Bring It On The Musical
I L-O-V-E the theatre. Its way up on my list of “things I would do more if we could use our money for fun instead of food.” Since we don’t have a lot of spare money for entertainment I have to be more selective especially when bringing the entire family.
As a parent I sometimes get leery to take my kids to the theatre because there isn’t a rating system like for film and TV. I want to go and have a good time without having to worry about age inappropriate conversations with my kids on the drive home.
Since Bring It On The Musical is set against the backdrop of high school there are plenty of controversial topics for potential story lines. Thankfully they glossed over more intense topics like sex and drugs and focused more on what it feels like to be a teen and have low self esteem. So, “What’s a hickey” is the biggest question you’ll have to answer from your kids after the show.
Like the movie, Bring It On The Musical is a story about two squads from two different schools that both want to win the National Cheerleading Championship. That is the only comparison to the plotline of the original movie starring Kirsten Dunst. This story has completely different characters, but similar stereotypes from the film; the rich, privileged, blonde cheerleaders versus the poor, underprivileged, inner city cheerleaders. Who will take home the trophy?
There are a lot of great stunts that even the boys will like. At times they honestly made me a little uneasy like watching trapeze artists at the circus. But the performers never missed a beat and sang while performing back flips and standing atop pyramids. There were non stop fun catchy songs from start to finish. There are even some Rap and Hip Hop songs which your tweens and teens will enjoy. This isn’t a traditional musical in the music sense. More “Mama Mia” than “Fiddler On The Roof.”
The story is filled with funny jokes for all ages. One of my favorites was when a teen boy leaves a message on his girlfriend’s phone. He professes his undying love only to be interrupted, “Yeah Mom I’m coming down in a minute, GOSH!” Having teenage sons I couldn’t stop giggling knowing what it’s like to be the mom in that equation.
What I like about the story is the feeling of that throw back to high school. When you had all the time in the world to pursue your dreams and fall in and out of love in-between class periods. When you thought you knew it all and that your parents knew nothing (which now as a parent you know just how clueless you were).
All in all it was a good time and worth the money. I’m not going to rank Bring It On The Musical as one of my all time favorites, but it is a fun experience that you can do with your family that leaves everyone humming and smiling. And who can say their family doesn’t need more of that.
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