BWW Review: A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is a Family Favorite at Valley Youth Theatre
Valley Youth Theatre's 22nd annual production of A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is the perfect show to celebrate the holidays with children and family of all ages. Set in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and his friends set out on a mission to make their friend Eeyore happy for the holidays, searching for his missing tail in the process. Featuring cast members of all ages, including Oriana Valcamp (Pooh), 15, who has a voice that brightens up every scene and allows her to seamlessly glide through numerous songs, Slye Sulka, a pint-sized Roo, who at only 7 years old shines bright among the older cast, and an ensemble stock-full of others around the elementary to middle school age.
Alexander Flores is brilliant in his portrayal of the always gloomy Eeyore, constantly staying in character and making the audience feel as if he is the real character from the story. Piglet, his smaller, pinker, happier friend, played by Aaron McCaskill, is the perfect balance of cute and spunky, who also adds lots of humor throughout the show.
Another notable performance is none other than Annalise Decker (Rabbit), whose spontaneous energy helps her fly through several dance numbers and lead Pooh's group on an intense search to find Eeyore's beloved tail. She is accompanied by Tigger, played by the energetic and never-dull Ryley Grace Youngs, who packs a punch with her stellar dance and vocal skills, all wrapped up into a high-energy number called "What Tiggers Do Best".
Several other members of the cast help to bring this adorable, sweet, and classic tale to life, including Prescott Smidt (Christopher Robin), Gabrielle Etheridge (Owl), Kendall Luther (Kanga), and several other forest creatures.
The show cannot be missed this holiday season and is perfect for children of all ages (including children at heart)!
A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL runs through December 23rd, tickets are available at vyt.com.