Since the 1940’s, Dame Julie Andrews has made a career as an actor on stage and screen. Known for such legendary Broadway roles as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and film roles as Mary Poppins, and Maria from the Sound of Music Julie Andrews has now begun to teach children the importance of theater and the other performing arts. Ms. Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton have created a show called Julie’s Greenroom. This new show celebrates and teaches children about theatre.
Julie’s Greenroom is a show about a performing arts school with Julie Andrews as the headmaster. With puppets designed by The Jim Henson Company (The Muppets and Sesame Street,etc.) the show was created for younger audiences, bringing in guest stars such as Idina Menzel to show kids what a career in the performing arts looks like. The show itself is simple to look at — puppets, guest stars, and two other main characters (even a puppet singing goose, and a puppet dog named Toby) — but witty and perfect for children.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/207395338″>Julie’s Greenroom – Official Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/jimhensoncompany”>The Jim Henson Company</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
It teaches about the career of acting, building acting skills, and also about things such as blocking, props and the job of the stage manager, etc. The focus is on everyone that works with the arts, not just the people you’d see on stage.
But the one thing that I love about this show the most, having seen a few episodes, is that it addresses important issues. Each puppet is a different kind of person. A different ethnicity, look, or different types of lifestyles. Even one of the puppets is a goose who cannot speak, however, they do not turn him away. Instead, they have a translator for him, and in this way the show addresses communication barriers, and what to do when you face them. They teach about discrimination, but they never come out and say it so bluntly. They teach it in a way that kids will understand. The show makes it clear to children that discrimination is not stood for, but without over complicating it (like all great children’s shows do).
Overall this show is incredible. It is entertaining even for older audiences, but it targets kids well. It is cute, and witty, and the lessons it teaches are important for both the arts, and for being out in the world. I would recommend this show to anyone from two to ten, or anyone older who really wants to know about the arts. It’s a great introduction to a world that, as far as I’m concerned, is not as well known as it should be.