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‘Little Raindrop Songs’ will entertain young audiences
by Nicole Dow
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Special Photo / Actors Matt Baum and Leslie Bellair rehearse a scene for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
Special Photo / Actors Matt Baum and Leslie Bellair rehearse a scene for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
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Special Photo / Actor Matt Baum twirls a parasol during rehearsal for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
Special Photo / Actor Matt Baum twirls a parasol during rehearsal for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
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Special Photo / Actor Matt Baum has fun with bubbles during rehearsal for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
Special Photo / Actor Matt Baum has fun with bubbles during rehearsal for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
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Special Photo / Actors Matt Baum and Leslie Bellair appear to be sleeping soundly while acting out a scene for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
Special Photo / Actors Matt Baum and Leslie Bellair appear to be sleeping soundly while acting out a scene for the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young's upcoming performance of "Little Raindrop Songs."
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Children will be encouraged to interact and play at the newest production of the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young — “Little Raindrop Songs.”

The show will debut Dec. 27 at the Alliance’s Black Box Theatre and end Jan. 18.

Writer and director Michael Haverty said the show follows a day in the life of two unnamed characters — best friends — whose normal routine turns out to be anything but ordinary. The 35-minute show will include various puppetry elements, music, singing, dancing and physical comedy.

“I have a 2-year-old and he was really getting into this band called Lullatone,” Haverty said. “They’re a Japanese ‘pajama-pop’ band. It’s almost like techno for babies.”

All the music in the show will be from Lullatone, he said. Japanese influence can also be noticed in the show’s sets.

“Our set design is based on Japanese origami,” Haverty said. “There’s a lot of paper craft in the show. All of our designers took inspiration from Japanese designs of one sort or another.”

He said there are very little spoken words in the performance but the words that are spoken will be in both English and Japanese.

“It’s very action-driven rather than being driven by dialogue,” said Leslie Bellair, one of the show’s performers.

She said she enjoys how the focus is on emotion and action rather than dialogue. Her co-star, Matt Baum, agreed.

“I find it incredibly freeing and refreshing to come at it from a different angle,” he said.

Both said they hope the audience has fun at the show.

“We’re really goofing off and giving them permission to goof off as well,” Baum said.

Haverty said the show will encourage audience participation.

“We have lots of moments where we ask the kids to stand up,” he said. “There’s one point where we hand out little pillows that are shaped like clouds and they all have to ‘float in the sky’ with the performers. We’re moving them from time to time to face different directions. We do baby yoga.”

The Theatre for the Very Young is tailored to children ages 18 months to 5 years. Haverty said he hopes adults will enjoy the show as well.

If you go:
What: “Little Raindrop Songs”
When: Dec. 27 through Jan. 18
Where: Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St., Midtown, in the Memorial Arts Building, Third Floor, Black Box Theatre
Cost: $10
Information: Olivia Aston, (404) 733-4702 or olivia.aston@woodruffcenter.org or visit alliancetheatre.org/production/little-raindrop-songs.

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