WHO: Kristi Johnson (Mom) & Cobyn (10)
WHAT: Tuck Everlasting
WHERE: Nashville Children's Theatre (25 Middleton St., Nashville)
WHEN: Thru Oct. 7: Fri 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 2 p.m.
INFO: 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Last Friday, my son and I went to Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) for the first time to see its current show, Tuck Everlasting. The theater itself is small and quaint, which means there’s no bad seat in the house. On-site parking is free, and you can purchase tickets before the play at the box office or the website. Be sure to arrive a little early — there are crafts for kids plus snacks available for purchase.

THE STORY

The story of Tuck Everlasting tells the tale of young orphan girl Winnie Foster who meets a family who knows the secret to an immortal life. She faces the choice to live forever herself or live her own life to the fullest. Although all the actors are adults, they do a great job portraying the children in the play.

My son Cobyn, who's 10, especially loved the man in the yellow suit for his hilarious singing and dancing. The Tuck family were my favorite for their witty banter. After the play, we were able to weigh in on a poll about what our own choice would be if we were in Winnie's shoes.

The show itself is 75 minutes with no intermission — the perfect length to hold interest and keep kids from squirming in their seats. While the performance is geared toward children, it was very well done and enjoyable for me as well. We loved the music and all the cheesy jokes throughout.

Cobyn was the perfect age for this show, which is suggested for 9 and older. He has recently developed his preteen attitude, so I was worried he’d be a tough critic. Only five minutes into the show I heard him giggling in the seat next to me.

After the show we met the cast, and everyone signed his playbook. He looked starstruck and kept a giant smile on his face all the way to the car. Our first experience with NCT was a success. I couldn’t help but notice the next show is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I’m looking forward to bringing along my daughter to that one!

IF YOU GO:

ADMISSION $21 adults, $16 children
HOURS Fri 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 2 p.m. thru Oct. 7.
PARKING, ETC. Free