Bal­ti­more per­former stars as Elmo in Sesame Street Live!

KJ Wil­liams will re­turn to Lyric Opera House

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HARLOW

Ev­ery day is a sunny day for KJ Wil­liams, star of Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!, Wil­liams, who was born and raised in Bal­ti­more, will re­turn home Fri­day & Satur­day, Novem­ber 16 & 17 to star as Elmo for three per­for­mances at the Lyric Opera House.

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! is a brand new show fea­tur­ing fa­vorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cad­abby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sen­sory ad­ven­ture live on stage. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to take part in the sun­ni­est and fun­ni­est street cel­e­bra­tion in Feld En­ter­tain­ment’s first pro­duc­tion in part­ner­ship Sesame Work­shop.

From the mo­ment the cur­tain rises, par­ents and chil­dren alike will be on their feet danc­ing along to a pop-in­fused sound­track with new Sesame Street friends and live em­cees Casey and Caleb. Plan­ning a party isn’t easy when ev­ery­body has a dif­fer­ent idea of fun, but with some help from the au­di­ence, it be­comes the ul­ti­mate re­flec­tion of what friend­ship plus team­work can ac­com­plish.

Party guests will sing along to new and fa­mil­iar songs, like “I Love Trash” and “C is for Cookie,” with Os­car the Grouch and Cookie Mon­ster; dance to the beat with Elmo; ex­plore a win­try won­der­land when Abby Cad­abby’s magic goes awry; take flight with Big Bird to learn about some of his fab­u­lous feath­ered friends; and dis­cover new cul­tures in an in­ter­ac­tive Span­ish les­son with Rosita.

“You def­i­nitely hear it when Elmo makes his en­trance. Many of the par­ents in the au­di­ence grew up in the early 80s, so they all knew Elmo. These days, the par­ents and the kids are both Elmo fans,” said Wil­liams, who at­tended Owings Mills High School and took act­ing and dance classes at CCBC Es­sex.

“I watched a lot of Sesame Street grow­ing up. They al­ways had mu­si­cal guests and ev­ery day it was a dif­fer­ent celebrity. That was my fa­vorite part of the show,” he said.

This is the third time Wil­liams has per­formed at The Lyric, and he is look­ing for­ward to all his fam­ily and friends com­ing to the per­for­mances. Prior to work­ing with Feld, Wil­liams was a per­former at Walt Dis­ney World from 20052015, danc­ing in mul­ti­ple shows and pa­rades. Through Dis­ney he found Feld En­ter­tain­ment, which pro­duces sev­eral Dis­ney shows.

“This is a highly in­ter­ac­tive, vis­ually driven show. It will teach you to grow smarter, stronger, and kinder,” he said of Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!, cre­ated by Sesame Work­shop and Feld En­ter­tain­ment.

Sesame Work­shop is the non­profit me­dia and ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind Sesame Street, the pi­o­neer­ing tele­vi­sion show that has been reach­ing and teach­ing chil­dren since 1969. To­day, Sesame Work­shop is an in­no­va­tive force for change, with a mis­sion to help kids ev­ery­where grow “smarter, stronger, and kinder,” as Wil­liams said.

Wil­liams’ fa­vorite thing about the show is the magic mo­ment when each char­ac­ter makes their en­trance. He also loves when it’s time to sing the Sesame Street theme song.

“The en­tire au­di­ence is singing and they are loud and happy. It bright­ens up the whole stage,” said Wil­liams.

A unique, up-close-and-per­sonal pre-show ex­pe­ri­ence will be of­fered at an ad­di­tional charge prior to se­lect per­for­mances, al­low­ing fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to tour the on-stage neigh­bor­hood of their fa­vorite, furry friends be­fore they ar­rive for the main show. The fun doesn’t end there. A va­ri­ety of in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties give chil­dren the chance to cre­ate, dis­cover and learn as they help dec­o­rate for the up­com­ing party. Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

Fri­day & Satur­day, Novem­ber 16 & 17

Lyric Opera House, 140 W Mt Royal Ave, Bal­ti­more, MD 21201

Tick­ets for Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! start at $20. All seats are reser ved, and tick­ets are avail­able by at the Lyric Opera House box of­fice or by call­ing 800-7453000 or on­line at www.tick­et­mas­ter.com . For group rates and in­for­ma­tion, reach out to 410-347-2006. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.face­book.com/Se­sameStreetLive.

KJ WIL­LIAMS

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