Gemma is full of laughter, love and, like any 3-year-old little girl, she is full of wonder. When Downtown had the opportunity to view Paddington Gets in a Jam, playing in New York City, December 3, 2019 – March 8, 2020, many young and old lined up for these tickets. But we knew that Gemma would remember this experience for the rest of her life. So off Gemma and her mother went to see everyone’s beloved, literary character Paddington Bear.
In Jonathan Rockefeller’s Paddington Gets in a Jam, Paddington is at home making his favorite marmalade jam, with the help of the Browns’ housekeeper Mrs. Bird, but they run out of sugar. Paddington goes next door to borrow some sugar, where he finds his ever-grumpy neighbor, Mr. Curry, in a panic, as he is expecting an important visitor. Paddington graciously offers to help Mr. Curry get the house ready for the visit, but in typical Paddington fashion, his good intentions lead to hysterical chaos.
“For over 60 years, readers have imagined what it would be like to meet Paddington, so our job is to ensure that Paddington is as ‘real’ as a marmalade-eating bear can be! This is a challenge in its own right. You won’t see puppeteers, which creates a daunting challenge in its own right, with choreography of the many, many props and puppeteer positions to enable the best puppet performance.
Our puppeteers are extremely talented miracle workers – it is an endurance test to hold your arms in the air for an hour, all the while crouched on a chair mounted on small wheels, saying your lines and picking up objects without looking.” https://theweekendjaunts.com/
Downtown asked Gemma what she thought of Paddington Bear and his Jam, and she said, “I really love Paddington, he tried to fix his Mommy’s vacuum. I want to take Paddington home.”