Angelina Ballerina – The Very Merry Holiday Musical {Review}

New York City is truly transformed into a magical wonderland during the Holiday season and enjoying family theater has become a fun component of our pre-Christmas experience.  We kicked off our Holiday excitement this year with a family trip to see Vital Theatre Company’s Angelina Ballerina, The Very Merry Holiday Musical.

Lucia (almost 5!) was bursting with excitement from the moment she learned of our plans.  Like Angelina, she has high hopes of becoming a prima ballerina and girl can choreograph some pretty astounding living room dance performances.   She also enjoys her Angelina Ballerina books, and I couldn’t wait to see her reaction of this live production.  Adrian (age 2.5) can also bust a move pretty well and recently took his first dance class.  Since he greatly enjoyed his previous live theater experience, I was so happy that he too was invited to attend. 

In this performance, Angelina and her mousy friends decide to debut a holiday dance pageant as a gift to the special people in their lives.  During performance preparations, a shipping mishap sends the wrong costumes, so Angelina and crew must collectively problem solve to save their dear pageant. Polly (Angelina’s little sister) steps up and creatively leads the way to the most magnificent performance in all of mouseland.  The heart-warming storyline reminds audience members that spreading Holiday cheer is what matters most. 

Photo credit: Sun Productions, Inc.

The fun melodies, humor and variety of dance genres won over audience members of all ages.  The energetic cast is skilled at capturing and holding the attention of young children.  Lucia smiled and bopped around in her seat the entire time, and Adrian watched intently and applauded at every appropriate interval.

Photo credit: Sun Productions, Inc. 

I think that Lucia was most excited about being invited on stage with the rest of the children to dance with cast members upon show completion.  The children also had a chance to receive cast member autographs and pose for photographs with their mousy friends.  Adrian had a moment of shyness but his big sister gladly showed off her best pirouettes.  

There is still time to enjoy this fantastic show, as production runs until January 13th, 2013!

Presented by Vital Theatre Company and HIT Entertainment at the Vital Theatre, 2162 Broadway, NYC.  Nov. 18th 2012 through Jan. 13th 2013; Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m; special school holiday performances on Dec. 24 – 27; Dec. 31 and Jan 1; (212) 579-0528 or   

My family and I received press passes free of charge.  No other compensation was received.  The above opinions are mine alone. 



  1. So fun! Lucia looks like she was positively delighted by it all. Pre-Christmas activities are what I look forward to the most.

  2. This looks like so much fun! Your daughter's face is priceless. She is so cute! And I love her name btw 🙂 Lucia is so pretty. That's super awesome that the kids were invited on stage to dance with the cast after the show. Merry Christmas Monica!

  3. Looks like so much fun, merry christmas

  4. What a fantastic memory for your family. The performance looks amazing. Love the pictures! Merry Christmas!

  5. One of the things I miss most about NY is theatre. You're so lucky to be able to incorporate these experiences into your life. The pictures are just amazing.

    • The options for theater here- truly are amazing! I really do cherish all of the arts that my children are exposed to from such a young age. This show was so so sweet!

  6. Looks like a great time!

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