Tambourine Submarine Makes a Spectacular Splash

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On the heels of releasing their tenth studio CD, Desert Island Disc, the trio of elementary school teachers turned popular kindie icons are embarking on a new aquatic adventure. And this one is making some serious waves in Seattle. Read on for the scoop on Recess Monkey’s all-new Tambourine Submarine musical spectacular!

Recess Monkey 2013

It’s a concert. It’s a circus. It’s both!
Set inside Teatro ZinZanni’s antique cabaret tent, Tambourine Submarine is a high-energy musical junket guaranteed to amaze, astound and entertain even the littlest Recess Monkey fans. The show opens with Drew, Jack and Korum aboard the Tambourine Submarine (from their first aquatic-themed album, Deep Sea Diver) as it crashes into a mysterious, deserted island. The monkeys turned sailors quickly find themselves castaways on the island along with a mosh pit of kiddos and a mix of characters including a group of seagulls, a beautiful mermaid and sea goddess and a comical sea captain and his first mate.

The show’s storyline is fun and easy for kids to follow and includes several surprises and a rockin’ set of seaworthy tunes from start to finish. The show also features spellbinding aerial and acrobatic performances by Teatro ZinZanni’s renowned dinner show performers (and several kids from Seattle’s stars of tomorrow) as well as a trio of adorable hula dancers. If you’re thinking this show has a little of this and a little of that… you’re right! And we haven’t even told you about the countless jokes, puns and shenanigans that keep both parents and kiddos on their toes!

Tambourine Submarine

What songs are featured?
Tambourine Submarine includes selections from the band’s newest aquatic-themed albums, Deep Sea Diver and Desert Island Disc. Some of the songs you will hear in Tambourine Submarine include “Fish Sticks,” “Tambourine Submarine,” “The Deep End,” “Shrimp,” “Choral Reef,” “Compass Rose,” “The Seven Cs,” “Making Waves,” and “My Treasure.”


Good to know:

  • The show is only one hour and moves quickly… perfect for kiddos with short attention spans.
  • The toddler mosh pit is located in front of the stage so your tots can jump, dance and sing alongside Recess Monkey. The mosh pit is also staffed by three Teatro ZinZanni members so you can hang back at your seat while your toddler gets in on the action.
  • Concessions are available in the lobby before the show. Be sure to bring cash. It’s never too early for fresh popped popcorn!
  • The tent is dimly lit and some scenes are dark so be sure to prepare your little ones before the show or have your flashlight app ready to go.
  • During the show, you won’t be able to move around (except inside the mosh pit) since many of the scenes take place around the perimeter of the tent. If you have a little one who can’t sit still, your best option is to reserve a chair seat on the floor or head to the mosh pit at the beginning of the show.
  • No photography is allowed during the show. If you’re a die-hard Recess Monkey fan, you can grab a pic with the fellas after the show in the lobby. That’s also where you can purchase their latest CDs and pick up some Teatro ZinZanni trinkets.

Tambourine Submarine

Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer Street
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: dreams.zinzanni.org

Show dates:
October 26 & 27; November 3, 9, 17 & 24; December 7, 14, & 15

Show times:
Lobby opens at 10:30 am; show starts at 11:00 am

Ticket prices:
Chair seats – $25 each
Booth seats – $19 each

Purchase tickets online or by calling 206-802-0015.

Have you seen Tambourine Submarine or planning to see an upcoming show? Tell us about your experience in a comment below.

To learn more about Jack Forman, be sure to read:
Jack Forman of Recess Monkey: Who Knows Him Best?

–Kristina Moy

Photo credits: Teatro ZinZanni and Kevin Fry/Recess Monkey