One of my favorite scenes in the musical “Gypsy” is “Let Me Entertain You.” In the scene, Baby June, her sister, Louise, and also some boys, dance, sing, and entertain. Baby June is dressed in the cutest girls dance clothes in that act. The girls kick and twirl and sing in kids leotards and girls tutus.
My family just loves that musical and other musical plays. I buy movie musicals in DVD format and we watch the stories over and over again. We listen to the music from those plays until everyone in the family knows every song by heart. We also act out some of the stories and sing the songs.
My girls also have curled their hair like Baby June and put on their girls dancewear and have shown me their own versions of “Let Me Entertain You!” Learning about musicals can be fun when kids put on their own shows based on what they see and hear.
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The author of this article is Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com’s Guide to Figure Skating and the mother of three children.