Performing Arts Titles Put Kids in the Spotlight17 Nov, 2004 By: Meryl Schoenbaum
With the holiday season upon us, kids will be rehearsing lines and practicing songs for plays and musical performances.
And, once again, video suppliers have the perfect companion titles to get kids stage-ready for their big moment in the spotlight.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment's Barbie of Swan Lake introduces young ballerinas-in-training to the beauty of classical music and ballet. Among the $19.98 DVD's special features is “The Ballet Dances of Swan Lake,” which provides an up-close look at the dance movements from the movie.
Hit Entertainment also provides ballet lessons in Angelina Ballerina: Lights, Camera, Action!. The DVD ($16.99) includes “Little Stars” segments featuring young students from London's Royal Academy of Dance and an instructional dance class.
Naxos of America has Beethoven Lives Upstairs ($19.99 DVD), which received the 2003 Parents' Choice Gold Award, Kids First endorsement and an Emmy award. It is a tale about a young boy's friendship with the great composer Beethoven. The DVD includes a “Classical Kids Music Gallery” with more than 50 minutes of music.
Ardustry Home Entertainment unleashes Dooley & Pals Volumes 1-3 Nov. 23 ($14.98 DVD, $9.98 VHS), a children's TV show launched nationally in April that entertains kids ages 2 to10.
“Dooley is like a wonderful Broadway show for kids, with its original music and live action, making it both visually and verbally stimulating for young children,” said Cheryl Freeman, CEO of Ardustry.
Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends show off their vocal skills in Sony Wonder's Sing Yourself Silly, streeting Feb. 1 (prebook Jan. 6, $12.98 DVD). Among the real-life singers accompanying the gang are James Taylor and Paul Simon.
Learning From the Pros
For kids who want to take their cues from some real bands, there are plenty of acts that appeal to youngsters.
Everybody's in the Band from Ivy Video, released in October ($14.99 DVD), features award-winning singer-songwriter Billy Jonas. The disc contains 10 musical segments.Another band with family appeal is The Animal Band, which has been performing live for more than 13 years in venues from The White House to the Grand Ole Opry. The group's first DVD is The Animal Band — Imagination Dance ($16.95 DVD, $14.95 VHS).
Roger Day Live!, the first video from the Nashville, Tenn.,-based singer-songwriter, recently won a Parents' Choice award. Filmed in concert, the DVD from Roger Day Productions features humorous songs with titles such as “Mosquito Burrito.” Prices are $18 for DVD, $15 for VHS. To order, visit www.rogerday.com or call 615/794-7794.Ralph's World — Say Hello, distributed by WEA, leads children in song-and-dance routines ($19.98 DVD, $14.98 VHS).
What kid doesn't love to watch magicians perform? Siegfried and Roy — Masters of the Impossible was recently released by UAV Corp. and DIC Entertainment ($9.98 DVD/VHS).
You may remember growing up watching puppeteer Shari Lewis on TV as she captivated children with her puppet pals Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse. Now, her daughter, Mallory Lewis, has launched a video series called Zoey's Wild Things ($14.95 DVD/VHS). The video features Zoey, a 3-year-old orangutan hand puppet, voiced by Mallory. The video can be ordered at www.zoey.tv or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or through distributor Hannover House. Zoey plush toys are available by contacting email@example.com. Mallory and her puppets are available for in-store appearances (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).