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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This series introduces viewers to the concepts and processes of theater (and, to a lesser degree, other performing arts) in an inviting, kid-friendly manner. Stage terms such as "ghost light," "the flies," "the house," and "the wings" are explained within the dialogue. There are close-up encounters with technical factors such as props and special effects on a big scale, which kids can see the Greenies incorporate into their own ground-up project.
The series presents performing arts in general -- and musical theater in particular -- as exciting outlets for all different kinds of creativity. The cast's diversity reflects inclusivity and respect for differences as well as the idea that everyone has something to bring to a group project such as a musical production. Theme of perseverance as it relates to weathering the challenges of crafting a live performance.
Positive Role Models
Julie encourages the Greenies' enthusiasm for the performing arts and for learning by showing them the different components and how they work together. She values every manner of creativity and believes each person brings something unique and valuable to the group project. Other mentors offer similar guidance and inspiration by teaching the Greenies about their own journeys toward their passions. For their part, the Greenies as a whole are open-minded kids who see the best in each other. Both boys and girls are equally interested in learning more about the arts and are comfortable doing things like dancing, singing, and acting.
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Frequent references to famous stage performances, movies, and music as they relate to the guests' résumés. A visit from Idina Menzel brings up her work in Frozen and Wicked, for instance.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Julie's Greenroom stars Julie Andrews and original puppets from the Jim Henson Company in a preschool-geared educational introduction to the performing arts. Andrews plays the owner of a performing studio who teaches the kids all about putting on a stage show with the help of guest stars such as Idina Menzel and Ellie Kemper, who drop in to mentor the kids in specific aspects of performing. The characters' dialogue acquaints kids with terminology such as "stage right" and "stage left," "ghost light," and, of course, "greenroom," all while maintaining an organic and kid-friendly quality. In other words, it teaches without instructing, instead letting the characters' discoveries inspire the audience's. There's a basic introduction to original music, technical components of stage production, and the nuts and bolts of costumes and props, appealing to a wide span of interests. Even better, the characters' experiences inspire valuable life lessons such as overcoming adversity, working as a team, and appreciating diversity.
Is It Any Good?
Preschoolers and their parents are in for a real treat in this engaging series designed to increase their awareness of the performance arts. It's not an easy feat to outshine the incomparable Julie Andrews on-screen, but this Jim Henson puppet troupe does just that with their infectious enthusiasm right from the start. Under the expert eye of Miss Julie and her accomplished stage manager, Gus, these students take field trips, meet pros, and, most importantly, work together to create and perform a musical of their own unique design.
Tangible learning aside, Julie's Greenroom posits to viewers that performance art owes its cultural richness to a general climate of acceptance and inclusivity. The five Greenies exhibit cultural and gender diversity (there's even a duck!), as well as varying levels of physical ability and emotional maturity, but every character has something valuable to contribute to the project as a whole. Together they learn to believe in themselves, cultivate their ideas and gifts, and weather the inevitable mishaps that put roadblocks on their way to success.
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