Monday, November 7, 2016

Mayo Center for the Performing Arts - Show Review: Moostletoe in Morristown!

As I've told you before, I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving, so I'm usually ready to skip right over it and head to Christmas.  There are so many fun things to see and do in December!  If your child is too young to appreciate the Nutcracker, and you can't afford the pricey journey into New York to see The Christmas Spectacular, you might want to try out Moostletoe at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts.

Where is the Mayo Center?

The Mayo Center is on the outskirts of Morristown, right off of Rt. 287.  It is easy to get to, and even better, there is a parking lot right next to it (sometimes there are small fees for parking and sometimes there aren't- it depends when your show is).  So you only have to walk a short distance to the theater.

What is the Mayo Center?

The Mayo Center is a small theater featuring all kinds of shows- plays, concerts, guest speakers, you name it.  They have shows for both adults and children.  The best way to know what events they feature in advance is to get on their mailing list (email or snail mail), and like their Facebook page.

How are the Family Shows?

We have seen a number of shows at the Mayo Center, including ImaginOcean (my son's favorite), Life Cycle of a Butterfly (live action puppetry about the monarch butterfly):

Moostletoe (which I'll get to in a minute), and Richard Scarry's Busytown:

Mr. Jersey Momma and I have also seen Bret Michaels perform here, but without the Jersey Momma's boy, of course.  As far as I'm concerned, all of the floor (orchestra) seats are pretty good at the Mayo Center (because it's a small theater).  I've never sat in the balcony (mezzanine) so I don't know what the view is like there.


Moostletoe is  Christmas show put on at the Mayo Center.  It's about a Moose whose dream is to fly with Santa's reindeer.  The show is mostly people in large, cartoon-like costumes, and it's adorable.  There are songs, dancing and scenery changes.  We took the Jersey Momma's boy when he was four and he sat mesmerized through the entire show.

There is also a children's book called Mooseltoe, but the stories don't seem to be related.  I don't know if the play is based on the book characters, but the story is definitely different.

Jersey Momma Tips

*The single most important tip I can give you is to check when tickets go on sale at the Mayo Center in order to get the best seats.  I am really particular about this.  That's because MOST family shows at the center are the same price no matter where you sit, and if they aren't, then premium tickets are only a few dollars more.  Premium ("up front") seats for Moostletoe are $15 each.  Other seats are $12.  I would rather pay a few extra bucks to sit closer to the stage.  When all of the seats are the same price, then I definitely want to sit as close as I can, and will order my tickets months in advance to do so.

*You can purchase tickets online and can even choose where you want to sit right from their seating chart.

*Bigger name family shows tend to be a little more expensive (i.e. Scooby Doo and Peppa Pig)

*They sell snacks and souvenirs in their lobby.

*Most family shows have an intermission and suggested audience age.  Check their website in advance to see if their shows are right for your child.

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