Musical Mornings with Mil's Trills

I arrived at the Pleasance courtyard a little after 10am and I admit I was a little reluctant to wake up so early while on Fringe time. But within minutes, Mil’s Trills changed my tune. I don’t think I could recommend a better way to start a family morning off than Musical Mornings.

The show works well in such an intimate venue. It added to the community element of the show and no matter what age, everyone seemed to be enjoying the show.

Amelia Robinson, aka Mil, started Musical Mornings as a way to bring families together to celebrate community and to introduce young children to the world of music. I can confidently divulge that she has accomplished both of these goals. Not only was her audience largely formed of regulars who try to catch her at least once a week at the Fringe, but children called out requesting for their personal favourites during her set.

After what was possibly the cutest recorded pre-show announcement I have ever heard, the show began with Robinson leading an audience warm up, complete with singing and dancing. You’ve probably guessed at this point that the show contains high levels of audience interaction, but it is all very inclusive and as Robinson explained ‘The more you put in, the more you get out!’ So I would highly recommend mucking in. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Robinson’s set consisted of a great array of kooky songs with subject matter ranging from her identity-crisis-riddled dog Lomy to the infamous resident trouble-making twins at the Pleasance, Angus and Finn. One feature that I enjoyed was her musical guest segment. Every day a different artist who is performing at the Fringe brings their instrument to the show and showcases it to all the boys and girls. At my performance there was a french horn player. After revealing some of the secrets of the brass instruments, Robinson narrated an illustrated children’s book with the help of the horn player, who played background noises and made special effects when necessary.

The show works well in such an intimate venue. It added to the community element of the show and no matter what age, everyone seemed to be enjoying the show. Amelia Robinson has the inexplicable ability to bring smiles to the faces of both parents and children. Hopefully soon, she can put one on yours.

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The Blurb

Start your day with an interactive musical adventure and experience what it’s like to be part of the show! After a sell out Pleasance run in 2012, ukulele-playing New Yorker Amelia Robinson returns to the Kidzone, playing original whimsical songs for the whole family to enjoy. To celebrate community, Amelia (aka Mil’s Trills) highlights tracks from her debut album Everyone Together Now! dipping into genres of urban funk, blues, honky-tonk and calypso grooves. Performance highlights: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, East End Film Festival, Ukulele Festival of Great Britain.

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