The Broadhollow Theatre in Elmont is housed in the Elmont Library on Hempstead Turnpike; however, it has its own parking lot and entrance. The 400-seat, single-level theater has a center aisle and no wings giving every seat a good view of the entire stage. The theater itself is somewhat of a minimalist design, similar to a high school theater, but the sound system is excellent.
The performance of Sleeping Beauty was well-performed. The script was touched-up a bit, to add modern references, encouraging kids to be more engaged. Taylor McDonald, as Prince Phillip, served as an in-story narrator, discussing the tale as he went on. The musical numbers were well done with Dana Baudouin as Princess Aurora performing beautifully. The addition of Princess Elizabeth, as a young heroine, should prove to be popular as it gave the children a chance to see a child their age help save the day. The show also featured three fairies. With a surplus of heroines, the show helps to refute the age-old criticism that fairytales feature only male heroes, putting women in a passive role.
The true standout of the performance was Seneca Bell as Maleficent. With a powerful singing voice and brilliant stage presence, Bell truly took over the show. Teamed with a bumbling sidekick, Bat (played by Scott Earle), the two demonstrated comedic timing which should appeal to both children and their parents.
After the show was over, the entire cast went out to the lobby and signed autographs. The line for this was long, so if your kids are not blessed with an overabundance of patience, take them to into the library for fifteen minutes and then return to the theater, to what should now be a much shorter line.
This is the perfect occasion for your son or daughter to dress up in their prince or princess attire. Light-up tiaras and swords are sold at the performance, for three dollars each or two for five dollars, to complement their costumes,.
Overall, the Broadhollow Theatre provides a very enjoyable experience with quality performers.
Where: 700 Hempstead Turnpike
When: Performances are on Saturdays at 2pm.
Sleeping Beauty will run through January 28 and will be followed by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, running February 18th through March 3rd, with a special performance on February 22 at 1pm. The other shows playing this season, include: Peter Pan and Aladdin, as well as a special magic show on May 12. The theater also offer children’s classes in acting dance and musical theater, and also does adult performances; this month they are featuring Hairspray.
How Much: Ticket prices are $10 for all children’s shows
Contact Info: (516) 775-4200