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Caspar Babypants entertains kids at Marysville Opera House

 

February 28, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Raemy Polkinghorn, left, and Amalia Bass dance at a Feb. 25 performance of Seattle-based music artist Caspar Babypants.

Well-known children's music artist Caspar Babypants came to the Marysville Opera House on Feb. 25 to put on a concert for local children.

Caspar Babypants is the stage name for Chris Ballew, former lead singer of the famous Seattle-based 1990s and 2000s band The Presidents of the United States of America.

"We are super excited. Caspar Babypants is the northwest's best children's performer," said Lauren Woodmansee, cultural arts supervisor at the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

Local families appreciated the chance to catch the singer at a local venue.

"It's so fun. We've caught him [Caspar Babypants] before at a different venue and he's always just so fun with the kids and so engaging," said local parent Kristen Bass.

"I'm totally stoked that they brought him to our area. He's always down south so it's nice that he's here," she said.

They also liked the downtown Marysville Opera House where the concert was held.

"We're having a good time," said local parent Leah Logan. "I think it's wonderful. This is an awesome venue and there's a great dance floor for the kiddos."

The Opera House, which the city had been leasing but has recently purchased, has been used for concerts and other cultural events the last couple of years.

This includes an increasing number of children's entertainment options, which Woodmansee said was a good fit for the building.

"It's been really, really great. We had our sold out 'Believe' show that was a showing of 'The Polar Express' at Christmas-time and several of our other events are selling at to near capacity," she said.

"It's definitely gaining in popularity," she said.

The Caspar Babypants show sold out a couple of weeks before the concert happened and they had to turn away multiple families the day of the concert that didn't know that it had been sold out.

While the city has often had many summer options in their parks for children's entertainment, the opera house is good for those options in the winter.

"Also, Caspar takes the summer off so we're really excited we get to have him before he takes off," said Woodmansee.

She said that people also like how close the events are.

"They love that it is in their own backyard, that it's for the citizens of Marysville, and from the city's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department," she said.

"The location and the time, as well as the inexpensive price is really great for the citizens of Marysville," she said.

The city's entertainment program comes out the first week of March and Woodmansee said there are more events up ahead.

"We have a great lineup, some amazing things coming up," she said.

For children and families the city has a "Legomania" program on the Sunday of May 20 that will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Seattle Opera will also be brining a performance to the Marysville Opera House soon as well, said Woodmansee.

Because of the increasing number of people coming to the opera house Woodmansee suggests going online to get their tickets.

"We encourage people to pre-buy their tickets," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Seattle-based children's music artist Caspar Babypants performs at the Marysville Opera House on Feb. 25.

She also wanted to thank local residents who have been supporting the events at the opera house.

"Thank you for the community for embracing all of our programs," she said.

The Caspar Babypants show was sponsored by Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry which has offices in Marysville, Stanwood and elsewhere around the sound.

"We were excited to team up with Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry and bring the best of children's performers to the citizens," said Woodmansee.

"None of what we do in this building without sponsors," said Parks, Culture and Recreation Department Director Jim Ballew.

"These folks are the ones that make the ticket prices affordable," he said.

More information about Marysville's events are available at marysvillewa.gov.

 

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