I bought my kids tickets to see this show at Toronto’s Sony Centre during March Break. I don’t have too much to say expect that other seeing Disney cartoon characters live, nothing and no-one really truly captures the spirit of a kids’ cartoon character on stage, and Scooby Doo walking about on stage on two in a furry costume didn’t really cut it for me. We have seen a lot of kids’ show stage performances over the years, and I am a huge fan of Sesame Street Live but kids are too old for that now, and I patiently await grandchildren so I can take them.
My expectations for this show were low even before I bought tickets, and I wasn’t disappointed. The actors did well, and I have no complaints about the singing, dancing, or acting. The show, however, was very poorly executed and there were several glaringly obvious on-stage mistakes.
The plot was gossamer thin and since there were only three other character apart from the gang, one of who was a non-verbal stage-hand, and one of who had only several lines of dialogue, it was fairly obvious who the ghost was.
The entire show only lasted an hour and there was a long intermission of about 25 minutes. Overall, we spent more time travelling to the show, than we did watching the show.
My recommendation is that is you have kids 6 and under, who love Scooby Doo and will enjoy just being there, then go for it. If you’re kids are a little older, and like mine, have seen a lot of major stage show and mega musicals, and are complete theatre buffs, save your money for something better. Even if your kids haven’t seen large-scale professional shows, but they have seen well–executed community theatre, think carefully about spending your money on shows like Disney and Scooby Doo.
Children’s Theatre: My kids and I had a blast last summer in Toronto at Cow Over Moon‘s small (roughly) 30 seater theatre for a performance of Pinocchio. We laughed non-stop, and my kids loved the random audience participation moments. The actors all hung around to meet the kids and give away posters which they sat and individually signed, and they posed for photos too. Good theatre is good theatre, and this definitely was. Please try to broaden your kids’ horizons and don’t just buy into the material aspect of furthering the profit of the conglomerates that make kids’ shows.
There are good shows out there. Scooby Doo just isn’t one of them. It was what exactly I expected it to be though – thoughtless, brainless fun and entertainment, and not exactly worth the price of admission. If you have money to spare and you just want mindless fun, then go ahead and see this show.
Scooby Doo Live! tickets and pricing information available here at Ticketmaster.