A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday Review

A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday


A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday Review 

By Joy Brownlee @ ibelieveinjoy.com.

Joy is a Family2Family Blog Reviewer for Childsplay Theatre. See all Joy’s published Childsplay Theatre reviews by clicking here. 

Approximate Run Time: (with Q & A, and 15 minute intermission) 1 hr 35 min

Audience: Appropriate for all ages.

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts, Performed by Childsplay Theatre.

This week we had the pleasure of viewing A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday with book and lyrics by Jenny Millinger, music by Todd Hulet, directed by Dwayne Hartford, and based on the books by Susan Lowell (childsplayaz.org).

Be sure to arrive a few minutes early to participate in the craft table with themes from the play, and to obtain your complementary child booster seat.

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This culturally rich holiday story was given the gift of life through lively choreography, a bright musical score, and memorable performances. Rhetta Mykeal (Angelina) was a stand out for her voice and drama. Vinny Chavez (Jose) returned to the stage after starring in Junie B. Jones is not a Crook, and once again was a Junior Review Team family favorite of my children!  Chelsea Soto (Josefina) danced her way into our hearts and Rudy Ramirez (Juan) kept us all entertained!  Daniel Kurek (Conductor) added the gift of live music for this show and it was priceless. My kids loved seeing the orchestra pit and hearing all the instruments.

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The set was rich with cultural elements and clever lighting illuminated the stage for a standout design.

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This play encompasses many authentic themes felt during the holidays, yet wraps them in a way that is entertaining for the whole family. Have you ever wondered where you fit in at family celebrations? How do you feel when new traditions begin replacing old ones? How do you handle disappointment or the pressure of expected roles?


The stars in this performance tackle these realistic holiday themes in an uplifting and heartfelt way that will entertain the entire family. It provides a great example of how we can all continue to shine, even when faced with “hairy” holiday situations. This show is a reminder that love is more important than perfection, family is more valuable than material things, and when we combine humor seasoned with acceptance – we can all give and receive the greatest gift there is – Love. Unwrap the priceless gift of laughter with the ones you love, by joining us for the next performance of A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday!

We will see you there!!


For up to date ticket information and show times, please see childsplayaz.org!

Joy Brownlee RN. BSN. MED. publishes family friendly reviews on culture, family, and food at http://ibelieveinjoy.com, is featured in “Snacking with Joy!” at www.sandiegofamily.com, and is a Family2Family Blogger for Childsplay Theatre at https://mom2mom.childsplayaz.org/joy/



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