can do duck the musical
As the mom of two young children, ages 4 and 6, I find myself in the midst of teachable moments everyday. Some life lessons are easily taught, while others not so much. My son, the perfectionist, will simply shut down and give up immediately when he can not do something. My daughter, the youngest, is a determinist. She will strive to perfection and not let anything get in her way until she is there. You can imagine the frustration and battles that come with my perfectionist son. I’ve tried books, long talks, exercises, nothing works.
Over ten years ago, child psychiatrist Ducktor Morty wrote The Can Do Duck. The book helps children (and adults) learn positive self-talk, teaching that you can do anything you put your mind to. What is special about the Can Do Duck is that it was a true family project. Ducktor Morty’s wife Esther was the inspiration for the kind and patient Mama Duck who has a Can Do attitude and teaches her family to have a Can Do attitude too. Esther who is a child psychologist, also drew one of the illustrations and wrote the parent and teacher guidelines in the book and co-wrote some of the books in the Can Do Duck series. Ducktor Morty’s two daughters, Arielle and Sarah also had a hand in the illustrations in the book.
“I say I can. I make a plan. I get right to it.
And then I do it!”
Ducktor Morty’s oldest daughter Arielle had followed her father’s philosophy and was able to bring The Can Do Duck to life and into an off-broadway musical in New York City.
Being how I was unfamiliar with the book and storyline prior to the show, I was unsure what to expect. Thanks to IntroNYC, we had the chance to be one of the first audiences to see Can Do Duck: The Musical for a special press performance on Sunday February 1st.
Can Do Duck: The Musical is a family-friendly show for children ages three to 11. I personally enjoyed the show, even as an adult. I was shocked at the emotion the show evoked for myself and my children. At one point, the show actually brought my daughter to tears. She was so sad that “Can Do”‘s siblings left him alone because of their jealousy. One storyline throughout the show was the mystery of where Sarah’s mother is. I had many different opinions on where she could be and at the end of the story, I was shocked to find out where she had been the whole time. I do not want to ruin the ending for you, but it was very emotional for me as a mother when she returned.
It’s been a week later and my children are still talking about their favorite parts of Can Do Duck. Although this is a limited run in NYC, I suspect this won’t be the end of the Can Do Duck: The Musical. I’d love to see the show come to my state of New Jersey. It would be perfect for in-school productions as well.
Can Do Duck: The Musical Show Information
Tickets: $40/Adults, $30/Children under 18, Children under 2 are free
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Can Do Duck: The Musical tickets!
Saturdays & Sundays 11am February 8th through March 8th
Playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project 45 Bleeker Street, New York City
Twitter & Instagram: @candothemusical #CDDTM
*Momma Lew received complimentary tickets to see Can Do Duck: The Musical. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.