Kidsday review: 'Potted Potter'

Whether you attend Muggle school or prefer the mythical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the comedy "Potted Potter" is sure to satisfy all. It is a live performance by Daniel Clarkson, who plays a person who has only seen the "Harry Potter" movies, and Jefferson Turner, who plays the part of a person who has read the "Harry Potter" books by J.K. Rowling numerous times.

In this 72-minute show, Dan and Jeff give brief summaries of each of the seven books in the series, each one packed with jokes and punctuated by laughter from an enthusiastic audience. But the fun starts even before the show does. You might find Dan walking around in the audience, saying hello, posing for pictures and shaking hands with lots of people.

In the performance, Dan and Jeff take turns wearing different wigs, hats and accessories to portray a handful of characters from each book. Each major event in the books is described in a humorous way.

In one long-awaited part of the night, Quidditch, a popular sport played on broomsticks in the magical world, was enjoyed with the crowd. The audience was split into two teams: Slytherin and Gryffindor. A young boy and girl were chosen from the crowd to be the Seekers. They had to find the Golden Snitch, which would end the game and award the victorious Seeker and his or her team 150 points.

A beach ball was served to the crowd, and the goal was to throw it into the opposing team's hoop, which swayed in the air above. After the second half of the game, the Golden Snitch was released, and it turned out to be Jeff dressed in a comical yellow outfit.

Previously staged in London, "Potted Potter" debuted in May at the Little Shubert Theatre on West 42nd Street in Manhattan, and will continue until Aug. 12. It is sure to tickle your funny bone, and it is a great way to have a spellbinding summer. For information, visit pottedpotter.com


Meet the Ducks cover girl

BY MCKENNA TREUDLER

Kidsday Reporter, 6, Rocky Point

I was at home, and my friend A.J. called. He said he was at the Ducks game, and I was on the cover of the scorecard and in the yearbook. I was so excited. I had no idea.

The next day, he brought them both into school for me to see. All my friends in my class were looking, too. They kept saying, "Look, McKenna is famous."

We went to the Ducks game the next week. I felt like a superstar. The guy who showed us to our seats asked for my autograph. I signed the towel that he cleans the seats with.

Just the other day, my friend Courtney had me sign her scorecard. It was great. I hope this happens again.

(Written with the help of Madison Treudler, her sister, age 10)

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