The creators of Sesame Street have been entertaining and educating generations of people for 45 years. The television show's blend of humor, music, and fast-paced writing with educational goals dealing with tolerance, self-esteem, and non-violent conflict resolution has earned it numerous awards, including Peabody Awards, Parents' Choice Awards, and Emmys. Currently, the Sesame Street team is taking its act on the road, and this weekend, on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, Sesame Street Live will be performing its new show, "Make a New Friend," at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
The show revolves around a visit from Chamki, a character from Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian co-production of Sesame Street, which is based in Delhi). Evidently, Chamki's friend Grover has made a list of things to do with his friend, while she is visiting; however, with multiple friends to visit (each with his own tempting diversion – like eating cookies with Cookie Monster), it's hard to say what will become of poor Grover and his extensive list.
The Weekly requested interviews with some of the characters to get an exclusive perspective of life down on Sesame Street. We were able to tag down Cookie Monster, but, as per his representation's insistence, our questions were limited to the following exchange:
OC Weekly (Scott Feinblatt): Tell us about a typical day in the life of Cookie Monster.
Cookie Monster: Me explore bakeries. They make cookies – and cuppycakes. Me enjoy farmer's markets, too. So many tasty anytime foods there! Berries, apples, peas, corn…om nom nom! Me learn to share all kinds of treats with me friends. Sharing good.
What do you do when you're not hanging out with all your friends on Sesame Street? What's your hobby?
Me like shopping for authentic, hand-painted COOKIE jars.
Tell us your favorite part of living on Sesame Street.
Friends on Sesame Street help me cookie craving; those sometimes foods. Me friends share yummy anytime foods like fruits and vegetables. Those delicious!
How or where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years?
Me see meself opening new bakery on Sesame Street filled with yummy COOKIES!!! Or fruit salad. Me working on it.
What's your favorite song?
C is for Cookie!!
What's your favorite color?
Uh…oh, I like brown…like chocolate chips…or peanut butter…and oatmeal…COOKIES!! Mm…me must control meself. Um…uh, yes. My fur is blue. Okay. Blue.
The exchange clearly demonstrates Cookie Monster's addiction to cookies and cookie culture, yet it also shows that he is aware that this is a problem and knows that he has friends who are willing to help him overcome his illness. An obvious nod to genuine addictive and compulsive behavior, Cookie Monster typifies the Sesame Street way. By taking real-life issues, masking them in caricature, and then suggesting solutions in light-hearted presentations, the Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children's Television Workshop) and its co-producers create entertainment for all ages – entertainment that addresses universal human dilemmas without imposing a sermon.
Beyond the aforementioned topics, the nonprofit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, produces content which addresses literacy, health, and military deployment using various media platforms. They strive to help children and their families to develop critical skills, healthy habits, and emotional strength for lifelong learning. The live show is produced through a partnership with Vee Corporation. The two companies have been presenting Sesame Street Live since 1980.
For those who have not seen the live show, it sustains the high production values of the television series. The press release for the event states that each Sesame Street Live show contains "Broadway-quality musical production." In addition to the obvious appeal that the characters and colorful presentation will have for children, the show's creators promise that adults will appreciate parodies of familiar tunes, clever writing, and a high-tech stage show.
In addition to the performances at The Grove, Sesame Street Live will also be performing at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, from Saturday, June 21 through Sunday, June 22.