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Tuesday, February 25, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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‘Wild Kratts Live 2.0’ at the FICA takes youngsters on an adventure

The First Interstate Center for the Arts was crawling with “Wild Kratts” kids on Tuesday night, and they were ready for an adventure.

The Kratt brothers, Martin in blue and Chris in green, brought “Wild Kratts Live 2.0” to the downtown Spokane theater. The show, based on their PBS Kids animated nature show, was a hit with the youngsters.

The storyline for the show is pretty simple. Thanks to Martin’s klutziness, the brothers lose their creature power discs. So they go on an adventure to find them. Meanwhile, villain Zach Varmitech really wants those discs, too, and has sent his Zachbots out to steal them.

Martin and Chris activate creature powers (after recovering a couple of the discs) to help them find the rest of the discs and fend off the Zachbots. The show uses a mix of props, costumes, video and lighting to create a new habitat and the magic that is a part of the Kratts’ animated world. Animated video brings some of the other regular characters to the show.

And, much like the TV show, there were lots of educational components. With every animal that was mentioned, there were facts about that creature’s special powers, like all the reasons a cheetah can run so fast – including a bouncy spine, gripping claws and a tail that acts as a counterbalance.

There’s also the questionable need to touch the creature to activate the creature power suit, which seems like the wrong thing to be teaching young children, but I digress.

The live show is cheesy and silly and totally geared to the young kids in the audience. And those kids are into it. Whenever one of the Kratts asked a question, the audience roared with responses. And many of the kids had their own creature power suits on.

My own kids are 10 and 13, and I thought they’d outgrown “Wild Kratts.” I’m not going to say I was totally wrong on that. But when the theme song started, the 13-year-old had a huge smile on her face. And they both enjoyed the adventure – even if they weren’t totally fooled by the stagecraft.

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