Elmo loves to dance, and he wants a dance party.
But Rosita would prefer that the "Sesame Street" party is a fiesta with a piñata to celebrate her Hispanic background.
The cast of "Sesame Street" characters deciding on a party theme is the subject of an interactive live show coming to the Walworth County Fair on Saturday—Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration.
The show takes the grandstand stage at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. And while fair admission for children ages 4 and younger is free, everyone except infants will need a ticket for this show.
The details of the contract to bring Sesame Street Live! to Elkhorn are confidential, said Walworth County Fairgrounds General Manager Larry Gaffey. But the performance cost enough for the fair to charge for tickets.
Gaffey said the corporate sponsor for the show, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, gave the fair enough financial flexibility to book the 45-minute show.
“That’s really the difference between having it and not having it,” he said.
The Walworth County Fair has always made an effort to include kid-friendly programming, but Gaffey said this year is the first time the fair board committed to adding a grandstand show for kids.
The board wanted to make sure kids of all ages have fond memories of the fair. That will help the fair long term because some parents recall their memories of fairs long ago and then bring their own kids, Gaffey said.
“The young kids today are going to be parents tomorrow, and we want to make sure that we create great memories for them,” he said. “It’s kind of important to take care of every generation as best you can.”
The fair board last November attended a convention for the International Association of Fairs & Expositions. A booth at the trade show promoted Sesame Street Live! and the board was interested, Gaffey said.
C is for Celebration is “highly interactive and musically driven,” said Jenifer F. Maninger, senior manager of global public relations for Feld Entertainment. In addition to "Sesame Street," Feld Entertainment also works with Disney on Ice, Disney Live! and Monster Jam.
The main age group targeted by Sesame Street Live! is about 9 months to 6 years old. But adults could also enjoy the program's music and choreography, Maninger said.
C is for Celebration, which has been showing for about three weeks, is the second live show through Feld, with Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party opening in October 2017, she said.
A third show, Make Your Magic, is scheduled to open in October.
As the "Sesame Street" TV show has shown, children learn better when engaged and entertained by music, interactivity and colorful imagery, Maninger said.
“One of Sesame Street Workshop’s mission statements is they want to grow kinder, smarter kids,” she said. “We really take those ideals to heart when we’re putting our shows together.”