It was a case of too much of a good thing at the Back Alley Theatre in Van Nuys when the opening of a bright and bouncy children's show called "Pancakes" ran overtime. Still, with some judicious adjustments, this tasty music-and-puppet recipe can be a rare treat for preschoolers.
Recording artist Lois Young and her musician partner/producer Captain Flapjack (David Pinto) have cooked up something much more than a song concert.
The ingredients include such tuneful songs by Young as "Run to the Barn," "Tickle Me" and "Runny Nose," some funny, cuddly puppets and an endearingly goggly-eyed, talking contraption called "Tune Buggy" that lights up, runs on pancakes and syrup and unobtrusively houses Pinto's synthesizers.
Almost nonstop audience participation makes this a full serving of fun for the toddler-to-age-7 set.
Young, a slender young woman with a high, sweet voice, keeps the sugar content at an acceptable level. She gives children recognizable experiences: Bedtime when you're not sleepy, the inconvenience of a runny nose, walking in the rain and getting mad at Mom.