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Sesame Street Live Does What Few Shows Can Do – Bridge Generation Gaps

Dave Wheaton

Just when I start to wonder if I even grew up on the same planet as my kids, I found “Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet”.

My kids and I both know how to get…how to get to Sesame Street.

My kids don’t know who Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Green Jeans are. They’ve never been to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. To them, Bozo’s Circus is something I made up. But Sesame Street has bridged several generations, and shows no sign of letting up in popularity.

Sesame Street Live came to the Abilene Civic Center this past weekend, and not only did the 3-7 year olds in the audience seem to have a great time, so did their parents. The live show is a direct adaptation of the storylines you would find on the PBS television program, and the television program has hardly changed in 40-plus years on the air. So many of the songs performed were ones that I had on a record that I listened to until the grooves wore out when I was 5 years old. All of the characters are the same (although I recall Grover being a bigger star than Elmo when I was a kid). Big Bird is still big, Oscar is still a grouch, and The Count still counts. And it all makes for a great combination of children’s entertainment and education.

If you missed it, don’t worry. This wasn’t the first Sesame Street Live visit to Abilene, and it certainly will not be the last.

My only complaint is with the cost of going to see the show. I know, you can’t put a price on good childhood memories, but I can’t help but think of all the kids whose parents couldn’t pony up the cash to give their kids the memory, much less a $10 Elmo balloon. I’m not sure how the rest of the Abilene Sesame Street Live shows were attended, but I have a feeling if the ticket prices were cut in half, they would have sold three times as many and come close to filling the Abilene Civic Center.

All of that said, my kid had fun, I sang along, and we didn’t have to take a long drive to and from the show. Maybe I can justify the cost of the show with how much I saved in gas.

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