, acoustically, unbelievable. I have to see a performance in there now. The look and feel of the place is very different from the Orpheum, and they both certainly have their place, but having seen dozens and dozens of shows at the Orpheum over the years, I’m looking forward to seeing (and hearing) something in the new Holland Center for the Performing Arts.

Special thanks to Alana for hooking us up with the tix.

The Holland Center
Michael Cooper


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