BWW JR: Magical World of Wink

By: Jun. 03, 2013
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Magical World of Wink

By Serena Norr

Note: The Spellbound Theatre's production of WINK at Brooklyn Arts Exchange is no longer running, but you can catch their new production, Under the Tree, which is also for audiences under 6, starts next weekend. This intimate and interactive show is performed in an outdoor installation inside a tent with only 16 seats per show! It is a collaboration between the theatre and a visual artist. For more information, visit Spellbound Theatre's website.

Last month my daughters and I enjoyed a special theatrical performance of Spellbound Theatre's Wink. Held at the the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Wink was a beautiful depiction of the ethereal world of what happens when we all go to sleep. Through puppets, gentle music, stuffed animals and animation the audience of young children and adults were able to connect with the magic of what lies within our dreams.

This imaginative and beautiful world is seen through the eyes of a young girl and her beloved bear as she experiences the magical moments of what we all experience in our minds and our hearts when we sleep. My daughters were front and center, and completely mesmerized through this moving entire non-verbal show.

The beauty of this show was that it was designed for kids 4 and under - that allowed my kids to connect with the innovative puppetry, animation and physical theatre in a way that we have never seen before. Since it was also for the younger set, I loved that it both held their attention span and was over in 40 minutes - providing a gentle introduction to this unique theatrical experience.

Created by Lauren Jost and Margot Fitzsimmons, the show was inspired by the classic poem, "Wynken, Blynken and Nodro and turned out to be remarkably captivating that allowed both kids and adults to lose themselves for 40 minutes into the magical and surprising world of our dreams.

Serena is a writer and mom of two. She is also the managing editor of Momtrends and the creator of Seriously Soupy, a website devoted to soup making. She also loves to write about theatre, travel, NYC, and food on her blog, TravelCultureFood.