All Aboard! Chuggington Live! made a stop through Hampton Roads this past weekend and I packed up my family for a date night, to get on track, to see the trains. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show, we are casual viewers of the show when it comes on Disney, and while my boys aren’t huge fans of “Chuggington,” they love trains and have a few train toys and a coloring book associated with the show, so they are somewhat familiar.
I was definitely wondering how they would bring the trains to life, I mean the stage at Chrysler Hall (or any theater) isn’t that big, so I was curious how the show would look. I did some light research into it pre-show, to get an idea of the production and I must say, in person it was very entertaining and well done.
Overall it was fun show infused with music and animated performers, along with the loveable train characters of Chuggington. The story centered on chuggers in training, trying to pass certain “tests.” The show also had fun crowd interaction and at one point my older toddler made me stand up too, because he needed a dance partner!
The various train carriages had life-like working mouths and eyes that truly gave sincere expressions and they had a huge video wall backdrop that gave way to different scenery with interaction and live action. The show really reminded me of the type of musical you might see at an amusement park. The performers in this show were personable and effortlessly infused dance and movement into the story line and compliment each scene.
So, it was a successful family date night — but there are a few things I learned from attending the show, that may come in handy for you if you go see the show, or one like it, in the future. Click HERE to read more!
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