Forum Search Button Mouseke-Calendar Forum Memberlist Button ModEARator Team Forum Help Button
This is the Vault: Disney Echo archives. The new Disney Echo is now open!
...Now accepting registration for new members...

Welcome, Guest
[ Log In ˚◦˚ Register It's free! Only takes 30 seconds! ]

[ Mouseke-Track this topic :: MickEmail this topic :: Print this topic ]

Reply to Topic New Topic New Poll
Topic: Bear in the Big Blue House goes on the road< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

Mickey Offline

ModEARator


EchoEar Pip

Group: Members
Posts: 831
Joined: Aug. 2001
Posted: Mar. 11, 2003 10:10 am/pm Quote

Bear in the Big Blue House goes on the road
By Derek J. Fuchs ( dfuchs@tribweb.com )
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Leave it to the Jim Henson Company to make a burly, 7-foot-tall grizzly bear into one of the characters beloved by the millions of preschoolers who watch Playhouse Disney programs.

Bear, a new Muppet whose show "Bear in the Big Blue House" runs daily on the Disney Channel, smiles, sings and wiggles his furry behind in a buoyant cha-cha-cha. He lives in a big blue house in the woods, where woodland creatures drop by for daily visits and talk about life.

The live, touring version of the show will open Thursday at the Benedum Center.

"Little 3-year-olds relate so well to the bear. He comes up and sniffs close to the glass (on the television show). As soon as he steps out onstage, they go, 'Bear! It's me, Billy!'" says Mark Saltzman, an actor in the new production, titled "A First Time for Everything." The show is aimed at ages 2 to 7.

Bear, like Steve in "Blues Clues" and characters from other kids' shows before it, speaks directly to the audience. He'll look into the camera, sniff around, and ask questions of his viewers.

Kids answer the television as though Bear is standing in their rooms.

The live production plays up that interaction, mostly by getting the crowd involved in singing.

"A lot of the songs they know and recognize from the show," Saltzman says. "You can hear the parents sing right along with the kids."

And everyone gets to cha-cha-cha along with Bear.

"They often stand up in the aisles with Bear and his friends. A lot of songs allow for audience participation. There's the 'ABC' song - and everyone knows that - so yeah, it's definitely encouraged," says Tami Zerrillo, performance director for "A First Time for Everything."

The live production isn't too different from the TV show in terms of plot: Bear and his fellow Muppets, such as Ojo the bear and the otter twins Pip and Pop, talk about going to school for the first time, or riding a bicycle. And they spend plenty of time singing and dancing.

Saltzman plays Hugh Mann, the father of a human family whose car breaks down in the forest where Bear's Big Blue House sits. The family befriends the creatures during the show, creating understanding between Mann and animal.

And like every episode of "Bear in the Big Blue House," it has a moral: "Doing something for the first time can be scary," Zerrillo says, "but with help and friends, you can get through it."

Derek J. Fuchs can be reached at dfuchs@tribweb.com or (412) 320-7987.
Back to top
Profile PM WEB 

RichKoster Offline

ModEARator




Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Posts: 5119
Joined: Aug. 2001
Posted: Mar. 11, 2003 10:12 am/pm Quote

To see if Bear and his friends will be appearing in a city near you, check out Bear's official website!

--------------
RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator
Back to top
Profile PM WEB MSN YIM 
1 replies since Mar. 11, 2003 10:10 am/pm < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Mouseke-Track this topic :: MickEmail this topic :: Print this topic ]

Reply to Topic New Topic New Poll




Featured Sponsors of the Disney Echo:
>
Your Ad Here!
Disney Ink Shop

2007 Rich Koster & FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club & Disney Echo. The Disney Echo is for like-minded individuals who gather here to discuss all aspects of the Walt Disney Co. All participants are welcome. We're not affiliated with nor endorsed by The Walt Disney Co., so you are free to share your opinions and join the fun Disney Spirit without having to toe the company line. The Disney Echo and FANtasEars Fan Club are not responsible for any damages that may be a result of the use of the information supplied on these pages. The viewer agrees to this by viewing the pages. The words & phrases "Disney Echo," "Disney EchoEars," "EchoEars," and "MousekeEars" are 2007 Rich Koster.
Our Privacy Statement


Get FREE FANtasEARS MickEmail
Get FREE MickEmail And Hear Mickey's EarMail!


A Proud Member of

The FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club and Disney Echo has been visited times by Disney fans since June 18, 1998. We're glad you dropped by!
Disney.comFANtasEARS Disney Fan
Club The pages and images on this web site are 2007 Rich Koster, except for Disney Character images & logos copyrighted by The Walt Disney Co.
All rights reserved.