Grab the kids and get ready for a show.
“Blippi The Musical” is coming to the Savannah Civic Center on July 27. The cast and crew are ready to bring their show back in front of a live audience.
“We’re excited that we’re kind of the first people out there,” said Director and Choreographer Jaimie Selke. “It’s been exciting, but also nerve-racking all at the same time.”
What was once an online platform for kids has been transferred to the stage, bringing the character Blippi to life. The show is a highly interactive educational journey, with lots of singing and dancing.
Families have the opportunity to experience “Blippi the Musical” live for free, as Connect Savannah will be giving away two family four packs of tickets on their Instagram page.
“From the time the kids walk in, they’re encouraged to respond as Blippi asks them questions and that continues throughout the entire show,” Selke said. “There are many points of verbal and physical interaction: they stand up in their seats and they do the ‘Blippi’ which is a new song that we have come up with.”
Selke said it’s fun to see not only the kids but also parents dressed up as Blippi. All of the hard work pays off when she sees a smile come to the children’s faces.
“If I can guide a kid’s path of life to theater or just to enjoy the arts a little bit more, that is what makes me happy,” Selke said. “I do it for the kids; I do it because it brings so much joy.”
The focus of having a good time with no judgment from the kids is what she loves about family entertainment.
“I love that they don’t clap after every song they scream and shout through the whole show,” Selke said. “It’s a very different audience it’s a very different feeling.”
Like many other touring shows, “Blippi the Musical” was shut down right as they were headed back on the road in March of 2020.
Now, a year and a half later, Blippi and his crew are back and better than ever. The show will play roughly 75 markets throughout the U.S. through September. Their first stop was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in early July.
“Like anything, people can get into the monotony of doing their job; it becomes muscle memory, it becomes the day-to-day situation,” Selke said. “I think people have a new perspective on what their career means to them. So as far as these actors go, even for me, walking in and being able to direct again and teach - it was a whole new sense of energy and excitement that will only get better with time.”
Over an hour of fun is ready to be had; many of their shows are already sold out. For all of those involved in the show, this is special. Selke said she almost forgot the feeling of watching and performing in a live show, but now it’s back with new energy and a new perspective.
“The cast, too, when we were rehearsing, at the end of the day, everybody was super emotional,” Selke said. “I think we all cried together because it had been so long; an amazing day and a hard day. We just thought ‘wow, here we are a year and a half later.’”
The cast and crew of “Blippi the Musical” are ready for the people of Savannah to experience the magic once again. For tickets visit blippithemusical.com and follow Connect Savannah on Instagram @connectsavannah to find out how you can win a free family four pack.