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New Children's Show Gets Kids Laughing In Pleasantville

Dean Friedman's musical "Smelly Feet" makes its American premiere this weekend.
Dean Friedman's musical "Smelly Feet" makes its American premiere this weekend. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dean Friedman

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Cortlandt resident Dean Friedman has gone from writing pop hits like "Ariel" to writing about smelly feet.

Friedman is the writer of the new children's musical "Smelly Feet," which is performing at the Rosenthal JCC at 600 Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville on Saturday, Nov. 8 at noon., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

"Smelly Feet" is also performing at the Moose Lodge in Ossining at 37 Croton Ave. on Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

"It all started with a silly song called "Smelly Feet," Friedman said. "It made kids laugh a lot."

Friedman began writing more songs and created a musical about two best friends who come up with experiments to try and cure one friend's odorous feet.

"They rub honey on it, but then get attacked by bees," Friedman said. "It's a fun goofy musical adventure for kids. There's a lot of singing along."

The musical was first produced in Scotland where it received rave reviews. This weekend's show is its American premiere.

"Some of the songs are purely silly while others are silly with messages," Friedman said. "'Please Don't Tease The Bees' reminds kids to be respectful of living creatures. 'Brush Your Teeth' is about dental hygiene."

Friedman said kids giggle nonstop throughout the show which makes the show work.

"There's lots of interactivity," he said. "The kids are invited to participate and sing the chorus. I think they relate to the characters which makes kids really engaged in the show."

The show is geared toward children three to eight, though Friedman said it's a show the whole family can enjoy.

"Everyone is invited," Friedman said. "I can't wait to see how they interpret the story. It speaks directly to kids, it doesn't talk down to them. It talks to them in their own language."

Friedman said he believes all youngsters should experience the magic of live theater.

"Especially in this wired world," he said. "Everyone has an iPad or TV glued to their face. I think it's important that kids experience sitting in a room with other people experiencing the magic and wonder of the theatrical world."

Tickets are $10 and can be obtained by calling 879-0310.

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