Last updated: March 06. 2014 3:01PM - 594 Views
By Mary Therese Biebel mbiebel@civitasmedia.com



Jenny the music teacher, played by Lauren Nestor, uses all sorts of objects to make music with Elmo and his friends.
Jenny the music teacher, played by Lauren Nestor, uses all sorts of objects to make music with Elmo and his friends.
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IF YOU GO

What: ‘Elmo Makes Music’

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township

When: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $22, $16

More info: 570-970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.



What, oh what, is a music teacher to do when a moving van filled with her instruments is taking its good-natured time?


If she’s a newcomer to Sesame Street, she’ll soon help Elmo and his buddies realize you don’t need an official violin or saxophone to fill the air with joyful sounds.


“They learn you can use your voice, clap and stomp,” said Lauren Nestor, a Pittsburgh native who plays Jenny, the one human in “Elmo Makes Music,” which plays at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township this weekend.


“Elmo and Cookie Monster and all the Sesame Street friends help Jenny,” Nestor said. “We don’t always need instruments because we can make music with giant spoons, pots and pans and paint buckets with stirrer sticks.


Elmo, who is technically the youngest monster — yes, Nestor explained, in the show “anyone with fur is a monster” — realizes it’s not too hard to make a drum.


“He has a lovely scene in Act II. And, Ernie and Bert have empty soda bottles and make music by blowing on them.”


The Sesame Street gang discovers they can use their feet to tap out a rhythm, Nestor added, and “there’s a really fun disco number with a hint of a John Travolta number.”


When she was growing up, Nestor, 26, had a rubber ducky, the kind Ernie famously sang about on “Sesame Street,” and she had a Snuffleupagus doll reminiscent of an elephant-like character on the show.


“Now I get to dance with Bert and Ernie,” she said with a laugh. “It’s a bit of a kid’s dream.”


Young audience members are invited to get up and dance and sing along as well — and they seem to love the show.


“It’s just incredible,” Nestor said. “One of my favorite things about performing is that as soon as the overture starts and the curtain goes up, all their faces light up. It’s so cool (for the children) to see the characters they see on TV every day but live.”


There are references for parents and grandparents to enjoy as well, Nestor said. “I always see them singing along.”


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