Skellig: Family Reading


This time of year, new productions are springing up left and right and we are happy to tell you that The New Victory Theaterhas redeemed itself (Spiderman The Musical resides at this Broadway venue) with Skellig. While the show is making it's run touring around the country, prepare yourself for it's return by reading the beautiful and inspiring , book.

Trust us when we say this show is a little different than your usual theatrical experience: There is a company of actors who play multiple characters except the two main "children"--all of whom are adults playing kids--and the title role of Skellig. It's not a "musical" but a show with music, all performed on stage by the company. If you know your theater, it's a little like what you may have seen in early adaptations of Sweeney Todd and Company.

The show's author, David Almond, takes you through a cryptic and heartwarming story about a boy who's family goes through some interesting and painful times. The boy's mother is pregnant and when she has her baby prematurely, the newborn suffers some heart conditions which leave her hospitalized. 

While I was happy to see the production, in a limited run due to the theatre company's schedule, I was even more entranced to read the book. The stage adaptation was lovely--well acted, well directed--but there are things, as always, in the book which you or your children will certainly enjoy.

This book is perfect to be read aloud and brings up pressing questions to discuss with your kids: life, death, sickness, afterlife, miracles, and the importance of family always sticking together.

The book ($3.98) can be found here: Skellig

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive press tickets to the show and a copy of the book.

Related Articles