Imagination will come to life on stage when "Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 ... Imagine! with Elmo and Friends" come to the Community Arts Center on May 29 and 30.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. May 29 and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 30.
The show is 90 minutes with an intermission.
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“Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 ... Imagine! with Elmo and Friends” will come to the Community Arts Center May 29 and 30. The performances will be at 7 p.m. May 29, and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 30.
The high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It's a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.
According to Melody Waters, who plays the characters of Samantha "Sam" the Mail Carrier, and muppets Rosita and Aunt Ursula during the show, audiences can expect to see the power of imagination come to life.
"The idea that any child, no matter where they grew up, can use their imagination to be anyone they want to be, that's so inspirational," she said.
Waters, who has been touring with the show since December, said that although it has been a long tour, she has enjoyed going to many different locations.
"We recently performed in a baseball stadium in Toronto," she said. "The greatest challenge is adapting to every audience with the same show ... It is my duty as a performer, for the audience, to bring them into the show while sticking to my blocked track and script. This can be hard."
But Waters said she is up to the challenge.
"My favorite aspect is also my greatest challenge. I love performing for a new audience every show," Waters said. "It keeps my job of bringing magic and fun to everyone exciting."
Waters said that even she isn't immune to the power the Sesame Street characters have with audiences of all generations.
"The most memorable experience was the first time I was on stage with Big Bird," she said. "As the kids cheered, I got excited as I felt the magic of actually talking to him."
Her favorite character, however, is Cookie Monster.
"I love to watch him on stage, even when I'm performing."
If she weren't performing, Waters said she probably would be a kindergarten teacher.
"I love little kids - especially when they think they own the world," she said.
Tickets range from $15 to $25 per person and a "Sunny Seat Package" for $50. All children ages 1 and older must have a ticket, even if they sit on a lap. "Sunny Seat Packages" include a pre-show photo opportunity with two characters from the show and a VIP seat in the first two rows.
For tickets, visit www.caclive.com or call the box office at 326-2424.