Pint-sized superheroes take Lincoln Square Theatre stage
DECATUR, Jan 27, 2013 (Herald & Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Football fans must wait seven more days for Super Sunday.
But about 100 parents, children and superheroes saw no reason not to have a Super Saturday this weekend and flocked to the monthly Super Kids Club meeting at the Lincoln Square Theatre for Spider-Man's Super Hero Day.
Among the superpowered set was a pint-sized, but powerful-looking Ninja (a.k.a. Julio Perez of Decatur), who was celebrating his seventh birthday. He and his grandmother, Roberta Moore, shared the stage during the show with other attendees celebrating January birthdays.
Each was asked to give their name and say what day their birthday was. "At least they didn't ask my age," Moore said afterward.
The man of the moment, however, was a tiny Captain America (a.k.a. Nathan Reiss, 3). Asked where he lives, he replied, "At my mommy's house" before he was prompted to answer "Decatur."
Gary Strong, who brings to life Spunky Squirrel and other marionettes, and Kim Whitt, who plays Granny Giggles, say they strive to make the 90-minute variety show interactive by inviting children to play games on stage where everybody wins a prize.
The formula seems to work, as the number of children willing to sing on stage tripling between the show's beginning and end.
Familiar elements include singing the club's theme song and classic cartoons. Saturday's big-screen fun included the first Superman cartoon (circa 1940), Mighty Mouse and a short by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
New for Spider-Man (a.k.a. Chelso Fescura) was recommending a book of the month, "Powerless," by Matthew Cody, and debuting a new song, "The Spider-Man Crawl."
Making their first visit to Super Kids Club were friends Aiden Dilbeck, 5, of Decatur and Connor Heneghan, 4, of Forsyth. Aiden was dressed as Superman, and because Connor came as Ironman, Aiden helpfully introduced him as Tony Stark.
"I love Ironman and Spider-Man," Conner said. "I like every single superhero, even the ones I don't know yet."
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