By Rachel Hoeing
According to our most recent reader survey, some of the blog posts our readers like best are those about local Triad events. This is one of those events that your family will not want to miss. Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts has been transformed into an authentic replica of Houston's Mission Control circa 1970 in order to host the interactive theater show, "Apollo 13: Mission Control." There has already been such an amazing response to the first two shows this weekend, that more shows have been added! Plus, we have a special TMoM discount for you:
January 26- February 10, 2013
* See website for times
Purchase tickets at www.Apollo13Live.com
or call (336) 747-1414
Enter special code "rocket" to receive $10 off adult tickets and $5 off children/students/seniors tickets.
My family attended the show yesterday and I can honestly say I have never attended a show quite like this one. The audience interaction was so unique. You may choose to purchase tickets in the console area where you sit at a 1970's computer console and are given jobs throughout the performance, can listen to headphones and hear the astronauts, and can help solve the problems aboard the aircraft. You may also choose to sit in the gallery area where you will be amazed watching this entire series of events unfold.
I could not believe how many times I laughed, got a little teary-eyed, and sat on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. The actors were simply incredible. One of the things I enjoyed the most was watching the audience. Teenagers, preschoolers, adults and seniors alike were all enjoying themselves immensely. I can always appreciate an event where the entire family is entertained.
Not to show too much of the "teacher" in me, but I would also encourage you to talk to your children about the Apollo 13 space mission prior to the show. (There is a simple synopsis on the show's website here and an education guide here.) My children had never heard about this launch previously and once we shared the story with them, they were even more intrigued to see the show. I think the performance did an amazing job of really bringing us into the moment and being able to feel what the astronauts, general public, and mission control were feeling on that incredibly fearful day.
Purchase your tickets online here, don't forget to enter the promo code "rocket," and enjoy the show!
*Sponsored by Apollo 13:Mission Control