by Barry Kornhauser
It starts so simply: A red balloon drifts through the window of a solitary old man’s home. But then some serious silliness begins - with things fast becoming so magical and so blissfully fun, you barely notice that along the way you’ve learned something about the extraordinarily transformative power of play! Without a single spoken word, this sweet, inventive, and uplifting show - packed with plenty of playful shtick, along with touching reminders of the ups and downs of building a friendship – is a tender and laugh-filled delight for the little ones (and the big ones, too)!
Winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award
"“[Balloonacy’s] mix of puppetry, wordless situational comedy, and Chaplin-esque physical humor is a winning combination. …It offers a sterling and humorous experience for preschoolers and parents alike – and the ages in-between. Some thing are too good to pass up.” – Twin Cities Daily Planet
“Balloonacy can simply be described as the best first play for kids that I’ve seen.” – Thrifty Minnesota
“I don’t use terms ‘squeals of delight’ or ‘laugh out loud’ too often, but there is no other way to describe the sounds of pure happiness and joy that filled the room of toddlers watching Balloonacy.” - Our Kids Review, Imagination Stage
“The man and the balloon become friends, play silly games together, and utterly charm the audience. All without saying a word. …Balloonacy tells a story about the universal theme of friendship, using the universal language of pantomime. We loved the show and we think you will, too. The bottom line: This show is a lot of fun for all audiences and all ages.” – Seattle Parent Map
“Reparation of the soul is what Balloonacy delivers. …What happens is both hilarious and touching…the emotional range beautifully traversed. …Surreal delight. …The small miracle of this production [is] the intimacy created.” – Naveed Moeed, Raleigh-based Theater Critic
Pages: 12 pg
Casting Breakdown: 1 Any
Estimated Run Time: 45 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages
Originally produced by Children's Theatre Company in 2010
Balloonacy Trailer from Children's Theatre Company on Vimeo.
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