Greg Heffley is stuck in the middle. He's the middle son in the family (with an scary teen older brother and a spoiled little brother), and in the middle of the popularity ranking in middle school. The story plays out over the school year as Greg tries any and everything to move up in the ranks. The musical recounts his adventures as he tries (and fails) to be good at sports, the best smile, class clown, newspaper cartoonist, treasurer, safety patrol, anything that will earn him a place in the yearbook to go down in history. Along the way he learns lessons about friendship and doing "the right thing." It's a sweet, heart-warming message that's not preachy, but told in a language kids (and adults) will get.
|the cast of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (photo by Kaitlin Randolph)
|nothing Wimpy about these talented kids!
(photo by Kaitlin Randolph)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical is a brilliant creation based on a beloved children's story, that comes across as a sort of a mash-up of Grease and Spring Awakening for the pre-teen set, with a little Billy Elliot thrown in. Even though I didn't think it would have anything for me, a grown-up with no kids and no familiarity with the source material, I found it to be a highly entertaining show that speaks to the middle schooler in all of us. Doesn't everyone feel "stuck in the middle," confused about "doing the right thing," trying to figure out where we fit in our various communities? This musical celebrates that in a joyful, funny, heart-warming way, with an incredibly talented cast of young people. Wimpy Kid continues at Children's Theatre Company through June 18. Take your favorite little ones, middle schoolers, or just go yourself and experience this exciting musical.