“Shopkins, Shopkins!” Catchy! That’s the extent of what I know of the popular theme song from the well-known toy and show so I wasn’t sure how much I would be entertained by their live act. A 90-minute live production and I have to say I was excited through most of it because who doesn’t like it when small toys talk and enlarge to 100X their normal size? A real-life Lippy Lips and Strawberry Kiss? YES, please. All the Shoppies were on-hand in colourful wigs and tulle skirts including Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Polli Polish, and Cocolette.
Shopkins Live had a simple to follow storyline which was appropriate and kept the audience entertained. Based on the popular Moose Toys’ product that came out several years ago, this collectible doesn’t seem to have lost its hold on the young girl demographic. Most of the audience were 4 to 10-year-old girls with many moms and some dads thrown into the mix. Middle A (daughter #2) came with me in her Delish Donut t-shirt and she loved it.
The Shopkins were getting ready for the Fashion and Food Fair organized by Shady Diva, a Hat Shopkin. She made it very clear that there was a special guest coming and it was super-duper important that Jessicake meet and take care of her. However, Jessicake had so many things to do (namely decorating her booth because she wanted to win a prize) that she assigned the task to Kooky Cookie, who has a bad habit of falling asleep. Several misunderstandings later, the special guest was found and returned to the fair just in time! Another storyline was the one of Slick Breadstick (the funniest character in the show to me) and his desire to find a dance partner. All the Shoppies rejected him (“I have to go” excuses abundant), but he kept tossing out his cheesy one-liners. Turns out, the special guest was the ultimate dance partner for Slick Breadstick!
Presented by Koba Entertainment, this musical is full of fun and original songs and choreography. I love that the eyeballs of the characters actually move! The dancing popcorn was very entertaining and the placement of the large food pieces on visible platforms was brilliant. This would be a great introduction to live entertainment for young children. It made the everyday Shopkins even more fun because they could talk and we heard only what we imagined them sounding like. It was definitely a fun show and we had a blast!