<b>FAMILY TIME | </b>By Caroline Lippert-Burrows For The Weekly Herald
Going to a Juggletunes performance, Linda Severt’s entertaining show, is like going to a house of fun. When you walk into one of her events, leave your serious side behind: Her show is all about play.
The much heralded “family entertainer,” who has performed at Teatro Zinzanni, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and more, will perform Jan. 21 at Shoreline Community College.
You can’t help but get into a festive mood when you see Severt enter the stage with a large black and red top hat, ladybug pants, red shirt, striped socks and polka dot vest, bow tie and nonmatching tennis shoes.
When she holds up the large underwear fit for an elephant and asks the kids who they belong to, the tone for the show has been set. You know right away you’re in for a goofy, funny and interactive experience.
It’s obvious that Severt, who has been performing for more than 24 years, knows how to amuse kids of all ages through her innovative juggling, humorous singing and lively music playing.
Watching this gifted performer juggle to music is pure delight. She’s comical, physical and expressive.
When Severt pumps up the music to perform “The Dog Song,” a song about the desire to be a dog, I couldn’t stop laughing. Watching her scratch and howl on stage as she sang lyrics like “I want to have dog breath” was absolutely hilarious.
I loved when Severt gave a humorous and enthusiastic presentation of her original tune, “While No One’s Home,” a single on her award-winning album, “Grinning Streak.” The song is rich with humor, goofy sound effects and great lyrics like, “I’m going to eat a bowl of ice cream with no hands.” It is fun to watch and listen to this creative talent perform the song and it is a reminder to kids of all ages on how to play.
Another Severt original song, “Aloha,” also from “Grinning Streak,” is always a hit with kids and it’s no wonder why. The expressive performer moves on stage with goofy flippers, snorkel and mask and speaks with a delightful squeaky voice. After that, she introduces and then sings about the wonderful underwater adventure with the fish and creatures in the sea.
So, if you have kids who like to laugh or need a reminder on how to play, check out Linda Severt’s Juggletunes. It’s for kids from 0 to 99 who love to have a good time. I know I did.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Jan. 21
WHERE: Shoreline Community College Campus Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N, Shoreline
TICKETS: Call 206-417-4645 or go to www.shorelinearts.net